Digital Communication in the Classroom


This class is project-based. That means that almost your entire grade consists of your completion of projects. You must complete four projects including one project in each of four categories. The project categories are listed below with project descriptions.

Since every student has different circumstances, you have some flexibility in choosing which projects you will do and what you will do for each project. Hopefully, most, if not all, of the projects you do will directly benefit your current or future teaching.

If you are at a school with little or no access to telecommunications, you should consider: (1) projects that will be useful when your school gets telecommunications; and (2) projects that require little access, such as projects where students compose email messages that you send from your account at home or at Loyola University.

Combining Projects

Each of your projects must be a distinct project. That is, although the topics of projects might overlap and be related, you cannot designate one project as filling two categories. For example, you might create an interesting telecollaboraive (Classroom Internet) project that involves critical information literacy, but you may only use that project for either the Classroom Internet Project or the Critical Information Literacy Project, but not both.

Putting Projects on the Web

You are encouraged, but not required, to put all your projects on the Web. The easiest way to do this is to create one Web page that points to all your other projects. It is helpful to have them all available on the Web (and it makes them easier to hand in and grade).

Project Completion Deadlines:

In the past, I have given no deadlines for the projects for this class, and the students have complained bitterly. I am instituting deadlines for projects, and they are listed on the syllabus. However, I am flexible with the deadlines so if you need an extension, let me know.

Most projects cannot be completed in a short amount of time and waiting until the deadlines will make the projects very difficult to complete. Extensions during the semester will be granted liberally (you must request an extension in advance of the deadline), but extensions and incomplete grades beyond the semester will not be granted except in extraordinary circumstances.

Group Projects

Working with a group on ALL your projects, except the PLN Project, is strongly encouraged but not required. Telecollaborative projects lend themselves to be done in groups. Many projects may be completed as group projects (especially, but not limited to the Plan-A-Project Project). You might find that your classmates and their students are perfect telecollaborators. If you would like to do one or more projects in a group, consult your instructor.

Minimum Grading Criteria

When appropriate, each project handout will include a list of minimum grading criteria. If the minimum grading criteria are met, you will receive a B for the project. The grade of A is reserved for outstanding work that goes beyond the minimum criteria. The rubrics list some ideas for ways to exceed the minimum criteria. The lists on the rubrics are, by no means, complete, and you might find other ways to exceed the minimum criteria. If you think you have exceeded the minimum criteria in other ways, be sure to include a note to the instructor with your project.

Class Summary Project

As part of your class participation grade, you will be participating in an experiment in Web 2.0. The details of this assignment can be found here.

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This page was created by Dr. David M. Marcovitz.

Last Updated: May 10, 2015