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    Thank you for the privilege of letting me be your instructor. I have been teaching for almost 6 years, and I love it!! I have fun, and I want you to have a great learning experience in my classes and come out with new skills and confidence!

     

    My classes are meant to be fun, active, chock full of information, and hopefully great opportunities for you to get skills and experience that can help you move into the exciting IT/web-related and business fields. Even so, students can have questions about grading, expectations, late work, and other things, here's the place to look. The law, the rules, the skinny, the tips, etc. I am very detailed because I get new questions and concerns each quarter, so I have tried to cover a lot here. I teach at more than one school, so I will specify where needed.

     

    Who IS L.J. Bothell?

    I have been teaching since January 2009. I teach/have taught web authoring, web career strategies, Microsoft programs, Adobe programs, surveys of computing tech, career skills, & more.

     

    I have worked as a permanent employee, a short-term temp, a contractor, and a consultant/freelancer. I have been salaried and hourly. I have administrative, design, editing, clerical, and teaching experience. I have also earned a BA, AA, and 2 Certificates, so I have been a student several times. As a result, I teach from a student perspective and with an eye to practical use in the volatile job market.

     

    My responsibility is to put you, my students, first. I want to provide the best and most useful information I can for you, and to share my expertise. I also am responsible for representing the school(s) I teach at so that we give you the best we can and meet/exceed the goals and requirements of college education and training.

     

    I am so glad you are here!!

     

    PREPARATION

     

    What do I need to know to be ready for LJ's classes?

    • Attendance and being on-time is mandatory.
    • Assignment deadlines are required.
    • Be able to read, speak, write, and comprehend solid US English, and get translation assistance.
    • Get school and/or home access to a computer, the required class program(s), a flash USB drive or Cloud storage space, and Internet/email access 7 days a week.
    • Take the needed time to do the homework.
    • Check out your learning style for tips on learning in my classes.
    • Get help, advising, counseling, tutoring, and/or classmate work groups early.
    • Have classes and lab fees paid up by end of 2nd week of the quarter.
    • Leave all drama, problems, time issues, and excuses outside the classroom door.
    • Always stay in email/general communication with me.

     

    I have a lot going on in my life. How hard are your classes?

    Not terribly, assuming you show up, get the info/resources, and do the work. My classes have several assignments, tasks, a quiz or two, some reading, and an expectation be active in class with questions and helping othersout. Assignments may be demoed in class but you may still have up to 2+ hours of work for every hour of in-class time. The pace of the class itself can also be fast, due to the amount of info I need to cover so you will be prepared for the next classes and eventually the next quarter.

     

    English is not my first language, and/or US English spelling/reading and comprehension is a challenge for me. What can I do?

    I want everyone to have a great learning experience. My classes are taught solely in US English. I have added a Translator Widget to my web pages. You need to take any/all extra time you need to work with translators/counselors to get the information you need to do the work and keep up with class deadlines.

     

    I want to do well in class, but I'm having trouble keeping up with on-screen examples, hands-on demos, and/or all of the information you talk about. Help!

    What is your learning style? Find out here, then check out my summaries below with learning hints for getting the most out of my classes:

     

    • Visual: This means that your learning is most enhanced by what you see - taking notes, seeing what you are learning, reading written material, and not having too much auditory stimuli. Make sure to use any class book / the website and its example exercises, look concepts up on Google and subject-specific websites, and take notes off of the website and in class. Use your specific class' GrabIt and HowTo web pages info and use the CANVAS forum to ask and answer questions. Consider drawing out sketches/schematics of what you need to accomplish and sticking it up near your home computer/desk. Let me know if we need to put something on the screen during break. Issues: Not enough on-screen example pauses - you'll need to look at Class Examples and find a classmate to work withwith.

     

    • Auditory: This means that your learning is most comfortable when you hear the information, have it repeated/rephrased, and verbalize what you are hearing to 'cement it'. You might try rephrasing key information in a question, verbalize your homework steps as you work out tasks, and read through assignment instructions aloud. Google for skills-based Podcasts and HowTo videos to re-hear information, and bounce ideas and questions off of classmates in person. Issues: You may not hear all of the demo/explanation details and need a repeat - also look for complementary free podcasts online for additional verbal tips.

     

    • Kinesthetic: This means that you get the most new information by doing as you learn, need to move around or do a couple of things at once, and like hands-on as part of your workflow. You'll likely get the most out of doing the demos in class and FTP/validating code as you go, looking at demos on YouTube and any HowTo videos, show what you are learning/doing to someone else, and find example code to experiment with on your own. Try additional examples and variations on your own, too. Issues: Class may slow down to articulate specific info or leave examples on the screen for other learners to catch up - keep playing with your work, validating/testing it, and add extras if you've advanced.

     

    • Extra Help Needs: You might need to talk with an academic advisor and/or take advantage of student acaemic assistance tools. lso, during the class quarter, reread information more than once. You might not be comfortable taking notes or doing timed work. You may get easily distracted and find concentrating is hard. You might have different reading needs and/or ESL reading/comprehension concerns. You might not get instructions/steps the first time. Try reading the class lecture notes and assignment instructions aloud. Finish one part of a task at a time instead of tackling the big picture. Write numbered to-do steps for yourself. Also, work with one or more students to share skills and info, and go for tutoring and eTutoring. Also, check off each assignment's checklist to be sure you are done. Tell ME about any concerns you have so I can help and add flexibility. Issues: You may not keep up with demo/explanation details and want a repeat of the class info, so check your specific class' How-To Videos and Class Examples, if there are any. The assignment due dates may not give you enough time, and choosing to take the class for no credit instead can let you learn at your own pace. Check out the school Tutoring Center . Definitely keep me up-to-date on concerns by email.

     

    • ADA Needs: (Americans with Disabilities Act) Students with documented different abilitues who request class accommodations, and/or who require special arrangements in case of building evacuation, need to EMAIL ME at the beginning of the quarter and set up an appointment with the college Disability Support Counselor.

     

     

    TABLE OF SCHOOL RESOURCES

     

    Seattle Central Shoreline

    Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Advising

    Advising

    Alerts Sign-Up

    Alerts Sign-Up

    Computer Labs

    Computer Labs

    Counseling

    Counseling

    ESL

    ESL

    Financial Aid

    Financial Aid

    Student Complaints

    Student Complaints

    Student Handbook

    Student Handbook

    Student Online Services

    Student Online Services

    Student Safety

    Student Safety

    Tech Help, 206.934.6333

    Tech Help, 206.546-5872

    Tutoring

    Tutoring

     

     

    CLASS TOOLS

     

    What tools do I need for your classes?

    Your syllabus for each class will give the specifics of any books, and other class-specific tools. Normally, however, you will be using:

    • A school login and password for working on school computers in class, in the Computer Center, and in the Library.
    • A login to Canvas for uploading assignments, taking quizzes, visiting the calendar, using a forum/blog to help each other, checking your grades, and any special videos, online office hours, etc. Detailed in Classroom specific intro.
    • Your quarter's Active class web site listed under http://www.studiobast.com/sb_students/
    • Access to a computer (see school links table), the required class program(s), and Internet/email 7 days a week. (No, you do NOT have to buy).
    • A minimum 2 gigabyte USB flash drive, and/or Cloud storage space, by class Day 2.
    • An e-book reader if we use / you get an e-book version of any required text. (Amazon free E-reader apps)
    • In WEB classes, a free web host for uploading your finished work so I can see and grade it.
    • Your own translation capabilities, such as web-based and non-English computer dictionaries/translators.

     

    What is my student login and password?

    I don't know. You can look for your student login by starting on the Student Online Services for your school (school links table).

     

    I don't have an active student login yet because my registration is delayed. What do I do?

    You must have access to class computers for keeping up during my classes in the classroom. Not having them is not an acceptable excuse for late or missing assignments and quizzes.

     

    If your registration is delayed, and/or you need student login access to the computers you need to:

    • Check with your Tech Center (see school links table) to see what the hold-up is.
    • Find out from Registration/Cashiering if your tuition payment has gone through.
    • Check with Financial Aid, Worker Retraining, Veterans Services, etc. offices to get your full (or payment plan) registration paid and communicated with Registration/Cashiering.
    • Note: It can take about 48 hours after you are fully paid before you login is active.

     

    I don't have a computer or the software of my own. What do I do?

    Find it - that is part of your education. You DO NOT have to buy any of it. Check the school links table above for School Computer Labs. Also, consider:

     

    What's on the ljbTRAININGS classes web site?

    Lots of info, tips, lecture outlines, Simon's Cat:

    • All open, non-log in related stuff for any student to see.
    • Weekly class discussion/demo pages
    • Assignment summary page and individual assignment pages (as needed)
    • Syllabus, including printable link
    • Class FAQs
    • Login links to the version of CANVAS I use for each school.
    • Resource pages with GrabIt code snips, HowTo pages and videos, and Class Examples
    • List of Computer Locations so you know where you can do your assignments.
    • A links page with lots of extra tools, reading, and other student, designer/developer, and resource stuff
    • A resource page for student concerns
    • Help links to some how-to info and cheatsheets
    • Emergency and Security info
    • And more!

     

    What's on the ljbTRAININGS Canvas web site?

    All assignment / grading related stuff:

    • All secure log-in stuff related specifically to YOU.
    • Assignments with file upload areas, text fill-ins, etc,.
    • Quizzes
    • Forums for discussions
    • Calendar-view of assignments
    • Your grades
    • Collaborations, office hours, and videos as needed.
    • Link to the school's Library / resources.

     

     

    CONTACTING L.J. BOTHELL

     

    How can I reach you?

    You can get me one of several ways:

     

    Seattle Central Shoreline

    ljbtrainings@studiobast.com

    lbothell@shoreline.edu

    Office: BE #3175C

    Office: Room #1417

    Mail: BE #3176D

    Mail: PENDING

    Phone: NONE

    Phone: 206.546.4639

    BITCA Dept. Phone: 206.934.3150

    CEO Dept. Phone: 206.546.7844

    Office Hours: Non-specific, by appointment only.

    Office Hours: M-F 1:30p-1:50p

     

    How often do you check email?

    Daily during the school week (M-F), and at least once Sat-Sun. Not hourly or more than a couple of times in a day. Usually once every day the last week of the quarter (before finals). I usually take a weekend day away from all computers and email. On long weekends, holidays, and quarter-end you'll often see an out-of-office messages stating when I'll check back in.

     

    Whenever I check email, assuming your email needs/requests a response, I answer. If the subject needs a little thinking, I may take up to a day to get back to you so I am sure I am accurate and helpful. If you don't hear from me in a day, I might not have received your email - please try again.

     

    I NEED:

    • Email Subject: What do you need?
    • Email Text: Short and sweet US English, full sentences about what you need, and how I can help. NOT textings-peak or acronyms - I'll send it back. Let me know if there is a deadline.
    • Your Registered Name: If you use someone else's email and/or have a very different nickname.

     

    Can I call you?

    At this time, no, because I have no assigned phone numbers. NOTE: NEVER, EVER telephone me on any phone number you might find other than an official School office phone number. NEVER!!! Outside class and school email, I am a private person, not a teacher, and I will not answer questions or handle issues of any kind. My mind is a blank computer screen. I will actually lose the ability to hear and to speak English.

     

    Do you hang out with students?

    Generally, nope. I love to chat about class info before and after class and say howdy if we pass each other, and definitely help during appointments. Sometimes I may attend an industry-related or student club-related event. Sometimes I get to work with a student in more than one class, and/or find something tech-oriented we have in common and chat about. However, I don't socialize (lunch, date, go to concerts, etc.,) or do closed-door meetings (unless my shared-faculty office door with a window is closed for auditory privacy), so that we all have solid student-teacher boundaries. All grading in my classes is based on merit - what you earn. It's important that you feel safe and confident with your instructors and staff at SCC. After the quarter is over, I hope we see each other in the halls and say hi!!

     

    Can I record you/your classes?

    I would prefer not. I do appreciate that you might want to capture lecture info so you can re-listen to it, for educational review only, so use your best judgement and don't distract other students.

     

    NOTE: NEVER, EVER post to ANY social media or info sharing site. I do not in any way authorize the use of images and/or audio in our class for uploads to YouTube or anywhere else, to act as entertainment or be for harrassment purposes, etc. All students in my classes need confidentiality for their questions and discussions to remain in the classroom. Out-of-context use of class content is not acceptible. If some recording, in or out-of-context- is made/shared, I and the College will legally deal with that situation. Thank you.

     

     

    STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    What are STUDENT responsibilities for class success?

    • Show up, learn and share info, do the work, and have fun. Simple.
    • Attend classes, pay attention, and don't be sleeping, doing Facebook, listening to music, talking, sending emails, or working on homework. If you can't or won't, you are in the wrong class.
    • Especially attend the FIRST day of class, since I have to decide on drops in very full classes based on first-day attendance.
    • Sign the attendance form / answer Roll Call.
    • Find and use any language/translation assistance you need to work within a US English-based classroom.
    • Understand the terms/expectations and follow them based on what I require.
    • Read/respond to any emails I send to you for information I need you to have.
    • Read your specific Class Website announcements and lectures so that you can stay caught up.
    • Do any added On-You-Own Tasks I assign in hybrid classes.
    • Ask me about any confusion, assignment issues, and/or equipment, resource, or time issues at least one (1) full day in advance of the assignment due date.
    • Know assignment and quiz due dates, and to get your work in correctly and on time.
    • Have Internet access 7 days a week so you can check the web site, check/send emails, and upload required work you don't do at school.
    • Have/get/find locations of the necessary tools and resources to handle your school work.
    • Upload your assignments and do your quizzes on CANVAS when they are provided during the quarter.
    • EMAIL ME with ANY problems, delays, absences, etc.
    • Keep track of your logins and passwords.
    • Check on your own grades on CANVAS during the quarter.

     

    When am I supposed to communicate with you?

    Always when you have a concern or an issue. You need to communicate with me about questions, concerns, issues, being late, etc, or I can't help so your learning and grades stay strong. I want you to have a great class!

    • EMAIL ME before your concerns become problems that impact your assignments and performance.
    • Talk with me / EMAIL ME well before deadlines.
    • Make an appointment with me as soon as you think you need one.
    • Create an email folder dedicated to each class you take with me.
    • Keep all emails you send me, and all my responses, through the end of the quarter in your dedicated email folder.
    • Be very clear in your email subject and content what the email is about and what you need from me.
    • Combine questions in 1 (ONE) email instead of sending me a bunch.
    • If you need a response and you haven't heard back in 2 days, EMAIL ME again to be sure I got it.
    • Make sure any email attachments are virus-free, have your name in the file name, and have a file extension, or I cannot open it.
    • NEVER, ever, ever try to call me with any phone number other than an assigned College office phone number. NEVER.

     

    I got an email from you with a Drop notice on/after the First day of school. Why?

    I have to drop students who are no-shows on the first day of class when the class is full and if the student did not contact me first. Sorry. If you do not attend, or you do attend but don't respond to attendance/roll call, I may have to drop you, and you will need to re-register to rejoin the class, after the folks I have signed in.

     

    I decided I don't want/need the class, and/or developed a schedule conflict that prevents me from finishing the quarter. What can I do?

    You should drop the class by the quarterly drop deadline. If you miss the quarterly drop deadline dates and can't drop, you'll have to contact your Department Counselor and EMAIL ME that you require a late-quarter NC (no credit) and why. These are very tough to get after the deadline date, so get in contact ASAP. Late in the quarter is much too late.

     

     

    TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    There's a lot here about what students have to do. What about YOU? What does the teacher actually do besides torture us?

    I am responsible for several hours of work a week for each class, including:

    • Following FERPA standards for your security and privacy.
    • Teaching in-person lecture/demo classes at scheduled class times.
    • Trying to make the classroom time interesting, engaging, and organized so all levels of students can grasp and use the information. I aim for this by being direct, organized, relaxed, entertaining, open to questions, and by offering practical demos, discussions, and related Web interactive info. Sometimes I watch comedians.
    • Creating, maintaining, and adjusting quarter-specific curriculum based on school-approved course objectives (constantly adapting/improving).
    • Preparing and testing class demos to be more confusing.
    • Reading/answering student emails, questions, and pleas for mercy.
    • Offering announcements, tips, demos, tutorial & training links, and class-related information in the class web site.
    • Evaluating and grading assignments (lots of time here).
    • Talking with students before/after class, by appointment, and in scheduled in-class one-on-ones when possible.
    • Opening special sessions/appointments as needed during pre-finals and finals weeks.
    • Doing class-related administrative stuff for each class, like paperwork, reporting, rostering, etc.
    • Attending occasional Department and Staff meetings.
    • Sometimes handling additional College tasks and assignments.
    • Looking for new Simon's Cat videos and other funky things to torture engage students with.
    • ALWAYS learning!!
    • Getting a daily Starbucks mocha (highest priority, heh heh. . .).

     

    You seem really busy. How much do you have to do?

    It depends, quarter by quarter. After 15 hours of sleep or so, I try to get moving. Some quarters I will be teaching at one or more schools, and also working a part-time job or a contract assignment as well. Keep in mind, one teacher often has more than one class, many students and many assignments and tasks for each student. There is often one of me to 48-70+ students, each with lots of assignments, quizzes, emails, freak-outs, etc. I do my best but you need to EMAIL ME when you need help.

     

    How fast do you grade?

    I usually grade the day assignments are due, or perhaps the next day. Once I have graded I post your grades to your CANVAS grading sheet so you can see it. If I am ill, we have holidays, or something comes up, I may take a few days. Always assume I grade the day the assignment is due so you get it in on time.

     

    Do you ever change assignment or quiz dates?

    Usually no, unless the class as a whole has either moved faster or slower on a segment than we expected. Or unless I want to really mess with your mind - er, just kidding. Then I will ask the class, announce it in class, change the date on the web site, use red text, give notice, jump up and down, blow horns, etc.

     

    How long do you keep my stuff?

    At the end of each quarter, I do grade, CANVAS, this ljbTRAININGS website, and email-related housekeeping. I clean up this site's class pages and get them read for a fresh new batch of recruits. After final grades are turned in, CANVAS will eventually archive quizzes and grade sheets. I keep emails we exchanged in class. However, make copies of anything you need for yourself before the last day of grading each quarter. It is up to you to have any documentation you need for any future concerns.

     

    I want/need more information / subject coverage / specific answers to my own projects/needs than the class seems to offer. Can you do that?.

    Likely, no, unless we actually move through the core a little faster than I expect - then I take extra questions. Class content is based on specific objectives and course content created by the school / district per State requirements. While instructors have some latitude in organizing and communicating content, we are still required to cover it all. For instance, in a 1-credit basic MS application class, mid-high intermediate and advanced topics will not be covered.

     

    I always spend initial class time on covering the course specifics & expectations, class tools & resources, logins and CANVAS, and operating system file management, etc. I do this even in 1-credit classes before launching into specific content, so that all students will know what to expect and use, and be on the same page right from the beginning. My past experience has been that skipping all that, and starting core content as if everyone has the same level of expertise and familiarity, leads to confused students, unsuccessful assignments, references to my mother, bad attendance, snide comments about Starbucks, and learning problems for at least a half of students in a class. It is NOT worth skipping these basics. I may also have unexpected things to sort out, like equipment, technical, and environment issues in a room I have not taught in before, and fixing them and/or moving may take some time. Someone might have stolen my coffee and I run slow. I really appreciate all your patience.

     

    What happens if there is snow, a flu outbreak, an emergency, and/or some other reason students shouldn't come to school?

    First, school is open, and my classes are held in person, unless you are specifically notified otherwise. You can check the College website, and to be added to the emergency text messaging so you know when the school closes. Check the school links table above for Alert links.

     

    If I need to announce my absence and/or class cancellation, you will see the announcement on my main student's web site and on the main page for your specific class, I will send a mass email, and I will post to Facebook.

     

    What is FERPA and how does it apply to me?

    FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Basically, it means that your student records, class grades, and personal identity are safe with the school you attend and the teachers you work with. In my classes, I respect your privacy of information, do not share grades or other sensitive details about you with anyone, or intend to ask questions of you about things that do not seem to directly impact your experience and participation in my classes.

     

    • You have the right to expect me to keep your performance and education details to myself and to not share them with other instructors, students, or your family members. Especially your parents.
    • You have the right to generalize your introduction/forum information and photo image in my classes, or to leave it blank.
    • You have the right in class assignments to use made-up addresses, phone numbers, and emails in examples - be safe and private!
    • You have the right to privacy from me in my class emails (I use BCC) if I send an email to the whole class.
    • I have the responsibility to refuse to speak with anyone else about your work with me until I have your verbal and/or written consent. This means I cannot and will not discuss student performance or issues with parents, etc.
    • I have the right to recommend additional academic and student counseling for you if you have needs that my class and instructional capabilities are not intended or designed to meet.
    • I have the right to forward emails and performance information as requested/required to the Dean of my program, the Department Counselors of your program, and/or the Dean of Student Life so that they have facts in any discussion with you. This may occur at your request, and/or if we reach an impasse during or after a quarter about your grade/performance.
    • I have the right to contact your Department Counselor if I am concerned about your academic performance and am aiming for you to have some academic intervention to help you succeed.
    • I have the right to contact the Behavioral Intervention Team and/or the Crisis Intervention and/or the College's Security if I am concerned about a security/behavioral issue with you. My goal and responsibility is to be respectful of the needs and safety of all my students. My goal is also to help you, but I am not trained to manage behavioral or crisis issues myself.
    • Safety and security first! :0)

     

    I have unique safety needs. What can you do?

    You need to be in contact with College Security right away (school links table). I am not, and can not, ever be your first line of communication or defense regarding safety issues stemming from outside SCC. I am responsible for the general safety standards of my classroom (and general issues I see in the hallways). I will do what I can in cases of discipline, and behavioral concerns that come up. I will also do my best in a crisis per my understanding of the College's Emergency Procedures and personal capacity and safety considerations during an emergency. I will expect and require students to pay attention and to follow instructions to preserve and protect our safety in an immediate crisis as well.

     

    However, I am in no way trained in security, social work, crisis management, or other safety issues. I am also not trained/current in CPR or other emergency medical responses. I do not have medical benefits, so I will also not volunteer to put myself in inappropriate danger or physically damaging situations.

     

    For any privacy and security concerns above and beyond (like domestic issues, stalking, identity protection, violence, weapons/threats, a specific health response need, etc.) you will need to work with the College's Security, your Department Counselor, and/or Crisis Intervention as appropriate for your situation. If these folks determine that I need specific information about your situation, they and you will then EMAIL ME and provide me with authorized details, paperwork, and procedures. However, if you EMAIL ME first, I will do my reasonable and safe best in the immediate moment, and I will refer you to these services since personal safety outside the classroom is definitely outside my expertise and culpability.

     

    What else should I know?

    I take my responsibilities as an instructor very seriously. While I try to have a relaxed and engaging class environment, promote fun and learning, am a little nuts, and love creative interaction, my FIRST responsibility is to be professional, fair, unbiased, non-preferential, and supportive within appropriate teacher-student boundaries. I want you to have a safe and good learning environment, a great experience at SCC, and try to the best of my ability and resources to provide it. BTW - no bribes allowed (especially Starbucks). :0)

     

     

    Grading

     

    It is SIMPLE: Show up to all the classes and actually participate. Do the assigned work/quizzes and submit them before the due date; do them with the needed effort, quality, and required programs/format; and do them without skimping or trying to get around the work by foul means. Have respect for me and your class colleagues by showing up consistently and on time. Keep in contact with me during the quarter. It's not much to ask - school is like a job, and it is a privilege to be able to gain education. This is what I base my grading upon.

     

    How hard or picky are you at grading?

    I'm very happy when everyone learns the materials and gets great grades and I aim for this! My classes are not graded on a curve. I really want folks to understand, practice, and be able to use what I teach, and I want you to SUCCEED and have fun while learning!! I am open to creativity, trying really hard, and a diverse learning curve. I do not expect everyone to have the same training background or way of approaching assignments, so hard-earned simple work or highly stylized work can actually both receive top grades. I am also aware that students don't always have a lot of class experience and/or have a different primary language. Just because I am a geek does not mean everyone else is.

     

    However, I am VERY picky about participation, attendance, late assignments, missing assignments, not following assignment instructions/steps, work that does not meet the assignment's requirements, lack of communication, incomplete/incorrect/shortcut work, and work plagiarized instead of learning and using your own effort. In other words, I am like a boss at a job - very tough on deadlines, assignment-specific requirements, and missing/shoddy work. This goes for any age, school/experience level, differently-abled, language basis, etc. My classes tend to be career/real-world prep (even the simple classes), so I evaluate on the basis that you need to be able to perform in the real world, including following instructions.

     

    Your job is to always EMAIL ME in advance of a due date with a problem and a game plan. If a student establishes a pattern of late work and/or absence, I note that too. Don't even think about arguing with me about missing work, taking shortcuts, and/or not following instructions, savvy?

     

    Do you grade some students more easily than others?

    NO. I do not, and have never, played favorites. My classes are based on merit only - your grade is always based on what you do and do not do. Grades are based solely on participation/attendance, and on completed work. If a student is absent or late a lot, that shows in the grade. If assignments get missed, that gets marked down. If work is sloppy, usually 25%-50% of the points may come off. The practices I use for all students are practices are for every individual student, equally. Only participation, attendance, and work done/not done matters in how I grade, and it is important to me that you experience fairness, safety, and consistency.

     

    To be clear, it is possible that some students may chat more with me in and out of class than others do - that does not impact grades. I might encounter and chat with students who I have common work/travel/tech experiences or such. I see some students who happen to be on the same bus route, and/or possibly students who even live in the same neighborhood. However, I compartmentalize and am a faculty professional, so these things do not impact grades. I might even have a friend, acquaintance, and/or colleague who returns to school and ends up in my class - that does not impact grades. If a student brings in a postcard from travels, or treats for the class - that does not impact grades. If I am at all concerned about a previous relationship, I make sure my coordinator/department dean knows about it so we all are comfortable and clear. You can ask.

     

    Where and when is my final grade available?

    Your grade will be available on the College website about a full week after the last day of finals. You should have no surprises at the end of the quarter, and you are responsible for knowing your course work grading using CANVAS before the end of the quarter. Not checking is not a negotiating tactic for upping your grades later.

     

    I also won't argue over grades - if there is a serious error/concern, I will try to help during the quarter, but we won't dicker over points for tardiness, missing assignments, late assignments, incomplete/incorrect work, my fair and best evaluation of your work, etc.

    • If you have not resolved your grading issues before the end of the quarter, it is too late. I will be swimming with sharks, discovering Starbucks in other cities, skydiving, chasing True Blood actors, getting tats, whatever.
    • The Quarter class grading will be done the night of the final day, and uploaded to the system immediately. Final assignments which are late get an automatic zero, no negotiation.
    • I will usually be unavailable by email from the day after Class Final Exam Date until the first day of the next quarter. I will check email much less frequently during the final grading week after the class finals are over. Issues requiring in-person attendance will not be resolved until the start of the next quarter. I'll be too busy doing cool things with fabulous people.

     

    It's the end of the quarter and I am in trouble with my grade. Will you raise it?

    NO. You have had access to the CANVAS grades section all quarter to check your grades and discuss them with me as needed. I have given comments with assignments that had issues. I have always been available to negotiate issues on specific assignments, absences, upload problems, etc. I really work to help students improve during the quarter, and to give the benefit of the doubt on assignment issues. The end of the quarter is much too late to try to catch up or bargain for a better grade.

     

    Just so you know: I will:

    • NOT reconsider and/or change grades for work that was not turned in, was late, and/or that was incomplete/wrong;
    • NOT reconsider and/or change grades for lack of participation / unexcused absences / tardiness;
    • NOT change grades because a student used an incorrect versions of the required class program(s);
    • NOT change grades because a student did not look up and remember the actual due date and time and turned in work late;
    • NOT haggle over points on instructions/steps that were (for any reason) not followed (including assignment file names);
    • NOT give any special or individual extra credit or make-up assignments;
    • NOT change lower-than-2.0 grades so that a student can get into another instructor's class;
    • NOT change anyone's grade to Incomplete or No Credit - it is too late;
    • NOT accept end-of-quarter petitions on your behalf from doctors, counselors, your department deans, etc.;
    • NOT raise grades even if your financial aid, worker retraining, visiting visa, or other program is at risk;
    • NOT spend time during the Holiday/Quarter breaks bargaining with students or counselors over grades - I will be away from email and not available until the beginning of the next quarter.

     

    What exactly do you grade on?

    Assignment and class grades are based on three things: the skills / time / attention expected to be used to accomplish the assignment; the correct following of the assignment requirements/instructions; and the assignment being submitted on time. I may have specific attendance required points in the syllabus, and will grade on absences. There may or may not be extra credit offered - see your specific class syllabus. I am unable to offer passing grades on substantially incomplete and/or late work, excessive absences, and I won't grade for a partial class.

     

    What are the assignment requirements?

    Each assignment will have a specific set of tasks and specifications for the lesson plan. Read them, digest them, live them, and keep the dog/cat/komodo away from them. Usually all assignments will also have specific file naming protocol, in-assignment identification, and specific location to be uploaded. Also, assignments are not to be emailed unless I specifically state that you can. Points will be lost for late work, unsubmitted work, uncompleted and/or wrong assignment requirements, wrong file naming, unidentified work, work emailed or submitted in some way other than specified in the assignment summary, shortcuts or avoiding specific lessons required by the assignment, plagiarism, and so on. Just be cool and do the work on time, 'kay?.

     

    I think something on an assignment was unclear or did not work right. What should I do?

    First, EMAIL ME. My goal is to offer clear, fair, and useful assignments, and I check them before I upload them and often offer an example so students visually know what they should be aiming for. I ask students to look over the assignment as soon as I post it so they can let me know if there is a problem - an unclear instruction, something that doesn't work quite right, a broken link, a Required Outcome or Starter File that doesn't make sense, a tool that the student doesn't understand, etc. Then, if I hear (in class, by email) of any problem, I fix it and communicate it right away. I also communicate any changes to assignments because of something like this, including in a mass BCC email to students if needed. It is my job to be fair and give you the clearest and best instructions/info I can so you can succeed at accomplishing what you came to class to learn!

     

    This being said, I can have leniency grading an assignment if you really tried and it simply did not work due to an assignment/teacher (ME) problem or something truly disasterous. If you tried and could not upload the assignment on time - and EMAILED ME with a screenshot to show/tell me - I may give the benefit of the doubt and give you at least some points. I want to see what you can do, not hang you up on unfair things. The key is that you HAVE TO EMAIL ME early so that I can help you during the assignment window and before the end-of-quarter. And this is to be very rare, not a new disaster for every assignment.

     

    I don't think the grade on an assignment is fair. What should I do?

    If you really think something was dreadfully unfair, and/or that I graded something down that you really believed you did accomplish, prove it. Please EMAIL ME right away/before the end of the quarter, and tell me specifically what the issue is and how you think we should fix it. This usually clears up misunderstandings. I want you to get the most of of the class, and chatting over the experience of a specific low-graded assignment can help.

     

    For future assignments, pay close attention to the requirements and due date, and make yourself a specific checklist to check off as you finish and review your assignments for submission. Don't expect me to make continued exceptions.

     

    Seattle Central: I don't think that losing participation / attendance points is fair, What can I do?

    Show up, every class day, on time, and don't leave early. Sign in on the attendance form I occasionally send around so I know you were in the class. If I do a Roll Call, answer it. Class is like a job, and you disrespect me and other students when you don't show/come late. You can't get the best info, demos, in-jokes, and occasional chocolate if you are not there. Your boss won't tolerate no-shows, so why should I?

     

    I specifically set the non-participation point loss high so that students will treat the class like they would a job, and will EMAIL ME to have an absence explained and excused. For instance, a 300-point class might have a 45-point loss for 3 absences (15 points per absence). My CEO classes will have 50% of the grade based on attendance. Don't argue about it - if you are sick, or have some other serious attendance concern, EMAIL ME with the reason so I can excuse your lack of participation for that day. EMAIL ME in advance of planned absences, such as a pre-planned trip, a sudden family issue, a job interview or required meeting, etc. Have proof if you had a disaster, doctor appointment, plane ticket, an actual komodo that bit you, etc.

     

    What grading scale do you use?

    I use the same grading scale as other instructors at the College/in Canvas. I multiply the number of credits attached to a course by 100 to create the Point Count that I base assignments and other evaluations on. For instance, a 3-credit class has 300 points, a 1-credit class has 100 points, etc. The CEO class is double the points because attendance is so important.

     

    In CANVAS, you can hover over the final percentage in your listed grades to see your point count/total available points. Here is an example of how I range points and grades.

     

    Numerical Letter Percent 500pts 400pts 300pts 200pts 100pts 400pts CEO
    4.0 A 100% to 98% 490 392 294 196 98 380
    3.9 A 97% to 95% 475 380 285 190 95 376
    3.8 A- 94% 470 376 282 188 94 372
    3.7 A- 93% 465 372 279 186 93 368
    3.6 A- 92% 460 368 276 184 92 364
    3.5 A- 91% 455 364 273 182 91 360
    3.4 B+ 90% to 89% 450 360 270 180 90 356
    3.3 B+ 88% 440 352 264 176 88 352
    3.2 B+ 87% 435 348 261 174 87 348
    3.1 B 86% 430 344 258 172 86 344
    3.0 B 85% 425 340 255 170 85 340
    2.9 B 84% 420 336 252 168 84 336
    2.8 B- 83% 415 332 249 166 83 332
    2.7 B- 82% 410 328 246 164 82 328
    2.6 B- 81% 405 324 243 162 81 324
    2.5 B- 80% 400 320 240 160 80 320
    2.4 C+ 79% 395 316 237 158 79 316
    2.3 C+ 78% 390 312 234 156 78 312
    2.2 C+ 77% 385 308 231 154 77 308
    2.1 C 76% 380 304 228 152 76 304
    2.0 C 75% 375 300 225 150 75 300
    1.9 C 74% 370 296 222 148 74 296
    1.8 C- 73% 365 292 219 146 73 292
    1.7 C- 72% 360 288 216 144 72 288
    1.6 C- 71% 355 284 213 142 71 284
    1.5 C- 70% 350 280 210 140 70 280
    1.4 D+ 69% 345 276 207 138 69 NC
    1.3 D+ 68% 340 272 204 136 68 NC
    1.2 D+ 67% 335 268 201 134 67 NC
    1.1 D 66% 330 264 198 132 66 NC
    1.0 D 65% 325 260 195 130 65 NC
    0.0 F 64 - 0% 0 0 0 0 0 NC

     

    What this means is that for:

    • A 100 point class, anyone with fewer than 64 points will receive a failing grade, and everyone with 64 and higher points will receive a passing percent and grade point based on the chart above.
    • A 300 point class, anyone with fewer than 195 points will receive a failing grade, and everyone with 195 and higher points will receive a passing percent and grade point based on the chart above.
    • A 400 point CEO class, anyone with fewer than 280 points will receive an NC grade, and everyone with 280 and higher points will receive a passing percent and grade point based on the chart above.
    • When a person's percentage falls between .0-.4%, like 70.4%, the percentage is considered to be 70%. If the person's percentage falls between .5-.9%, like 70.6%, the percentage will go up, to 71%.
    • See class point breakdowns in your specific class syllabus.

     

    Note: Many classes may require a 2.0+ grade point to meet prerequisites for approval. Some financial aid or other student programs may require higher than 2.0 - this is your responsibility. I DO NOT renegotiate or change grades for students so that they can "make" this 2.0 requirement. You will need to negotiate with the other instructor you need to take the class from to see if s/he will waive that 2.0 requirement.

     

    What do you consider cheating?

    Good question! In my classes, cheating is considered to include (but not be limited to):

    • Using work and/or code done from other sources and students and claiming it as your own;
    • Copying and renaming another student's file or file contents and submitting it as your own;
    • Work with the exact same mistakes / issues as another student which indicates that a "study" group agreed upon and submitted the same assignment for all members;
    • Using images and text from undocumented sources with the intent to publish said work as original and for not-for-school-learning use, and/or
    • Having someone other than the student do your work - including paper-writing services and test-taking services.
    • Attempts at bribery, arm wrestling, excessive kitty pictures, and such. Heh!

     

    If I DO catch a cheating behavior, the assignment will automatically get a ZERO (0) grade with no make-up possibility. If you take your lumps and improve immediately, I may be allowed to not escalate this. However, I may be required to escalate it as per the Student Code of Conduct and also submit a report to the Department Dean for your school record. IF YOU CHEAT, you may be dropped from the class, may be put on academic suspension, may lose any grant/scholarship/financial aid funding you have, may lose any student visa/visiting privileges you might have, and/or may be dismissed from SCC altogether.

     

    I have financial aid/worker retraining funds, and/or an on a Student Visa, and I will lose them if I don't pass the class at a certain grade point.

    Regardless of outside financial pressures, the same grading rules apply. I don't want anyone to lose their funding. However, it is up to YOU to manage workflow and attendance, keep an eye on your grades with Canvas, EMAIL ME with any issues, and make sure you don't fall behind in any way that costs your financial aid or student visa. I am not responsible for your performance or final grade and I can't/won't make exceptions - it's unfair to the other students. I myself have benefited from financial aid in my education, so I know the deal and I myself managed to always be in class and to excel in assignments.

     

    I am unhappy about how I have been graded, or something else in the class. What do I do?

    I'm your FIRST best choice, and during the quarter I want to help, so make sure to talk with me. EMAIL ME. I don't get offended, and I am always learning and improving, so I WANT to do the best I can for you and help you feel relaxed and in control of YOUR education. Also:

    • If we have talked and exchanged emails and you still have concerns, and/or it is after the final class date, you are free to (school links table):
    • Visit or email the department's Dean.
    • Visit or email the Dean of Student Life and Engagement / Studewnt Services
    • Talk with your own Department Counselor.
    • Look over the College's Grading System/Policy & Procedures.
    • Use the Student Complaint process.

     

    I need tutoring. How do I get it, and how much does it cost?

    The college has a Tutoring Center (school links table), where you can sign up for assistance and see who might be available for the professional/tech tutoring. Students are eligible for 2 free hours per week, per each class.

     

    The College also has a free online eTutoring site (see Tutoring Center web page). ETutoring helps with several subjects including web development, and you can leave a question for the tutors with a 48-hour answer turnaround. There is also an eChat option for real-time help.

     

    Late/Tardy/Problematic Work - NO EXCUSES!

     

    The Policy: NO LATE WORK. NONE. NO NO and NO.

    For any reason. Turn it in completely, on time. If you miss it, please accept responsibility, move on, and resolve to not have any more late work. If you know about a specific problem, EMAIL ME at least 1+ full day in advance with your issue and what you plan to do to solve it and turn the work in - we may be able to negotiate a bit. Note that there are especially NO exceptions for late final assignments.

     

    Otherwise, NO. This includes:

    • Can I turn in an assignment late and still get all points? NO.
    • Do you give assignment extensions or review late work for full assignment points? NO.
    • I emailed and said my assignment would be late. Isn't that enough? NO.
    • I'm sick / have a sick family member/ have an emergency and couldn't do the work. NO.
    • I feel like I am falling behind and can't keep up with the class and/or assignments. NO.
    • My work's not done because I am having trouble with the technology - saving files / transferring files to my server / using a program / PC or Mac issues / getting into CANVAS / seeing my work on my web site, etc. NO.
    • My work's not done because my dog ate my USB drive / I lost it / it broke / it fried / I swear I saved my work but can't find it / etc. NO.
    • My work's not done because my computer fried / was stolen / doesn't have the programs I need / ate my assignment / I don't have an Internet connection at home / my web server isn't working, etc. NO.
    • My work's not done because I didn't understand the assignment / didn't know when it was due / don't have the book / couldn't get the resources or pieces I needed / wasn't in class to hear it / didn't know where something was on the class web site, etc. NO.
    • My work's not done/uploaded because I forgot my login or password / forgot where to upload the assignment / forgot how to use the class upload tools / thought I could upload it late / saw someone else get an upload extension date, etc. NO.
    • My work's not done because I have too much homework / too many classes / too many work hours / a bad boss / too little sleep / family or friend problems / too many interruptions. etc. NO.
    • My work's not done because I didn't know that my upload didn't work / my images were missing / my links or navigation didn't work / I submitted an alias or shortcut by accident / I accidentally submitted the wrong assignment, etc. NO.
    • My work is not done because I have an issue with the class assignment requirements and/or want to do the work my own way and/or am not able to/willing to do them as required or do it at all. NO.
    • My grade is in trouble because I didn't know my grades were low / that any assignments were late / that I should keep in touch with you / that I missed information, etc. NO.
    • I don't want to spend time in class because I can do all my work at home / shouldn't need to be in class / don't like talking to folks / am bored / don't care / thought it would be an easy pass. NO.

     

    Thank you.