Description and Requirements for FINAL RESEARCH PAPER
Description and Requirements for DESCRIPTION/VISUAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT (Due: February 16, 2016)
(Reading for Description/Visual Analysis) Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art, pp. 113-127.
Description and Requirements for PODCAST ASSIGNMENT (Due: March 23, 2016)
As you will note in the syllabus, a significant portion of your final grade in this class is participation. Part of participation is attending all the class meetings. In addition to attendance, participation also means contributing to class discussions. Given the small size of this class, your participation in discussions is critical. Examples of behaviors that count as active participation in class discussions include (though are not necessarily limited to):
- Responding to questions posed by the instructor.
- Asking substantive questions of the instructor.
- Asking questions or making comments that encourage another person (teacher or fellow student) to elaborate on something they have already said. Such comments may certainly express disagreement with the initial person’s thoughts as long as they do so in a respectful way.
- Asking questions or making comments that draw connections between the readings and the objects being discussed in section.
- Bringing attention to or describing a resource (e.g., a reading, web link, etc.) that is not covered in the syllabus but adds new information or perspectives to the material we are studying.
- Making a comment about how and why you found another person’s ideas interesting or useful.
- Contributing something that builds on or develops from another person’s comment. You should be explicit about how you are building on the other person’s thoughts.
- Emailing the instructor before class to bring up topics or questions that you would like addressed during class.
Students who engage in more than one of these behaviors throughout the semester will be considered to have participated most successfully. Thus, for students who are shy about speaking in class, emailing questions and comments can be a good form of participation; however, it cannot be the only form of active participation. In a small class such as this, we must all learn to express our ideas in verbal as well as written form. We will work throughout the semester to create an atmosphere in which all students feel comfortable and respected when voicing their thoughts and opinions.
 This list is partially adapted from S. D. Brookfield, The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom, 2nd ed. (San Francisco, 2006), 148-149.