5.3 Submissions and Late Work
This course expects you to use the internet regularly. I'm not
expecting you to have 24/7 internet access, but just as students in
generations past learned to carry an extra inkhorn and spare lamp
wicks, there are certain common-sense strategies that will help you do
the necessary work.
- Print out a copy of the course syllabus, and print out online readings in advance, so that you can work on the readings if the internet happens to be down.
- Get in the habit of e-mailing drafts to yourself, so that you can retrieve them from your archives if you lose your thumb drive or your hard drive crashes. (The website docs.google.com will let you store your word-processor files in a format you can edit online.)
- Unless the homework assignment specifically mentions a printout, you should assume that I don't want a hard copy. (Most homework will be submitted via turnitin.com, though some assignments will ask you to use other services. We will spend some class time familiarizing ourselves with the various tools.)
Getting Credit for Late Work
By default, late assignments automatically lose one letter grade if they are not submitted on time, and another letter grade for each additional day late. This means that no assignment will earn any credit if it is more than four days late (unless there are extenuating circumstances).
If you are asking that I waive a late penalty, e-mail me a copy of your completed Absence Form (see section 5.1, above) with a subject line that follows this pattern: "Smith EL200 Ex 1-2 Absence Form". (Make sure your absence form specifies the assignment in question.)
Deadlines for the submission of turnitin.com assignments are typically 15 minutes before class starts. (This is to discourage you from being late for class because you were working on your homework, and it also permits me to scan submissions briefly before class begins.) If your assignment is late by a few minutes, but you are still on time to class, your paper won't count as late.
that late submissions always go to the bottom of my to-do list. If I
have already marked and returned a set of assignments, chances are I
won't even notice when you submit your late work. Call my attention to
late submissions by e-mailing me a note.
If you are concerned about not getting a late paper back soon enough to help you complete the next step in a multi-stage assignment, please make an appointment during my office hours, so that I can go over it with you orally.
- Preparation and In-Class Activities: Some assignments are designed to get you ready for a particular day's class, to give you the skills you'll need to tackle a pending assignment, or to help you process something we did during class. For that reason, some time-sensitive assignments can't be made up. (I am willing to make an exception in extenuating circumstances, with proper documentation and follow-through from you.)
- Reading Response Items: These time-sensitive online assignments are designed to prepare you for in-class discussion of assigned readings. If you miss these assignments, your class participation will be affected. (You should still complete any items you missed in order to get full credit for your class portfolio.)
- Class Participation: The ideal way to get credit for a missed
in-class activity is to contribute substantially to the online
discussion. In a timely fashion (within a few days of the missed activity), post thoughtful comments on the course website, your peers'
websites, and/or your own. To make sure that I see and record credit
for this alternative work, describe it in a detailed e-mail.
- Make-up/Extra Credit Assignments: I do not have a policy of
inventing make-up or extra-credit assignments to enable you to pull
your grade up in the last few weeks of the term.