The challenge with participation is making what you contribute visible. I know that it can be hard to tell if you are doing well at participation in some classes. Sometimes it feels as if your participation grade is based on the whim of the teacher or unspoken requirements. That’s not the way it works here.
Instead, you will log your participation, noting where and how you contribute to the on-going conversations in the course. You should always be able to tell how you are doing by checking your log.
At the end of the term, you will write a performance review (your final exam) that explains what you have done to contribute and provides a self-evaluation of your participation.
How the Log Works
I have created a template, using Google Sheets, for you to use as your log. It has four tabs across the bottom:
- Class Discussion
- Writing Group Discussion
- Peer Review
- Self-assessment & Reflection
You will find more details on each sheet of the spreadsheet. Essentially, you will look at your work in Slack (and anywhere else) and add details to the spreadsheet to track what you have done. If you track your participation in your log consistently, you will always know where you stand on this portion of your grade.
Creating Your Log
To get started, make a copy of the Google Sheets Participation Log:
- Make sure you are logged into Google with your vt.edu address.
- Open the Participation Log spreadsheet.
- From the File menu, choose the Make a copy… command.
- Change the name of the file from the default (Copy of Participation Log) to include your name (Jane Doe’s Participation Log).
- If desired, change the location where the file saves as well.
- Click the Share button in the upper right corner and share your log with firstname.lastname@example.org so that I "Can Comment" on your spreadsheet.
- Now that you have a copy, you can begin adding details on your participation in the course.
How Grading Works
This log is for your records. You will not earn a grade on the log itself. Instead, you will use the log at the end of the term to write your performance review. You can include a share link to your log or screen shots from your log in your final exam.