Grades are posted–Are you taking the final?

Grades for your final papers/projects are posted on Blackboard, so now you need to decide if you want to take the final.

  • Feedback on papers/projects is available by clicking on your grade (I think–it looks different on my screen than on yours)

Figuring your grade for the course

  • Take your total points  and divide by 491 (total points available)
    • Example: 454/491, which is 92.4% (A-)
  • You can keep this grade and not take the final OR you can take the final to try to raise your grade
  • Taking the final will not hurt your grade. If you take it and bomb the test, you’ll keep the grade you had before

Deciding whether to take the final

  • Figure your grade based on getting 40/40 on the final (the highest score possible)
    • Example: (454+40)/(491+40)=484/531=93% (A)
  • Will taking the final help raise your score to the next letter grade?
  • Let me know by 5 p.m. Friday if you plan to take the final. (If I don’t hear from you, I will assume you won’t be there on Tuesday.)

Questions?

I can’t tell you whether you should take the final, but I can double-check your math to make sure your calculations are correct

Details about final

  • Noon Tuesday in our classroom
  • It is open-note, open-book but you cannot use electronic devices to access materials, so bring hard copies of your notes
  • It will include multiple choice, true-false, matching and short answer questions, similar to the midterm

If I don’t see you at the final, have a great summer break! Good luck on all of your finals!

 

 

 

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Puppies at Pius today & Tuesday

Not class-related, but who doesn’t need some puppy love heading into finals? Therapy dogs are at Pius library today til 4 p.m. and noon-2 p.m. tomorrow.

May 1: Final paper/project due

Today’s agenda: We’ll talk about your final papers/projects in class, so have an “elevator pitch” (30 seconds or so) ready to explain yours and its conclusions.

  • If you did a project, we’ll take a look at it on the projection screen. (If it’s a video, we won’t have time to watch all of it, but we can watch a small segment if you tell me the timecode from which we should start.)

Due Thursday: Final paper/project due!

  • Paper: Submit via assignment posted on Blackboard homepage (see below)
  • Project: Post to your blog

Final paper post

Reminders for final

  • Final is at noon May 13 (Tuesday)
  • Notify me by May 9 (Friday) if you plan to take final — it is optional
    • See “Final review” ppt in Blackboard for directions on how to figure your grade (to help you decide whether to take the final)
  • Final is open note, open book
    • You must bring hard copies of notes — no accessing computer or other electronic device
  • Final covers Ch. 5-10 & 12, and social media

April 29: Final review

For Tuesday: NOTE that we changed the due dates of the last two assignments

  • The final review is DUE TUESDAY
  • The final paper/project is DUE THURSDAY

Due Tuesday: Arrive with 10 questions AND answers that you think would be appropriate for the final.

  • The final will include material we have covered since the midterm: Ch. 5-10 & 12, as well as social media
  • Your questions must be on one page and the answers must be on another page.
  • You *must* put the corresponding page number for the correct answer if from the book, or cite the date covered if from a presentation.
  • Print your pages & bring them to class.

Some guidelines:

  • Have 9 questions that are multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank or true/false. Aim for a mix of question types.
  • Have 1 question that is a short-answer type.
  • Questions must be from chapters/presentations we have covered after the midterm

For Thursday: We’ll talk about your final papers/projects in class, so have an “elevator pitch” (30 seconds or so) ready to explain yours and its conclusions.

  • Bring a laptop if you have one. We will take time in class to fill out the course evaluation.

Due Thursday: Final paper/project due!

  • Paper: Submit via assignment posted on Blackboard homepage
  • Project: Post to your blog

 

 

April 24: Social media (& reminder re: extra credit tonight)

Reminder: Tonight is the Communication Department’s Distinguished Alumni lecture, being given by Dave Senay. He is the president and CEO of Fleishman Hillard (a global PR firm based in St. Louis) and will talk about the organization’s “ethics as culture” approach.

  • 7 p.m. TONIGHT in Carlo Auditorium, Tegler Hall
  • See previous post for how you can earn up to 10 pts. extra credit by attending the event & writing a blog post about it

Thursday’s agenda: We’re covering social media and will have the last two student presentations of the semester. The readings are:

Due Thursday: Last blog post of the semester! For blog post 7, you should:

  • Pick two professionals in your chosen field OR two organizations in your chosen field who are active on at least one social media platform
  • Based on the readings, assess over 24 hours how they use social media to distribute information & connect with their audience
  • Use at least one in-text link to a reading
  • Link to the organizations/professionals

For Tuesday: NOTE that we changed the due dates of the last two assignments

  • The final review is DUE TUESDAY
  • The final paper/project is DUE NEXT THURSDAY

Due Tuesday: Arrive with 10 questions AND answers that you think would be appropriate for the final.

  • The final will include material we have covered since the midterm: Ch. 5-10 & 12, as well as social media
  • Your questions must be on one page and the answers must be on another page.
  • You *must* put the corresponding page number for the correct answer if from the book, or cite the date covered if from a presentation.
  • Print your pages & bring them to class.

Some guidelines:

  • Have 9 questions that are multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank or true/false. Aim for a mix of question types.
  • Have 1 question that is a short-answer type.
  • Questions must be from chapters/presentations we have covered after the midterm

 

 

 

Reminder: Extra credit opportunity on Wednesday

Don’t forget — your last opportunity to earn extra credit this semester! Earn up to 10 pts.!

Attend the Communication Department’s Distinguished Alumni lecture, being given by Dave Senay. He is the president and CEO of Fleishman Hillard (a global PR firm based in St. Louis) and will talk about the organization’s “ethics as culture” approach.

  • 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY in Carlo Auditorium, Tegler Hall
  • Reception follows the event
  • Please RSVP online

—Write a 200-word summary of what you learned & post to your blog

  • —What was interesting?
  • How does it relate to what we’ve learned in class, or your other classes?

—Due by 5 p.m. April 28 – email me when posted to your blog.

April 22: Ch. 12 Public relations

Today’s agenda: Read Ch. 12, which is on public relations. We’ll have two student presentations as well.

Due Tuesday: Complete the Ch. 12 quiz via Blackboard.

For Thursday: We’re covering social media and will have the last two student presentations of the semester. The readings for Thursday are:

Due Thursday: Last blog post of the semester! For blog post 7, you should:

  • Pick two professionals in your chosen field OR two organizations in your chosen field who are active on at least one social media platform
  • Based on the readings, assess over 24 hours how they use social media to distribute information & connect with their audience
  • Use at least one in-text link to a reading
  • Link to the organizations/professionals

 

Reminder: Extra credit due tonight

A reminder about the extra credit announced in class yesterday: Comment on a classmate’s digital divide blog post and earn up to 4 pts. extra credit. Your comment must be:

  • At least four sentences of substance
  • Constructive (be nice!)
  • Posted by 8 p.m. today (Wednesday)

CHECK YOUR BLOGS AND APPROVE COMMENTS so your classmates don’t miss out on points.

Have a good (and safe) Easter break & see you next week!

Extra credit: April 23 event

Interested in public relations, ethics, or just want some extra credit? Earn up to 10 pts.!

Attend the Communication Department’s Distinguished Alumni lecture, being given by Dave Senay. He is the president and CEO of Fleishman Hillard and will talk about the organization’s “ethics as culture” approach.

  • 7 p.m. April 23 (Wed.) in Carlo Auditorium, Tegler Hall

—Write a 200-word summary of what you learned & post to your blog

  • —What was interesting?
  • How does it relate to what we’ve learned in class, or your other classes?

—Due by 5 p.m. April 28 – email me when posted to your blog.

 

April 15: Digital divide

REMINDER: FINAL PAPER/PROJECT DUE TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!

Tuesday’s agenda: We’re talking about an issue raised in Ch. 9 — the digital divide. For class, you should read/watch:

Due Tuesday: Blog post 6 should focus on your reaction(s) to the assigned materials. Some questions to consider:

  • What are your experiences with the digital divide?
  • Do you agree with some of the assertions in the materials? Why or not?
  • Why is it important to help people “cross” the digital divide?
  • How can we continue to help people bridge the digital divide?

Your blog post should:

  • Be at least 250 words
  • Use proper grammar & complete sentences
  • Include at least one link that IS NOT one of the assigned readings
  • Include a headline that effectively summarizes your post and/or entices people to read

For Thursday: University holiday — no class!

For next Tuesday (April 22): Read Ch. 12, which is on public relations.

Due next Tuesday: Complete the Ch. 12 quiz via Blackboard.