Class Participation (15%): This begins, obviously, with attendance, but your participation grade is made up of two components: discussions and skills exercises. I expect each of you to be an active participant in class discussions. We will discuss readings, ask and answer questions about the week’s topics and/or speculate about the meanings of what we’re reading. To accomplish this, you will need to do the readings before you come to class. Your grade for this part of the course does not depend just on you showing up; it will reflect upon your thoughtful contribution to our discussions.
Please note that our weekly meetings will include in-class demonstrations and exercises that are designed to ensure that you master the skills we’re covering. I will expect you to follow along and practice the skills in and out of class—usually these skills make up the bulk of your blog assignments. Sometimes, I will ask you to post the results of these skills assignments to your blog posts. While these “mini” assignments will not receive their own grade, they will make up part of your participation grade. I will not re-teach a missed class over email or during office hours, but I will help you if you are stuck.
Blog Posts (15%): You will write three blog posts throughout the semester, each in response to a specific prompt. You’ll publish these responses to the blog you host on your domain. These prompts *may* cover your progress in the course, the development of your major projects, or your reflections on the course readings. These blog posts should be 450-500 words; they should be written in a semi-formal scholarly style (with complete thoughts and correct spelling, grammar, and syntax); and they will be due on Sundays by midnight each week they are assigned. Partial responses (including those that fail to meet the minimum word length or clearly fail to answer the prompt) will receive partial credit. Late posts will lose points per the course policy. Feedback and grades will be shared privately through your course portfolios.
Group Midterm Project (20%): *This is your midterm* You will break into groups of ~5 members to complete a project using either TimelineJS or StoryMapJS on a selected topic related to Chicago’s history. It will be due before class on March 21. We will go over this project assignment extensively in class. | Midterm project grading rubric
Final Project & Proposal (10% & 40% ): In lieu of a final exam, each student will complete an individual digital project that answers a significant question about crime in Chicago between 1870 and 1930. You are required to turn in your preliminary project proposals to me before class on April 11. The proposals are worth 10%.
Final projects are due May 9 at 10:15pm. For this assignment, you will be creating a digital project showcasing your original research about crime in Chicago between 1870 and 1930. These projects will demonstrate your mastery of all the digital skills that are central to the course as well as your ability to take a variety of information and data about a topic and mold it into a coherent argument about the past. We will cover the requirements and expectations for the final project extensively in class. Final projects are worth 40% of your grade. | Final project grading rubric
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