Which section should you be in?

A Guide to Choosing Your Section

On the first day of class, the instructor will provide you with a questionnaire and, at this point, you will select the section you wish to be in. Each of the three sections has different expectations.

Studio: If you select the studio, you are agreeing to be an active participant in the classroom experience. This means that you will attend all classes, stay for the entire class period, write 2 essays, deliver oral presentations, take an active part in classroom discussions and answer short essay-format weekly quizzes on the reading (every Tuesday).  In addition, for each class period, studio students will be required to be prepared to discuss one current news article from a prominent newspaper.  You will be required to bring a sheet with the source of your article, the date and a short summary of its content which you will then hand in to the student assistant at the beginning of every class period.

You will receive an oral grade based on the quality and frequency of your oral participation.   It is expected that you will be able to explain the content of the news item you bring to class as well as identify why it is important.  You should also be able to discuss the class readings, Part of your oral grade will derive from the oral presentation of your Insight topic.  In computing your final oral score, your daily participation will be worth 100 points and your two Insight oral presentations worth 50 points.

Your 2 required essays should be submitted online at the assignment dropbox in Blackboard or emailed both to the instructor and to the TA. Your essays will be due by 9:00PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, the day before the scheduled time for classroom students. You will be able to sign up for your preferred insight dates in class.

You may gain up to 30 extra credit points through participation on the Blackboard discussion board.

If you want to be in the studio section but know ahead of time that you will have to miss several classes because of other obligations you have, you should talk (or write) to the Professor about your individual situation.  It may still be possible for you to be in the studio section.

Classroom: If you select the classroom option, you are agreeing to take weekly quizzes on the text material (Tuesday) and weekly tests on lecture and discussion (Thursday) in the classroom. You do not have to stay for the whole lecture but, if you do, you must sit quietly so as not to disturb the other students. Like all students, you will be required to write 2 essays.   

You can be in the classroom section even if you know that you might miss several quizzes or tests.  In the case of these planned absences (business, athletic, personal), you should let the instructor (Professor Friedman) know, at least, 12 hours ahead of time so that an online quiz or test can be prepared for you.   If you take a quiz or test online, the grading guidelines for web students will apply.

There will be opportunities for limited participation within the classroom.  Participation in these class discussions may earn you extra credit.

You may gain up to 30 extra credit points through participation on the Blackboard discussion board and/or oral participation in the classroom.

Web: If you select the Web option, you must be able to view the class over cable or by videostreaming on Blackboard. 

Being in an online section requires self discipline.  It is not something you should choose lightly because, for example, it seems easier to watch the class at home.  If you are in the web section, you should pay attention to the following guidelines for success.

You will be expected to take the weekly quizzes and tests online. The quizzes and tests will be of the essay variety, open book, and with a time limit of five minutes. The quizzes and tests will be posted on Blackboard every Friday and you will have until Tuesday 9:00AM to take them.   Beginning Tuesday afternoon, you should be able to return to the quizzes and tests you have taken in order to compare the answer you gave with the answer that was expected.  Checking your quizzes is highly recommended.

Like other students in the class, you will have 2 required essays and these can either be submitted online at the assignment dropbox in Blackboard or dropped off at the professor's mailbox in hard copy form. Your essays will be due by 9:00PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, the day before the scheduled time for the other students. You will be able to sign up for essay dates by email on a first come/first serve basis.  If you have not signed up for an insight slot within a week of the schedule being posted, you will be assigned a date by the instructor.

You may gain 30 extra credit points through participation on the Blackboard discussion board.

During the semester, you are permitted to make one change of sections. So, for example, if you choose the classroom but decide it would be easier to watch the classes at home and take your quizzes online, you will be able to make that change. However, after one change, you are then committed to the section that you have selected for the rest of the semester.  As a general policy, a switch in sections will require you to finish the week in the section you have signed up for.  So, for example, if you are in a classroom section and ask for a switch to an online section on Wednesday, the switch will not be effective until the following week and you will still need to take the classroom test on Thursday.