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Course Policies


As students in a graduate-level seminar, your preparation for and participation in class discussions is required. I have set up this course to be exploratory and community-oriented, meaning I want and expect that you will think critically and creatively about the ideas you encounter and share them with your classmates. There are no right or wrong answers, only diverse perspectives. I also ask that you be generous and respectful in your interactions with others and that you participate actively in all discussions. During several weeks in the semester you will be required to respond to assigned readings and questions posed by myself or your classmates. This work will be assessed as part of your final course grade.

Grading Policies:

Your final grade in this course will be based on completion of the following assignments and activities. You will receive feedback and evaluation on all of the major assignments.


I expect graduate students to attend all class meetings (except in the case of an emergency, sickness, or absence related to a conference presentation) and to notify me in advance if you will be unable to attend. If you have more than 2 absences, your grade will be negatively affected.



A primary focus of this course is on development of learning community and interaction among co-learners through discussion and other activities. Additionally, several of the major assignments require that you work with classmates to conduct research or facilitate classroom activities. As such, your active participation and collaboration with classmates is required. Such interaction has the benefit of sharing ideas and creating understanding that is not possible when working alone.


Although we will spend a good deal of time in class working with course management software and other applications, this is not, primarily, a how-to course on software. You should keep in mind that you may need to spend several hours per week (2-3 hours on average) outside of class time learning and using various applications and technologies. There is no shortcut to becoming adept at utilizing technology. The more initiative and effort you put into this, the more return you will see in the success of your projects and your understandings of the pedagogical, social and rhetorical implications of these technologies' usages.

Academic Integrity:

Plagiarism is using another person’s work without acknowledgment, making it appear to be one’s own. Any ideas, words, pictures, or other intellectual content taken from another course must be acknowledged in a citation that gives credit to the source. This is irrespective of the origin of the material, including the web, other students’ work, unpublished materials or oral sources. Intentional and unintentional instances of plagiarism are considered instances of academic misconduct. It is the responsibility of the student submitting the work in question to know, understand, and comply with this policy.


If you have or believe you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation for equal access to activities or resources in this course, you can contact Jerry Nevarez, Director of Institutional Equity, at 575-646-3635 with any questions you may about NMSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and complaints of discrimination, including sexual harassment.

You can also call Michael Armendariz, Coordinator of Services for Student with Disabilities, at 575-646-6840 with any questions you may have on student issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All medical information will treated confidentially.