Project 2 Presentations

The conclusion of our series of guest speakers. The start of the final two weeks of our semester. And the second set of presentations of our term projects.

That is the status of our course in a nutshell! And if you turn your gaze to the horizon, the finish line of our academic year is in sight.

How shall we proceed? It may be helpful to describe our plans a week at a time:

Week of April 23rd

Each group must upload all Project 2 written material, including Powerpoint slides, to its Google Drive folder by 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 25th. Each group must adhere to this deadline, even if it presents its work at a later session.

In addition, each group must be prepared to deliver its presentation on Wednesday, April 25th, unless an excused absence (that is approved in advance) requires a different date. The instructors will determine the actual sequence of group presentations in the classroom, during the class sessions.

Time constraints will prevent us from completing all presentations on Wednesday, April 25th. Thus, many groups will need to present their work on Thursday, April 26th. Nevertheless, unless excused in advance, all groups must be “good to go” on the 25th.

This flexible approach is necessitated by our desire to establish no time limits on the “Q&A” conversation period that follows each presentation. This “open discussion” policy was very popular, and very effective, during the Project 1 presentations. However, it obviously necessitates a significant degree of flexibility regarding our schedule.

Please keep in mind that Extra Credit 1 is an optional group activity that must be integrated into your Project 2 submission. It must be included in your Google Drive folder by the Project 2 submission deadline, and it must be integrated into your Project 2 written material.

There are no advance reading assignments this week. However, we will take a quiz on Wednesday, covering the content that Bill Patenaude presented in class last week. His Powerpoint slides, simply entitled Bill Patenaude, are included in the Handouts sub-folder of our online Documents folder.

We will also take a quiz on Thursday, covering the content that students presented the previous session. We will upload a copy of each student Powerpoint file to a new sub-folder entitled Student Presentations in the Handouts sub-folder.

Incidentally, now that we have reached the Final Student Presentations stage of the semester, we will close our anonymous student feedback survey page. There was no anonymous feedback about last week’s sessions.

Week of April 30th

It is likely that one or two group presentation(s) will be scheduled this week, due to time constraints or excused absences during the week of April 23rd. This student activity will be given scheduling priority.

A brief reading assignment will be required for each session this week. We will also take a quiz during each session.

On Wednesday, May 2nd, the quiz will cover the content that students presented the previous session. It will also cover the advance reading assignment on that day. And on Thursday, May 3rd, the quiz will cover the content that was discussed during the previous class session, along with the advance reading assignment for that day.

Week of May 7th

All Project 3 submission content must be uploaded to the Google Drive folders no later than 5:30 pm on Monday, May 7th. Any individual Extra Credit 2 and Make-up Activity work must be transmitted via email to Mike Kraten at this time as well.

As noted above, please keep in mind that Extra Credit 1 is an optional group activity that must be integrated into your Project 2 submission. It must be included in your Google Drive folder by the Project 2 submission deadline, and integrated into your Project 2 written material.