Assessment

Grinding…

Like it or not, at the end of this class, I have to give you a grade for the work you’ve done.

To earn an A in the class, each student will need to earn at least 1000 XP. Your grade corresponds to your character’s level in-game. Grades for the course break down in the following way:

Character LevelPoints earnedLetter Grade
101000+A
9900-999A-
8800-899B
7700-799C
6600-699D
5 or lower0-599F

Be sure to keep track of your total XP as it increases through the course of the game. Each time you complete a quest (turn in an assignment) you should mark XP on your character sheet.

A Note on Grading, Labor, and Experience

Your grade in the class is earned as experience points. Each student will fill out a character sheet at the beginning of the semester, and use it to track their Experience Points (XP) earned by completing quests throughout the semester. Your grade for most assignments will be based on timely completion and not on evaluation. In other words, you earn your grade based on the labor you put into the class.  Larger projects (Raids, PvE) will receive “effort points,” a base number of XP for completing the assignment on time. If you do not follow guidelines, or if the assignment is late, you WILL be subject to a penalty of up to 25 XP (or 25% of the assignment’s XP) on anything submitted, so be careful.

I want to encourage a culture of experimentation in this class, and I want to encourage you to take risks and to extend beyond your comfort zone. That’s a messy process, and it’s one that usually involves a lot of failure. Consider this your training ground. Make your mistakes. I will be giving you feedback on your work across the entire semester. Remember that I’m your ally in this—I want you to succeed and to get the grade you want out of this class, but I also want you to come away with something other than a grade and a few quickly-forgotten lessons on writing.

An Overview of Quests

Quests for this class fall into the following categories

Raids
MyStory (150 XP)
A look back at the way your personal history has composed your identity. Your guild is there to help shape the medium, but the content is up to you. It’s your story.

Rhetoricae Wiki (100 XP)
If we’re going to talk about rhetoric and literacy, we’re going to need a resource to keep track of everything we’ve learned. Your guild is tasked with creating a compendium of its hard-earned knowledge.
NOTE: Assignment was scrapped in early November

Public Argument (150 XP)
Create a multimodal call to arms with your guild. The fate of the world may depend on it (as it frequently does in the type of story this game is modeled after).
NOTE: Changed to 200 XP in November after Raid 2 was scrapped.


Public Argument (150 XP)
Create a multimodal call to arms with your guild. The fate of the world may depend on it (as it frequently does in the type of story this game is modeled after).
NOTE: Changed to 200 XP in November after Raid 2 was scrapped.

Player-Vs-Environment (PvE) Challenges
Literacy Narrative (50 XP)
Everyone encounters rhetoric differently. What impact has it had on the way you communicate?

Genre Analysis (50 XP)
Each specialization will have a specific academic genre to investigate and analyze. How and why do they work the way they do? What expectations does the audience of such a genre have?

#Syllabus (50 XP)
Based on the work of the #Syllabus Project, each player should curate a syllabus of outside sources that can help them in their quests.
NOTE: Changed to 100 XP in November after Raid 2 was scrapped.

Adventure Log (75 XP total)
Here, you’ll record your responses to readings to prepare for class, as well as the experiences you go through in making your way through the semester. There is no set length for these, but I will check them at various points throughout the semester. 

Random Encounters//Initiative
The day-to-day work of the class. Random Encounters (small assignments) and Initiative (participating in class discussions). Because this class is very much based on discussion and gaining knowledge as a group activity, your presence (physically and mentally) in class is very important.