Course Email to Students
Click on the links below to view several good examples:
- Course Starts in One Week (session-based and on-demand, all platforms)
- Milestone/Enrollment Email: (on-demand on Coursera)
- Milestone/Congratulations Email: (session-based and on-demand, all platforms)
- Weekly Emails/Course Update to Students (session-based on edX)
Course Policies for Syllabi– Recommended Penn Language
Each week of the course will include video lectures to get the material across face-to-face with the professor. These videos will be released on the Sunday of that week, and will remain open until the closing of the course. Each video will run approximately 5-9 minutes long, with near 5-6 videos per week. I would recommend watching all of the lectures before attempting the quizzes or other assignments for that week.
The assignments will be graded using Coursera’s “Peer Assessment” system. This allows us to offer more thought-provoking essay questions (in place of, for instance, multiple choice). It also gives you a chance to learn from thinking about others’ work, and seeing how they structure their arguments.
Due to the size of our global community and the subjective nature of this course, instructors will not be able grade your work. Instructors do provide the points breakdown against which your submissions will be judged and to provide you with expectations for grading classmates’ work. You will enter and receive multiple peer assessments. This is a valuable way to receive many points of view from students in different geographies and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Remember that design is often an exercise in cultural awareness.
Recommended language for the syllabus: By agreeing to the Honor Code when you begin a course, you agreed to produce only your own work. If it is discovered that there is a breach of this code, immediate discontinuation of the course will ensue. You will get out of the course what you put into it, and the more you challenge yourself, the more rewarding the outcome of the assignments will be!
Grading (different per course)
Students who complete all the coursework, consisting of 1-3 short answer questions per week, will earn a grade in the course. Final grades will be assigned on a pass/fail basis, and will be calculated based on the student’s five highest homework grades, weighted equally. Class participation in the forums will not directly impact the grade. Students who earn a passing grade of at least 70% in the class and enroll in the verified certificate track will receive a course certificate (note that this does not constitute college credit for the course). Students who complete the course requirements without enrolling in the certificate option will see their achievement reflected in their user profile. Students are also welcome to audit the course.
*Please note, Coursera’s new platform automatically generates and displays a syllabus based on your course structure. Providing a more detailed traditional syllabus as supplemental material is recommended, but not required. A formal syllabus is required on the edX platform.