Professional StandardsFor this class to be successful, discussion must be both professional and collegial. To ensure that every student feels safe to express opinions and to share personal experiences, please observe the following guidelines:
AttendanceYou are asked to attend (and attend to) all student and guest speaker presentations, and participate in Wednesday group work sessions. Your peers require an engaged audience to ensure their presentation experience is a valid learning experience for the presenters; guest speakers (if any) have given freely of their time and energy to contribute to the class, so deserve your attention; not participating in group work sessions presents a burden to one's group, and could leave one (and one's group) open to charges of academic misconduct if one claims to have contributed equally to a presentation when one has not. Attendance will be taken and unexcused absences noted against your class participation grade.
Phone CallsYou are asked to not to text or take calls during class.
There may be occasions when you need to be available for a call during class time (e.g., issues related to childcare, employment, etc.). To minimize the disruption of such calls to the rest of the class, please give the instructor advance warning that you are expecting or need to be available for such a call; set your phone to vibrate; and sit where you may exit the class discretely to take the call. The same guidelines apply to texting.
Laptop/Tablet/Mobile Device PolicyYou are welcome to bring your laptop, tablet, or mobile device to class. You are expected, however, to remain focused on the current class activity: using your laptop/device for unrelated tasks is distracting and discourteous to the presenter and to your classmates. (Please remember that, unlike television, the presenter can see you.)
It is your responsibility to remain fully engaged in, and contributing to, the success of the class. If you sense that you and your classmates are beginning to tune out the current presenter, ask a question to raise the level of discussion, or request a break, or otherwise take positive action to improve the learning situation.
Using your laptop for tasks unrelated to the current class activity could result in a significant grading penalty (i.e., a negative class participation grade for unprofessional behaviour of up to 20% may be assessed against your coourse grade).
Video or Audio RecordingConsistent with the principle of confidentiality listed under professional standards (above), you are asked not to video or audio record any portion of the class without the explicit permission of the instructor and the current presenter(s).
Email AddressPlease note that your assigned uleth.ca email account is your official address for this course; it is your responsibility to monitor this email account to ensure that you are aware of any communication from the instructor and your cohort peers.
[If you regularly use a different email account, you can set your uleth.ca account to forward it's mail to your regular email.]
Student Discipline PolicyAlthough, as future teachers yourselves, it is highly unlikely anyone in this class would consider cheating or behaving badly—in or out of class—I am required by regulation 8.a.2.h to include a statement in the course outline reminding students that they are subject to the student discipline policy for academic and non-academic offenses in accordance with the University of Lethbridge Calendar.