no points; just your work
In this class, there are no points and there is no extra-credit. There is only work, and you either do it or don’t do it. "Doing it" means doing it correctly. (If you do a thing incorrectly or incompletley, it's not accurate to say that you've "done it.") And you either do the work correctly or you do it again. If you follow those simple guidelines, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll get a B in this class. If you want to earn an A in here, you just need to complete an additional project that you design.
If you're more of a chart person, here's a handy Completion Checklist that you can use to monitor your own progress in class. The items in dark blue are video projects. The green items are works you submit for public showing. The purple items are written work.
You'll notice that three items are marked with red stars. These are components with firm deadlines. That's because there isn't any reason to do these things if you don't do them by the deadlines.
Also note that checking all these boxes doesn't automatically mean you've earned an A. All your work must also demonstrate consistent control and mastery of the technical stuff (sound, video, editing).
I WANt an A!
Want an A? To earn an A in this class, you must successfully complete all the required projects and activities and the optional Choice Project. It should go without saying that it should also demonstrate your understanding and control of all of the technical stuff we've learned all semester. It's another opportunity for you to try stuff out. Take a risk! Try something new! I'm not looking for ways to penalize your work; I'm looking for ways to reward the extra work you do to learn and explore and take risks. Questions? Just ask me.
What do my grades look like?
Because there are no points, there isn't much reason to repeatedly check your grades. You should know exactly what you have and haven't done. Everything is laid out on this website. There should be no surprises. What you'll see when you check is a record of what work you've actually turned in, what deadlines you've met or haven't met. You'll basically see a Canvas version of that checklist above, and the grades will be codes that tell me whether you have or have not turned in the project. The only grades that actually matter in this class are the quarter and semester grades, which are letter grades negotiated between you and me (Mr. Huette). There are no cumulative points, so no reason to wonder how you're doing. You can just look at your work!