On Grading


Students in this class will learn fundamental critical and creative skills in the field of digital culture. Classwork will focus creating and revising narratives using fiction, virtual worlds and physical fabrication and providing feedback to peers engaged in this process.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding and ability to utilize practices of composition and revision
  • Ability to effectively use narrative in mixed media
  • Basic familiarity with virtual world software and 3D printing
  • A strong sense of critical self-reflection in making fundamental creative choices about form and content

Grade Policies

Students will receive point-based grades for major assignments in class as well as a participation grade that includes other written assignments, class participation and peer feedback.

Late Assignments

Because we are engaging in a rapid process of submission/peer-feedback/revision, late assignments will not be accepted for this course. If something comes up that will prevent you from submitting an assignment on time, please discuss with Professor Wernimont in ADVANCE.

Grading Breakdown

Participation 15% (includes online and in-class participation)

Paper Milestone 15% (Assignments 0-3)

Pixels Milestone 15% (Assignments 4-6)

Plastic Milestone 20% (Assignments 7-10)

Final Project 25% (Assignments 11-12)

Presentation 10%

Grading Scale

A+: 97-100%
A: 93-96%
A-: 90-92%
B+: 87-89%
B: 83-86%
B-: 80-82%
C+: 77-79%
C: 70-78%
D: 60-69%
F: 0-59%
A curve may be applied to raw scores at the instructor’s discretion.

Absence Policies

General Policy
Students with more than three unexcused absences will see a 7% reduction in their final grade. Their grade will drop a further 10% for every subsequent two absences. Students must contact the instructor in advance to discuss absences due to illness, family crises, disabled vehicles, email scams, mysterious talismans, time travel, inclement weather, poor sense of direction, snakes, etc.

Sanctioned Absences
Students who must miss class for religious observances or for university-sanctioned activities should contact the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester to discuss any planned absences.

Classroom Behavior

Respect and Open Discourse
This class will be a safe and open place for learning. Students are expected to model this ideal of university education in their own behavior by arriving at class on time with their assignments completed, ready to contribute to the conversation. The classroom should be a place for critical discussion where rational disagreement and debate is welcome without compromising our respect for one another and for the principle of open dialog. Language and behavior that damages or demeans peers will not be tolerated.

Students will conduct themselves professionally in the classroom. Cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices should not be used in class unless specifically requested by the instructor. Likewise laptops should only be used for class-related work as indicated by the instructor. Students using these devices for other purposes (i.e. Facebook, email, online shopping, homework for another class, etc.) will be marked absent and see their participation grade suffer.

Threatening and Disruptive Behavior
As a protected space for intellectual work, this class has a zero-tolerance policy for threatening and/or disruptive behavior. Any student who engages in such behavior will face immediate consequences in accordance with the Student Services Manual SSM 104–02.

Academic integrity

Plagiarism means presenting someone else’s ideas and words as though they were your own – and this includes (but is not limited to) copying and pasting material from the Web into your own work without properly quoting, paraphrasing, and/or citing it. Although in some work settings it is ok to crib boilerplate text and to paraphrase ideas without attribution, this class is not one of those settings. Students are expected to be familiar with the Student Academic Integrity Policy, a standard to which they will be held accountable: : https://provost.asu.edu/academicintegrity. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.

In this class we will engage in occasional acts of creative adaptation, remixing and revision. Any student with questions or concerns about how these course assignments relate to ASU’s policies on academic dishonesty should feel free to approach the instructor at any point during the semester.

Individual Accommodations

To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the ASU Disability Resource Center (http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/ed/drc/# ; Phone: (480) 965-1234; TDD: (480) 965-9000). This is a very important step to take at the beginning of the semester as accommodations may be difficult to make retroactively.