Blog and Comments Policies

  1. A blog post will be due each week, Wednesday at midnight. If Prof. H. has not set a specific topic, blog about your progress on the current project. In weeks with a major design report due (Upcycle, Main project CDR, or Final), the design review report will be the blog subject. These major posts will have detailed rubrics describing required content. Other weeks will have less detailed requirements.
  2. For a regular post, aim for around 500 words. A major post should be at least 1500 words.
  3. Every blog post must have a featured image and/or video link. Do not upload videos to the media library; we don’t have the bandwidth to support it. Instead, upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo and make the link the first text in the post, then select Video Format for the post.
  4. All material that you do not personally create MUST BE CITED. Acknowledge the ORIGINAL author; do not use ANY material that you can’t find the original author of (use Google Image Search to trace). If you do not give appropriate credit for images, videos etc, you will be plagiarizing, and will get 0 credit, and may have to face academic sanctions. A good citation will include the author’s name, date and a functioning link to the original source at a minimum. If you are having trouble tracing authorship, ask for help from a classmate, Behruz or Prof. H.
  5. Be sure to categorize your post for the assignment. Make sure it is not also in the ‘no category’ category. Feel free to tag your work too.
  6. You are encouraged to post more than the specified assignments. Please post to the Links category whenever you find content worth sharing.
  7. Each student has committed to writing at least two substantive critiques on other students blog posts each week (due Sunday night at midnight). A substantive critique includes identifying at least one strength of the post and at least one question or suggestion for improvement. Try to identify more strengths than improvements. Comments on the content are generally more valuable than comments about the appearance or grammar of the post. If a post already has two substantive comments, choose a different post to comment on. This way everybody will get some feedback each week. Note; if your post is late, you will miss out on this cycle; you won’t get timely feedback on your work. If your critiques are late, it will be hard to find posts needing comments, and you won’t be able to complete this part of the assignment until some other late person posts.
  8. You must respond to your comments by Tuesday night at midnight. Feel free to change and edit your posts as requested. You can edit any of your posts all semester long. If you change your project entirely, do go back and address the suggested blog content of old posts to match your new project so that your project ends up being well-documented.
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