Colorado History: History 312, Spring 2016

Group Projects



There is one main assignment for this class - your digital group project.  However, you will be graded on three aspects of this same thing:

1) The Group Project - The same grade that everyone in your group gets.  (25%)

2) Your Blog - Much of it will describe the research and the acquisition of technological skills needed to complete this project, but not all of it.  (25%)

3) Your Process Paper - Due during the final exam period, this will be the place where you make the case that you were primarily responsible for your group project or I'll see that your contribution fell short.  (25%)

The Group Project will begin with a 2-3 page, double-spaced pitch paper, compiled by the entire group.  It will be accepted, rejected or amended (most likely this last one) and returned to your group ASAP.  While you do not have to follow everything you said you'd do in the pitch at the end of the semester (priorities change) I will look back to your pitch to help me decide what the final grade on the group project should be.

Your Blog
will be set up during the tools sessions near the beginning of class.  I will be looking there for substantive descriptions of your research process, engagement with the course tools and project updates appearing once per week for the rest of the semester.  If you have done no work on the project that week, I need you to write that in the blog.  Nonetheless, I expect to see at least SEVEN substantive posts over the course of the semester (including a required post the week of April 14).  

A substantive post is one in which you describe your research process, how you solved a technological dilemma or overcame some other obstacle that will improve the final product that your group produces.  Ideally, each post will appear by 9AM on Wednesday morning of the week in question (looking back on the previous seven days of work) and include your work schedule for the coming week so that I can do my best to visit you at your respective archives.  Since this is a group project your blogging grade will depend upon the frequency that others in your group post (since you aren't sharing the work well if they aren't posting).  

Your Process Paper will be a 3-5 page, double-spaced description of what you did on the group project.  It will be due during the final exam period.  I will use it to either give you credit for your inordinate contribution to the group or lower your grade so that grades are distributed more fairly.  It is OK to lift language from your blog for this paper, but this work should be considered a self-standing coherent essay in its own right.

Send all assignments to me via Slack DM.  Grades will be returned via e-mail.

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