Throughout the class, I ask that you periodically volunteer answers,
volunteer to come to the front of the class to demonstrate on the
computer some topic of discussion, and contribute to the overall
The purpose of class participation is to help you become more
involved with the material and learning process.
Class Participation Points
On an index card, write down your name and email address at the
Each time you volunteer an answer, come up to the front of the
class to demonstrate some class topic,
ask a question,
or in some other way add
positively to the learning environment, write it down on your Class
Participation card. Record the date and time and a short
description of what you did. Don't record ordinary participation,
like raising your hand when I ask something like, "Who here has a
To get the most credit for
your class participation entries,
be sure to record the date and
time and be specific in your description.
don't make a vague entry that says, "answered
At the end of class on days when you wrote something down, turn in
the card to me. I will assign a point value to the entries on your
card, record them, and then turn the card back to you at the start
of the next class day.
The card is due at the end of the class on days on which your
participated. Don't forget to turn it in, or you won't get the
The maximum number of Class Participation points you can accumulate
is 25. I may assign any point value
to each of your
class participation entries.
An Example Class Participation Card
John December email@example.com UNIX
2001-02-02 9:15am: Volunteered to go up to the front of the room
to demonstrate logging in and off.
2001-02-09 11:10am: Answered the class discussion question, "How
is Unix different than Windows 95?"
2001-02-16 8:35am: Brought a Unix book to class, brought it
to the instructor and allowed it to be passed around.