AT: Deliverables

You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.

Engagement

Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. I expect that all of my students will be prepared to actively participate in our in class discussions since that is a key way to take as much away from the course as possible. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement section of this site.

Our conversations are ongoing so you must engage your classmates with commentary, reaction and/or analysis both in class and online. Remember, conversation ” … is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people …” and generally, ” … written exchanges are usually not referred to as conversations.” The good news is that Teams will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for conversations.

Case Analysis

You will complete this deliverable by posting your materials to the appropriate channel in Teams.

We will examine twelve cases decided by SCOTUS during the 2019/2020 term. These cases focus on constitutional law, immigration, presidential immunity and trademarks, among others.

You will join one of six teams that will be responsible for the management of all aspects of a case analysis. Each team will be responsible for the analysis of two cases as described in the Course Schedule. Each case analysis will be developed and shared in your team’s OneNote Notebook and will include three parts.

  • Case analysis narrative, in a minimum of 3,000 words. Each narrative will include the materials necessary to support the team’s analysis. The narrative, and materials, should include, but not be limited to (a) the basis of the case (including a review of lower court and related decisions) and, (b) a discussion that provides context for the case from a legal, ethical, social, cultural and political perspective.
  • A narrated, self-running Powerpoint presentation to share their analysis, allowing their classmates to be full prepared for each in-class discussion.
  • Moderation of the scheduled discussion of the case analysis.

You will use your Teams CA channel to collaborate with your team and memorialize your discussions and supporting materials including, for example, web sources, documents and multimedia content for each case. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and Research.

Case Simulation

You will complete this deliverable by posting your memo to the appropriate channel in Teams.

We will complete two case simulations this semester. Links to the materials related to each case simulations are in the Course Schedule.

Each case simulation requires two phases.

The first phase will require you to review materials in the text. You will also study a case that examines issues related to the simulation topic, focusing on facts, a statutory excerpt and case law. Based on your knowledge of the particular area of law as a whole, you will then compose a neutral memorandum (not to exceed 750 words) that outlines each legal issue present with a short explanation of the applicable legal rules or doctrine. The sources of law for this memorandum are the text’s chapter on the area of law as well as any applicable statutory and case law. Your perspective is not that of an advocate. Rather, your analysis is as objective as possible in spotting any and all potential issues that could arise in the case and opine as to the likelihood of success on each point. You will complete this phase of the assignment individually. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and ResearchNever post a Word or Google doc or pdf.

During the second phase you will prepare for an in-class Q & A discussion of the issues presented by the materials included in the first phase. You will be assigned to a team that will advocate for one side or the other during the discussion.

I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your contributions to the simulations:

  • Phase 1: Assessment will be based on the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, document appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis. You will complete Phase 1 individually. Your issues memorandum should reflect a thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary; and
  • Phase 2: Assessment will be based on your mastery of the issues under consideration, contribution to the preparatory work of your team and participation in the give and take of the in-class discussion.

Grading

The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:

  • Engagement (20%)
  • Case Analysis #1 (20%)
  • Case Analysis #2 (20%)
  • Case Simulation #1 (20%)
  • Case Simulation #2 (20%)

Engagement

Engagement, i.e., attendance, preparation, participation and successful, and timely, completion of course deliverables, is mandatory. You will not succeed in our course if you do not engage.

It’s that simple.

Your performance will improve if you attend class regularly, are well prepared AND participate effectively in the learning environment, whether F2F or digital.

Yes  … it IS that simple!

You are an important part of the team, including your professor and classmates, that create an effective learning environment. Your engagement in our course learning environment plays a significant role in my assessment of your performance, in other words, the grade you earn in our course. Our course will demand a substantial investment of time and effort and so will require a significant amount of preparation. You need to be self-motivated and stay on task in order to succeed. Dr. Jeffrey Bennett has developed some terrific “Hints on How to Succeed in College Classes” that I strongly suggest you review before we begin our course.

I will take attendance every time we meet in class. I will even take attendance if we have a class meeting in a virtual environment using a video conferencing platform. While our meetings will consist of both lectures and discussions, I am not a big fan of the “Sage on the Stage” model of teaching. Discussion will be the primary form of interaction in our course. Of course, those discussions will be both F2F and digital. We will use a variety of technology supported platforms to support or interactions, both in and out of class meetings. Your engagement in our digital discussions, whether enrolled in a F2F or web-based course, will also be an important part of my assessment of your performance.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move to a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous or unsynchronous or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We are increasingly working remotely in order to accomplish our work. That remote modality demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc. it is important that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets and others as well as any random noise. If you cannot be seen or heard by your classmates it will be difficult to actively engage in course meetings. That will have negative implications for your grade results. Please review the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

Remember … if you are consistently unprepared, or even underprepared, it will be very difficult to take full advantage of our course learning environment. That lack of engagement is a lost opportunity for you and will reflect poorly when I assess your performance.

The Engagement Rubric below has been adapted by Professor Sara Calhoun Davis from The Teaching Professor and forms the basis of assessment of your course engagement.

Engagement Rubric

A

B

C / D

F

Peer Interaction

Actively supports, engages, and listens to peers (ongoing)

Makes a sincere effort to interact with peers (ongoing)

Limited interaction with peers

Virtually no interaction with peers

Preparation

Fully prepared for every aspect of the course

Mostly, if not fully, prepared (ongoing)

Preparation is inconsistent

Rarely or never prepared

Participation

Plays an active role in discussions (ongoing)

Participates constructively in discussions (ongoing)

When prepared, participates constructively in discussions

Comments vague if given; frequently demonstrates lack of interest

Contribution to Class

Comments advance level and depth of dialogue

Relevant comments are based on assigned material

When prepared, relevant comments are based on assignments

Demonstrates a noticeable lack of interest on occasion

Group Dynamics

Group dynamic and level of discussion are often better because of student’s engagement

Group dynamic and level of discussion are occasionally better, but not worse, because of student’s engagement

Group dynamic and level of discussion are sometimes disrupted by student’s engagement

Group dynamic and level of discussion are often disrupted by student’s engagement

You can influence my assessment of your course engagement in a positive way by
  • Becoming more active and/or making more effective comments that raise overall level of discussion and set examples for others, and
  • Asking thoughtful questions that will enhance discussion and engage peers, and
  • Listening carefully to, supporting, and engaging your peers in discussion. This will essentially improve others’ learning experience.
That said, you can also influence my assessment of your course engagement in a negative way if you
  • Do not engage in the course regularly, through attendance, preparation and participation, even though you meet attendance requirements. Even though you may have submitted assigned work, your contribution will not have added to the course discussion, or
  • Dominating discussions, thereby restricting others’ participation, and
  • Disrupting others’ opportunity to listen and/or participate, or
  • Making negative, offensive, and/or disrespectful comments during discussions, or
  • Violating the privacy of individuals, or
  • Using electronic devices such as, but not limited to, a cell phone, tablet, or computer for personal or unrelated coursework during class unless instructed to do so. There are no exceptions.

LFB: Deliverables

You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.

Engagement

Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. In business, that is called just “meeting expectations”, the lowest level of achievement. I expect that all of my students are prepared to actively participate in our in-class, and digital, discussions since that is a key way to learn as much as possible. This course is about active, on-the-field engagement, not one focused primarily on lectures.

In the event that we must meet remotely, please review the protocol necessary for all of our remote meetings before we meet. Please see your Outlook or Teams calendar for links to our Teams class meetings.

We will focus on assigned cases using the Socratic method to engage with, and learn, the course material. That will require you to complete the Before We Begin deliverables found in the Schedule. Assessment of your preparedness and engagement may include your performance on unscheduled content quizzes. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement page of the Course Policies section of this site. Be certain to review the Engagement section the Deliverables page of your course’s syllabus for more information.

Success Plan

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Teams.

Your first deliverable will be the development of a plan describing the specific steps/actions you must take that you believe are necessary for success in this course. The end-in-mind of this effort is for you to provide the path/process that you choose to address the challenges and opportunities for growth and learning that this experience presents. It is intended, also, as your definition of the template you will utilize throughout your personal and professional life in undertaking challenging situation, issue and other major confrontations. Your submission, in a minimum of 750 words, should address the suggestions for success described here. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc or pdf.

Ideas Essay

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #thought essay channel in Teams.

Your next deliverable is a thought exercise. You will find a number of quotes in the Some Ideas section of the right sidebar of the SW Blog. You will choose one of those quotes and prepare an essay, in a maximum of 750 words, that discusses your perspective on the ideas raised by one of the quotes. Be sure to identify the quote you have chosen at the beginning of your essay. I will evaluate the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, your success in writing on a digital platform, articulation of the ideas raised by your chosen quote and the quality and depth of analysis when assessing your essays. Never post a Word or Google doc or pdf.

Course Blog

Post your comments in the SW Blog that I maintain for my courses.

I post items of interest that are relevant to the material covered in my courses. The materials in the posts will be discussed over the course of the semester in class and on-line. You are responsible for keeping current on the posts to the blog and providing comments. The submission schedule is included in the Schedule. My goal is to encourage an active discussion between and among all of my students related to the events of the day. And remember … it is a public blog … be certain that your comments comport with the etiquette requirements described in the Etiquette section of the Communication page. I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your blog comments:

  • A thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary/response to the blog post you have chosen – approximately 350 words per comment; and
  • Your comments should not simply regurgitate the article you have reviewed. I have no interest in reading a “book report” version of the article that you have chosen. I am, however, interested in comments that provide your insight into the relevance of the article in question, and
  • Evidence in your blog comments in that you have read and are specifically and thoughtfully responding to the points raised by the author and/or if responding to someone’s prior comments on a post.

Please refer to the Schedule and calendar for details about the blog comments submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions! Click here to subscribe to the course blog’s Twitter feed.

Topic | Issue Discussions

Complete this deliverable by posting your contributions to the appropriate TID channel in Teams.

A discussion is defined as “an act or instance of discussing” and “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc.” You will engage in a topic/issue discussion (TID) in each Module of the course. Each TID will begin with an article, video, podcast and/or question. Your initial response, in a minimum of 750 words, to the TID is your answer to the question(s) posed and issues raised,  a reflection of your consideration of the issues that flow from those materials. The post function in Teams provides you great flexibility when preparing and posting your initial response to the TID. I fully expect that you will rely on sources in support of your position … whether in your initial response to the TID or during the continuing conversation. When you do refer to a source you should create a hyperlink to the additional materials that help explain or support your position. The post function in Teams also allows for adding comments to a specific post. That said, our continuing discussion is an important part of the TID exercise. You will note that there is a comment period available in each TID cycle. As I have noted elsewhere, you should engage your classmates “… with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts  …” during the comment period. The point of the exercise is to generate a robust conversation about the issue(s) at hand. These discussions, your engagement, are essential to create the atmosphere of active learning and critical thinking that is an integral part of this course. All students must express their own opinions and engage with other students in the process. Our TID discussions are ongoing so simply posting your initial response to the TID will not be sufficient. You must engage your classmates with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts (see the comment period in each TID cycle). Remember, discussion is defined as “an act or instance of discussing” and “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc.”. The good news is that Teams will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for F2F, in person conversations. Your initial response (a minimum of 750 words) and discussion posts (a minimum of 5 such posts) must satisfy the Writing and Research requirements described at the Deliverables page. Never post a Word or Google doc.

I will evaluate your level of engagement, the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, your success in writing on a digital platform, appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis when assessing your submissions. Please refer to the Schedule and calendar for details about the TID submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions!

Success Assessment

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Teams.

Your last deliverable before the final exam will be an assessment of the Success Plan that you developed at course launch.  Please reflect on the substance of your Success Plan and describe how your pre-launch perspective on the course, your learning during the course and the outcomes you described earlier have developed favorable, or unfavorable, outcomes. This is not an exercise about whether you have achieved the grade you anticipated. It should be a reflection on how your personal and professional goals have been impacted by the choices you have made in planning and execution, both in what was achieved and how it (Success Plan) was achieved. Your assessment, in a minimum of 750 words should be submitted by posting your assessment to the #success channel. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc or pdf.

Final Exam

Complete this deliverable by visiting the Final Exam channel in Teams.

The final exam will be a writing assignment requiring each student to define, interpret, and analyze a topic or topics related to the course materials. Never post a Word or Google doc or pdf.

Grading

Grades on each deliverable will be posted to the My Grades folder in Blackboard. The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:

  • Engagement: Class Attendance & Participation, Success Plan & Assessment, Ideas Essay (20%)
  • Course Blog (10%)
  • TIDs (60%)
  • Final Exam (10%)