Assignments & Grading


All assignments and projects for the course will be submitted via the class wiki site. All students should receive an email invitation to the wiki site before the first class, and how to use the wiki will be discussed during the first class session.

Reading/Gaming Journals

Posted to the wiki site, these will be reflections on each week’s reading as well as reflections on any video or computer games examined during that week. Each section of the reading also includes a set of reflection questions for the journal/blog entries. Journal entries are due at each class session (starting with class two), totaling three entries, with the fourth entry being extra credit.

Entertainment Video Game Review

Pick an ‘entertainment’ video or computer game (your choice, but long, complex games are preferable) to examine, and create a wiki entry for that game, detailing how the game itself is played, any principles of learning involved, specific content learned from playing, as well as a review of the gaming community involved with that particular game. This project is due at the fourth class session, and will be presented to a small group of other students.

Educational Video Game Review

Pick an ‘educational’ video or computer game to examine, and create a wiki entry for that game, detailing how the game itself is played, any principles of learning involved, and specific content learned (or practiced) from playing. This project is due at the fifth class session, and will be presented to a small group of other students.

Learning Environment Design Project

An individual or small group project due on the final class session. Each group will select one principle of learning present in video and computer games and design in-class content area activities or environments incorporating that learning principle. Each group will create a wiki page for their project, as well as present in class on the final class session.

Assignment
Points
Reading Journal Entries (3)
15 (5 each)
Entertainment Video Game Review
20
Educational Video Game Review
20
Learning Environment Design Project
30
Class participation and attendance
12
Total
97
Extra Credit Reading Journal Entry #4
5

Grades (%)
A
93-100
A-
90-92
B+
88-89
B
83-87
B-
80-82
C+
78-79
C
73-77
C-
70-72
D
60-69
F
Below 60
Grade Calculator
Reading Journal Entries Game Review Assignments Projects Attendance & Participation
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Extra Credit
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Special Needs

It is our intent to fully include persons with special needs in this course. Please let us know if you need any special accommodations in the curriculum, instruction, or assessment to enable you to participate fully. We will make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of any information you share with us.

University and College of Education Policies

Be aware of the Pacific University Code of Academic Conduct and the College of Education policies for professional behavior and the competent and ethical performance of educators. In this course students are expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with the Professional and Academic Standards in the College of Education. Pacific University Professional Programs Course Catalog; Pacific University Arts and Sciences Course Catalog; or the MAT Flex & Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Students With Disabilities

In general, the University will work with students to improve conditions that may hinder their learning. The university requires appropriate documentation of a disability in order to enable students to meet academic standards. It is the responsibility of each student to inform the Director of Learning Support Services of his or her disability. Students are encouraged to work with faculty proactively in developing strategies for accommodation. This policy is described at Pacific University Professional Programs Course Catalog and the Pacific University Arts and Sciences Course Catalog.

Incompletes

Instructors may issue a grade of incomplete only when the major portion of a course has been completed satisfactorily, but health or other emergency reasons prevent the student from finishing all the requirements in the course. The instructor and the student should agree upon a deadline by which all work will be completed, with the following guidelines:
  1. Incompletes given for Fall and or Winter III terms must be completed by the following April 15.
  2. Incompletes given for Spring semester must be completed by the following November 15.
Instructors will issue the grade the student would have earned by not completing the course, preceded by an "I". This grade is determined by including a failing grade for the missing assignment(s) in the calculation of the final grade. If the agreed upon course work is not completed in the period allotted and an extension has not been granted, the grade issued will be permanent. The contingency grade will be used in the computation of the GPA until such time as a new grade is recorded. See the Pacific University Professional Programs Course Catalog or the Pacific University Arts and Sciences Course Catalog.

Grade Changes

Once a grade is submitted to the Registrar it shall not be changed except in the case of recording errors. Grade changes will be approved by the appropriate Dean. See the Pacific University Professional Programs Course Catalog or the Pacific University Arts and Sciences Course Catalog.

Safe Environment Policy

Pacific University's Rights and Responsibilities policy seeks to maintain conditions favorable to learning. Students have the right to pursue an education free from discrimination based on gender, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation or handicap. Students have the responsibility to conduct themselves, both individually and in groups, in a manner which promotes an atmosphere conducive to teaching, studying and learning. This policy is described in detail in Pacific University Professional Programs Course Catalog or the Pacific University Arts and Sciences Course Catalog.

Academic Integrity

Honesty and integrity are expected of all students in class preparation, examinations, assignments, practicums and other academic work. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to cheating; plagiarism; forgery; fabrication; theft of instructional materials or tests; unauthorized access or manipulation of laboratory or clinic equipment or computer programs; alteration of grade books, clinical records, files or computer grades; misuse of research data in reporting results; use of personal relationships to gain grades or favors or other attempts to obtain grades or credit through fraudulent means; unprofessional conduct related to student care; threats to University personnel and conduct inconsistent with academic integrity. The complete policy, definitions and appeal procedures are described in the Pacific University Professional Programs Course Catalog and the Pacific University Arts and Sciences Course Catalog.