Grading Policies


CS29/PBS15 Impact Design

Fall 2018 - Loeb and Wheatley

Metrics for Success

Grades will be based on the following:

15% Attendance and Participation

35% Homework assignments (twitter, delight challenge, storytelling, etc.)

40% Final Project, Presentation, Deliverable

10% Exam and class reflections

Attendance and Participation

Class Participation

  • Come to every class (unexcused absences will result in a lowered grade),

  • Show up on time to class,

  • Be present and attentive, ask questions, participate in discussions.

Team Participation

  • These are team projects, not group projects. To do well on this metric, you need to participate in team assignments fully, meaning you help with team scheduling, show up to team meetings on time and prepared to work, do what you say you will do, offer creative ideas.

Homework Assignments

  • Your homework/assignments will be graded based on the following:

  • Turn it in on time,

  • Put effort and thought into the work,

  • Think creatively about each assignment—start early (if you wait until the last minute to complete the assignments it will show), brainstorm and iterate on your ideas (your first idea is rarely the best), maximize the learning on each assignment,

  • Read the assigned readings thoroughly and on time,

  • Complete the average of four Instagram posts per week, with thoughtful entries demonstrating you are paying attention, noticing, and reflecting,

Team delight experience –

o   Did you put effort and thought into it?

o   Did the experience create delight for the class?

o   Did the idea hold together or was it scattered?

o   Is there a theme or central idea?

Final Project, Presentation, Deliverable

Final Project grade is based on:

  • The thought, creativity, and effort put into the project,

  • Was there a product as well as an experience?

  • Did you design the experience well?

o  Was it based on meaningful information gained from interactions with your HARP student and the HARP staff? Did you ask good questions and get to something beyond the surface that will be helpful in designing and delivering the experience?

o   Did you follow the design process?

o   Did you explore broadly to figure out the best plan?

o   Were you able create a prototype and get good feedback?

o   Were you able to avoid feature creep and stick to the core of what you were trying to do?

o   Did you create a total experience that takes into account all the senses and the interests/needs of your HARP student?

o   Was your HARP student able to use your product – did you consider the neuro, physical, and socio-emotional limitations of you HARP student?

o   Were they delighted?

Methods of evaluating your impact experience:

  • Were you able to design a method to evaluate success?

  • Did you use the metrics you created to find good methods of measuring impact?

  • Did you use a mix of the rubrics, surveys, and at least one other more objective measure?

Presentation grade is based on:

  • How well did your team deliver the presentation?

  • The presentation should include:

o   Clear expression of the core goals and problem definition

o   Description of the process and experience

o   Results and metrics of success plus analysis

o   Include specific examples, stories, photos, video

o   What you might do differently

o   Next steps (if there are any)

o   Key take-aways for the team

  • Did the entire team play a part in the presentation in some way?

Deliverables grade is based on:

o   Did you create a product the HARP student can continue to use and an experience they can recreate?

o   Did you leave something behind for the HARP student to continue to enjoy?

o   Are you able to deliver something to the HARP that will allow them to learn from your experience and perhaps recreate it in some way for other students?

Exam and Reflections

The exam tests your understanding of the readings, attention level during class, and ability to process and integrate the ideas presented in class. The test is another opportunity for you to reflect on what you’ve learned and a way for us to hold you accountable.  If you pay attention in class and do the homework, you will do well on the exam without having to do additional studying or memorizing.

Reflections are opportunities for you to think deeply about things you learn and do in this course, consider how things are going for you and your team, offer insights and feedback, and find new meaning in the work.  We expect you to put thought and effort into your reflection opportunities as they are an important aspect in this course.