Course Grading and Final Project Wiki Essay Instructions
Professor Martin Irvine


Methodology and Grading Philosophy for the Seminar

The teaching and learning methology and grading criteria for the course will follow the normal traditions of graduate seminars, but with the real-time, hypermedia, collaborative context of the Web. This seminar will also be developed in real time with the weekly addition of new materials from the Web by students and the professor. The course syllabus exists only on the Web.

There will be no paper exchanged between students and the professor. Weekly comments on course content will be posted on the course Wiki site (Metapedia.com). Readings will rely as much as possible on Web-based materials and texts that can be read online, or individually printed if the student wishes a hard copy.

Grades will be based on individual participation in class discussions, individual and small group presentations, and a final project that allows a student to apply what has been learned and/or expand on materials and sources studied in an extended Wiki essay. Final grade will be based on seminar participation and collaborative Wiki contributions (40%) and the final project in the form a Wiki article / essay (60%).

The Final Wiki Essay

The final individual essay will enable seminar members to use the advantages of Wiki and Web hyperlinking architecture. The point is to use the Wiki and Web hyperlinking environment as a space to think with and through. Your Wiki essay must have a discursive argument and your own interpretive framework, but you can also use link to other sources and a "bibliography" of references to supporting materials in any medium (text, image, video, sound/music).

Using the approach in the seminar for the heuristic use of theory, choose and develop a topic for an extended essay (a Wiki article). Your essay should be about the equivalent of 12-15 pages of traditional writing, but with a fully developed set of references and links to relevant sources.

Format of the Essay:

  • Introduction (establishing your topic and approach, your sources and methodology)
  • Main body of the essay (explanation and interpretation, development of the main argument)
  • List of Web sources and links
  • Bibliography or Works Consulted (all the relevant materials you have considered or want to reference to support your essay)

The Wiki Space for your Essay

Select your "individual essay" article space linked by your GU NetID in the Metapedia Wiki.