UPDATE: Pointers on HOW to do the Assignments

Video Response Assignment

You need to use assignment videos and NOT the full stream or highlight videos. This means that you’re only responding to one particular idea for the assignment and not an entire class. You can’t meaningfully summarize an entire class period.

You can find all of the videos you need on the left hand side of the homepage. Click on the heading for each day if to see all of the videos for that class period.

You need to have 300 words for a reply to a video and 150 words for a reply to a classmate.

* 5-10 words shy of 300 or 150 = -1 point

* More than 10 words shy of 300 or 150 = -2 points

If there is nothing meaningful or thoughtful in your video response submission, we will deduct 1 point.

Don’t make your own video as your response because it’s too difficult to grade and for others in your group to comment on. Write text on the discussion board on Canvas so that you contribute to the conversation on Canvas. If you would prefer to use videos instead of typing, speak with Jeff after class.

Twitter Assignment

You need to use #SOC119 in your Tweet. (This isn’t to promote the class but to make it easier for TAs to find and grade.

You need to include meaningful content with your tweet, not random words thrown onto a tweet. We’re NOT promoting the class (“You should take this class, it’s great” is not something we want to see in a Tweet.) And definitely don’t use photos of your reaction to the music we play before class.

In the syllabus we pushed you to use “quote tweets” and said how it’s easiest to make a quote tweet from one of the @SOC119 Twitter account tweets. However, we’re shifting that a little bit. We prefer that you use quote tweets but you can post your own original tweet. If you want to pose your original content, then read the following:

Anybody in the world must be able to understand what your tweet is in reference to or how your Tweet is related to the class in some way. Each Tweet is your perspective on some component of the course or race relations and related issues.

If you don’t make a Quote Tweet, then follow this:

A simple re-Tweet is not going to get you credit, nor will one or two word Tweets — even if it’s a really clever response to something
Tweets must be 140-280 characters (it’s not that difficult)
A photo, video link, or web link must be accompanied by some text as either an explanation or as a reply to your own Tweet
Slides from class CANNOT be used and credited will not be awarded to those who use slides as media
You can’t Tweet a 130 character web link and expect that to be your Tweet
Twitter usually shortens attachment links but, if it doesn’t, then use a Tiny URL program to convert your URL address. If you don’t know how to do that, then Google it.

YOU CAN’T JUST REPLY TO A TWEET, EVEN A TWEET FROM THE @SOC119 ACCOUNT, UNLESS YOU ALSO ADD MEDIA OF SOME SORT (FOR EXAMPLE, A LINK TO A WEB SITE OR A LINK TO A VIDEO).