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Grades Posted!

posted May 9, 2011, 7:24 AM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:27 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Hi All,
Your final grades are now posted on Banner. Provisional grades and your project grades can be found on Blackboard. If anyone wants to chat about their projects, I'm happy to arrange a time. I'm out of town this week, but can do next week. Remember, your Blackboard Grade may differ slightly from your actual Banner grade (i.e. for some of you the Blackboard grade is lower). Great job on all the work you guys did this semester. Thanks for being a fun class!

Best Wishes,

Feedback Please ;)

posted Apr 25, 2011, 9:38 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:29 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Thank you very much to those of you who already filled out the standard course evaluation last Thursday. If you missed it, I would still appreciate your feedback and you can get a form from Brian Bailey in the WATS office. The feedback you provide is taken very seriously, and helps us improve courses in the future.

I've designed an additional Supplemental Course Evaluation online survey, which I'd really appreciate your participation in. The online survey has much more focused and specific questions about our course that I will use to help innovate the course in the future.

SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PPTK6MG

Check your Grades...

posted Apr 25, 2011, 7:36 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:29 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Check Your Grades

You should check your grades on Blackboard during dead week. If you've submitted everything on time, you should have a grade for all the quizzes, all the labs but SP1, and everything on the projects except the final report itself.

  • If your grades show parentheses, this means you are missing assignments.
  • You'll notice a new grade item at the bottom of your grades list that is a Course Running Total. This is the number of points you would earn out of 100 if you receive full credit on your project report and Lab SP1 (i.e. this is the maximum score you could achieve excluding extra credit and effort adjustments).

What if Something is Missing or Incorrect

  • If you turned it in on time, send Shannon and I an email and we will figure it out.
  • If you are missing a score for something you turned in late, check back at the end of this week.

What do these scores mean?

  • These scores are a preliminary estimate of how you are doing in the course prior to the final project and SP1. Remember SP1 is worth 2.5% of your total course grade and the final project report/manuscript is worth 32.5%.
  • All grades in Blackboard are PROVISIONAL, and are not final until I verify their accuracy when submitting them to Banner and the Registrar
  • Refer back to the grading criteria for a reminder of how grades are calculated, weighted, etc.
  • I will make a final judgement call when final grades are being decided, as to whether or not your earned points is a fair representation of the letter grade you should earn. If you are a borderline case (e.g. > 89.5% but < 90%) I will look for evidence of extra effort through extra credit indicators, number of posts on the forums, etc.. If I see clear evidence of such effort, I may opt to bump your final grade to the next letter grade. If I don't see such evidence, I will leave your grade at the points you earned.

When will I revive my Final Grade?

  • Your final project grade will NOT be posted until the Monday after finals week to Banner.
  • As I complete grading of your final projects, you may find a tentative final grade in Blackboard.
  • Limited feedback will be provided on the final projects on Blackboard. If you'd like more detailed feedback, email me after you've received your grade and we can arrange a time to discuss your project.
  • If you have any questions about your final grade or project grade email me by May 7th

Final Project Submissions

posted Apr 22, 2011, 7:34 AM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:29 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

See the Final Project Pages for submission instructions. Projects should be submitted no later then April 30th at midnight. Good luck.

Peer Review Pickup

posted Apr 21, 2011, 11:09 AM by Shannon Wing Belmont   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:29 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

I have your peer review feedback forms with me in lab this week (Thursday 12-2, Friday 10:30-12:30).  Next week they will be in Joe's office for pickup (4/25 - 4/29).

What to do with Peer Reviews?

posted Apr 21, 2011, 8:40 AM by Shannon Wing Belmont   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:28 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Include a concise cover letter when you submit your final manuscript describing the nature of the feedback you received and how you applied the comments (i.e. additional analysis, addressing error, cleaning up figures/maps...)

Posters! Well done!

posted Apr 15, 2011, 4:53 PM by Shannon Wing Belmont   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:28 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Great job on the posters.  Overall you were well prepared and presented a wide variety of creative and interesting GIS projects in a professional manner .  We received many compliments from faculty, staff, and students passing through the atrium.  Michael Butkus is interested in hanging your posters in the building and using them for various University events. If anyone is interested in making their poster available for the college to use, please drop them off in NR 120. 

Google Sites Questions...

posted Apr 14, 2011, 10:57 PM by Joseph Wheaton   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:29 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

From Sean Maday:
Here are some resources in reference to your Google Sites question.

This is the Google Sites API page:

To report a bug, post a detailed description here:

Here is a public help forum for suggestions and ideas:

Final Lab Deadline

posted Apr 12, 2011, 8:32 AM by Shannon Wing Belmont   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:29 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Reminder: You must have labs 9, 10, and SP2 posted to your website and the URLs emailed to Shannon by midnight, Friday 4/15 in order to receive any credit.  Labs 9, 10, and SP2 will not be accepted after midnight this Friday (4/15). 
SP1 is due (for full credit) by Friday April 22, but will not be accepted (for partial credit or otherwise) after midnight.  (In other words, there is no grace period for SP1.)

Schedule for Poster Presentations

posted Apr 10, 2011, 9:27 PM by Shannon Wing Belmont   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 10:28 AM by Joseph Wheaton ]

Please see the attached schedule.  If you cannot attend the day you are signed up for, please email Shannon (swb.in.ut@gmail.com) with the day you can attend.  You are required to attend the whole lab session as you will be presenting during one half and doing peer-reviews on your classmates' posters during the other half.  There are a lot of interesting projects, so enjoy!

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