Announcement: Short List for Final Exam, Terminology, and Blogging

Andre Kertesz, Clock of the Academie Francaise, 1932

Andre Kertesz, Clock of the Academie Francaise, 1932

The Final Exam is Monday 12/22 at 11:30 AM.  The short list for the Final Exam is now posted online under “Slidelists” in the Class Files area. The format for the final exam is the same as the midterm, look at the exam format under Class Files too. The terminology for Part IV includes the following terms.

Terminology: define 3 terms, 5 points each. Choose only 3 terms to discuss. I will list the following 6 art/photographic movements:

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Social Landscape
New Topographics
Pictures Generation

Write a few complete sentences defining the movement and give an example.

I am posting the last Discussion Topic as Week 12. Rather than 15 posts for the blog grade, I will only count the 12 topics uploaded to date.  Don’t forget the last day to submit your blog posts, late work, or extra credit is Monday December 15th.

Announcement: Blogging Guidelines, Midterm Grades, and Extra Credit Options

extra credit signThanks to all who have been blogging regularly and since we’re going into the last half of the semester I’ve decided to make a change to the submission process for our Discussion Topics. As of this week (Week 8), you will have a long deadline due date and be able to submit your posts up until Monday December 14 (our last lecture meeting before Finals). However, at this point in the semester please do not submit posts for earlier Discussion Topics (Weeks 1-7) because you will not receive credit for them.

By now you may have noticed that your mid-semester grades are posted. If you have any questions, please email me at Please keep checking the grade center on Blackboard for updates on the grades for your papers, all paper grades will be up by the end of the week.

Because of financial aid considerations, withdrawing from a class is not recommended. However, if you are contemplating withdrawing, please be advised that the last day to withdraw without penalty is Thursday, Nov. 6. This is the last day to withdraw with a W grade.

A reminder, mid-semester grades are:
P=Passing work
*BL= Borderline
SA=Stopped Attending

*If you received a BL, it is likely that you are having problems with your attendance, didn’t do so well on the midterm, or missing the paper assignment and have done no blogging.. Having said that, it is in your best interest to participate fully on the class blog because it is worth 15% of your grade. What is 15%? It’s worth more than one letter grade on the grade scale, meaning if you’re averaging a C in the course, weekly participation on the discussion board can pull you up into the B/B+ range. Therefore, please participate and use the blogging to your advantage.

I have also posted the Extra Credit Assignments. There are 6 options and they are optional, you can submit one extra credit, do all the options or do none, it is up to you. You will find the extra credit under assignments.

The discussion board for Week 8 is:

Extra Credit assignments:


Announcement: Midterm Exam and Blogging on Class Website

Keep Calmp PhotoAs you all know Monday October 27th is our MIDTERM, and it’s also the beginning of the 7th week of class (mid-semester!) If you have yet to do so, you should study all the pictures listed on the short list (what’s important about each one, who made it, what’s it about, etc.).

Unfortunately, I will not be able to hold my office hours before class (I’ll be in an observation at that time). If you have any questions, please send them to me via email.

We decided last week that we’ll have 10 days to submit to all blog topics and the cut off will be Wednesday midnight (after your cooking and baking classes!).

Lastly, I am in the process of submitting mid-semester grades, which you will find on Blackboard. For some, I will need to wait until the midterm is graded before submitting a grade.

Possible mid-semester grades are:

P = Passing work

BL = Borderline

U = Unsatisfactory

SA = Stopped Attending

I usually issue a BL for attendance problems. Don’t forget that more than 2 absences will result in course failure since our class meets only once per week.

If you get a U, it’s because you didn’t submit a paper and have yet to blog on the class website (yes, papers and blogging are that important).

Extra credit assignments will be posted at the end of the week.