DTC 497 Syllabus Fall 2020

InstructorClass Information

Ruth Gregory
Office Hours:
Mon. & Wed. 10:15a - 12:15p
Office: Avery 209
Office Phone: 509.335.2163
Email: ruth.gregory@wsu.edu

Course Schedule:

Course Description

Major multimedia project for nonprofit organization or small business with special focus on project management, planning, and execution.

This course will strive to bring together your experience in DTC and higher education. Students will work on creating material that will help them with the next chapter in their lives. We will explore concepts related to professional development, personal development, and community involvement/awareness on a local and global scale.

By the end of the capstone course graduating DTC students should have a web portfolio* that presents their work, their experience, and their goals in a professional manner. The web portfolio should be created using tools and software that the student will have access to after graduation, and it should be located at a domain name that is: 1) owned by the student and 2) offers a professional presentation

*Alternative arrangements to this requirement may be made in consultation with capstone faculty if an individual student does not wish to have an online presence.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. XXXX

DTC Learning Outcomes

This course focuses on Outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 6 from the Digital Technology and Culture Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).  The full list of SLOs for DTC are below.

  1. Demonstrate competency with technology for designing and distributing digital works in various mediums.
  2. Demonstrate competency with design principles through both the production and analysis of media objects.
  3. Demonstrate and articulate an understanding of the way digital media and information function and circulate in multiple cultural contexts.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technological development, from local to global perspectives, and its implications for a variety of mediums.
  5. Utilize an interdisciplinary perspective in order to understand the global changes brought about by digital media.
  6. Effectively communicate through writing and speech why and how digital media texts make meaning.

Required Materials

  • Access to a computer that has:
    • A webcam;
    • Microsoft Teams Installed;
    • Ability to run Adobe Creative Cloud Programs; and
    • Enough storage for a multimedia project or a flash drive.
  • There may be costs associated with purchasing a domain and a hosting service for their portfolio. This cost should not be more than $50 for the semester.

Graded Assignments & Weights

More information on each assignment and assessment will be available on our Canvas course site.

Your final grade for this class is based on weighted percentages.  Here is how much each portion of the course will contribute to your final grade:

Class Participation – 20%

Includes: Weekly meetings on Microsoft Teams weekly for the duration of the class, Perusall Participation. There will be assignments to do during that time. XXXX

Professional Development Work – 40%

Includes: Resume, Cover Letter, Digital Portfolio, Elevator Pitch, Peer Reviews, & Informational Interview.

Community Partner Project – 40%

We will be working with….

Grade Scale

GradePercentageGrade PointGradePercentageGrade Point
A94% – 100%4.0C+77% – 79%2.3
A –90% – 93%3.7C74% – 76%2.0
B+87% – 89%3.3C-70% – 73%1.7
B84% – 86%3.0D+67% – 69%1.3
B –80% – 83%2.7D60% – 66%1.0

 Note: There is no curve in this class.

Out-of-Class Workload

For each hour of lecture equivalent, students should expect to spend an average of two hours outside of class on work for this class.  

Late Work

Absolutely no late work will be accepted without explicit prior approval, with no exceptions. If your work is not submitted as instructed by the due date you will receive zero points.  That said, I am very understanding about how life works and tend to be forgiving when contacted ahead of time. If you are unable to complete an assignment in time, contact me in person or via email before the due date and we can try to work something out. Contacting me after missing an assignment – without a university approved absence – will not alter a failing grade.


We will be using Canvas as a communal base of information for our class. Course readings, videos, assignment information, and other materials will be available there. You will also be expected to submit all your assignments via Canvas.  You will also be able to access the most up-to-date information about your grade on Canvas.

WSU Email Policy

Beginning Fall Semester 2015, university policy states that all email communication must be sent to student’s official WSU email address. I will no longer reply to any correspondence from a non-wsu.edu email address.

WSU Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Reasonable accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical conditions. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center website to follow published procedures to request accommodations: http://www.accesscenter.wsu.edu. Students may also either call or visit the Access Center in person to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. Location: Washington Building 217; Phone: 509-335-3417.

All disability related accommodations must be approved through the Access Center. Students with approved accommodations are strongly encouraged to visit with instructors early in the semester during office hours to discuss logistics.

Academic Freedom

WSU supports the faculty’s academic freedom, right to freedom of expression, and responsibility to fulfill course objectives that are approved by the Faculty Senate. This is fundamental to who we are as an institution. Along with these rights comes the responsibility to protect the freedom of expression of all members of our community, including students. The same is stated clearly in our own policies and procedures, including the Faculty Responsibilities section of the WSU Faculty Manual:

As teachers, professors encourage the free pursuit of learning in their students. They hold before them the best scholarly standards of their disciplines. They demonstrate respect for the student as an individual and adhere to their proper role as intellectual guides and counselors…They protect students’ academic freedom.

We also want to emphasize the importance of protecting freedom of expression in the classroom. Section IIB of the Faculty Manual (page 14) covers freedom of expression and accompanying responsibilities:

Freedom of expression is recognized as one of the essential elements of academic freedom. On a healthy campus, there is respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the campus community and a concern for the rights of others. …It is the policy of Washington State University to support and promote the rights of all individuals to express their view and opinions for or against actions or ideas in which they have an interest… The above rights exist in equal measure for each member of the University community.

We recognize that faculty have a strong interest in promoting respectful dialogue in the classroom. Speech and conduct that disrupts the educational process and creates a hostile environment, as that term is defined in WSU’s non-discrimination policy (Executive Policy 15), is not protected. If concerns arise, faculty should consult the WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity at 509-335-8288 or oeo@wsu.edu.

We must aim to protect the freedoms and rights of every member of the WSU community, and to promote learning about diverse perspectives while ensuring that students experience a safe, constructive learning environment.

Academic Integrity Policy

Washington State University, a community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, expects all students to behave in a manner consistent with its high standards of scholarship and conduct. Students are expected to uphold these standards both on and off campus and acknowledge the university’s authority to take disciplinary action. The purpose of these standards and processes is to educate students and protect the welfare of the community.

University instructors have the authority to intervene in all situations where students are suspected of academic dishonesty. In such instances, responsible instructors retain the authority to assign grades to students considering, from an academic standpoint, the nature of the student action. More information regarding responding to academic integrity violations can be found at: http://conduct.wsu.edu.

In this course, students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy will receive a failing grade on the assignment and, depending on the infraction, a failing grade in the course.  Additionally, the student will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26-010.  If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, please ask the instructor for clarification before proceeding.

Absences (Academic Regulation 72)

A. University Sponsored: Any student who is required to participate in off-campus, university-sponsored activities such as field trips, musical performances, judging teams, intercollegiate athletic events, etc., should obtain an official Class Absence Request form from the faculty or staff member supervising the off-campus activity. The form must contain specific information concerning the activity and date, be signed by the supervising faculty or staff member, and be submitted by the student at least one week in advance to the individual instructors of the student’s classes. It is recommended but not required that a student not be penalized for absence from class provided a properly signed Class Absence Request form has been filed with the instructor prior to the absence. These university sponsored absences are subject to an instructor’s attendance policy and are not intended to imply additional acceptable absences. In all instances, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed. Problem cases should follow the Academic Complaint Procedures, Rule 104.

B. Military Service Members: Students who are members of the National Guard or a reserve branch of a military service are occasionally required to miss class for weekend drills, active duty, and related responsibilities. In such a case, instructors should not penalize students for the absences and should allow them to make up the missed work. In each instance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of the duty before the absence and complete the missed work as soon as reasonably possible.

C. Other Absences: Students must sometimes miss class meetings, examinations, or other academic obligations affecting their grades due to personal circumstances. It is the responsibility of the student to provide a written explanation for the absence to the instructor as soon as it is reasonable to do so. When possible, students should provide appropriate documentation for their absence but instructors cannot require written excuses from health care professionals.

Students who attempt to gain advantage through abuse of this policy (e.g., by providing an instructor with false information) may be referred to the Office of Student Standards and Accountability for disciplinary action.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance in this class is paramount to student success.  While attendance is not a factor in a student’s final grade, active class participation is a part of each student’s grade in this course.  Please refer to the breakdown of final grades for more information on how class participation is measured in this course.

Correction of Grade Errors (Academic Regulation 98)

An instructor may not change a grade after it has been filed with the Registrar, except in the case of clerical error, which the instructor may correct by so certifying to the Registrar. Such change must be approved (signature required) by the chairperson of the department in which the course was offered. Grade corrections must be processed within one year of the end of the term for which the original grade was given. In extenuating circumstances, or when prompted by an academic integrity violation, exceptions to the one-year limit for correction of grade errors may be considered by petition to the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Complaint Procedures (Academic Rule 104)

Instructional faculty, chairs, deans and students should be thoroughly familiar with academic complaint procedures.

A student having complaints about instruction or grading should attempt to resolve those issues directly with the instructor. If that fails, the student should send an email to the instructor using his or her official WSU email account no later than 20 business days following the end of the semester. This email should briefly outline the complaint and be copied to the chairperson of the academic department.

If the complaint is not resolved with the instructor within 20 business days of sending the email, then the student may work directly with the chairperson of the academic department in which the course is offered. The chair’s decision shall be rendered within 20 additional business days.

After the chair’s decision, the student or the instructor may appeal to the academic college Dean’s Office. Complaints must be presented in writing to the college dean within 20 business days of the chair’s decision. The written statement should describe the complaint, indicate how it affects the individual or unit, and include the remedy sought from the college dean. The decision of the college dean is the final step and shall be made within 20 business days. At the campuses other than Pullman, the procedure is identical except that the program leader shall substitute for the department chair, and the campus chancellor or his or her designee shall substitute for the college dean, if the department chair and/or the college dean is not located on that campus.

The University Ombudsman is available at any stage for advice or assistance in resolving academic complaints.

Note: Though chairs and deans (and academic area coordinators and campus chancellors) may resolve complaints about instruction and grading, they may not change a final grade without the consent of the instructor, except as provided by Rule 105.

Students in Crisis – Pullman Resources

It is recommended that the following list of resources be made available to Pullman campus students.  This information will also be available through myWSU.  Similar lists of resources will be compiled for the other campus locations.

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, DIAL 911 FIRST!
  • AWARE Network:  aware.wsu.edu
  • Cougar Transit:  978 267-7233
  • WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):  509 335-2159
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741741
  • WSU Police:  509 335-8548
  • Pullman Police (Non-Emergency):  509 332-2521
  • WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation:  509 335-8288
  • Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse:  877 334-2887
  • Pullman 24-Hour Crisis Line:  509 334-1133

Discrimination and Harrassment Policy Statement

The following language is suggested for inclusion in WSU class syllabi:

Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) and WSU Standards of Conduct for Students).

If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation (CRCI) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator at 509-335-8288 to discuss resources, including confidential resources, and reporting options. (Visit crci.wsu.edu for more information).

Most WSU employees, including faculty, who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to CRCI or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison.  (Visit crci.wsu.edu/reporting-requirements for more info).

Safety and Emergency Notification

Washington State University is committed to enhancing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is highly recommended that you review the Campus Safety Plan (safetyplan.wsu.edu) and visit the Office of Emergency Management web site (oem.wsu.edu) for a comprehensive listing of university policies, procedures, statistics, and information related to campus safety, emergency management, and the health and welfare of the campus community.

Class Cancellation

In the event of a class cancellation, you will receive a notification via email through Canvas. Your instructor will also make an effort to post an announcement in the classroom. If class is cancelled, please check your WSU email carefully for a message from your instructor regarding what you should complete for the following class. Just because class is cancelled it does not mean that we will stop moving forward through the material.