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Pathway Overviews

Grading
You will choose the grade you would like to earn this class and complete badges accordingly. Earning more badges means you will receive a higher grade. You may submit a badge application as many times as you need to earn the badge; however, the speed with which you move through the course will be slowed down each time your badge application is declined. Remember that time marches on, and the final deadline for submitting badge applications is the last day of class. 

If your goal is to earn an A, please visit the “Course Structure” page for an updated list of deadlines.


The Badge Grading System will work as follows:

  • To earn an A in the course, you must earn the Digital ID Narrative badge, two (2) additional project badges, three Peer Review badges, the Reflection badge, and the Leadership badge.

ID Narrative Badge
Digital ID Narrative Badge

TBD Badge
TBD Badge

TBD Badge
TBD Badge

Leadership Badge
Leadership Badge

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Reflection Badge
Reflection Badge
  • To earn a B in the course, you must earn the Digital ID Narrative badge, one (1) additional project badge, two Peer Review badges, and the Reflection badge

ID Narrative Badge
Digital ID Narrative Badge

TBD Badge
TBD Badge

Leadership Badge
Leadership Badge

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Reflection Badge
Reflection Badge
    • To earn a C in the course, you must earn one badge, one peer review badge, and the Reflection badge

TBD Badge
TBD Badge

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Reflection Badge
Reflection Badge
  • To earn a D in this course, you must earn one project badge, and the Reflection badge

TBD Badge
TBD Badge

Reflection Badge
Reflection Badge

Digital ID Narrative Pathway

ID Narrative Badge
Digital ID Badge

For this project badge, you will explore the different “selves” you are bringing to college, critically considering the identities that you’ve chosen– band member, video gamer, soccer player, football or sci-fi fan, fashionista, etc.– and the ones that you haven’t such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographical location, nationality, family size/ birth order, etc.


Social Justice Pathway

Social Justice Badge
Social Justice Badge

This badging pathway is meant to help you form a personal theory of social justice and understand the role that writing and research plays in coming to voice about human rights and social issues. During your journey toward earning this badge, you will think globally and act locally, using reading, writing, and research as vehicles for understanding and engaging social justice broadly while developing particular expertise with one issue of your choice.


Maker Pathway

Maker Badge
Maker Badge

If you follow this badging pathway, you will have the opportunity both to make something and to reflect on how it is used/consumed—“little pieces of [y]ourselves”—that you will share, increasing your understanding of yourselves and of others. To have a fuller experience of making, you will do research to learn all that you can about something you would like to make, its components, history, importance, as well as how to make it. You will make a video of your process and of someone responding to the thing you make, and finally, you will have an opportunity to think about what you have learned and what you might do differently in the “manufacturing” process.


SciCom Pathway

SciCom Badge
SciCom Badge

Many of the big decisions we face as a society require us to have knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes; yet many of us think science is something done only by experts or the professionals. For this badging pathway, you will explore citizen science, participate in a citizen science program, and practice your hand at communicating public science.

 


Hacker Pathway

Hacker Badge
Hacker Badge

This badging pathway has been hacked! Recent events require that we seriously consider the relationship between literacy, democracy, and fake news. What does it mean to be literate in the information age? Why is media literacy necessary? What price does our democracy pay when citizen are duped by fake news and political propaganda?


Writing Lives Pathway

Writing Lives Badge
Writing Lives Badge

Practicing auto-ethnographic research methods common to the social sciences, this badging pathway helps you examine and understand how writing, in all its forms, functions in your daily life. After some preliminary reading and research about writing in the lives of young people, you will come up with a focused, significant research question to explore through data collection methods of self-study like journalling, think-aloud protocols, daily logs, and/or artifact analysis. You’ll spend at least seven days collecting data that helps you answer your question on your writing habits, tools, genres, mediums, emotions, etc. and then analyze that data to “find your findings” about the role of writing in your daily life.


Adventurer Pathway

Adventurer Badge
Adventurer Badge

This badge sends you on an adventure in CMU’s backyard! Based on the idea that places have a profound impact on our experiences and our identities, this badging pathway gives you the opportunity to share your unique perspective on a special aspect of CMU with other students .

After reading and analyzing examples of travel writing, you will choose a theme that uncovers some hidden, unconventional, unfamiliar, weird, or offbeat aspect of CMU.


Reflection Pathway

Reflection Badge
Reflection Badge

This semester, you’ve embarked on a journey of writing as making. You have followed your own interests to design, make, and share texts. You have had a chance to experiment with writing for different audiences and different purposes in a variety of contexts. You have used several production strategies to create compelling, multimodal texts that audiences will want to read, view, experience. You’ve learned how to find and use credible sources to enhance your work. At some point during the semester, you have collaborated with others—either as part of a team or in peer conferences. Finally, you have reflected on your thinking and writing processes. All of these activities have helped you become a more effective writer. Now is the time to take stock of and celebrate all you have achieved!


Peer Review Pathway

Peer Review Badge
Peer Review Badge

Over the course of the semester, you will engage in up to three substantive peer reviews. These may happen during our class workshop time, they may be outside of class time. They may be face-to-face, they may be online. You can earn this badge up to three times.

 


Leadership Pathway

Leadership Badge
Leadership Badge

This badge is awarded by the instructor to recognize leadership in the HON 206 classroom. This badge is awarded to those who demonstrate their aptitude as student leaders, acting in productive, ethical, and responsible ways.


Final Grade

There will be no rubrics.

If you engage fully in each of these tasks, completing each step, seeking peer feedback, and collaborating with others, then you will earn full credit for your work.

I ask that you make a substantive intellectual effort on each project and I will provide you on-going feedback and a final response to your work.

If, for some reason, your work needs revision, you will have opportunity to refine it until the work meets our mutual satisfaction.

Ultimately, the university requires me to issue a letter grade. So, as part of choosing your path through this course, you will determine the grade that you wish to earn. We will discuss this and look at options for various pathways in our first week of class.


With sincere appreciation to my colleague from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett, I have adapted many of these materials from her Writing 104 course.


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