You will use your Turning Point clicker or software to
answer Multiple Choice questions during the lecture period.
Some questions may just be for practice, or may be used to
measure the initial class knowledge of a topic; those
questions will have time limits of 30-45 seconds.  Other
answers will be graded; those questions will have time limits
of 60 seconds.  You may always discuss the question with the
students seated nearby, but the answer that you enter should
always be your own.  Correct answers will receive 3 points
and incorrect answers will receive 2 points; so there is a
very small penalty for an incorrect answer.  You will need
a small hand calculator to answer some quiz questions;
please bring one to each lecture.

                       START DATE

  For the first two class meetings, all TP questions will
be considered practice questions, as you learn to use your
Turning Point clickers or software.  Beginning WED Jan 18,
at least some TP questions will be graded.  Even if your TP
clicker or software works during class, your grades will not
be passed to my online gradebook unless you have properly
registered it at student.turningtechnologies.com.  The
instructions for registering your TP clicker or software
are available at our Turning Point Registration page.


  There are expected to be about 115 graded TP questions
over the course of the semester, so about 345 TP points
will be possible.  However, about 310 TP points (or about
90% of all possible TP points should there be more or less
than 95 questions) are all that are required to receive
an overall TP grade of 100%.  Your TP percentage will
count a significant fraction (70% - 90%) of your overall
Classwork grade for our class; your Classwork grade,
which includes your TP grade plus your Teamwork grade
as assigned by your Learning Assistants, will count 5%
of your overall grade for our class.

                   CLICKER MALFUNCTION

  Since you only have to get 90% of all possible TP points
in order to receive a Turning Point grade of 100%, there
are no make ups for missed Turning Point questions for any
reason.  EXCEPTION: ONCE (and only once) during the
semester, you may report to me by email that you were
present in lecture but that you did not receive the proper
amount of TP points (perhaps you forgot your clicker or
forgot to check the batteries).  Just tell me in the email
how many Turning Point questions you would have answered
and how many of those you would have gotten correct.  You
may only do this ONCE, and I must receive your email
within two school days of the relevant lecture.


Use of another student's transmitter is a case of academic
dishonesty, just exactly like cheating on a test.  Any and
all students involved in any such incidents will automatically
receive an E for the course, and may be referred to the Dean
for further sanctions.