Participation is graded on individual and group contributions to class discussions. The vast majority of managers’ interactions with others are oral. Absent students generally spend very little time reading and even less time writing reports.
For this reason, the development of oral skills is given a high priority in this course. The classroom should be considered a laboratory in which students can test their ability to convince peers of the correctness of their approach. Some of the characteristics of effective class participation are: 1 . Are the student’s points made relevant to the discussion in terms of increasing everyone’s understanding, or are they merely regurgitation of case facts? 2. Do student comments take into consideration the ideas offered by others earlier in the class, or are the points isolated and disjointed?
The best contributions following the lead off tend to be those, which reflect, not only excellent preparation, but good 3. Do student comments show evidence of a thorough reading and analysis of the case? 4. Does the student distinguish among different kinds of data; that is, facts, opinions, assumptions, and inferences? 5. As there a willingness to test new ideas or all comments cautious or “safe”? 6. As the student willing to interact with other class members by asking questions or Hellenizing conclusions? Outstanding Contributor: Contributions in class reflect thorough preparation.
Ideas offered are usually substantive; provide one or more major insights, as well as direction for the class. Arguments, when offered, are well substantiated and persuasively presented. If this person were not a member of the class, the quality of discussions would be diminished significantly. Good Contributor: Contributions in class reflect thorough preparation. Ideas offered are usually substantive; provide good insights and sometimes direction for the class discussion. Arguments when presented, are, generally, well substantiated and are often persuasive.
If this person were not a member of the class, the quality of the discussion would be diminished considerably. Adequate Contributor: Contributions in class reflect satisfactory preparation. Ideas offered are sometimes substantive, provide generally useful insights, but seldom offer a major new direction for the discussion. Arguments are sometimes presented and are fairly well substantiated and sometimes persuasive. If this person were not a member of the class, the quality of the discussions would be diminished somewhat. Non-participant: This person has said little or nothing in this workshop or class.
Hence, there is no adequate basis for evaluation. If this person were not a member of the class, the quality of the discussions would not be changed. Unsatisfactory Contributor: Contribution in class reflects inadequate or nonexistent preparation. Ideas offered are seldom substantive; provide few, if any, insights; and rarely provide a constructive direction for the class discussion. Integrative comments and effective arguments are completely absent. Class contributions are, at best, “time fillers” efforts to make isolated, obvious, or confusing points.
If this person were not a member of the class, valuable class time would be saved. Examples of things that cause a student not to earn the full amount of participation points: Not adding to classroom discussions Not reading assigned material Being disruptive Arriving late, leaving early Cell phone/pagers going off during class’ Surfing Internet, reading emails or using laptops or other electronic media for anything other than taking notes on class discussions or activities.