This class aims to be an interactive experience, so your enthusiastic participation is an expectation and requirement. You are, in other words, receiving a grade for how well you contribute to the conversations and culture of this class. There are two primary ways to do this: in person and online.

In Person

In person, successful participation simply means that you are present in class, ready to discuss the material at hand. You’ve read the assigned homework, taken notes on it, and are ready to ask and answer questions about that work and what it adds to our understanding of comics and graphic novels. Since a minimum condition of this type of participation is physical, embodied presence, I will be taking attendance.

Beyond being physically present, you should be mentally engaged in the activities class. If you choose to use a laptop or tablet during class, please make sure that your use is constructive and that you’re not distracting others. Keep Slack open on your device so you can have quick access to it in class.


Online, participation typically means that you use sites or services like our blog and Twitter (#engl386) to continue or contextualize the conversations that begin in class. Post comments on interesting blog entries, post to twitter when you read or discover something interesting, reblog a comic on Tumblr (tag it engl386) if it relates to class somehow.

Before each class, I’ll post some prompt (a question or discussion topic) in Slack so that you can be in conversation as you prepare for each class. At a minimum, keep Slack open as you read, and use it to post comments or questions about the assigned reading, or simply react to what you’re reading.

Grading Participation

At two points in the semester, you’ll reflect back on the class and your participation as its described here. These two reflections will not be graded directly, but they are your opportunity to make an argument about how your participation should be graded. I’ll assign your final participation grade based on your reflections and on my impression of your participation over the term.

So to summarize:

  • Be present in class both physically and mentally.
  • Try and ask or answer at least one question every day
  • Use Slack frequently
  • Post at least one comment, gif, reaction, etc. before each class
  • On the blog, read and respond to others’ posts