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Weekly Exercises

Links to Exercises

Link to Chatbear

If you want to submit your WEs without going through the individual exercise pages, you can access Chatbear directly using this link: Submit Exercises

Format

Do not spend a lot of time devising a pretty format for your exercises since whenever you submit one, whatever clever and useful formatting you've added is stripped from the file. I recommend using single-space within paragraphs and double-space between paragraphs.

If you are asked to submit a code sample, enclose your exercise in a <pre></pre> tag pair.

Audience

Your audience includes your classmates and instructor.

Due Dates

Exercises are due the week they are assigned. However, I will not count them as late until the Monday of the following week.

Late exercises will one point per week until the value reaches 0. Example:

WE1, WE2, WE3, and WE4 are due Friday, May 23rd. I will not count them as late until after May 26th. After that, they lose one point per week: They are worth four points until June 2nd, three points until June 9th, two points until June 16th, and one point until June 23rd. After June 23rd, they have no former point value (but there may still be intangible benefits).
You may ask for an extension of a day or so if you fall a bit behind. At most, I will grant an extension of one week.

Grading Criteria

Exercises are graded strictly pass/fail. So long as you make an honest effort to complete the exercise, you'll receive 5 points for each one completed.

Since the grading criteria are rather forgiving, you should keep in mind that sweating blood over each and every exercise is not necessary. On the other hand, the intangible rewards for spending ample time working on each make the effort worthwhile.

How to Submit Exercises

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Write your response using your favorite word processor, making sure to save often.
Remember that you can never be too paranoid about making backup copies of your work.

When you're finished, check your spelling one last time.

Under the Edit menu, choose the Select All option, then choose the Copy option.

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From the exercise page, activate the Submit Exercise button. When the English 313 WEs site opens, fill in the password and activate the Access Board button.

If you cannot remember the forum password, here's a hint:
Who are Lester and Oliver?

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Scan the for your name and activate the link to open that thread.

The names should remain in alphabetical order according to last name. If you have just added the class, your name will appear out of order at the bottom of the list.

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Activate the Post Reply button on the first item in the thread to bring up the posting form.

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Right click in the large text area and select the Paste option from the menu.

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Fill in your complete email address and your personal forum password, then active the Post with Login button.

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If you see no error messages, scroll down to the bottom of the thread to verify that your weekly exercise has been submitted.

If you see the weekly exercise you intended to submit, you're done.

Most often, submission problems result from using the wrong email address or the wrong password. If you cannot get your exercise to post after a couple tries, don't keep beating your head against the wall — doing that will only give you a nasty headache. Instead, bring your disk with you to your next conference, and we'll run through the process together.