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ft_directory ([personal profile] ft_directory) wrote2008-11-08 05:06 am

Summer Workshop Expectations

Workshops are a part of the summer camp experience at Fandom High. The following workshop guidelines are intended to help workshops be run in a fashion that is fun for both teacher and student, and also to ensure that workshops don't take up all of a student's playing time. As an out of character tool, workshops are intended to keep track of a character's activity in the game to avoid people holding onto characters that they don't play at all and to provide a chance for a structued activity to encourage player interaction. As an in character tool, they are intended to keep the students entertained, the teachers employed and give everyone something to do other than tanning themselves on the beach.

Expectations for Teachers

Teachers are expected to post their workshop once a week on their allocated day on the weekly workshop schedule. The workshop must be posted by 12pm PST (3pm EST). Teachers can post their workshop the night before if their availability will make posting in the morning difficult.

Teachers are required to provide your students with one workshop every week with comment threads that that allow them to sign their name (so the players can prove their presence in the game - teachers should inform the OOC administration team if someone has missed more than 3 classes) and, if they choose to, participate in a discussion or activity. All IC class threads can be handwaved by the student if they want, but the option should be there for those who want to play out the activity. (Please see this post for general character activity requirements.)

As summer camp is different from regular classes and is intended to be light, homework should be minimal and for preparation for the next workshop only.

Teachers are required to continue their workshop for the entire term and should plan to have 7 workshop sessions to fill that term. Finals are not necessary as it's not an academic class. Teachers can repeat the workshop in Term 2 or choose to teach a different workshop. Sign-ups for those workshops will occur closer to Term 2.

Teachers are allowed to have up to 2 teacher aides, but it's not compulsory. Preference for teacher aide positions during the summer should be given to recently graduated seniors. After that, regular students are fine. A teacher aide is a student who assists with in character paperwork, can be approached by other students and can cover workshops on occasion if the teacher is unable to be present. Out of character, your teacher aide is your back-up to post your workshop in the event that you are unable to be at the computer.

Teachers are allowed to give detention to students. Please arrange this OOCly with the student's player first. Other punishments are available through the administration if detention isn't plausible for OOC reasons.

Teachers are expected to provide student-teacher interaction in your workshops when possible. Teachers are also assigned an office in the school and are welcome to make office hours posts (in their character journal) to allow students to see the teachers out of the workshop environment.

NOTE: Workshops should not take a lot of time to prepare once you get the hang of it. We don't want workshops to suck up everyone's playing time. You don't need to spend time writing up a huge lecture. Linking to Wikipedia is fine. The key to workshops is setting up a scenario where the teacher and the students can interact and have fun. You are not expected to do a lot of work, so please don't expect your students to do a lot of work. It's a game and we're all here to have fun.

Expectations for Students

Students are expected to enroll in and attend at least 2 workshops but no more than 8 workshops per term.

Additionally, there's a maximum of 8 student workshops per player. So if you have 4 students, they can have 2 classes each. If you have fewer than 4 students, you can divide up the classes as you like, keeping in mind the previous paragraph.

Students are expected to at least sign in to each workshop. Participation beyond that is optional, but encouraged. (Please see this post for general character activity requirements.)

Students should inform their teachers if they are going to be absent. This applies to both OOC and IC (ie: if you know OOCly that you're going away from the workshop but the character doesn't know yet, let the teacher's player know).

Students can get detention for doing something wrong, not attending a workshop regularly or not completing homework consistently. Detention posts are arranged between the teacher and student players on an OOC basis, though. Detention or other punishments you come up with together are meant to be an IC consequence of actions, but fun for the players.

NOTE: Workshops shouldn't take up all of your time. If you have to, just sign in and handwave any work, but please do try to keep up with your workshops as they are the bare minimum required to remain in the game. Your teachers go to the trouble of preparing them for you, so if you can participate, jump on in and have a bit of fun. You are not expected to do a lot of work. It's a game and we're all here to have fun.