Course Syllabus

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Spring 2021

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Contact Information


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Instructor Communication Policy

Online learning can be especially isolating. How do you intend to communicate with your students? Perhaps an announcement twice a week? If they have questions, should they contact you or your TA? How would you prefer they contact you (phone/email)? How long should they expect to wait for a response? If you find yourself overwhelmed with communications and needing to adjust these plans, that's fine, just let your students know what they should expect.

Use this space to share logistical details about when and where your office hours will be located, but also how you intend to use that time. The concept of "office hours" is foreign to the uninitiated, and even for students who have been here for a couple years you could be expecting to use those hours in a different manner than some of your peers. What should students expect if they come to your office hours? Do you keep them one-on-one, or is it more of an "open door" approach? What do you want students to feel comfortable talking with you about during this time?

Course Description

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Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. We encourage you to review Designing Your Course, Part 1 in Teaching @ UNL as you get started writing course objectives.

Textbook & Reading Materials

Required and Recommended materials should all be listed. Make the designation clear. If there are any other expectations around the materials make sure to clarify those as well, e.g. "You must purchase a new copy of the textbook with a digital access code included"

Required Software

The following list includes some of the commonly required pieces of software in College of Business courses, along with information about how to access them. Please remove the ones you don't require for your course.

Microsoft Windows
For this course you are required to use software in the Microsoft Windows operating system. If your computer is a Mac, these instructions will walk you through the process of obtaining a license and installing Windows on your Mac.
Microsoft Office 365
University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can install Microsoft Office on up to five devices (Windows and/or Mac) for free. Popular programs include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Here is how you can download and manage your installations.
Adobe Creative Cloud
University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can install Adobe Creative Cloud for free. It provides software for graphic design, video editing, and web development. Popular programs include Adobe Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Here is how you can sign-up and download Adobe Creative Cloud software.
Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere is a web or text-messaging student response system that will be used during class to display student responses to instructor prompts. You will need to register for a Poll Everywhere account in order to receive class participation points or see personal results.
TopHat is a web or text-messaging student response system that can be used during class to display student responses to instructor prompts. You will need to register for a TopHat account in order to receive class participation points or see personal results.
To help facilitate collaborative, synchronous meetings between students, you are expected to use Zoom. Please review the instructions for claiming your pro Zoom account early in the semester, so you are prepared to schedule those meetings.
In this class, you will be expected to produce a video. You can use the university-provided VidGrid to accomplish this. Please review the instructions for getting started with VidGrid early in the semester so you are prepared.

Course Schedule Details

Note that if you have created assignments for your course in advance and included due dates, the Course Summary below includes much of this information. Scheduled assignments will also populate the students' calendars. This section is predominantly intended to be a topical outline.

Course Schedule
Date Details
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Week 2
Week 3
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Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

Canvas Information

Canvas is the where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course.

 Course Policies

Grading Policies


How do you plan to provide feedback to your students? When should they expect it? Where will they find it? What do you want them to do with it? If you find yourself unable to meet the "deadlines" you're setting for yourself, just let your students know.

Late Work Policy

We recommend clearly expressing your expectations for timely submission of work.

Assignment Weighting

If you weight assignments include that information here as well.

Grading Scheme

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Class Grading Scale
Percentage Letter Grade

Expectations for Student Conduct

What preparation do you expect students to do outside of class? How do you expect students to treat one another?

Attendance & Engagement

Is attendance during scheduled classtimes a requirement of your class? What reasonable exemptions are there? What advance notice and documentation do you expect to verify their exemptions? Are there alternative activities students can do in lieu of coming to class?

For Spring 2021, courses will be delivered in a variety of modes outlined in this document. Students who enrolled in any course with an in-person component are expected to attend in-person at scheduled meeting times. For short-term absences due to illness, quarantine, or isolation, instructors are expected to work with students based on their individual situations to allow them to complete work remotely. To receive longer-term remote accommodations for classes with an in-person component, most instructors will require students to be approved for an Academic Flexibility accommodation. More information on obtaining an Academic Flexibility accommodation can be found here. Students who are ill or in quarantine or isolation will need to notify professors prior to missed classes in order to receive a recording of the missed lectures.

Many Spring 2021 classes have a live, synchronous web conferencing component conducted through Zoom. To encourage students to engage in live, synchronous sessions, let students know that they are expected to be actively involved in the class in order to earn course credit for participation and engagement. Some ideas for active involvement include:

    • Requesting that students turn on their cameras during class, except in cases where a low-bandwidth connection makes this difficult, which may be more likely in larger classes.
    • Encouraging students to use their microphones to talk with the instructor and peers during class discussions and breakout sessions (students can use the raise your hand tool in Zoom to get the instructor’s attention or respond when questions are asked)
    • Encouraging students to use the chat feature (but be sure to stay on topic and use @ to respond to specific people)
    • Requiring students to participate in live session activities such as collaborative documents, discussion boards, homework problems, etc.

Classroom Roles and Responsibilities

This is an opportunity for you to articulate what preparation and behaviors you expect from your students. To help establish a cooperative culture between you and your students you may want to elicit their input on what expectations they have for you as well. This can be a great first-day-of-class discussion to have with your students ("These are the things I expect from you, but what are your expectations for me as we progress through this semester?")

Technology Use

Technology policies are another area where student input may be beneficial. Based on previously examined behaviors you may expect students want full access to their technology during class, but they're often aware of the distractions that technology brings with it. Rather than imposing a policy onto them from the top you may get better buy-in if you open this up to a class discussion. Consider sharing some of your previous experiences with student technology use in the classroom with them and then asking them what they think the technology use policy should be.


In an online learning environment it's also valuable to include Netiquette guidelines. Feel free to use the ones listed below, adapt them, or replace them with your own. If you use the ones listed below please include the CC attribution.

  • Participate: This is a shared learning environment. No lurking in the cyberspace background. It is not enough to login and read the discussion thread of others. For the maximum benefit to all, everyone must contribute.
  • Report Glitches: Discussion forums are electronic. They break. If for any reason you experience difficulty participating, please call, email, or otherwise inform me of the issue. Chances are others are having the same problem.
  • Help Others: You may have more experience with online discussion forums than the person next to you. Give them a hand. Show them it’s not so hard. They’re really going to appreciate it!
  • Be Patient: Read everything in the discussion thread before replying. This will help you avoid repeating something someone else has already contributed. Acknowledge the points made with which you agree and suggest alternatives for those with which you don’t.
  • Be Brief: You want to be clear—and to articulate your point—without being preachy or pompous. Be direct. Stay on point. Don’t lose yourself, or your readers, in overly wordy sentences or paragraphs.
  • Use Proper Writing Style: This is a must. Write as if you were writing a term paper. Correct spelling, grammatical construction and sentence structure are expected in every other writing activity associated with scholarship and academic engagement. Online discussions are no different.
  • Cite Your Sources: Another big must! If your contribution to the conversation includes the intellectual property (authored material) of others, e.g., books, newspaper, magazine, or journal articles—online or in print—they must be given proper attribution.
  • Emoticons and Texting: Social networking and text messaging has spawned a body of linguistic shortcuts that are not part of the academic dialogue. Please refrain from :-) faces and c u l8r’s.
  • Respect Diversity: It’s an ethnically rich and diverse, multi-cultural world in which we live. Use no language that is—or that could be construed to be—offensive toward others. Racists, sexist, and heterosexist comments and jokes are unacceptable, as are derogatory and/or sarcastic comments and jokes directed at religious beliefs, disabilities, and age.
  • No YELLING! Step carefully. Beware the electronic footprint you leave behind. Using bold upper-case letters is bad form, like stomping around and yelling at somebody (NOT TO MENTION BEING HARD ON THE EYE).
  • No Flaming! Criticism must be constructive, well-meaning, and well-articulated. Please, no tantrums. Rants directed at any other contributor are simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The same goes for profanity. The academic environment expects higher-order language.
  • You Can't Un-Ring the Bell: Language is your only tool in an online environment. Be mindful. How others perceive you will be largely—as always—up to you. Once you've hit the send button, you've rung the bell.

Creative Commons License Netiquette: Ground Rules for Online Discussions by Peter Connor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Video Chat Etiquette

Out of respect for the instructor and your classmates you are expected to adhere to the following guidelines when you participate in synchronous sessions. Please keep in mind that the sessions are recorded for classmates who are not able to attend.

Present Yourself Professionally

Please check the course syllabus and with your instructor for any specific guidelines about how they would like you to present yourself to be respectful of time sent together. If your instructor has not provided specific guidelines, treat that time and space with the same level of respect as you would time together in a regular classroom.

Control Your Environment

If possible, find a space away from potential distractions. If your instructor expects you to enable your video and or audio during the session be mindful of the noise and lighting in the space as well. Extra noises can disrupt the flow of discussion, and intense lighting behind where you are sitting can wash out the video making it so your classmates cannot see you.

Know When You're Live

Check with your instructor to see when you should be broadcasting video or audio to the rest of the class. Review the Zoom instructions for attendee controls and be mindful of when your camera and microphone are turned on.

Learner Support

Support services are available for students on and off campus. If you are off campus you will need to familiarize yourself with Zoom to connect with these support services. As in any online conference, please consider your video chat etiquette.

Teaching & Learning Center Tutoring

If you have tutors assigned to your course, you can provide information here.

ProctorU Test Proctoring

In this course, we will be using ProctorU, a remote test proctoring service. This service will allow you greater flexibility in locations and times to take your quizzes/exams.

In order to use ProctorU, you will need a high-speed internet connection, a webcam (internal or external), a computer (Windows or Mac) running a Windows or Apple operating system, and a government-issued photo ID. ProctorU strongly recommends that you visit after creating your account to test out your equipment prior to your exam. Simply click on the “Test My Equipment” button located at the top of the screen. Please make sure that you are using the current version of either Chrome or Firefox web browsers and have downloaded the ProctorU extension for Chrome or Firefox.

Additionally, please visit and review the College of Business Student Guide for additional information. Please feel free to direct any questions to the test taker support team via the live chat within your ProctorU account.

 College and University Policies

Required Use of Face Coverings for On-Campus Shared Learning Environments

As of July 17, 2020, and until further notice, all University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, and others) are required to use a facial covering at all times when indoors except under specific conditions outlined in the COVID 19 face-covering policy found at

COVID Testing Policy

To help us continue to monitor and prevent any spread of COVID-19 on campus in the Fall, we will again require weekly saliva-based testing for all students, faculty and staff who will be on our Lincoln campuses. Regular testing in the Spring allowed us to maintain a positivity rate less than 1 percent and to quickly contain any spread of COVID-19 on campus. Tests will be offered Sunday through Thursday each week and will remain required weekly for those without exemptions, until public health guidance advises that we may be able to pivot to random testing.

Those who have provided documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination in the registry will be exempt from weekly testing. Similar to this spring, those who can document a recent case of COVID-19 or have a medical exception to saliva testing will also be exempt.

We will again utilize the Safer Community App to allow for access to campus buildings and campus activities in the Fall semester. Students, faculty and staff will need to complete their first saliva-based test by Thursday, August 19 to ensure that a negative COVID-19 test result provides for the "Access Granted" status in the Safer Community App by the first day of classes, Monday, August 23. Those who are exempt will have a continuous "Access Granted" status on the app until such time as any vaccine boosters may be required.

More information can be found at

 Counseling and Psychological Services

UNL offers a variety of options for students to aid them in dealing with stress and adversity. Counseling and Psychological & Services (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary team of psychologists and counselors that works collaboratively with Nebraska students to help them explore their feelings and thoughts and learn helpful ways to improve their mental, psychological and emotional well-being when issues arise. CAPS can be reached by calling 402-472-7450 (even after hours).

Accessibility Support

The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience barriers based on your disability (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options privately. To establish reasonable accommodations, I may request that you register with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). If you are eligible for services and register with their office, make arrangements with me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations so they can be implemented in a timely manner. SSD contact information:  117 Louise Pound Hall.; 402-472-3787

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is essential to the existence and integrity of an academic institution. The responsibility for maintaining that integrity is shared by all members of the academic community. The University's Student Code of Conduct addresses academic dishonesty. Students who commit acts of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action and are granted due process and the right to appeal any decision.

College of Business students are held to the standards set by the UNL Student Code of Conduct. In the Student Code of Conduct, acts of dishonesty are specified as, but not limited to: cheating, fabrication or falsification, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, complicity in academic dishonesty, falsifying grade reports, impermissible collaboration, or misrepresentation to avoid academic work. The penalties for academic dishonesty will be severe and may range from receiving a failing grade on the test or assignment, failing the course in which academic dishonesty took place, or the possibility of expulsion from the university.

Writing Support

The Writing Center can provide you with meaningful support as you write for this class as well as every course in which you enroll. Trained undergraduate and graduate peer consultants are available to talk with you about all forms of communication. You are welcome to bring in everything from lab reports, presentations, and research papers to cover letters, application essays, and graduate theses and dissertations. Writing Center Consultants can work with you at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and organizing your ideas through polishing a final draft.

In 2020-21, there are two ways you can connect with a Consultant: Online (a real-time, video conversation) and eTutoring (email feedback). To learn more about these options and view video tutorials, please visit Sign up any time by visiting For more information about the Writing Center, please visit


Every UNL campus building has emergency shelter and evacuation plans. Please familiarize yourself with the plans of each building in which you take classes or attend meetings. Make sure to note the routes to the lowest level of the buildings for shelter during inclement weather, as well as exits from the buildings in the event of fire or other emergency. For more information on emergency procedures, visit


In the event of a medical emergency in the classroom, immediately call 9-1-1 and take steps to assist the individual as needed.

 Active Shooter/Physical Attack

  • Run - If there is a clear and safe escape route.
  • Hide - If there is no escape and you can get to a secure location to hide.
  • Fight - If your only option is to defend yourself, fight as if your life depended upon it.

For more details and video training for all emergency procedures, visit

Potential Modifications

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

Intellectual Property Policy

I invite all of you to join me in actively creating and contributing to a positive, productive, and respectful classroom culture. Each student contributes to an environment that shapes the learning process. Any work and/or communication that you are privy to as a member of this course should be treated as the intellectual property of the speaker/creator, and is not to be shared outside the context of this course.

Students may not make or distribute screen captures, audio/video recordings of, or livestream, any class-related activity, including lectures and presentations, without express prior written consent from me or an approved accommodation from Services for Students with Disabilities. If you have (or think you may have) a disability such that you need to record or tape class-related activities, you should contact Services for Students with Disabilities. If you have an accommodation to record class-related activities, those recordings may not be shared with any other student, whether in this course or not, or with any other person or on any other platform. Failure to follow this policy on recording or distributing class-related activities may subject you to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct.

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