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Carlo Scarpa's Italian pavilion courtyard, Biennale, Venice 1951-52

Let's face it: it can be challenging to ensure that your whole class starts the semester on the same page — that everyone knows what you expect of them and how their work will be graded.

You've done your due diligence by formulating your class policies and posting them where students can't miss them. You've explained how you will handle late homework and what they should do in case of a personal crisis or natural disaster.

But, as the saying goes, you can lead a student to the policies but you can't make her read! So what to do? 

Interior Architecture & Design instructor Mary Ferroggiaro has a tip. When she posts her class policies, she adds an extra-credit task at the end of the list. It's a sneaky way to see if students are actually reading the policies. For example:

Whew!! You made it through the whole thing! I appreciate you taking the time to read the important information given in this information topic, and as a reward for your hard work, I will give extra credit points to every student who posts the following information within this topic: My favorite architect is Carlo Scarpa. Tell me: 1) Where is he from? 2) Name one of his notable projects. 3) Attach an image of the notable project that you named.

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  1. What a fantastic idea Mary! I am going to try that for the spring.....thank you for posting this topic Jenny!

  2. Hi, Christine!  

    Haha!  You're welcome.  

    One extra thing to note: be sure to make the topic PRIVATE, not public…otherwise students will just post because they see others doing it, even if they have no idea why.  

    Have a great semester!