Don Byrd - updated 23 Jan. 2008
I'll put my slide shows on the class website from time to time. I'll try to keep them updated, but I make no promises.
Tip: When I update a document on the website, I'll generally rename the old version to, e.g, "I545AssignmentsPREV.html"; that way, if the new version somehow turns out to be a disaster, at least you can see the previous version till I repair the new one.
Except under very unusual circumstances, homework to be turned in will be due only once a week. Specifically, it'll be due on Wednesdays, and I'll put the assignment on the website by early morning the preceding Friday so we can discuss it in class on Friday. But caveat: I may put reading or simple "doing" assignments on the website for any class, so check the Assignments page regularly! (I won't grade preparation for that class meeting unless I've given you plenty of lead time.)
Unless I say otherwise, it's OK to submit homework either electronically or on paper. But I get a lot of e-mail! If you do send yours electronically, to increase the chances I'll see it when I look for homework, use a subject line like "R homework"; don't just use the reply command on my last message to get my e-mail address and leave the subject line untouched. Also, please put the homework in a file and attach it to the e-mail; don't just embed it in the body of the e-mail unless it's very short and simple.
When you send me a file as part of an assignment:
Handling Students With Very Different Backgrounds
In a class like ours with very different levels of technical background, it's a real problem to avoid overwhelming people with weak backgrounds without wasting the time of people with strong backgrounds. I know of only two ways to avoid both problems simultaneously:
If you'll need headphones in class, I'll try to say so on the Assignments page ahead of time, but I may just announce it at the beginning of class. You can check headphones out at the Music Library circulation desk.
To help me evaluate your preparation, I'll occasionally call on people to say something without their volunteering. Fair warning!
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Music Informatics School of Informatics Indiana University