Reading, Commenting, and Class Participation

CS 225 Spring 2015


You are expected to read and comment on the relevant portions of the textbook prior to attending class. The assigned readings can be found on the course schedule.


We will use an online forum called nb for posting your comments. You should always post at least one comment, ideally more. Your comments should be posted by midnight the night before lecture. Here are some examples of things to think about when reading and commenting:

If you are uncomfortable posting some comments to the forum, you may email them to us privately at

Class Participation

In class, I won't lecture but will mostly ask questions to get you all to identify the most important and/or difficult material, and get you all to explain it to each other. Many of my questions will be in the spirit as the examples above, and will be guided by the comments on you post on the readings. I will often ask people to come to the board to explain things (whether the material itself or what is confusing them about it!). The goal is for class to feel like a collaborative effort to understand and explore the material, so expressing your confusions is just as important a contribution as giving a correct explanation. I hope that everyone will become an active and comfortable participant and the amount of guidance I'll need to provide in lecture will decrease as the term goes on.

Your class participation grade will be based on a combinatoin of your commenting on the readings and your involvement in discussons in class.