Class Expectations

Class Expectations

Attendance, Attitude, and Ready to Learn!

We’re all here with some type of goal in mind, maybe you are here to pursue a new career, or simply add an extra skillset into your portfolio…

Let’s take advantage of this time together, build each other up, motivate each other, push each other, and learn as much as we can from each other to turn this entire experience at college into a successful future for all of us no matter what your end goal may be.

Example: You see something someone else is working on that is very impressive, let them know!

Example: Something is a bit confusing and you’d like to understand it better, odds are someone else is thinking the same thing, ask a question!

Example: We have a topic in class where you know someone or have an interesting story about, bring it up!

Let’s add as much energy into our class as possible… That is my goal. I want you all to look forward to our class each week. (Yes, more than any other classes you have!)

Students are expected to join our class together during any LIVE Zoom call, however under the circumstances that you will be late or can not make it to our class live, it is completely acceptable to make your instructor aware that something has come up. It is expected that students would do this before any class starts. Just like you would notify your boss or client, you would do the same for an excused absence.

Participation & Distractions

Students should always be paying attention in general, with at least some type of communication in our class weekly, just like you would at any job.

Distractions will happen throughout the semester and that is okay, just try to keep it from distracting others, phone on silent, etc.

Workspace & Respecting Others

Always maintain a clean workspace & respect others. Any time you may be on-site in class, always pick up after yourself like you would anywhere else. If you are using any computers, please shut them down when finished.

We all have our own lives outside of class, and you never know what someone else may be going through. Always keep that in mind and respect everyone in our classroom.

Assignments & Exercises

Students are expected to treat assignments as they would for any real-world client, with their own future portfolio always in mind.

Get Creative!

Always be thinking of creative new ideas and ways to make an assignment or exercise stand out and make it your own. Every semester we see extremely powerful work, and I look forward to seeing more this semester!

These may go into your Future Portfolio!

The more effort a student puts into any assignment, the more it will dramatically show upon your graduation, and future job placement. You’ll never regret blowing everyone away with some powerful work…

Staying on Track

The last thing you want to do is stay up all night before the end of the semester trying to catch up on all of your work… You don’t want this, and I don’t want this! I want you to enjoy our time together, and slowly continue to keep progressing throughout each week.

You will always have a reasonable time to complete each task, however if you do need extra time for anything please just let me know like you would any client.


Grades are primarily based on your participation, upon the following criteria:

  • Participating in All LIVE Zoom Calls, or notifying your instructor before any weekly class that you will be late or not be attending.
  • Participating in All Discussion Topics, including a minimum of one response per assignment or exercise.
  • Participating in All Assignments & Exercises, including a minimum of one submission per assignment or exercise.

Submissions for Discussions, Assignments, and Exercises must show a reasonable amount of thought based on the assigned task.

Guest Speakers and Field Trips

Over the years myself and students have found tremendous value in coordinating a related guest speaker or field trip towards the end of our semester together.

Example: Twice we have visited a business in St Louis Park owned by my high school friend Spencer Johnson, who started “Sota Clothing” where he employs nearly his entire family.

Example: A student had a very interesting connection from a friend, which quickly led to our guest speaker McLean Donnelly who designed Expedia’s User Interface/Website when shopping for flights.

Please reach out if you ever have any creative ideas or connections for guest speakers that would creatively tie into any of our topics throughout the entire semester.

Have Fun!

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