Spring 2015

The due date times are written explicitly on the assignments (e.g., the first critique) and discussed as part of our late policy. If you find an assignment without an explicit due-time, please email us!

It's hard to hear in the back of the class during lecture. Can you speak up?

We'll do our best to check at the beginning of each class whether students in the back can hear (without us also destroying the ears of the people up front). If you can't hear during lecture, please just raise your hand and let us know. Alternatively, there are many seats available up front!

We don't get enough feedback on our assignments. Can we receive suggestions on how to improve our grades, specifically hands-ons grades and reading responses?

Definitely. For hands-ons: in general, we reserve check+'s for submissions with answers that are correct, explanations that are clear, concise, and extremely thorough, often giving extra context to the answer beyond what was necessary to completely answer the question (e.g., instead of saying "DNS scales because of its hierarchical design", you might go on to explain exactly how a hierarchical design helps scalability both in terms of performance and management). For feedback on individual hands-on assignments, please contact your TA; they are always available to give more in-depth feedback.

For reading questions: These questions are factored into your participation grade, and as long as you're completing them and turning them in, you're fine. If you occasionally get an answer incorrect, that's okay, as we also use the responses to gauge whether large portions of the class are confused about a topic (in which case we make sure to resolve your confusion). If you leave a recitation feeling that you don't understand what the correct answer to a hands-on should be, please contact your instructor or post on Piazza so we can make sure to clear up any confusion.

How do check's, check-'s, and check+'s translate into letter grades?

We're not in a position to assign letter grades until the end of the semester. Moreover, most of your grade is based on a more traditional grading method (participation, the DP proposal and report, and quizzes all get standard numeric or letter grades), and we consider all of your assignments when assigning your final grade.

If you have questions about your individual grade, please email any of the course staff; we're happy to discuss individual progress and how you can improve your standing in the class with you.

My recitation keeps running over. Can we end on time?

Sorry about that. Our intention is to end five minutes before the hour, and we'll try to be better about that.

It's hard to study for the quizzes using old quizzes because the solution write-ups are brief and/or poorly explained.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have about old quizzes, either on Piazza, in-person, or via email (Piazza is best). If you find a solution unhelpful, please just post a question so we can clear up any misunderstandings.

Responses to Anonymous Feedback

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I'd rather do the hands-ons on my own laptop instead of in an Athena cluster. Can you tell me how to install the packages for my particular set-up?

We can't support individual student set-ups because they vary so widely. But, there is a solution! To complete the hands-ons, you don't have to be physically present in an Athena cluster: you can access it remotely via the ssh command.

In a terminal, type: ssh <athena_id>@athena.dialup.mit.edu (replace <athena_id> with whatever your Athena ID is). It will ask for your Athena password, and once you've entered that, you're now using an Athena machine.

Please specify the due date time of the assignments!

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