Formatting, Naming, and Transmitting Assignments

The formatting for assignments will vary depending on the documents and editing styles we're working with. However, some general formatting, naming, and transmittal guidelines will apply to most assignments:

  1. Format your files with one inch margins (unless the assignment requirements differ)
  2. Use legible fonts that are available on multiple platforms such as Times (serif) or Arial (sans-serif) in a readable size such as 11 or 12 point.
  3. Save electronic documents as Word .doc files.
  4. Name the files with your last name and the assignment name. For example, my first project submission would be named "albers-openhearth.doc"." When I return graded assignments electronically, I'll add put the score at the beginning of the filename (e.g., "5 albers-openhearth.doc"). It's easier for me to go through the list and record grades afterwards.

    Please start the file name with your last name, not at end and not with your initials. I've got 15 people to keep track of for each assignment. Thus, a bunch of open-hearth.doc files are meaningless and file names like 'ENGL 6721 Sept 15 assignment 2 MJA.doc" are just plain a pain.
  5. Submitting most electronic assignments.

    You send files as e-mail attachments to my campus e-mail ( If you e-mail files:
  6. Do not try and use the Blackboard dropbox. I've disabled it.

  7. Some activities and assignments require that you mark-up hardcopy. To submit these tasks, you'll need to fax them, mail them, or drop them off. Alternatively, if you have a scanner handy, you can scan the marked-up document and attach the electronic version to an e-mail.

    I'll respond to your paper assignments by scanned copy attached to an e-mail.