I may change due dates or assignments. I will always give you plenty of notice of changes, which will always be intended for your benefit.

Students must satisfactorily complete all assignments (including participation assignments) in order to pass this course.

Late work

Please contact me as soon as you know that an assignment will be turned in late. Exceptions to this policy may (very rarely) be made, but only when there are extenuating circumstances such as a personal emergency or an illness requiring professional medical attention. These circumstances must be documented to my satisfaction and brought to my attention before the deadline for an assignment arrives.

Academic integrity

You are expected to know and follow Stanford University’s policies on academic integrity

Course website and privacy

You will have to make an account on GitHub for your online writing assignments. You may use either your real name or a nom de plume (which I will keep confidential). You retain the copyright to everything that you have written.

Handing in papers

You must turn in all assignments both in paper and electronically. You should hand in the paper copy of each assignment at the start of class. You should turn in the electronic copy to my email before the start of class. Please submit only PDFs. You should title your filename something like

Late work

I am willing to grant extensions for cause, but you must request an extension well in advance of the assignment’s due date. For every day or part of a day that an assignment is late, I will reduce your grade by a step, e.g., from A to A-, from A- to B+, and so on.

Participation and attendance

Your attendance is expected every day without exception. We will be working closely in community, so I hope you will develop a good working relationship with everyone in the class. You should complete readings and assignments before class each day, and you are expected to actively participate by listening, questioning, and speaking.

If you must be absent, I request that you notify me by e-mail in advance of class meeting. Even if you are absent, you must turn in assignments before the time when our class meets.

After the first two absences from class, the relevant portion of your grade for the class will be lowered for each absence.


I am always glad to meet with you in person. You can make an appointment for office hours by e-mailing me. If none of my scheduled office hours work for you, we can find another time that does.

For all other communications I prefer e-mail <<>>. I will reply to your messages in a timely manner (but never on a Sunday). Don’t expect an immediate response. I will send official course communications to your Stanford e-mail address, which you should check regularly.

I will discuss grades only in person.

Electronic devices

Because this is a digital history class you should feel free to bring laptops and other devices to work on projects or take and consult notes. However, if I feel laptops and tablets are becoming a distraction you will be asked to put them away. I reserve the right to ban laptops and tablets if they become a problem. Except for extraordinary circumstances, I can’t see any reason why you would need to use a cell phone in class, so please stow phones before class begins.


Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL:

Acknowledgments and license

This syllabus borrows ideas from other digital history classes taught by Mills Kelly, Jeff McClurken, Caleb McDaniel, Douglas Seefeldt, Zephyr Frank, and Lincoln Mullen. The design and layout are explicitly borrowed from Lincoln Mullen’s syllabus layouts http://

This syllabus and all assignments are copyrighted © 2014 Jason Heppler and licensed CC-BY 3.0. You are free to use or modify this syllabus for any purpose, provided that you attribute it to the author, preferably at the course website listed above.