Grading Policies

Comm 4250 - Digital Innovation


Your final grade will be computed as a weighted average of the following components:

  • Participation: 30%
  • DI video: 20%
  • Sprint deliverables: 20%
  • Presentation: 20%
  • Callback: 10%

Overall, the Sprint project counts for 50% of the grade. To assess it, we will be using four main evaluation criteria: 1) comprehensive use of the Sprint process, e.g., providing high quality deliverables; 2) Quality of the solution: does the solution solve the problem well? 3) Innovativeness: is the innovation relatively new? Does it leverage state of the art technologies? and 4) Quality of the presentation and callback (visuals, demo, flow...).

Note: Individual project grades may be modified by peer evaluations.


Participation is evaluated on every class day. Be prepared to discuss the readings and cases assigned in the schedule and ask good questions to virtual guests and during presentations. In addition, on any day you may be selected at random to lead discussions of the main lessons learned during the previous class. Class participation is assessed after each class on the following scale:

  • +3: exceptional contribution
  • +2: good contribution
  • +1: attentive but no meaningful contribution
  • +0: absent
  • -1: unprepared / disruptive / significantly late / distracted by device.

Exceptional participation is awarded when a student offers insightful comments or questions that go beyond the readings, or demonstrate new ideas. They move the class thinking to a higher level and help everybody learn more (e.g., student respectfully disagrees when there seems to be consensus in the room, does an effective job when responding to a cold-call, etc.).


Attendance is required on every session. If you are unable to attend class, you must notify your instructors in advance. We will excuse up to two absences. These two missed sessions will not be factored into your participation grade. Use them wisely for interviews, illness, etc. Absences after the second will receive a "0".

Peer evaluations

At the end of the semester, all students will be asked to provide confidential feedback on their team members. This assessment may be used to modify grades either upwards or downwards. You will be evaluated by your peers on many dimensions, from quantity and quality of work, to leadership, punctuality and respect for others.

Missing deadlines

Late delivery of any component will be penalized at 10% per day.


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