In each class of Communications 1213, the whole class is expected to participate in a discussion on what information interested them or what did they learn from the assigned chapter readings. Also in this class participation which involves paying attention (no phones, browsing the internet, etc.) and making an effort to contribute your ideas by telling the class is a decent portion of the final grade. Not only does participation imply if you have done the homework but it also helps you realize and remember the information retained while reading, and the information shared can help you or someone else learn more information that they didn’t know already. It can also improve communication skills, enable the teacher to understand more what topics are challenging, and other factors. The link below describes how participation benefits the class in more depth.