To: English 101 On-line
Students, Section 84590
and welcome to English 101. Please read this
orientation memo carefully to best determine if this course
will be right for you.
Note: this memorandum is not a course
The syllabus provides all necessary course
information and can be viewed and/or downloaded from the
Blackboard course site once the semester begins.
This course is 100% online
and will begin on
22. The course will not be available until
this date, so please wait until then to try to log in.
On the First Day:
To log in to our course, you will need your
number. The word
“student” is your
log on and finish the first assignment (a Discussion Board
posting) before 11 PM on Monday, so I will not drop you
from the class. (This is the same rule as the “first day
no show” for F2F classes. It means: If a student does not
show up for his/her first day class, he/she will be dropped
by the Instructor.) The first assignment is relatively easy
to do. If you complete your first assignment in time, I know
that you have logged in and know how to use the basics of
You will also need an email
address.so that others in the class will be able to
communicate with you.
This must be your own
email address and not one that you share with anyone else.
This is to comply with Federal student privacy laws.
There are no face-to-face meetings.
However, it follows the schedule for the Fall 2011 semester.
The Blackboard course site cannot be accessed until the
first day of the semester.
This is not a self-paced course and requires a tremendous amount of
discipline, organization, and participation several days a
are followed strictly and no allowances are made for late
postings and submissions.
support for online students at the TLC.
(259-7800 Ext. 3349).
If you have issues or difficulties that cannot be
resolved by the support offered by TLC, please contact me
immediately via email.
Normally, if you email me, during weekdays, Monday
through noon, Friday, you can expect to receive a reply or
an acknowledgement of your email from me within 24-48 hours.
However, emails to me
should be extremely rare after the course begins, because
all course-related activities or questions are conducted on
the course website, NOT via email.
Here is the
Catalogue Description for this course:
English 101 builds expository writing and critical reading
skills through the composition of well-organized,
full-length essays containing properly documented evidence
and the analysis and evaluation of college-level readings.
Here are the
Outcomes for this course:
By the end of the course, you should be able to do the
Compose persuasive, well-organized,
grammatically correct full-length essays,
synthesizing properly documented and
relevant research and other evidence to
develop and support a unified thesis.
Analyze and critically evaluate college-level
texts for argument, structure, and
Texts: Students are required to buy the textbooks for the
class. NO exceptions! All major assignments will be based on
Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing, 2nd
Ruszkiewicz, Daniel Anderson, and Christy Friend
Everything’s An Argument, 4th edition
Authors: Andrea Lunsford
and John J. Ruszkiewicz
List Price: cost pending
(3rd was $39.75)
Rules for Writers, 6th edition
Author: Diana Hacker
List Price: $28.75
is a 100% online class, but please do not take this class if
you are too busy to take a regular one, as it requires just
as much—if not more—time and effort.
You will be expected
to complete the same amount of work that is required in a
face-to-face class (‘class time’ plus ‘homework’).
Therefore, expect to spend 8-10 hours a week on this
You will need to have ready access to current word document
creating software (Microsoft Word preferred). You will
need an up-to date version of an internet browser. You
need to be computer literate, well-skilled in basic document
creation and handling. At the very least, you should
know how to copy and paste from one document to another and
how to attach documents to emails. You must know
how to set page margins and fonts in Microsoft Word not only
to meet MLA format specifications, but also to allow me to
determine whether or not your writing assignments meet
minimum page requirements.
In addition, you must know how to save files as .rtf
(rich text format) documents that are NOT ‘zipped’ or
If you have
concerns about the above-described skills, consider
enrolling in Counseling 070, “Becoming a Successful Distance
If you are not
sure of what questions you may have, you can evaluate
whether or not you are well-suited for an online course at
the following site.
forward to working with all of you!
See you on line!