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MEA 102 - History of Animation - Jeffrey Baker

Course:History of Animation
Professor:Jeffrey Baker
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Welcome to History of Animation MEA-102 online section. This orientation letter is provided to give you a sense of the purpose, workload, and learning goals for the course. This course section is listed as Online. All lessons, quizzes, exams, and discussions will be conducted online. There will be an official syllabus and schedule published on the 1st day, and you will access this from the online course management system. For COC, we use a software program called Canvas; access to the course is included with your paid registration. The link to the course is:

Course Description

History of Animation surveys and analyzes animated motion pictures and television masterpieces from their inception to the present, including a study of the ideas and values of the examined animated films as reflected and emphasized through artistic techniques. This course of study requires the reading of various materials (both online and via a course textbook), viewing of online videos and your participation in online research and discussion with peers. By the end of this course, you will be able to evaluate and gain appreciation of the animation medium as an art form through an historical and aesthetic perspective.

What to Expect in this Course

The course involves assigned reading from the official course textbook, PowerPoint presentations, and other audio/visual media online. When we do our coursework, there will be assignments, discussions, and quizzes to do according to a prescribed schedule. Also, there will be a comprehensive final exam.

This course is mostly is self-paced; with three lessons opening each week.

Course grades will be based on a combination of discussion postings, quiz grades and final exam. The syllabus (available at the first class session) will detail the grading system.

Mandatory Attendance During the First 72 Hours of the Course:

When the course becomes available, you need to begin accessing and completing the coursework online from the first day of the session/semester. In order to be counted as “present” and attending the course, the college requires that you attend the first day of instruction, and begin to complete coursework at that time. IMPORTANT: If you do not login and complete the first assignments by the third day of the session you will be dropped from the course (aka “No Show” Drop).

Types of Assessments

Quizzes and discussions are due according to a prescribed schedule. Also, there will be a comprehensive final exam.

Textbook Information

IMPORTANT: In order to take the course online, you will need to obtain the required textbook. The textbook is the only cost required for the course.

“The World History of Animation”

Author - Stephen Cavalier

Publisher/Year Published - University of California Press, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-520-26112-9 (Hardcover $24.97)

Other Relevant Course Information

All course materials for this course are delivered online; your computer and Internet connection should be outfitted for basic online communication to include:

  • A Mac OS, PC/Windows OS (Windows XP or higher), or Linux OS-based computer;
  • An Internet connection (broadband speed recommended for video and chat features);
  • A current web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE 9);
  • Adobe Reader software installed, (this is pdf file viewer to read online articles and as an alternate way to view the PowerPoint slides) available for free from Adobe at:
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (or Adobe Reader) to view the slides and the links to the movies
  • Workload for online classes: Because we don’t meet on-campus, there are additional assignments and activities that require online research. On average, students will spend between 90-130 hours of study for this course over the full-length semester. If at any point in the session you have difficulty keeping up with course content/assignments, please do not hesitate to contact me; I will also make an effort to check in regularly with you via
  • Circumstances may arise which require modifications of the above guidelines and the following schedule of assignments for the course, as deemed necessary by The instructor reserves the right to make necessary changes, in compliance with COC academic policies.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 05/23/2023 Sub#: 85