Information posted March 20, 2012; all material here remains
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Requirements will include reading and reflection on the texts, participation in weekly discussion forums on Blackboard.com, the completion of a multi-part research and writing project on a Louisiana writer, and a final examination.
* This course will be conducted through the
internet and requires good access to Blackboard.com. Pre-course
readiness workshops (offered online) may be required for those
unfamiliar with online courses. Online courses also require a certain
amount of self-discipline and maturity as a student.
Instant Access: The Pocket Reference for Writers. Michael L. Keene and Katherine H. Adams. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0072819928
These books may also
be available for purchase at Maple
Street Books (support your local bookstores!) If you're
trying to cut costs, many texts are also available secondhand
through other commercial booksellers.
Credit for ENGL T-125, ENGL 205, or their equivalents. Sophomore status or permission of the instructor is recommended.
Weekly Comments (35%)
The heart of this course (apart from reading the texts themselves) will be our electronic "discussions": asking and answering each other's questions and sharing our responses. These discussions will be conducted in one or more groups (depending on the size of the class), using the Discussion Board on Blackboard.com to facilitate exchanges. Students will be expected to post a substantive comment (150-300 words) in response to the text and my introductory remarks by Monday midnight. By the next Thursday, everyone in the class will have commented on or reacted to the responses of least two other people (100-150 words).
Your participation in these weekly discussions, including the timely submission of comments and responses, will be graded contractually (all assignments = A; fewer = B, etc.) and will constitute your "class attendance."
You will be responsible for timely and regular contributions to the discussion group every week. If any lateness or irregularity persists in your submissions, you will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.
Keeping up with these discussions is one of the most challenging parts of an online course, and falling behind is the chief reason for attrition--just remember that "online" isn't "self-paced."
The formal writing in this course will be a series of assignments on the works of a specific Louisiana writer, both those covered in the course and from a supplementary list. These assignments (two short essays and an annotated bibliography) will be due throughout the semester and will involve various degrees of research.
Final Examination (15-20%)
A comprehensive essay exam. Exemptions will be granted when all course work is submitted on time.
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