Note: Information posted October 20, 2015; all
material remains provisional and subject to change. Check for
Requirements will include reading and reflection on the texts, participation in weekly discussion forums on Blackboard.com, and the completion of a multi-part research and writing project on a Louisiana writer, and a final collaborative electronic presentation of your work.
online course is conducted through the internet
(Blackboard), though there will be an organizational on-campus
meeting on Friday afternoon January 22 (5:30 p.m.--7:30 p.m.) in
BOBET 100 (The WAC Lab) and a final class meeting on Friday
evening, May 13 (5:30 p.m.) Please contact me after January 11, if
serious hardship or unavoidable conflict will keep you from
attending the required organizational meeting. Students within
driving distance should plan to attend--and attendees will find
that the course goes much more smoothly. To be successful, online
courses require that students have some degree of self-discipline.
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 your local
bookstore (support your local bookstores!). If you're trying to
cut costs, many texts are also available secondhand through other
commercial booksellers. Some may also be available as rentals.
Credit for Composition, Writing about Literature or their equivalents. Sophomore status or permission of the instructor is recommended. Online courses require some maturity and self-discipline; this should probably not be your first college English course. Contact me if you have any questions about taking an online course.
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 on the "Discussion Board" of Blackboard.com. Students will be expected to post a substantive comment (200-300 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 (150-200 words each).
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
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
The formal writing in this course will be a series of assignments based on the contexts of and works by Louisiana writers, both those covered in the course and from a supplementary list. These assignments, due throughout the semester and involving various degrees of research, will provide some of the basic content for a final collaborative presentation.
Wiki Presentation of Research
A final collaborative electronic presentation (wiki or website) on one or more of the writers covered in the class to be presented at the final on-campus meeting.
IF YOU DECIDE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE,
BE SURE THAT YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS ACCURATE IN LORA and
on BLACKBOARD; IF IT ISN'T, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IMPORTANT
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE.
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