A BRIEF ORIENTATION TO: ENGLISH 2332:WORLD LITERATURE I Instructor: Jeff Miranda
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE • What this orientation covers: • Preliminaries • Accessing the Site • Course Requirements • Course Information • Orientation Quiz • Note: All students are required to complete this online orientation. Also, there is no on-campus orientation.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE • Mr. Miranda, your instructor—call me Jeff, please. At Harvard, fall 2005—unfortunately, I couldn’t reach the lucky foot!
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Need to get in touch?You’ll find my office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org orhours in the EmployeeDirectory online. email@example.com Phone: 817.515.7295 (voice mail) Office: NW Campus, WTLO 4319A Mailing Address: 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy Fort Worth, Tx 76179 Now, on to the good stuff…
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Contact your instructor when: You need help on course related matters, including: Questions about readings Unclear assignments Problems putting assignments together A need/desire for more time Broken links and missing pages Other course related issues Don’t hesitate to contact me about class. I’m happy to help.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE • Accessing the site: • The site can be found at: Ironically, • http://blackboard.tccd.edu you’ve • You will see boxes on the bottom right corner to already enter your username/password gotten this • Your logon: User ID: firstname.last name far, so I’m • • Password: firstinitial of last name and the last four sure this is numbers of your colleague (or student) ID number helpful… (e.g. s4049) • The site will be available beginning Jan. 17th at 10:00am (which is about the time that you are reading this…)
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE In addition to the Once you’ve entered the class, you will see a classroom syllabus link, portal page (if you’re registered in more than one class). you’ll also find If not, you’ll go directly to “classroom home.” links to the If you’re registered in more than one class, select the discussion board, class you want and enter the classroom. classmates, At the top of the page in the middle, you will see webliography, “classroom home.” chat, and faq’s— That area contains the main navigational links you will just to list a need to navigate through the course. few… Click on the Syllabus (it’s available as a link on the left side of the course pages) print it out, and use it to follow along with the information that follows.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Quick Tip: If • Email Notes: you want a reply • IMPORTANT: I will send all email to your TCC email to your account (available through CampusCruiser). It’s typically firstname.lastname@example.org. email, please • All of you have an account, and you need to check avoid web slang your account frequently; students failing to do so may and always find themselves hopelessly confused. • You can check email by clicking on the purple link include your “Webmail” at the top of the page (in our class site) or name, not just a you can go directly to CampusCruiser. • Or, you can go into “Edit User Profile” (at the left side “screen-name” of the page in our class site) and request that your with your email be forwarded to another account. • A final note: like much electronic mail all over the message. world, CampusCruiser email is subject to monitoring. Use your email account for educational purposes only.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Allright, you’ve gotten this far, but now you want real information…you want to know: What does a person do in this course? The course description states that this course is a survey of World Literature from its beginnings through the seventeenth century. Wow, you might say…. How in the world are we going to do that?
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Seriously,please tell us that we aren’t going to read everything, right? Like most survey courses, there is far too much material for a single course. Indeed, we could fill up entire libraries with material that might be covered. But then, we couldn’t hope to cover it all. So, we are going to survey some material, or more specifically...
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Essentially, we’ll be reading just a few (about nine) longer works. At times, we’ll read entire selections, but most of the time, we’ll just have time to read selections from these long works. In every case, however, we’ll be reading some of the most important works written in World Literature.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE More on the readings later. Now, you need a few more details before we are finished here, including: Textbooks Grading Quizzes and exams And, some final details before you complete this week’s activities
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Required Textbooks: Note: All The Norton Anthology of World Literature texts can Second Edition, Ed. Sarah Lawall, et al. be Pkg 1 (Vols A, B, C): Beginnings to 1650 • 0- 393-92453-X • 3 pb vols, slipcased • 2003 purchased at any Please note: The three volume set (NAWL) is our primary text. TCC Earlier editions may not have the correct material, and other bookstore anthologies may have different translations. Please purchase this book set—unless you don’t care about your grade. . Troilus and Cressida William Shakespeare, Pelican/Penguin Classic, ISBN 978014074869, 2000
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Required Coursework: Weekly Assignments and Quizzes……...20% Journals…………………………….………20% Average of two papers ……….….…...…..20% Midterm exam (ONLINE)..…….………..20% Final exam (ONLINE) ………………..…20%
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE • All work must be completed by you, the student. So, you may not: • download papers from online “research” sites and present them as your own work • complete quizzes with the help of others • have others do your work • engage in other nefarious forms of academic dishonesty • If you do, understand that I will flunk you and refer you to the Vice President of Instruction and/or the Vice President of Student Development and Services for additional disciplinary actions. • I suggest contacting me if you are struggling. Let me help you before you make unwise choices.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Grading Scale: You can keep A=90-100 track of your progress in class B=80-89 by clicking on the C=70-79 gradebook link in D=60-69 the “Classroom F=0-59 Home” area. Pretty standard stuff, huh?
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Course Feedback: Writing takes time not only to produce, but also to evaluate. Indeed, I usually look over each assignment a couple of times before I even start to grade And I usually don’t evaluate student work until I have a stack (cyber or otherwise) of the same assignments So while you may work ahead, I won’t grade ahead The end result is that I won’t be providing instant feedback most of the time Instead, I’ll strive to send back detailed critiques within a week of your submission Many of my previous students will tell you that I may not be fast, but that I’m often the most comprehensive Online instructor that they have had That said, if you haven’t heard from me for a while and you are beginning to wonder if I have received your assignment, don’t hesitate to email me and ask. I’ll be happy to let you know how I am progressing .
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATUREOn the last day ofone semester, I had a A few notes about extra credit:student come to me I don’t really believe in itin tears asking if For if you do your work, you won’t need itthere was anything I will only offer limited opportunities forhe could do to raise extra credithis grade. “Not If students complain, I’ll just get rid of itnow,” I said. “The If you think you will need the extraclass is over.” So, if credit, seize the opportunities whenyou are at concerned they arise—don’t wait for a better offerabout your grades,consider this…
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Course Schedule Work may be Lessons may have multiple completed assignments early. Also, I Each lesson has its own due accept late date, generally due during the week work without and always at 11:59pm. This penalty. semester, the standard due date for assignments will be Sunday night. Note: lessons (from beginning to end) often require between six and nine hours. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.Although I don’t penalize late work, you should strive to complete assignments promptly. Students who fall behind generally fail.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE • Lessons: • In the “Classroom Home” area, take the link to lessons. • Note: you’ll always want to begin here. • Each lesson introduces concepts needed for corresponding assignments. • Afterwards, read over the checklist which will let you know what chapters and selections you’ll need to read prior to completing the assignments for the week. • You can also access tests and quizzes through the lesson pages. Students proceeding directly to assignments will be drawn and quartered!!!
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Assignments: In an average fall Each week there will be at least one semester assignment per lesson. Some lessons, week, one can however, will include multiple assignments. expect to spend Assignments should be completed in between six and sequence, not randomly. Each lesson is nine hours working constructed with assignments in on class material sequence—follow it and you’ll be fine. As (including with most courses, assignments build on reading, writing, an each other, so skipping one or a few is not d, yes, contemplati advisable. on). Also note: assignments for this course are not weighted equally—exams, for instance, are worth more than essays, which are worth more than “weekly” assignments.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE A brief primer to filenames, file-types and uploading Assignments Save files as first initial last name assignment number (for example, john doe would save assignment 2 as jdoe2). I only have access to MS Word, so all files must be saved as .doc (or .docx), .rtf., or .txt. If you have MS Word, just hit save. If you have any other word processor, be sure to save your files as a rich text document (.rtf) or as a text file (.txt). This includes users of MS Works. Finally, when you have the proper filename and file-type, upload your assignment rather than emailing it to me. Do this by clicking on the assignment and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. Then, follow the directions. Except for discussion board assignments, quizzes, and the exams, all assignments need to be uploaded—do not copy/paste or compose on the editor.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Caution: Quizzes are timed and can Quiz Information: only be accessed a All quizzes will be taken online using in limited number of our learning environment. They will be times and only for a available in each lesson module (or limited amount of follow the link to them in the lessons). time, so don’t open them unless you Basically, all non-exam weeks will are ready to include reading quizzes over our complete them! course readings. Taking quizzes online can be tricky, but it usually works out fine. If there are problems, let me know.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Exam information (Midterm) The Midterm Exam will take place ONLINE as well. I’ll provide a brief review for the midterm exam in lesson seven and answer questions. The exam will be timed and be limited to one attempt per student. The exam will be available over a three-day period to make certain that everyone has a chance to take it. The exam will have multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. As a result, the Assessment manager will not grade your tests for you—I’ll do the grading. The Midterm exam is scheduled for: March 5-7 Again, the Midterm exam is ONLINE using the Assessment manager, no matter what the syllabus and exam manager say .
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Exam information (Final) The Final Exam will take place ONLINE as well. I’ll provide a brief review for the Final Exam in lesson sixteen and answer questions. The exam will be timed and be limited to one attempt per student. The exam will be available over a three-day period to make certain that everyone has a chance to take it. The exam will have multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. As a result, the Assessment manager will not grade your tests for you—I’ll do the grading. The Final Exam is scheduled for: May 7-9 Again, the Final Exam is ONLINE using the Assessment manager, no matter what the syllabus and exam manager say .
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Attendance Information: TCC has an attendance policy, even for online courses. Attendance for this class will be based on completion of online quizzes and exams. If you miss a quiz, you not only receive a 0 for the quiz, but will also be marked absent for the class. [From ICR]Student attendance in online courses has two requirements; Successful completion of the online course orientations. Active participation in the course as described in the Instructor’s Course Requirements (ICRs) Students in an online course not completing the orientation and those not actively participating in the course will be dropped at the discretion of their instructors. Please note: I will not drop students for not actively participating; however, absences over and above the 15% [See table on next slide] of the course will have an impact on Financial Aid and perhaps other college functions.
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Term # of Meetings 15% of Class Meetings Student Dropped after X Days16 week-1 day a week 16 2.4 316 week-2 days a week 32 4.8 516 week-3 days a week 48 7.2 813 week-1 day a week 13 1.95 25-week MWF 15 2.25 35-week TTH 10 1.5 28-week MTWH 32 4.8 58-week MW or TTH 16 2.4 38-week MWF 24 3.6 44-week 16 2.4 33-week 15 2.25 3*Online Dev Ed 32 4.8 5
ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Withdrawal Information: Again, if you decide not to continue in the course, it is your responsibility to withdraw. You may withdraw from any course on or before the drop date. Contact the registrar if you need to withdraw from a course. Questions? Contact me.
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ENGLISH 2332: WORLD LITERATURE Almost, but before you go to the class site, there are two more activities you need to accomplish. Are we First, visit the student guide. It’s a helpful done presentation that answers many “how do yet? I” technical questions. Second, take the brief online quiz over this orientation in Lesson One which ensures that you’ve done your job (reading this orientation) and that I’ve done my job (presenting the information that you’ll need to succeed).