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Ewrt 1 a online introduction hybrid


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Ewrt 1 a online introduction hybrid

  1. 1. Welcome to EWRT 1A Dr. Kim Palmore Office F1-1L ph. 408 674 3005
  2. 2. Agenda  The Course Description and Details • Canvas • Green sheet/Syllabus • Kaizena
  3. 3. What is a Hybrid Class? A hybrid class meets both in the classroom and electronically. For this course, it means that we will meet once a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes, and that you will complete the remaining 2 hours and 15 minutes of this five unit course on your own, via presentations on the website. We will not meet together; rather, you will simply go to the online presentations and work through them on your own. I will answer questions by email. These presentations must be completed in a timely manner each week.
  4. 4. Using Canvas We will use Canvas to communicate, see grades, access course documents and assignments, and submit homework. As I informed you, our class is published on Canvas. You should be able to access this course by logging into Canvas and using your college credentials. Go to Use your college credentials to log in. You will be taken to the Canvas dashboard where you should see our course: S17: English Composition If you do not have access to this course via Canvas, please let me know as soon as possible.
  5. 5. When you first log in to Canvas, the website will look similar to this. Start by clicking on “pages” to enlarge the framed picture part of the webpage.
  6. 6. Notice the expansion of the screen. Here you can manage the primary page of the website via the buttons on the header: Home, About, Course Primary Page
  7. 7. From this same setting, you can navigate both the primary page and the larger Canvas site. The links on the left of this view will help you navigate the Canvas site. You can check your grades, assignments, and announcements here. All the way to the left, you will see your calendar, which is quick way to check due dates. Canvas Navigation tools
  8. 8. Click on the three horizontal lines (the hamburger) in this view to enlarge the primary page even further.
  9. 9. This configuration makes the primary page the easiest to navigate. Scroll down to see the whole website and its many options here.
  10. 10.  Class presentations  Essay Assignments  The Syllabus: Information, Expectations, and Policies  The Syllabus: The Course Calendar  Some Reading Assignments  Writing Tips  Helpful Links  Your Daily Homework Assignment
  11. 11. Look Under “Course Information” to find The Syllabus: Part 1 Information, Expectations, and Policies Course Requirements Assignments and values Participation Required Materials Books Computer Access One Bluebook Class Policies Plagiarism Conduct and Courtesy
  12. 12. Texts and Required Materials are available online and in the De Anza Bookstore. Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing 8th Edition Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games (Any version, including Kindle). A large blue book for in- class essay #1.
  13. 13. This book is inexpensive on Amazon. Don’t buy a more expensive edition!
  14. 14. Course Requirements: Active participation in class discussions and regular attendance. You will earn real points for your participation in activities. Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading. Formal writing: one in-class essay; three out of class essays, the final two with research components. A series of homework posts to the class website Reading quizzes and in-class assignments.
  15. 15. Writing Submissions Create your account. Go to or simply use the link on our class website home page. Click “Sign up.” Choose “Student.” Enter your group code (you can find this on the right side of the website or in the slideshow directions for how to use Kaizena). Files are added to Conversations in Kaizena. To add a file to a conversation, click the "Add File" button. Once I have graded your paper, you can access it by going to the “conversations” link in Kaizena. Click on the highlighted sections of the paper to find both audio and written comments concerning your essay and links to materials that will help you improve your writing. We will discuss how to submit your essay in greater detail in the class before your first essay is due. Feel free to go through the “Kaizena” presentation under the “Create Accounts” tab on the Canvas webpage if you want to preview the process. All out of class essays will be submitted electronically before the due date.
  16. 16. Your grades will be available via canvas
  17. 17.  It is your responsibility to talk to me your absences or other conflicts. Work done in class cannot be made up. Also, please arrive on time, as you will not be able to make up work completed before you arrive, including quizzes. Attendance: Success in this course depends on regular attendance and active participation. Participation points will be part of our daily activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn these points. You should save absences for emergencies, work conflicts, weddings, jury duty, or any other issues that might arise in your life.
  18. 18. Late Work: I do not generally accept late work. You may receive an extension if you have an unavoidable and excusable reason, with documentation from a medical professional or another legal authority. Because of the short summer schedule, you cannot afford to get behind.
  19. 19. Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices:  Please speak freely and candidly; however, while your thoughts and ideas are important to me and to the dynamics of the class, you must also respect others and their opinions. Courtesy will allow each person to have the opportunity to express his or her ideas in a comfortable environment.  Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely listening to others, not slamming the classroom door or walking in front of classmates if you do arrive late, and maintaining a positive learning environment for your fellow classmates. To help maintain a positive learning environment, please focus on the work assigned: turn off all cell phones and IPods before class, and do not text- message in class. If you must use your phone, please step outside so as to minimize disruption.
  20. 20. Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism includes quoting or paraphrasing material without documentation and copying from other students or professionals. Intentional plagiarism is a grave offense; the resulting response will be distasteful. Depending upon the severity, instances of plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the paper or the course and possible administrative action. All assignments will be scanned and scrutinized for academic dishonesty. Please refer to your handbook for more information regarding plagiarism.
  21. 21. The Syllabus: Part 2 The Course Calendar
  22. 22. Syllabus The syllabus is a tentative schedule. It may be revised during the quarter. Use it to determine how to prepare for class. Project Title Week and Days   Homework   What we will do  in class
  23. 23. Homework  There is writing homework for each class meeting. This is both to help you think about your reading and to help you produce ideas for your essays.  In order to earn an A on your homework, you must do the following:  Complete all of the posts.  Post on time.  Be thoughtful in your responses All homework will be posted under the homework panel on our primary page on the Canvas site. Homework is due before our next class meeting.
  24. 24. Posting Homework On the front page of the website, you will find the homework post after each class. Below that post on the left is a “comment” link. Click right on the word “comments,” and a comment box will open. Scroll to the end of the posted comments, and post your work into the comment box; finally, click “Post Comment.” Take a look at the website now
  25. 25. Suggestions Your homework for this class is worth 100 points because it requires significant work. Take this part of the course very seriously. It is easy to skip a few assignments, and then a few more, but failing the homework section of this class will be detrimental to your grade. Make a word document for your homework. Write the assigned work there. Date it and record the post #. Revise and edit before you post. Post your homework in a timely manner. This will keep you on track by reminding you of how many you have done or missed. At the end of the quarter, I will ask you to assess your work, so make sure you stay on top of what you have accomplished!
  26. 26. In order to do the homework, you must establish a username. To make your own FREE WordPress username, go to The system will walk you through the steps to get a WordPress username. Alternatively, you can sign into our website through Facebook. If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a pseudonym. Just make sure you sign in with YOUR WordPress username before you post on our class page so you get credit for your work. Please email me your username once you have established which account you shall use for the quarter. If you cannot establish your username, please see me as soon as possible, and I will help you with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so establishing Your Username
  27. 27. Again, you can find this page at
  28. 28. How to take the quiz You can easily take a quiz by accessing the Quizzes page. The questions will be shown one at a time. The questions are multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank. They are based on this first presentation. You may take the first quiz two times. I will record the highest score.
  29. 29. Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the website. Read the Information, expectations, and policies portion of the Syllabus. Look over the daily calendar. We will review course and college policies at the beginning of our next meeting, after you have familiarized yourself with the website and course materials. Please be prepared for both discussion and a question and answer period.
  30. 30. Explore Canvas and the Primary Page Buy/Order: The Hunger Games and The St Martin’s Guide to Writing. Make your Kaizena account Make: Your Word Press Website username Take Quiz 1