Online English 101: College Composition Fall 2014
|Class Time: Whenever, but best to try me between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. if you have questions.
Drop-in Hours: 1:00-3:00 p.m. MT&Th afternoons and by appointment; check my office door schedule for available times. You are encouraged to
email me with questions. Seriously. I mean it.
Required Text: We don't have one, thank you very much. All readings will be provided online as needed
- To ease the portfolio process, review the Online Portfolio Preview Handbook. It has examples that show the departmental and my expectations for your writing (which are basically the same!).
- Optional: The English handbook of your choosing, whether digital or print.
- All necessary course materials will be found online in this class blog.
Portfolio Dates: Midterm: May 13; Final: June 10 or 11
Official Course Description: This course develops and sharpens the basic principles of writing college-level essays. Students work on a series of essays to improve their ability to write clear, detailed prose and to use texts to support their claims. Competence in mechanics and standard English usage is assumed of all students taking ENG 101. A grade at or above a 2.0 requires successful completion of the portfolio process and qualification for English 102.
Unofficial Course Description: This is a hybrid class. If you are unable or unwilling to meet the online obligations for this course, you should find a new section. Otherwise, this course has been designed with a focus on international awareness funded in part by a grant from the Pacific Northwest International Education Association. As part of the course design, I spent a month over two summers in China teaching English at the Harbin Institute of Technology. We are going to read and respond to materials that provide some insight on China while reading, thinking, talking and writing about how writing and thinking are used to inform and persuade. We'll include the analysis of texts and how they make meeting using words, images, sounds and more. We are going to approach the reading and writing in this class to see how reading, thinking and writing can help us as we search out understanding and/or awareness in our own lives while also gaining some insight on China.
On Being Successful: One of the most important behaviors promoting learning and success, aside from doing what directed when directed to do so, is making the time to sit down and visit with your instructor, professor or teacher, call them (and me) what you will. Along with actually visiting me in my office, this means emailing or blogging questions when you are unsure of things, even if you think you are being a "pest." Doing this means you will do better than you would otherwise. How much better cannot be predicted, but it will depend on how willing and able you are to take and follow advice and to revise accordingly. Don't come in (or email) the day before or after something is due hoping we can turn the inadequate into the excellent; come by the moment you find yourself in need of help. Be willing to avail yourself of other help as well, such as the peer tutoring services provided by the college. Both online and in-person are available. Doing so is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Workload: This is a hybrid class, so we will do a good bit of our work online, so you will need an open mind (but not so open everything might fall out), the ability to make the time to get work done, a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure. In a typical quarter, it's expected you'll allot 15 hours a week to a five credit class. Because this is a hybrid, that means about 2.5 hours a week in class and 12.5 doing homework. The class workload is predicated on this expectation though workload will vary from week to week. All work is directly related to the essays you must complete to succeed and to future academic success.
Course Learning Outcomes
as determined by department faculty
- Brainstorm varied ideas to support a claim of manageable scope for a given assignment.
- Annotate a text in order to effectively analyze and evaluate the ideas in that text.
- Research, analyze, use, and document information and ideas to develop a position.
- Analyze, select, and record relevant, valid details in light of particular rhetorical purposes to support claims
- Respond thoughtfully, precisely, and ethically to texts
- Communicate with an academic audience to illustrate, analyze, or persuade
- Organize ideas in a purposeful and coherent manner
- Demonstrate writing that is a systematic process requiring thoughtful reconsideration and revision.
- Improve prose through instructor, self, and peer feedback
- Generate clear, grammatically correct prose
- Apply conventions of a particular documentation style
- Independently create original work meeting assignment requirements
How to Pass the Class
- Understand that "pass" means earn at least a 1.0
- Each essay is graded equally. Once you pass the portfolio process, your lowest grade is dropped and your highest grade will be matched as your portfolio grade.
- Attend class each day, pay attention, engage in the in-class activities and take notes.
- Submit all work—annotations, summaries, drafts for review, drafts for grading and revised drafts—when due, no excuses.
- If you don't understand or are confused, ask questions! That’s your job as a student.
- Visit me in my office to go over your drafts; visit the peer tutors or use the online tutors
- Understand that this is a difficult class and be willing to do what it takes to get it done.
How to Fail the Class
- Understand that "fail" means a 0.0.
- Don't attend, don't take notes, don't pay attention, don't engage in the in-class activities. More than two weeks worth of absences will result in an automatic F/0.0, regardless of the reasons.
- Don't submit annotations, summaries, drafts for review, drafts for grading or revised drafts when due.
- Don't ask questions, don't ask for help from me or peer tutors, no matter how necessary.
- Plagiarize (submitting work that is not yours with the intent that I consider it your work)
- Give up because it's hard (it is!).