Western Civ


Class starts January 20, 2015
Enrolled students may log in with their SURF credentials at http://miracosta.mrooms.net/ after January 15.

Instructor: Lisa M. Lane

Welcome! Each week, students should:
1. Do the Text reading
2. Read/listen to the Lecture
3. Take the Quiz
4. Post a primary source in the Primary Sources Board (by Wednesday midnight)
5. Post Writing Assignments (5 during the semester)
6. Participate in Discussion

See full schedule here.

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How do I get into this class?

How much of my time will it take?

Is it a hard class?

Will there be any real-time or on-campus meetings?

No. The class is completely asynchronous and online.

Do I need to own a computer? What if something goes wrong with my computer?

Online classes require reliable access to a good computer with a reliable internet connection. If you don't own one or something goes wrong with your system or connection, you are expected to use computers at the campus library, other college library, or public library to complete your work on time.

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It's an online class. Can't I just cheat?

Can I take the class at my own pace? Can I turn in late work?

What books do I need?

What's this course cover? What's it count toward?

How does the grading work?

The course is graded on a simple 100-point scale, so that's a simple percentage.

Points Chart  
Weekly Quizzes
These contain multiple-choice questions from lectures and readings.
Primary Sources Boards
Posting a good source with full citation.
Writing Assignments
5 scaffolded writing assignments, using Primary Sources from the Boards.
Final Essay Exam
Based on thematic essay.
Extra Credit for active participation and leadership of discussion ?

What are the Student Learning Outcomes for the course?

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. construct a historical thesis that could be supported by selected primary sources from the era covered by the course
2. estimate the correct era from which a primary source derives
3. articulate the causal and/or consequential elements of an event from the era covered by the course
4. analyze cultural expressions as evidence of an historical theme

What are the 12 expectations for student work in this class?

  1. Lectures and primary source readings should be completed weekly.
    Lectures and primary source readings have been completed every week on schedule (A), weekly (B), most weeks (C), few weeks (D), rarely (F).
  2. Context readings should be completed weekly.
    Context readings have been completed every week on schedule (A), weekly (B), most weeks (C), few weeks (D), rarely (F).
  3. Students should post at least one primary source in the Primary Sources Board by Wednesday night each week..
    Primary sources have been completed every week on schedule with primary source (A), weekly (B), most weeks or some sources weren't primary (C), few weeks or many secondary sources (D), rarely or all sources secondary (F).
  4. Students should post every Writing Assignment, and on time.
    All Writing Assignments are posted on time every time (A), all but once (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), not at all (F)
  5. Writing theses must be interpretive.
    Theses are highly interpretive (A), solidly interpretive (B), primarily factual with some interpretation (C), factual (D) or not a thesis (F).
  6. Use of information from class materials, lectures, and assigned readings is expected.
    Writing Assignments, discussions, and comments on primary sources have made full use (A), good use (B), some use (C), little use (D), or no use (F) of class materials and activities.
  7. Posted Primary Sources and those used in writings must be fully cited with artist/author, title, date, and a live link to a page where the item is featured.
    Sources are fully cited (A), almost all fully cited (B), mostly cited (C), not all cited (D) or not cited (F).
  8. Writing must be at the college level.
    Writing in the essay is at the college level or higher (A), at the college freshman English 100 level (B), at the high school level (C), below the high school level (D or F).
  9. Students should log in at least three times a week.
    Logs in more than three times a week (A), 2-3 times a week (B), once a week (C), less than weekly (D or F).
  10. Students should respond to guidance from the instructor, learn from full-group (rather than individual) feedback, and get help from the Help page and college resources as needed.
    Responds to instructor guidance as provided through posts in Boards and forums, Latest News, examples, replies, and messages - always (A), almost always (B), mostly (C), occasionally (D), never (F).
  11. Students should be helpful to others through commenting, suggesting, or providing good examples in the Boards.
    Is helpful to other students weekly (A), regularly (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), not at all (F)
  12. Student work should reflect the student's own interests.
    The sources posted and topics worked on have been obviously related to the student's own interests every week (A), most of the time (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), never (F).

What about cheating and plagiarism?

Academic dishonesty can lead to F grades on quizzes, contribution assessments (as a result of plagiarism in discussion forums), and the final exam. If cheating or plagiarism is discovered at any time (and I'm very good at it), all of the student's previous work will be checked, and grades revised as determined by the instructor. Cheating includes copying phrasing or paraphrasing from the textbook, documents, or other course materials without quoting and/or citing the source. It also includes creating work together with another person (see Indiana University's plagiarism self-quiz). While you are welcome to study and talk together, all work you turn in or post must be your own, since all grades are individual. To protect yourself in an on-line environment, make sure that your quiz/test answers in no way resemble those of your colleagues.

What else should I know?

There are various rules and regulations at MiraCosta governing online classes, including AP 4105, which has rules about:

1. Instructor-initiated contact and feedback - I am required to tell you how often this will occur. I consider that each Latest News announcement and post I make constitutes instructor-initiated contact, and each grade students receive on a quiz, primary source post or writing assignment constitutes feedback. Such contact and/or feedback will happen at least once a week.

2. I have to refer you to the college catalog on Student Rights and Responsibilites.

How do I ask questions?

Last updated: 19 November 2014