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.
How do I get into this class?
- Register at MiraCosta College.
Online courses fill quickly!
- Please make sure SURF has your
correct email address.
- The class will be open by Thursday, January 15. At that time,
the URL in the box above will allow you
to enter the class. This
course is offered in Moodle, not
- Add policy: I will be adding up to three students over the limit of 40. After class begins, the wait list in SURF is defunct. Preference will be given to students who have emailed me before the first day of class, were on the official wait list, and who need this class as the last class for a degree at MiraCosta or a public university. NO students will be given permission codes after midnight on Tuesday, August 20, and students who receive a code must register with 24 hours of the time of my email or they will be dropped when they do register.
How much of my time will it take?
- About 9 hours per week (standard for a 3-unit university transfer class) -- that's about 1.5 hours a day
- If you have basic computer skills, read well, and work well independently, the time may be less.
- If you have weak computer skills, poor study habits, and require much guidance, the time may be more. In this case, you may want to consider whether you are a good candidate for online classes.
Is it a hard class?
- As required by law, the class is taught at the freshman/sophomore university level.
- This class goes beyond the facts of history, into interpretation and analysis. This may be quite different from what you are used to.
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.
It's an online class. Can't I just cheat?
- I'm very tough on plagiarism and academic dishonesty (see the college catalog). I give F's for work that is similar to that of your colleagues, past or present, and check all written passages. Quotation marks should be used when citing your sources.
- Quizzes are designed to be taken as open book, open note.
- The process of developing and practicing
historical themes is designed to ensure
that you develop your own interpretations
Can I take the class at my own pace? Can I turn in late work?
- Though there is much flexibility, the class is not self-paced. There are weekly assignments, then the subject for that week closes, and each student's work relies on the work of other students. The historical writing process is also scaffolded, with each bit of writing building on the last. Late quizzes, primary sources, and writing assignments will receive half credit if submitted within one week of the original due date.
What books do I need?
- None to purchase. All the reading is online.
- The Textbook chapters are all online, but you can also download and print the Text if you wish.
- Primary Sources are linked within the lectures, but you can also download and print the Documents Workbook.
What's this course cover? What's it count toward?
- This course covers the history of Western Civilization from 1648 to the present
- You need not have taken History 103
- General Education: Humanities
How does the grading work?
The course is graded
on a simple 100-point scale, so that's a simple percentage.
These contain multiple-choice
questions from lectures and readings.
|Primary Sources Boards
Posting a good source with full citation.
5 scaffolded writing assignments, using Primary Sources from the Boards.
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?
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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)
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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)
- 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
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?
- For class issues, please post in the Tavern, and help answer each others' questions.
me with any other questions.
- If you use Gmail, I'm in chat at email@example.com.
Last updated: 19 November 2014