Instructor: Lisa M. Lane
Welcome! Each week, students should:
1. do the reading Assignment (context and lecture)
2. take the Quiz (by Tuesday midnight)
3. post a primary source in the Sources and Writing Forum (by Wednesday midnight)
4. post a thesis/writing post in the same Sources and Writing Forum by Sunday in response to my Thursday instructions (by Sunday midnight)
5. participate in Discussion (2-3 times each week)
Links to all of this are at the class website.
Class Facebook group
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, May 30. At that time,
the URL in the box above will allow you
to enter the class. This
course is offered in Moodle, not
- Once you're
inside the class, do the Tech
Check by Wednesday, June 5 to make
sure your computer is set up properly.
- Add policy: I will be adding up to five 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, June 4, 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 18 hours per week (standard for a 3-unit university transfer class offered in the 8-week format) -- that's about 3 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.
What computer stuff do I need?
- Firefox or Safari browser (Internet Explorer won't work properly)
- Reliable access to a good computer (there are also labs on campus)
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 quizzes?
- This class is not self-paced because
participation is on a minimum 3x
weekly basis. Late quizzes may be
submitted for only a week for reduced credit, except for the last week.
What books do I need?
- None. All the reading is online. However, primary sources can make tough reading. They 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 the United States from 1865 to the present
- You need not have taken History 110
- General Education: Social Science and/or American Institutions
How does the grading work?
The course is graded
on a simple 100-point scale, so that's a simple percentage.
(7 at 5 points each)
These contain multiple-choice
questions from lectures and readings.
|Forum sources and essays (7 at 5 points each)
Posting a good source and writing an essay according to the rubric below.
|Midterm Exam (essay at 10 points, self-assessment 5 points)
Based on interpretive essay and self-assessment supported
by the Contribution to the Class portion
of the Rubric (below).
Exam (essay at 10 points, self-assessment 5 points)
Based on thematic essay and self-assessment supported by the Contribution
to the Class portion of the Rubric (below).
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 is the grading rubric?
Multiple-choice quizzes don't need a rubric because they are automatically scored.
Forum Posts, Essays and Final Exams
- Use of class materials and activities is expected.
Essays have made full use (A), good use (B), some use (C), little use (D), or no use (F) of class materials and activities.
- Essay theses must be interpretive.
Essay theses are highly interpretive (A), solidly interpretive (B), primarily factual with some interpretation (C), factual (D) or not a thesis (F).
- Essays must use the required number of primary sources from the forums.
The required number of sources used in the essay are all primary (A or B), mostly primary (C), mostly secondary (D), all secondary or not used(F).
- Sources must be fully cited.
Sources in the essay are fully cited (B), 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).
Contribution to the Class
- 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 post/reply at least three times a week in the forums.
Posts in forums three times a week (A), 2-3 times a week (B or C), once a week (C or D), less than weekly (F).
- Students should respond to guidance from instructor, learn from group (rather than individual) feedback, and get help from the FAQ and college resources as needed.
Responds to instructor guidance as provided through 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 forums.
Is helpful to other students weekly (A), regularly (B), occasionally (C), rarely (D), not at all (F)
- Work in the forum should be connected to class lectures and readings.
Work in the forum is clearly connected to class lectures and readings in every post (A), in many posts (B), in some posts (C), in few posts (D), in no posts (F).
- Lectures and readings (including all context readings) should be completed weekly.
Lectures and readings have been completed every week on schedule (A), weekly (B), most weeks (C), few weeks (D), rarely (F).
- Student work should reflect the student's own interests.
Writing for theses and essays has 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.
How do I ask questions?
A green light means I'm available for chat.
- Once inside the class, for private
matters use Messages to contact
me. I will respond within two working
- For class issues, use the "Help,
I have a question!" discussion
me with any other questions.
Last updated: 26 March 2013