History 111 On-Line Logo summer
Class starts June 3

Enrolled students may log in with their SURF credentials at http://miracosta.mrooms.net/.

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.

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How do I get into this class?

How much of my time will it take?

Is it a hard class?

What computer stuff do I need?

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

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

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 Points
Quizzes (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).
Final 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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)
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. 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 (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.

How do I ask questions?

Last updated: 26 March 2013