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ENGLISH 151: Reading and Composition (1B)

Thank you for your interest in Online English 151! Before our adventure in online learning begins on August 18, 2014, I want to apprise you of a few details about your instructor and this course. The detailed information below is intended to be honest and helpful, but not to scare you. So here is what you need to know, and thanks in advance for the time you will take to read what follows.

Access Requirements

No mandatory campus visits are required to take this course. The course, however, is not a self-paced course but an online community of learners working through a 17-week semester. It unfolds week-by-week with the whole class participating in weekly exercises and discussions together. If you are seeking an independent studies course, know in advance that this is not one. You do have to log on at least 3 different days a week to work in the course, but you can pick whichever days and times suit you. If you are unable to access the Internet on 3 different days of the week, then do not take this course. A new week of course content with assignments is released each Monday by 6pm for you to work on during the week.

Students should always access the class web site in Moodle via MyCOM. For information about getting a MyCOM account, read the FAQ's on the MyCOM Portal login page. #7 on the Portal login page explains how to get to Moodle.

First Day of Class Instructions

All enrolled students are required to login to the class Moodle website between 6 pm Monday, August 18 and 6 pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to hold their spot in the class. If a registered student does not login to the class site during this 24-hour period, his or her spot may be given to a student on the waitlist. (The waitlist is long and there is a shortage of class spots to meet the demand; so know that I will honor the waitlist if you do not confirm your spot and begin the course as required.)

Waitlist & Add Codes

There are only 28 spots in each of the 3 online sections of the course, so register as early as possible or add your name to Admissions and Records official waitlist available to you through the MyCOM Portal. (I will not go above this course cap for any reason, so please do not ask me to make an exception for you.) The competition for spots is very stiff. It is unlikely that you will secure a spot in the course, unless you register before the class begins. 

As of August 18th, you may email the instructor, Alisa Klinger, if you are attempting to add the course. Do not email in advance of this date to indicate your desire to take the course, as I will not be available to respond to your queries until the start of classes on August 18th. (Use the Admissions and Records waitlist procedures prior to August 18th.) Please include your name, the section number of the class you wish to add, and your COM Student ID in your email to me.

I honor the official waitlist, adding students in the order they appear on the waitlist. No matter how desperately you want to take the course, there is no advantage to be had by emailing me in advance of August 18th. The only priority will be given to those on the official waitlist in the order that they have waitlisted.

Course Materials

Recommended: Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference for Online Learners, 7E, Seventh Edition, (Bedford/St. Martin's) ISBN 9780312551995 (Please use this one with the new MLA 2010 updates. Don’t spend your money on any other editions, as they are out-of-date and you will not be able to participate in buy-backs.)

Book Purchases

Students may purchase their books at College of Marin bookstore. This is not a course where you can get by without reading the assigned texts because the quizzes and assignments are based on specific material in it.

What To Do When You First Access The Course Online

Be advised that Moodle works best with Firefox. Not all features function with Safari for Mac users. Moodle is not compatible with Google Chrome. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these 2 helpful Moodle FAQs for students and bookmark them for future reference:

Finally, there is an important note that you should read and heed at the top right of your Moodle home screen: "Closing this browser does not end your session. In order to end a session you must click on Logout (top right side of browser window). If you do not log out, your session will remain active. The next person to use this computer will have full access to your account." Make yourself a sticky note to remind yourself to log out!

I love my job and I love critical thinking. Know that I look forward to working with you in Online English 151, hoping to make you feel positive about your work and excited about critical thinking too.

I look forward to our adventure in online learning!


Cheers, Alisa
Alisa Klinger, Ph.D.
English Department