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ENGL 150: Reading and Composition (1A)

Thank you for your interest in Online English 150! Before our adventure in online learning begins on Monday, August 19. The detailed information below is intended to be honest and helpful.

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 choose whichever days and times suit you. A new week of course content with assignments is released each week 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 19, 2013 and 6 pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013 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

If you are on the waitlist or attempting to add the course, email the instructor, Ingrid Kelly at, as soon as possible to indicate your desire to take the course and to receive course start up information. Please include your name, the section number of the class you wish to add, and your COM Student ID (if you have one) in your email. I do honor the official waitlist, adding students in the order they appear on the waitlist.

Course Materials

-Everything’s an Argument with Readings by Andrea Lunsford, et al. ISBN: 1-4576-0604-6; eBook version also available: ISBN: 1-4576-3348-5 (Be sure to get the 6th edition; please do not purchase earlier editions of the textbook. Also make sure your textbook is the version with Readings.) 

- A Writer’s Reference with Strategies for Online Learners (7th ed) by Hacker & Sommers. This reference book is a valuable information source for all writing concerns, which you will find helpful throughout your college career for all of your courses. ISBN: 0-312-55199-1; e-Book Version: also available: ISBN: 1-4576-3002-8 (Please use a MLA reference with the new MLA 2009-2010 updates, if you do not choose to use the text I recommend. Don’t spend your money on older 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 online by visiting COM's online bookstore, or students may buy the books at the COM campus. Please purchase the editions listed, since content and pagination in old editions of texts do not match with course assignments. This is not a course where you can get by without reading the assigned texts because the quizzes and assignments are based on specific text passages.

What To Do When You First Access The Course Online

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 hope this email answers your preliminary questions. I look forward to working with you in Online English 150 and in guiding you on your journey as you become a more confident writer and researcher. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions along the way.

Ingrid Kelly
Professor of English
Office: HC 207
Twitter: @ProfIngridKelly