Grading & Assignments
Will I be required to be
online at a certain time?
Students should plan on
accessing the online class site and checking
e-mail at least three times a week. Students may be assigned to groups
and the individual group members will be responsible for planning
online meetings, talking on the phone or using the discussion board
and/or e-mail to communicate. If a chat session is planned, I will
announce several dates and times to meet in the chat room so that
everyone will have a chance to attend a chat session.
How do I earn points for
Participation points may be
earned for discussion board messages,
for chat sessions, for group projects and for e-mail assignments.
Discussion postings, e-mail, and chat points will be
evaluated on the quality of the response, rather than on the
number or length of the
How do I access the class
I will post the assignments online and provide links in the class
How do I take tests for
You will be required to take
online quizzes and you are expected to
write essays and submit them to me via the class website.
When an assignment is due
on a specified day, is there a certain
time in which I should send the assignment?
Assignments are usually due
by midnight on the dues dates specified in the
class syllabus. As long as you respond by the posted deadline, your
assignment will be on time.
I noticed that there were
several journal exercises throughout the textbook. Am I required to
do these exercises? Also, there are discussion questions listed
each reading. Am I required to answer these questions?
Journal writing is designed
to help a writer get ideas from the head to
the paper. The more practice you get with journal writing, the more
comfortable you will become with the process of writing. So, I suggest
that you journal as often as possible. Use the textbook suggestions to
give you ideas to write about. Many students keep daily dream journals,
daily learning journals (where they record what they learned from each
class they are taking) or personal journals throughout the
semester. I will not collect these
personal journal assignments, but I will collect the reading
Journaling is usually a
private activity, an activity
where the author should feel as if he/she can write anything. I can
suggest that you do as many as you can. Setting aside ten minutes a day
for journaling should suffice. The important thing to remember is that
journaling should not involve a writer's “critical eye.” In other
a writer must leave the proofreader, the cynic, the judge in another
Journaling should be a free, expressive activity. Usually when writers
focused on grammar, spelling, and other sentence structure concerns,
are stifled and cannot transfer their ideas to paper effectively. So
those concerns aside and begin writing freely in your journal!
the essays included in
each chapter is an important
part of the course and the more reading you do will ultimately
strengthen your writing. Students are expected to complete all of the
reading in the assigned chapters and to use the questions listed at the
end of the readings to
aid in understanding the reading material. Students should review the
questions before reading and after reading to improve their
comprehension and retention of the material presented. Several online
discussions will refer to the reading in each chapter. I usually
collect reading journals at some point in the semester. The more
have, the more participation points you will earn! Additionally,
keeping a reading journal (summaries and comments on class reading
material) will encourage you to read actively and will strengthen your
comprehension, retention of information and critical thinking skills.
I don't have my books yet,
what do I do?
I've put all of the books on
reserve in the library. Simply go to
the reserve desk and ask to check them out. You may have the text
for one hour and it must remain in the library, but if no one else
needs it you may check it out for another hour.
Will we be using the chat
rooms in the course?
We will be using the chat
feature throughout the semester. Chats are
not mandatory. I will
set up times to meet in the chat rooms. Students are also encourages to
use the chat rooms together whenever possible. The chats are helpful in
getting ideas for paper topics, and for giving each other support
throughout the semester.
Grading & Assignments
How long does it take for
the instructor to respond to student
I do not update grades
immediately after you send an assignment. I
usually wait until all of the students have sent their work, and then I
begin the grading process. So, the grades will not be posted until
about 10 days after an assignment is due. I take your writing seriously
spend about 20 minutes or more commenting on each student's draft. This
takes time, so I ask that you be patient. Just because this is an
course does not mean that the grading is automated. I must respond to
student's writing and I must enter each grade manually. Writing
comments to students takes up much of my time. Your patience is
How can I check to see if my assignment has been
After 10 days you should see a
grade for your paper in the Grade area of the class site. Students
should refrain from e-mailing me to inquire whether I have received an
assignment. I reserve e-mail correspondence for one-on-one instruction
than for administrative tasks.
How do you copy and paste text from a chat session
into a word processing program or from a word processing program to an
e-mail or into into a discussion board posting?
- select the content (Ctrl A);
- copy the content (Ctrl C);
- log on to your class,
- open the Bulletin Board,
- open a new message window;
- click your cursor into the message box;
- paste the text into the message window (Ctrl V).
How do I use the
Students may find
answers to their questions about how to use the class website tools by
clicking on the help link in the website while using the tool in
- When replying to a
discussion message, please use the first name of the student to whom
you are replying so that readers can better understand your message.
- If you want to compose
a message off-line, simply compose your messages in your word processor
and then paste into the message window.
- The best way to learn
new software is to press buttons, and discover what they do, so explore
discussion area, click buttons, and see what happens!