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ENGL 150: Reading and Composition (1A)

Welcome to online learning! As you may already know, online courses provide amazing flexibility in allowing you to continue your education without traveling to campus several times per week.  This can save you time, travel costs, and fit nicely into your already busy life.  It is important to note, however, that these courses follow the semester schedule, have weekly assignment deadlines, require regular participation in discussion boards, and are as rigorous as on-campus courses.  

It will be very helpful for you to be self-motivated and disciplined to ensure that your assignments and course requirements are completed on time. English 150 Online at the College of Marin encourages interaction with instructors and peers in a structured environment. The course is not a self-paced course but rather an online community of learners working together through the semester.

The following information will give you an overview of the class and requirements:

Important Notes & Dates:

Overview & Requirements

The course 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. It is recommended that you 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 be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week to the class in order to be successful. Please note that online learning requires much more independence than traditional classroom learning. Students must learn to take initiative, to be very organized, and to exercise a great deal of self-discipline in order to stay on top of the material and to meet all of the deadlines.

First Day of Class Instructions

All enrolled students are required to login to the class Moodle website by 6 pm on the first official day of the term to hold their spot in the class. If a registered student does not login to the class site by this deadline, his or her spot may be given to a student on the waitlist.

Waitlist & Add Codes

If you are on the waitlist or attempting to add the course, email the instructor, Ingrid Kelly at on the first offical day of the term before. 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.

Course Materials

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

Be advised that Moodle works best with Firefox. Not all features function with Safari for Mac users. You can also access for assistance.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the Moodle FAQs page for students:
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, Instructor of English | Office: AC 160 |Twitter: @ProfIngridKelly |