How to Start the
Welcome to the totally online section of
this course! Please bookmark the home page (go to the
home page; then click on "Favorites" or "Bookmarks," and then
"Add.") Here are directions for getting started.
(1) TEST FOR ONLINE LEARNING:
To see whether you belong in an online course, take the "B.R.E.A.T.H.E." test at
http://breathe.project.mnscu.edu. If you do not pass the
series of questions, you should not take this or another online course. If
you're relatively new to online courses in "D2L," there also are two videos for
you to watch in the left column of your D2L home page. (If they won't open
for you in Explorer, try using Chrome or Firefox.")
(2) FIRST CLASS: Our first class will be held in a
regular classroom at Inver Hills Community College. It counts as two or
class hours, and class attendance will be taken throughout the semester,
virtual or physical, so please be sure to attend this first class (unless you
are a very experienced person with online classes or you live more than 50 miles
away). This first class will be held as follows:
FIRST CLASS IS IN-PERSON PHYSICALLY:
Building, Time, Day, & Room: as shown on the
home page of this Web site, and also in the IHCC
If you miss this first class, please print, fill out, and
send to me the student "Info + Photo
Sheet" as soon as possible.
(3) ORDERING BOOKS:
Don't buy your books without reading the instructions, as you have a choice
among three different sets of textbooks, buying only one of these three sets. See what books to order by going to "Readings+Resources."
(4) GENERAL STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE:
The home page (the middle column)
gives you a clear, central starting point of the basics of this course. If
you want a quick overview of the course, especially if you're not yet sure
whether to take it, please see the "Syllabus."
Other Web pages such as "How To Do Papers"
and "Dates & Weekly Assignments" describe it in more
detail. The course materials are organized using an historical time span, starting
with ancient cultures and moving through Greek and Roman times, then to the
Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
In practice, there are three basic types of
activities for completing this class:
(Hand in about two weekly papers per week, and do a final project paper.)
(Attend a 1st class at IHCC, 2-3 visits to theaters/museums, and 1
individual consultation. Note: These can be replaced by equivalent work
at alternate locations or online
(museums/theaters/museums), and by a telephone consultation instead of an
(bulletin-board) class meetings online
2-4 messages/wk. on class
credit. You may also complete extra credit, which is awarded 1 X (1
point) for every 70 min. of work.
These activities are shown by specific
assignment in the "Schedule" and "D2L"
Web pages in some detail. Once you decide to take the
class, one of the first things you may want to do is make a printed copy of the
"Table of Assignments" to keep in your textbook or notebook. To do so, go to
"Schedule." Then use your back/return arrow to
return to this introductory home page.
(5) THE STEPS TO TAKE FOR STARTING THIS
Home page: Read the home page
carefully. On the home page is a link called
"Updates." Click on that weekly for changes, additions,
Syllabus: Read the short summary of
the class--also known as the "Syllabus"--carefully
if you're not yet sure whether you want to take the class. (It is a
summary of the entire website, in brief.)
"How To Do Papers," or see "Dates
& Weekly Assignments," "Week 1," and get the required books from the bookstore.
First night: Attend the first night
of physical class on the IHCC campus. If you miss this first class,
please print, fill out, and send to me the student "Info
& Photo Sheet."
From "How To Do Papers,"
you may want to print out the
"Table of Activities" and put it in your humanities folder or main
Schedule: Read the first two weeks
of the "Dates & Weekly Assignments" and compare it to your printed "Table of
Activities." Print out the schedule, if you think it will help.
Bulletin/discussion board: Go to "D2L" and start your first
discussion-board class: the first bulletin-board activity is due by Thurs.
midnight of Week 2.
First homework: Go to the schedule
and do your Week 1 and Week 2 assignments--they are due by Thurs. midnight
by email in Week 2.
Please contact me if you have any problems.
(To find out how to contact me, check the home page or click on "Contact
Richard" in the far upper-right corner of any page in this web site.)
(6) FINAL NOTE: I'd like to add that typically the
members of an online class range from very experienced to relatively
inexperienced. If you are inexperienced, you will need to be sure that you
are able to regularly access the Web and that you are able to access and use the
online class bulletin board. If you are one of the really experienced
people, please have patience as I offer what you perceive as overly simple
directions--I do so because some people do not yet know how to operate Webs and
bulletin boards easily.
I'm looking forward to working with you and meeting
you! If you need to contact me, just click on the "contact" link at the
very bottom of any of these Web pages.
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