ORIENTATION
 

Type of Course

This is an Internet course that will be taught primarily using WebCT, with some links to the instructor's homepage, http://www.paradoxmind.com/index2.html. 

Starting the Course

First, TURN OFF all pop-up blockers in your web browser before going to the next step. 
 
You access  "WebCT" through Apache Access (http://apacheaccess.tjc.edu) .  This is the same "go-to" place for registration, online classes, etc.  You log on with your A# and your password.  If you have any problems logging in, DO NOT CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR.  Please contact the Help Desk at Tyler Junior College at 903-510-3269.

Once you are in Apache Access, click on My Online Courses.  Click on the link to this course.  On the home page the first content module is labled "Introduction."  START HERE.  This module contains links to the Syllabus, the Student Online Orientation (for WebCT), the 1301 Orientation, Student Resources, and the Assessment for the Syllabus and Orientation .

 Course Appearance

The appearance of the course is consistent throughout all WebCT/Blackboard Internet courses taught through TJC.  You will cover many of these aspects in your Student Online Orientation. 

Communication Tools consist of :  Mail and Discussions.  (W do not use Chat in this course.)   In future, use Mail for all communication concerning personal information such as grades.  (DO NOT send e-mail to kpar@tjc.edu once the course is in progress.) Use the Discussion Groups to post general questions concerning class material such as lectures, quizzes, and assignments.  Please check into WebCT every day in case there are important postings concerning class matters.

Your first task:  use the Mail to send e-mail to the instructor.   Your second task:  post a message (introduction) on the Discussion board thread Student Introductions and respond to one from a classmate.

Course Content:  contains the instructional material for this class.  The course is divided into an Introduction, Three Units, and a Final Exam Unit.  These all appear as folders on the home page.  Each unit consists of lectures and assessments (i.e., quizzes),  and sometimes a written Assignment.   Links to all of these elements will appear on the Unit Page (Unit One, Unit Two, etc.).  All assessments and assignments have a deadline.  These are linked to the class calendar.  PLEASE try and finish all of these elements EARLY because you cannot do them late (in the case of quizzes--there is a one-day grace period for Assignments).

You may also access Assignments and Assessments (quizzes) by clicking on that particular tool on the menu bar.

You can check your grades under the My Tools section of the menu bar.

Writing Assignments

You will be asked to write some assignments for this class.  (For the purposes of this course, "Assignments"--as it appears on the WebCT menu--refers to written assignments only.)  Normally, these are standard essays--that is, they comprise a thesis paragraph, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusory paragraph.  (if you need a refresher, check the material concerning writing History essays under Student Resources.)  Written assignments are listed under Assignments on WebCT, where you find the due date--the last day you can turn it in--listed.  I strongly encourage you to submit your papers early rather than waiting till the last minute, as difficulties often arise with respect to uploading, formatting, etc.  The more time you give yourself, the more time we have to fix any mistakes before it is too late.  Also, if there are major errors in the paper, I can return it to you for correction and you can resubmit.

Submitting Assignmnts

You may compose your paper offline and then cut-and-paste the material into the Text Box on the Assignments page.  PLEASE SPELL CHECK your paper before doing this, because poor spelling and grammar will lower your grade.

Plagiarism

When writing a paper, you MUST cite ALL sources used for the paper, even if it is just the textbook, online lectures, books, Internet sites, etc.  If you use a direct quote--and I strongly discourage you from doing this, as it is often the sign of lazy scholarship and an invitation to plagiarism--use quotation marks and at the end of that sentence (not in mid-sentence) use a footnote (not a footer).  If, on the other hand, you are paraphrasing one or more works as a source for a paragraph, simply use a single footnote at the end of that paragraph and list the sources used for that paragraph.  At the end of your paper, include a separate bibliography--that is, on a separate page entitled "Bibliography," not a separate document altogether--listing all your sources.  If you need help with how to properly cite a source, go to http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/cite/works_cited.htm.

Grading of Written Assignments

Most essays will be graded on a form utilizing a standard measure of specific items:  spelling, grammar, structure, and content mastery, among others.  This will provide you feedback on what you did well and what you need to do to improve. 

This page last updated May 15, 2008.

© Kahne Parsons 2008-09.