ORIENTATION, EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS (HIST 2323)
Instructor: Dr. Kahne R. Parsons
Once you have familiarized yourself with the appearance of WebCT/Blackboard and the tools available to you, you are ready to begin studying the content of the course.
This course will depend largely on your textbook as well as features supplied by the textbook publisher. Some of these are contained within the WebCT/Blackboard environment; others you will access by using the OneKey system, which is Prentice Hall’s web site for students.
Most of the WebCT/Blackboard and OneKey material are designed to help you assimilate the chapters by testing you on concepts, maps, and vocabulary. However, it is important that you know how to use these materials in their proper order. The following will detail these features and how you should use them.
B. Textbook Material
This consists of material supplied by the textbook publisher, Prentice Hall. These will be especially useful as a supplement to the Unit Outlines. Each chapter contains an Introduction and Overview with graphics, main points for each chapter sub-section, flashcards for review, and more. It also contains a link (“Start Here”) to the Prentice Hall “One Key” site, which offers even more resources for the student. You will need to register for “One Key,” but once registered, you can access all their Student Resources.
C. Unit Folders
When you view Course Content, you will see Five "Folders" labled by Unit. Each folder contains the assessments—Chapter Summary, Chapter Quiz, Map Labeling Quiz, Chapter Pretest—and the Chapter Assignment, which is a short answer question you upload to the course.
D. Assessments: Chapter Quizzes, Map Labeling, Assignments, and Chapter Pretest
F. Computer and Technical Issues
Personal Computer Hardware and Software
Apache Access, WebCT/Blackboard Problems
In cases where the TJC server is temporarily down, please be patient and check back in a few hours. (How will you know it’s a server outage? The usual error message is “server not responding.”) If it is still down after a few hours, do not phone the instructor but rather the TJC Computer Help Desk. [Note: this is yet another reason not to put things off. Example: you wait until Monday afternoon to do your last two quizzes when the deadline is Monday at 8 a.m.. You try to sign up but receive the error message “server not responding.” Likewise, your computer could be down for other reasons, so don’t wait! ]QuestionMark
All exams are taken on a computer using the program QuestionMark. PLEASE TAKE EXTREME CAUTION when using this program: DO NOT USE THE BACK BUTTON, EVER!!! If you do, the program will act as if you just hit “submit” and you will be kicked off and whatever work you did will be submitted as your exam. IF THIS HAPPENS, notify the proctor immediately! They should let you back in, though you will have to start the exam over again from the beginning. I REPEAT: NOTIFY THE PROCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU GET KICKED OFF OF QUESTIONMARK. In short, take care of this while you are at the Testing Center, because there is nothing the instructor can do to change the result.Quizzes
Sometimes your computer or phone line will shut off in the right in the middle of a quiz you are taking. If this happens, just go back to WebCT and log on as usual, and go back and click on the quiz. Usually, you can complete it, though the time will be reported as longer than usual. If you can’t get back in, notify the instructor.Essays
Essays for the weekly question are not the "usual" formal essay, but rather two or three paragraph answers to the question chosen. You can type the answer offline and then cut-and-paste it into the Text Box provided on the Assignment page. Essays are graded according to a "rubric" based on the grading elements described below.
Grading will utilize, in part, the following components:
Tests the student's passive retention of basic facts obtained through the reading assignment. Content retention provides the foundation (Level 1) of overall learning. This applies to both assessments (quizzes) and written assignments.
Here the student presents factual and conceptual material clearly and coherently in written form. This includes proper use of spelling, grammar, and punctuation as well as overall organization of material. The student's ability to take the facts and concepts learned in the book and organize them in this manner demonstrates the student's ability to translate passive retention of facts (Level 1) into active presentation of knowledge (Level 2).
Student examines factual evidence in the context of broader historical concepts presented in this chapter. Synthesis occurs when the student engages in comparison of these components with elements outside the boundaries of the chapter--for example, ethical issues, other historical periods or cultures, current events--representsing the culmination of the learning process (Level 3).
H. Campus Resources
One last note concerning campus resources: for students desiring additional help with academic issues (writing, studying, etc.), you can sign up for a two-hour Academic Training session at the Learning Loft, located on the third floor of the Rogers Student Center. You can also utilize the TAC Writing Lab in Jenkins Hall 1108, which is available to students on weekdays. You can also consult "Student Resources" under the Content Module "Introduction".
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