Checklist for Getting Started
How Long Will It Take To Get COMPLETELY Ready for English 1301?
You need to be able to say "Yes" and/or do each of the items below. If you are unable to say "yes" to any of these items, you should seriously reconsider taking this class. Contact me with questions. Be sure and DO all of the orientation and getting started tasks.
|Important: Please begin the following tasks right away, and proceed through this list in sequence. Be aware that you have "Smart Start" assignments to do by 1/17.|
Do you have daily access to a computer and the internet?
Do you have basic computer literacy skills? Can you create a document, save it, and find it again? Can you cut and copy text? Can you browse the web? Are you comfortable problem-solving with the computer (because it always seems like something doesn't work and you have to do trial and error to figure something out). Can you attach a file to a online message?
Have you logged in to ACES and accessed your "Student E-mail?" Do you check that email regularly?
Email Etiquette: ALL email communication for our class will be done through ACES, so you need to check your ACES email regularly. See the following link with information about contacting me: Contacting Dr. Irvin.
Have you successfully checked-in to the class.
You do this by logging in to our Canvas course and answering the "Class Check-In" forum inside the Smart Start Module (found by logging into ACES and clicking MY COURSES). Once you are in our class, click the "MODULES" link in the left navigation bar.
Responding to this forum in Canvas forgoes the requirement to contact me via email.
System Requirements--A computer no older than seven years old with current word processing, internet browsing, and media player applications. High speed internet access is needed.
VERY IMPORTANT--You will want up-to-date virus, firewall, and spyware software. Also, you will want to be sure that you have updated your Windows and email applications to the latest versions to prevent security problems.
Technical Problems-- In the event of any technical problems, call the Alamo College Tech Support:
Write this phone number down for future reference. Call it with any technical problems you are having participating in this class.
Textbooks for English 1301.290
1. Scott Foresman Handbook. Ruszkiwicz. Pearson. 2010. 9th ed.
2. Writing With Style. Trimble. Pearson. 2011. 3rd Edition (any edition will do)
3. The Case Against Sugar. Gary Taubes. Knopf. 2016 1st ed.
Have you bookmarked our Course Home page so that you can get to it easily. http://www.lirvin.net/1301sitebb/home.htm
Note: I maintain a website independent of Canvas, our Learning Management System. This means if ACES is down and you can not log into ACES, you can still check our class announcements and course materials via this website.
Are you able to follow directions on your own? Can you read a document with a list of step-by-step instructions and complete these instructions independently?
Are you able to commit the time that will be needed to complete this class successfully?
Our class, like any college class, will require a significant amount of time-- approximately 7.5-12 hours per week for a regular 16 week semester class. Summer classes move almost three times as fast as a regular class, so they take anywhere from 18 - 26 hours per week. If you don't think you are able to devote this much time to your classwork, this class is not for you.
Work is due throughout the week (even weekends), so it is unrealistic if you plan to do all your course work on weekends alone.
Go to our course home page (http://www.lirvin.net/1301sitebb/home.htm).
Note for Special Needs students:
As an internet class, this class is better suited for students who are able to learn independently. I certainly will provide as much assistance as I am able for your learning, but experience has shown me that for students with greater needs, especially due to learning disabilities or a foreign language background, a face-to-face class where students can receive the extensive one-on-one in-person help they need is better for them. Contact me if you have any questions in this regard.
Once you have completed these orientation materials, you can begin to explore our first Essay Cycle Assignment Sheet and begin working on our first assignments. See this orientation video on doing our first assignment:
Going to Class and Doing the 1st Assignment post
--this includes doing our Smart Start assignment
Be sure to print our Assignment Calendar with all the due dates (as well as printing the EC#1 Assignment Sheet and Syllabus) and hole-punch them in your three-ring binder for our class.
Remember, to check our Class Announcements page regularly (at least every other day). This is VERY important. You will find a quick link to the Class Announcements page when you login to our Canvas course.
Go to our Canvas class, and do ALL the assignments found in the "Smart Start Module."
These assignments include:
- Class check in
- Biosyg Verification Assignment
These Smart Start assignments equate to the 1st Day of Attendance. If not completed by the end of the day on Wed. 1/17, you will be dropped.
WARNING: SMART START and EARLY PARTICIPATION THRESHOLD
2) Substantial participation in assignments by 1/28. I need to see both drafts 1-1 and draft 1-2 turned in and at least four of the other eight assignments. These may not necessarily be turned in on time, but should be done by 1/28.
If you have not reached this participation threshold, a warning email will be sent to you to complete assignments and reach this early participation threshold. If you have not met this threshold by noon 1/31 you will be dropped. Contact me immediately if you are having any difficulties participating with this class.
Once you have
a) done the orientation activities
b) done your Smart Start assignments
you are ready to begin the work of the class. Please go do our Essay Cycle #1 Assignment Sheet to begin.
Be sure to check our Class Announcements page!!! Regularly!!!!!
If you still have questions about our class as you begin, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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