English 203 Hybrid

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REGISTERING

The hybrid sections of ENG 203 appear in SOAR as online classes. All sections are the same and all are team-taught by English Department faculty, so you may sign up for any open section. No meeting time is attached to them in SOAR because they can be taken entirely online, but if you would like to attend the live lectures (which is highly recommended), they are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45, in LAB 203.  To get the full benefits of the course, you should not schedule anything else at those times. It is useful, productive and enjoyable for students to discuss literature with faculty experts, so your attendance at the lectures is strongly encouraged. We invite you to be a part of the classroom experience for all or part of the semester.  In addition, there are ways to participate in the class through Blackboard discussion boards.  See syllabus for additional information.

If you feel that the online hybrid World Literature is not for you, there are traditional sections of ENG 203 that meet throughout the week. Traditional sections do not rely heavily on online technology, and the reading lists vary by section. Check SOAR for availability of traditional face-to-face sections of 203. If you are unable to register for a face-to-face section, you may either register for a hybrid section or email the instructor of the face-to-face and ask for permission.

COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

You will need access to a computer, either on campus or in your home. If you use a campus lab, you'll need to bring headphones so you can listen to the audio portions of the day's lesson. To access the lesson from home, you'll need a PC running Windows 95 or higher, or a MAC running MacOS 8.6 or higher, and a high speed internet connection. If you choose to attend the optional Tuesday-Thursday lectures, you will need a computer only to take tests and to submit essays, though of course you can attend lectures and view them again later online.

Additionally, you will need access to a computer with a web browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, and Apple QuickTime Media Player. If you do not have a browser or QuickTime installed on your home computer, please click the links above for free, secure downloads.

GETTING STARTED

There will be an informational meeting during the first class section of the semester in LAB 203 from 9:30-10:45. If you are unable to attend the informational meeting, below are some useful guidelines:

To access the course, go to https://usm.blackboard.com and sign in using your SOAR ID and password. Then, under "My Courses," find our class and click on the link. Download the course syllabus by clicking on "syllabus" in the yellow left-side panel. Once you've read the syllabus, familiarize yourself with the course Blackboard site by clicking on "Getting Started." Then, you need to watch the video from Thursday's lecture, which is an important and useful introduction to the course. To access this lecture, click on "Course Materials," then click on "Week 1," then click on the link for "VIDEO: Thursday 25 August." Quiz 1 is already open and covers the syllabus. As you'll learn from the syllabus and introduction lecture, quizzes open and close at specific dates and times. You MUST complete quiz 1 by this Friday at noon. 

If you need further help with Blackboard, visit this page for Student Support on the Learning Enhancement Center's website.

Please note that you cannot get access to the class until the term begins, and you must be officially registered for the class. You will need to enter the course website early the first week in order to avoid falling behind. 

Once the class begins you will be responsible for keeping up with the course content on a timely basis. Generally, lectures are uploaded on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons of the day they are presented, generally by 3:00 p.m. Questions and discussion comments must be posted within 24 hours before and 48 hours after (respectively) of the lecture. Quizzes pertaining to the lectures and reading assignments open and close on a timely and regular schedule. See syllabus for specific due dates and instructions for downloading videos as well as taking exams.

CLASS REQUIREMENTS

Please download the Hybrid 203 Syllabus, which contains all of the following information:

  • Required Texts
  • Course Description
  • Navigating Blackboard
  • Course Goals
  • Tentative Course Schedule
  • Course Requirements
  • Essays
  • Plagiarism
  • Quizzes
  • Class Participation
  • Extra Credit
  • Evaluation
  • Tips from Former Students
  • Student Resources