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Welcome to the course!


Introduction to the Course

First Things First

Please go to the discussion boards and introduce yourself by answering the following questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you (Chula Vista? San Diego? Kuala Lumpur?)?
  • Have you taken an online class before, and if so, how was it?
  • What is an interesting fact we should know about you (and don’t say, “There isn’t one.”)?

Introductory post due by January 14 at 11:59 PM





Since this is the first week, and not even a full week at that, we’re going to take it a bit slow and get to know each other. Also, take a careful look at the syllabus and be sure you're familiar with it since this is the document that tells you how the class runs and what you're getting in to.

Keep in mind that if you don't post by Friday at midnight, I'll assume you aren't in the class and drop you. Once you're dropped, it'll be all but impossible to get back in, so don't blow this off. Do it. Like right now. Seriously.




Read the syllabus thoroughly, and do the same for the schedule, and then go to the discussion boards and ask one question about the syllabus. For example, if you don't understand the policy on late work, ask about it in a thoughtful way. If you understand everything in the syllabus, you can ask about why I chose some of the policies listed.

Also, make sure that you reply to two peers, and try an answer their questions.

Question post due by January 14 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by January 16 at 11:59 PM

Read this AEES stuff. It's good for you. Now answer the following questions in an email to me:

  • What is the purpose of an assertion?
  • What should you use as an example in an essay discussing a text?
  • What’s the most important thing an explanation should do?
  • What's the purpose of significance?

Email due by January 16 at 11:59 PM