What you can expect from me:
What I expect from you:
This is a web-based class using the MyGateway system. The class MyGateway site is used by day section students (sections 001) and students in the Internet-only section (002). All students are responsible for accessing and using the variety of online resources available. The day section will meet, face-to-face, twice a week (once in the summer) to discuss assigned material. Students in the internet-only sections are expected to attend class via Collaborate--either "live" or by viewing the recorded and archived class sessions on Collaborate. Students are responsible for reading and studying assigned material prior to the weekly class meetings.
Any successful learning experience requires the mutual respect of both the student and the instructor. No one should be subjected to behavior that is in any way disruptive or rude. Disruptive or rude behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: texting, listening to MP3 players, Facebooking, receiving beeper or cell phone calls during class, leaving early or coming to class habitually late, eating in class, talking out of turn, doing assignments for other classes, reading the newspaper, sleeping, and engaging in other activities that distract from the classroom learning experience.
This is an intensive course. Students are expected to attend class regularly, come to class on time, and stay until the class is dismissed. Attendance (and use of Collaborate) will be monitored. Late arrivals and early departures demonstrate a lack of concern for the instructor and your classmates--attendance points are awarded for being on time and attending an entire class. Missed attendance points can be made up by reviewing Collaborate archives. This is your class. You are paying for it. It is your responsibility to arrange your schedule to allow you to attend the class. Excessive disruptions, from whatever source or for whatever reason, will not be tolerated.
Taking a Web-based Class:
This is a web-based class, and students are required to take responsibility for their learning by utilizing the variety of resources available. Class discussions will be used to assess your understanding of course material. It is essential that you prepare yourself adequately for these discussions by reading AND studying the relevant material prior to class sessions or online discussion. Much of what would be the lecture in a traditional class takes place asynchronously through hypertext lecture notes and other content resources, but most significantly through the online discussion forums. Full participation at all levels, and a commitment to learning is necessary to do well in this course.
The "Assignments, Readings, and Course Schedule" document in the "Assignments" area of MyGateway lists relevant readings, lecture notes to review, class discussion topics, as well as due dates for quizzes, tests, and other assignments for the entire semester. Use it as a outline of the course. You can also access the class assignments by accessing the class "home page" on the WWW. Click here for a listing of Prof. Keel's class sites.
Read the assigned text material as early as you can. Review the associated online lecture notes (prior to coming to class--section 001, or attending a Collaborate session/reviewing an archive--section 002). These notes work best when viewed online. They are web documents (click here for a listing of Prof. Keel's class sites) with links you can explore for additional information, and to seek further clarification, on selected topics. Develop critical analyses and questions for discussion both in class and via the online discussion forums.
All students are expected to "attend" class on a regular basis. Students in the internet-only section are expected to attend class via Collaborate--either "live" or by viewing the archived class sessions on Collaborate. If you can't make the "live" class (or live Collaborate sessions), you can still access the archives. Attendance, in all formats, will be monitored. Your attendance--online and/or face-to-face, and participation in class activities and discussions, is part of developing your ability to synthesize course material and develop a sociological understanding of life in modern society. Class presentations and discussions are not designed to simply cover "what is on the test," rather they are designed to augment the material you are engaging and to help you learn to understand, evaluate, and apply core concepts and theories.
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