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The links here in the "Tasks" section are provided for your convenience, but do not neglect to check the "Schedule" page regularly for all assignment details and due dates. --->

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Task #18
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Essay #1
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Essay #4

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 2:30PM

  • Final course grades have been submitted to the registrar's office. Grades will be available on EagleWeb according to the registration office's schedule. Please contact them for that schedule.

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 12:30PM

  • The optional final exam for Dr. Draney's students will be held as follows:

    • Section C15 (TR 8AM) - Exam will be Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 8AM in our regular classroom.

    • Section C16 (W 6PM) - Exam will be Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 6PM in our regular classroom.

Monday, December 4, 2006 - 9:45AM

  • Details of the peer review task are available at this link.

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 12:00 noon

  • The course glossary page is available at this link, for those who might need it.

Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 7:30AM

Monday, November 20, 2006 - 10:30AM

Monday, November 13, 2006 - 11:00AM

  • Task #18 is available. You may begin work on it now.

Thursday, November 1, 2006 - 2:20PM

  • Students in section C15 (Draney) click here for peer groups.

  • Students in section C16 (also Draney) click here for groups.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - 3:30PM

  • Section C15 (Tuesday/Thursday 8AM) will meet in the library on Thursday, 10/26, but not in room 101. Rather, come prepared to work on your research and I'll be available in the general area of the computers to answer questions. Attendance on this day is optional, but you must keep on track with the upcoming tasks and quizzes.

Monday, October 16, 2006 - 3:30PM

  • Dr. Draney's Tuesday/Thursday course will meet in the library, room 101, on Tuesday, 10/17. Please come with your topics and questions firmly in mind.

  • Dr. Draney's Wednesday evening class will also meet in the library, room 101, this week.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 1:30PM

  • The audio file of the recording of the symposium held last week is available at this link. Instructions for accessing that file are found on that page as well. Please make sure you've listened carefully to the entire recording before attempting to complete Task #12 (see note below about a change in task numbering).

  • Task #11 has been significantly modified. In fact, rather than dealing with the symposium material, it addresses another aspect of the research process, namely reading for research. Task #12 will deal with the symposium material.

Friday, October 6, 2006 - 11:45AM

  • The readings for each week's quiz are listed on the quiz page, on the schedule page, and on one or more of the tasks for the week in which the quiz is to be taken (for example: the readings for quiz #3 are listed on the task page for Task #11 because both Task #11 and quiz #3 are due next week). Please make yourself aware of those readings in advance.

  • Each week you will complete one tutorial from the CD-ROM entitled i-claim. Those tutorials are listed on the schedule page alongside the Palmquist readings. Check with your instructor as to whether or not to submit answers to the questions posed in the tutorials. For example, Dr. Draney's students do NOT need to submit those responses, but should read and integrate ideas from the tutorials into their research processes.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 8:15PM - Dr. Draney's students

  • I've acknowledged via email the receipt of Essay #1 files. If you did not get a specific acknowledgement from me, do contact me ASAP so we can figure out where your essay file is. A few students, either intentionally or inadvertently, sent the text of their essays in the body of their email messages. Those students will need to resend their essays as email attachements (either RTF or MS Word file).

Monday, October 2, 2006 - noon

  • All 102 students in Draney's, Brulotte's, and Skeen's sections are invited to an interdisciplinary symposium to be held this week on the campus of CSI. Your instructors have arranged for professors from several disciplines to be on hand to discuss Stephen Jay Gould's essay, "Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs" (pp. 448-455 in The Writer's Presence). The symposium will be held Thursday, October 5, 2006 from noon to 1PM in Taylor 276-77. Please read the Gould essay prior to attending, and be prepared to ask questions of the panelists.

    The members of the panel will discuss the ways in which Gould's essay is received in their respective disciplines. This discussion will help you to determine the ways in which knowledge is constituted and maintained within various academic fields. The issues and techniques to be discussed have direct relevance to Unit Two, which you have begun this week. Your attendance is strongly encouraged. Contact your individual instructor for information about receiving credit for attending this event, and/or with other questions.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 - 3:20PM (Dr. Draney's students)

  • Don't forget the opportunity to earn extra credit this evening. You may receive extra credit for a 1-2 page summary of Tim Wise's lecture which will be held this evening in the Fine Arts Auditorium. A social with Mr. Wise begins at 6:00PM and his lecture begins at 6:30. This extra credit opportunity applies to both sections, C15 and C16.

  • Students in section C16 (Wednesday evening class) are reminded that there is no class this evening. Class is cancelled to allow you to attend the lecture and/or work on your peer review. It turns out that I will NOT be available before, during, or after the lecture. Please accept my apologies on that count, and do contact me directly if you have questions/concerns.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 - 3:15PM

  • A number of students, some from each section apparently, are reporting trouble in uploading drafts to Comment. Although we do not have definitve information about the possible cause(s) yet, it appears that papers in the MS Word format (with filenam extentions .doc) have fewer problems. If you are one who has experienced problems, we suggest saving your file in the native MS Word format and uploading again. Please remember to delete any older, incomplete files you previously uploaded to Comment. Also, please continue to report to your instructor any problems or concerns. We'll continue to try to respond promptly. Thanks.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 - noon

  • Tasks for Unit Two will be posted one or two at a time over the next several days. It may be helpful for you to take a look at them as they are posted to familiarize yourself with the territory you will cover as you work in this unit. Task #10 is now available.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 - 8:30AM (Dr. Draney's students)

  • Groups for peer review are being formed in Comment. Have you created your account there yet?
    Students in section C15 click here for peer groups.
    Students in section C16 click here for groups.

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 - 1:45PM

  • Task #9 is now available. As it contains a significant amount of reading, you should probably begin work on it ASAP.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 9:45PM

  • Question at issue options for Essay #1 are now available. You may begin work on your draft. Please take note of the number of excellent, thoughtful questions posed by you and your peers. We have been teaching this class in this format for more than two years and this is the best set of questions at issue we've received to date. Well done! (Now get to work on your draft!)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - noon

  • Please take note of a change to the schedule of due dates for drafts of Essay #1:
    Tuesday, 09/26, 9PM: Upload draft for Peer Reveiw to Comment
    Friday, 09/29, 9PM: Complete Peer Review of parterns' essays
    Tuesday, 10/03, 9PM: Email completed draft to instructor

  • The first Palmquist reading/quiz has also been moved back one week to the week of September 25 (with the quiz on Friday, 9/29).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 9:30AM

  • As you prepare to get started with Comment (the online peer review tool), you may find it helpful to review the "Student Quick Start Guide" provided by the publisher. It is available at this link (as a MS Word file).

Monday, September 18, 2006 - noon

  • To maintain consistency and to avoid confusion, we have updated the due times for all tasks to be 9PM. This includes the submission of your draft for peer review and the completion of reviews of your peers' drafts. Please make a note of these changes.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 2:30PM

  • Two recent articles from Newsweek seem relevant to our discussions of Spiegelman and the events of 9-11. They are found here ("Natural Born Heroes") and here ("How American Myths are Made").

  • As you register for your Comment account, please note that you should select the version of Comment not associated with any textbook or handbook. The link on the menu bar on this page takes you directly to that version, but if you find your way to the Comment site otherwise, you may be asked to select which version you wish to register for. If that is the case, then select the image as indicated by the blue arrow below:

  • Be sure to "allow" pop-ups for the Comment site as they (the pop-ups) are essential for the site to function properly.

  • Readings for the upcoming Palmquist quizzes are being adjusted. Please stay tuned. You may safely read the Introduction for Writers and chapters 1, 2, and 3 now, however, so it's probably wise to get started.

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 3:30PM

  • Task #8, in which you will help to draft prompts for Essay #1, is now available. The task pages for Essay #1 and the peer review assignment associated with Essay #1 are also available. Please make yourself familiar with these pages.

  • All students should make sure they are enrolled in Comment, the online peer-review tool you'll be using to give feedback on drafts of Essay #1. Comment is available at this link. The access code was bundled with Writer's Presence, Bedford Researcher and the two CD-ROMs. If you did not purchase a bundle, you are required to purchase an access code from the publisher. Instructions for purchasing a code are available on the Comment site.

Monday, August 28, 2006 - (all students, all sections)

Monday, August 28, 2006 - 11:00AM (Dr. Draney's students only)

  • It has been brought to my attention that the instructions don't exactly match what you see in the BISTRO. Please go ahead and post both parts (the two sets of exercises from the CD-ROM, and the 300-350 word response about Spiegelman, etc. in the same thread. You may post two separate messages or everything in one message. Either way is acceptable. I apologize for the confusion.

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 9:45AM

  • FOR SECTION C16 (Draney, Wed. evening class): All your sample essays were fine. There are no changes in enrollment. See you online this week and in class next Wednesday.

Monday, August 21, 2006 -

  • Hello and Welcome to the course!

    English 102— Course Introduction

    Welcome to English 102 online (and face to face, for some of you)!

    You will need to read through the following web pages before beginning the coursework for this section of English 102.  Since there will be a quiz concerning the information on these pages, you may want to print out copies for your own reference.

    First of all, while course materials are offered via the CSI Blackboard system — and you will need to login there to access those materials — general web pages for this course will appear in this form rather than in the usual Blackboard format.  As you move into the web site for our course, remember that course links are usually colored blue (notice how that as you move your mouse cursor over the link, underlining appears as well).  All general text is in this black, with particularly important notes, instructions, or messages in this shade

    We will begin with the course syllabus, which has been broken down into different sections for ease of viewing.

    Next page — Syllabus Overview >>>


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