Greetings and welcome to WRIT 1122!
I hope each of you is doing well in these times of the pandemic. I’m mostly holed up at home with my 12-year-old daughter and our dog. My daughter is adjusting to her school’s online learning curriculum, and we punctuate the days by playing volleyball in the backyard, walking our dog, or practicing guitar. And then I wash my hands and get back online for the latest COVID updates. Such are the times.
For these reasons, I’m especially looking forward to the Spring 2020 quarter, which will add some normalcy and a welcome addition to our daily routines. I’ve been teaching online courses at DU since 2011, which I mention because, as you know, this section of WRIT 1122 – and all DU classes – will be conducted online.
This announcement will provide an overview of the course, the work, and the logistics of the course. Please read it closely.
I will communicate with you through email, and we will use the course website and Canvas to complete the work. On the course website, you will find the weekly overview, the syllabus, the weekly schedule and announcements, and the major assignments. Please read these materials first, and closely. Your success in the course will largely hinge on your ability to read all of the materials closely.
The course is organized by Modules in Canvas. There is a Canvas/Module for each week. You’ll also find the readings, the discussion posts, the grade book, and you’ll also submit your WPs in Canvas. While you’re in Canvas, go to Settings and then click on Notifications. Set the following to ASAP: Announcements, Submission Comment, and all three options under Conversation. You’ll receive email notifications for activity in these areas. Please change your Notifications today.
For Week 1, note that you have several assignments due: two discussion posts, and multiple readings, including the course materials.
A few notes on logistics:
- Your success in the course depends on your ability to work independently and to read closely the materials I provide. Get in the habit of reading everything I email and post on Canvas and the website: it’s there for a reason.
- In Canvas, if you (still) haven’t, go to Settings and then click on Notifications in the left column. Set the following to ASAP: Announcements, Submission Comment, and all three options under Conversation. You’ll receive email notifications for activity in these areas. You should also make sure that your email linked in Canvas is the one you actually use.
- In Canvas, the class is organized by Modules. Each week has its own Module (e.g. Week 1 Module). Use Modules to navigate the course when in Canvas.
- If you need to contact me, please use email and I will respond within 48 hours (and probably much quicker than that).
- I will put our course materials up on the course website and Canvas weekly. When notified, you should read the weekly overview on the course website and then work through the materials in that week’s Canvas module. If you set your notifications correctly, you’ll receive an email when I’ve done so.
- Don’t expect to receive individual reminders about late or missing work.
- Not everyone has high speed wifi, particularly those of you with younger siblings and family members also using the wifi at the same time. For this reason, the course will be asynchronous and won’t feature videos of me talking at you.
- I will hold optional Zoom conferences periodically and I’m happy to schedule individual zoom meetings when you have questions that can’t be handled over email.
I am looking forward to the quarter and I hope you are too. Let me know if you have questions.