Monday, August 20: Fall Semester Begins!

Hello everybody, and welcome to FALL SEMESTER 2012. I hope you had a great summer and that you will have an exciting semester ahead! In this online course, you have a week of orientation activities to help you get acquainted with the tools and resources you will be using this semester. Please get started on the activities soon because you have some assignments that are already DUE ON TUESDAY. Here is how to get started:

Course websites. You will find all the information you need about the course assignments at the website for the class you are enrolled in. Just click on the website for the course you are enrolled in, and then click on the Week 1 Orientation link to find the list of assignments along with detailed instructions:
You will see all fifteen weeks of the semester listed on the homepage of each course website, and you are welcome to work as far ahead as you want. So, if you have some free time now before your other classes begin, you could get a really good head start on the class. A couple students are already working ahead on Week 3! GO SOONERS!

Desire2Learn. When you log on to Desire2Learn, you should see the course listed in "Fall 2012 Courses." If you do not see the course listed, check with me right away and/or contact 325-HELP so that you can get access to the course.

Assignment Stack. Each week there will be something you turn in to me via email, which I will then read and comment on. In the first week, for example, you will turn in a Proofreading Practice assignment. As you turn those assignments in, I list them in the Stack. You can always check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. I work through the stack in the order that the items were turned in; I will try to get each assignment back to you within 24 hours, but if there are a lot of items in the stack, it can sometimes take longer. If you have turned something in and do not see it listed in the stack, please contact me so that we can track down the missing email!

Questions...? The first week's Orientation activities are designed to introduce you to all the class activities and procedures, so don't worry: everything will become a lot more clear as you work your way through the Orientation assignments. Meanwhile, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the class that are not answered at the course website.

Myth Monday. Each Monday, I'll share a link here to one of my favorite resources online for folklore, mythology and epics. Today, I want to tell you about, which is a fabulous collection of ancient texts AND ancient images about the Greek gods and goddess. If that is an interest of yours, I am sure you would like - they have a Gallery of Olympian Gods, and also an amazing Bestiary page with all kinds of mythological beasts.

Monday Events on Campus. Library orientation sessions (45 minutes long) will be offered at 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Monday and other times throughout the week - just report to the main circulation desk at Bizzell Library to begin the tour (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.