COLLEGE COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE
I am currently schedule to teach two online 301's in the summer of
Section 11260: Mandatory orientation meeting Monday, June 11th, 4:00
- 5:20 in RS 311
Section 11675: Mandatory orientation meeting Monday, June 11th, 5:30
- 6:50 in RS 311
While a hybrid class works in much the same way as a traditional
face-to-face class, an online course is quite a bit different and,
generally speaking, students have a few questions about my online
classes. Here are the basics:
We will only meet one time, at the beginning of the semester for
an orientation meeting. After that, all of the class is online through
the Los Rios learning management system, Desire2Learn.
Microsoft Word is the only program that you will need to purchase
if you don't already have it. It can be purchased through the campus
bookstore for a significantly reduced rate (I believe it is $60 for
the entire Office Suite which normally costs around $300), but if
you know someone who either attends or works at Sac State, you can
have them purchase it for you through their bookstore for $15. In
either case, you will need to provide a current student/staff id.
I have not used the free version of Word that is available at www.openoffice.com,
but I have had several students use it, and they were very pleased
with the suite of programs. Other programs are required, but they
are free applications that are probably already on your computer (Acrobat
The class is typical for any ENGWR 301 class where you can expect
to spend about two hours online "in class" each week and an additional
two hours doing homework or writing papers. The general report I get
from my online students is that they like the class structure, planning
and assignments and that they recommend it to their friends. I try
to make one thing clear though: for some reason there is the impression
that an online class is somehow easier than a traditional, face-to-face
class, and this simply isn't true (at least for an English class).
Certainly there are some instructors in some departments that teach
online classes because they can create the course in such a way where
they don't have to do anything. For my classes, and I know the same
is true for the other English instructors at City College who teach
online, my online students learn the same amount as traditional students,
but because we have to use a virtual environment, more work is required
to meet the same learning goals and objectives.
Yes, online is more work.
Having said that, it isn't unmanageable and I have to do just as much
more work as my students, so I am keenly aware of when the workload
gets too high. In those cases, I adjust things accordingly.
If you would like to talk to some of my current online students about
their experiences in the class, I can forward your email address to
them. Just let me know.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact