Introduction to the Course (Start Here!)
Hello, and welcome! This website, http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL250, is your main resource for the course.
Every day at about 4pm I will post a message pointing out exactly what you should do for upcoming assignments.
I'm still ironing out details, so some of the other pages on this site might refer to things that are still developing.
The course blog will have a separate page for each discussion topic, each individual assigned reading (or media clip), and due dates for exercises and major papers.
(See the Course Overview for a bit more on how the online course will work.)
Your First Assignments
Our first discussion topic is the one you're reading now -- "Introduction to the Course."
Why did you choose to take this course? What do you hope to gain from it? Have you taken an online course before? What questions do you have about how the course works?
Post your responses here on this page. If you have questions or
comments about anything you find on the course website, feel free to
post here, or on other pages as well.
The first exercise, which is due Tuesday, is Ex 1: My Gaming Anecdote. (Instructions are on that page.)Upcoming Assignments
If you look at the top of this page and click the "Outline" tab, you'll
see a list of items for every day the course meets. In the future, I
won't post a special entry reminding you to look at that outline --
I'll just expect you to go there and see what's on the list for the day.
Generally, homework that's listed for a particular day is due at 10am.
Each day at about 4pm, I will post discussion questions that assume you have already finished all the work that is listed for that day. You'll have about two days to respond to those discussion questions. At first, you'll respond by posting a comment here on the course blog, but soon you'll have your own SHU weblog. You may, if you wish, respond to prompts by posting YouTube videos or audio clips.
We'll also do some work via e-mail, GriffinGate, and Turnitin.com. Details will be posted well before you need them.
The welcome page and the syllabus contain much more information about the course, including details on the importance of time management and how I handle late work. I won't repeat all that here, but I do invite you to look it up in the syllabus. If you're ever feel unsure of what to do on a particular assignment, or you're working ahead and you would like for me to flesh out a particular page, just send me an e-mail or post a comment on the blog, and I'll tend to it as soon as I can.
If you have not already received your books, please order them today, before you do anything else, and get express delivery. The first textbook-related assignment is due Wednesday.