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English 1102 Tour
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    Welcome to the course tour through English
    1102 online, English Composition II at College of
    This course won the 2012 Blackboard
    Exemplary Course Award
    – the first ever online course at College of
    DuPage to receive this honor on a national
    Over 151 entries were evaluated in a rigorous
    peer-review process by more than 250 faculty
    and instructional designers.
    Submissions were judged on the following
    components: course design, interaction,
    collaboration, assessment and learner support.
    Let’s take a look at this award winning course!
    Oh look, it’s our College of DuPage Chaparral
    mascot Chappy who’s going to start showing
    us around this online course.
    English 1102 is the second course in the two-
    course composition sequence.
    In this course students continue to develop
    experience in reading, thinking and writing
    by writing essays that demonstrate ability to
    analyze and evaluate the ideas of others and
    integrate them into their own writing.
    The course also reinforces the conventions of
    standard written English and the conventions of
    while developing a student’s ability to carry out
    the proper methods and responsibilities of
    We’re going to start with the first link listed: the
    The Announcements link invites the instructor
    and students to actively participate.
    This asynchronous activity is vital in sharing
    information with students about upcoming
    questions, due dates and college related
    events. Announcements are posted by the
    instructor and can be released on a daily,
    weekly or monthly basis. During the course of
    a semester, several announcements are posted.
    The next link is to the course syllabus. The
    syllabus is a big deal -- it’s really considered
    the glue to holding the course together.
    The online syllabus is available for reference
    and serves as a contract between the instructor
    and student.
    The syllabus is chock full of information
    including due dates, expectations, policies and
    resources offered at College of DuPage.
    The syllabus will give students a clear sense
    of how to succeed in the course.
    If students have a question or concern about the
    course, I encourage them to refer to their
    syllabus first.
    A syllabus is one of the most important
    documents in the course because it a
    communication tool
    essential in creating a successful experience
    throughout the semester.
    The next link is where the rubber meets the
    This link is where students get on the road and
    get their coursework started.
    There are 16 units housed in an accessible
    template that repeats throughout the course:
    Introduction, Discussion Board,
    Reading Assignments and Writing Assignments.
    The flow of these categories
    within the course supports the learning process
    by providing the students with expectations
    and outcomes for every unit. Topics about
    academic discourse,
    concepts regarding the use of source
    materials and the overall theme of research is
    presented in a variety of ways
    that capture the online students’ attention and
    propels them to analyze and evaluate the ideas
    of others.
    Sequencing, graphics and organization are key
    ingredients in this course. Each unit builds
    upon the next.
    For example, in Unit 10, the idea of collecting
    Internet sources is reinforced and expanded
    upon from the prior unit.
    As you can see in this example unit, there are
    graphics and clearly expressed concepts in
    each learning category.
    These concepts build upon one another
    throughout the course.
    The next link is Due Dates. Students can
    quickly view when assignments are due and
    organize their calendar accordingly.
    This link is essential in keeping things on track.
    Students have a lot of responsibilities
    both in and outside of school.
    It’s better to keep up than to catch up.
    The Discussion Board is the next link. The
    Discussion Board feature offers synchronous
    communication activities.
    Since enrollment in this course can be within the
    county or out of the country, communication
    is key in bringing students together as a group.
    One of the dynamic instruments used to
    communicate in this course is daily
    Discussion Board topics and threads.
    Students are empowered when a community is
    For example, in this course the Discussion
    Board prompts students to share their hurdles
    and success
    as they progress from week to week in their
    research. A student becomes part of the fabric
    when quilting their research together.
    They can openly discuss their research topic,
    source materials, and experience in data
    collection along the way.
    The group goal of finding valid and reliable
    sources in research mobilizes each group
    member in the course
    as they work together toward their goals in
    English 1102.
    The next link is for Student E-mail.
    Students e-mail the instructor on an individual
    basis using their College of DuPage student
    e-mail account.
    Students may use this form of interactive
    communication to ask questions or send
    drafts of assignments.
    E-mail is another lifeline in an online course. It
    is vital to keep communication flowing
    between an instructor and student.
    The next two links, COD Resources and Library
    Resources offer students information
    about College of DuPage resources
    such as our Writing and Reading Assistance
    Area, Library Workshops, and Peer Tutoring.
    Students requesting services need to self-
    identify with the Center for Access and
    and provide appropriate documentation of their
    disability. Documentation may include a
    diagnosis of disability, academic history,
    intellectual assessment and recommendations
    for accommodations.
    ADA Accommodations are listed within the
    course to address accessibility issues.
    Support services provide notetaking paper, tape
    recorders, alternative testing, adaptive
    equipment, sign language interpreters,
    audio textbooks and other auxiliary services.
    Before a student decides to enroll in courses
    online, there is a SmarterMeasure self-
    assessment tool available
    on our COD Home Page that is an indicator of
    the degree to which distance learning is a good
    fit for students.
    The next link provides information about your
    instructor. It lists her name, office location, office
    hours, phone number and e-mail address – there
    are several ways to get a hold
    of the instructor!
    And finally, there is a link for students to
    reference their grades called “My Grades.”
    Students’ grades can be accessed 24 hours a
    day, 7 days a week through the College of
    DuPage Blackboard website.
    The relationship between the general course
    objectives and assessments is clearly linked.
    In order to achieve the course aims, students
    are expected to follow the templates, sample
    essays and multiple rubrics provided
    within the course. This “My Grades” link is a
    place to input assignment scores and tally total
    Students can view what assignments they may
    be missing and instructors can weight certain
    grades and establish a grading scale.
    This concludes our Course Tour of College of
    DuPage’ s Exemplary Course Award Winner:
    English Composition 1102 online
    created by Danica Hubbard, Professor of
    English and Susan Burdick, Instructional Design
    Thank you for taking the time to view the
    course with us. Until next time, see you online!