This course surveys U. S. History from the perspective of
working people as the country develops as a nation and as a
society. History 82 is completely online. On the first day of
class you will be able to log onto the class which is found at
http://myetudes.org After logging on you will immediately
click the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys icon and follow the
instructions given there. During the first week of class
several face-to-face orientation sessions for Etudes will be
offered in the computer lab and in the Learning Resource Center at Harbor College. The dates and
times of these sessions will be posted at the Etudes
Announcements page. These sessions are not mandatory but if you
are unable to attend an orientation session it is vital that you
spend the very first week of class learning to use the Etudes
system. There will be a series of assignments the first week to
orient you to the class.
The class is organized on a weekly basis with
assignments opened each Monday morning at 8 a.m. and closed at
11 p.m. the following Sunday night. Each week’s assignment will
be found at the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys section. A
weekly assignment will typically include:
reading: Textbook assignments will typically be one
chapter/ week. Each chapter also includes primary source
readings. The primary sources (those will be the readings in
gray) are assigned on the syllabus and I will remind you of
these each week at Tasks, Tests, and Surveys. You are not
required to read all of the primary sources for each chapter,
just those that are assigned.
You will also listen to my explanation of the chapter material
in a 30-40 minute lecture at this website
Go to the History 82 schedule and click on the
specific week's lecture.
To help you understand and learn the reading material the
modules sections list key terms and individuals from each
chapter. You are not required to write on the Modules. This
section is to be used as you are reading the text in order to
help you identify the important terms from your reading.
Each week you will take a practice test which reviews the
chapter reading material. Weekly practice tests are required and
the score counts toward your final grade. The practice tests are
for practice so they are open book and within the one-week time
frame you may retake the tests in order to improve your score.
The score on the final time that you take the practice test will
be the score that goes into the grade book and will count toward
your course grade.
Each week I will also post a question that the class will
discuss throughout the week. You are required to participate in
at least 10 discussions that I will initiate (10 pts/discussion)
throughout the semester.
Essays: Three 4-page analyses of
primary sources (40 pts. each) are also
required. Written assignments will be submitted to turnitin.com and
checked for plagiarism. According to LACCD and Harbor
College policy copying another person’s work or ideas without
giving them credit is illegal and will not be accepted.
are three examinations (true-false, multiple choice-40 pts.
each) and a final (50 pts.) in the course. The examinations will
be taken online at the Etudes site and, unlike the practice
tests, will be timed and may not be retaken. The schedule for
reading assignments, exams, and essays are listed in the
schedule below. More specific instructions for all
assignments will be given each week so it is very important that
you carefully read and follow each week’s instructions at the
Assignment, Tests, and Surveys icon.
The course requirements for online History 82
are not that different from the face-to-face version. The
primary difference is that within the time frame of each week
you are able to decide when you will complete the assignment and
can work on this class according to your schedule. This is not a
self-directed class. You will have specific assignments each
week that will need to be finished by the Sunday night (11 p.m.)
deadline. After the deadline, the assignment will close and you
will not be able to access it. Essay assignments will be given
at least two weeks in advance in order to give you time to work
on them. I hold a weekly “office hour” when I will be in the
Chat Room to directly answer questions that you may have. I
will post the time and day of the Office Hour each week on the
Announcement page. If you have other questions contact me
through Private Messenger and I will get back to you as soon as
possible. Don’t hesitate to also post questions in the Chat
Room or at Questions? On the Etudes site. Other students in the
class are very willing to help you.
Grades for History 82 are determined on a
percentage of the total points. The total points for the
practice tests, exams, and essays will be available to you at
the Etudes grade book. I will keep a separate record of the
discussion participation and add those points at the end of the
semester. If at any point throughout the semester you would like
to know your grade just ask me via Private Messenger. Grades
are private information so I won’t discuss your grade in an open
forum of the Discussion Board or Chat Room. 90% of the total
course points = A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%= D.