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English 156 Distance Education Course

Pre-Enrollment Information

Spring 2019—CRNs 30184, 33895


Welcome to English 156! My name is Stacy Pointer Kimmey, and I look forward to interacting with you.

I’m presuming this is a new experience for the majority of you, so please read on to determine whether a DE course is right for you!

If you would like to learn more about online learning and Canvas or you need to know how to log into Canvas, please click hereLinks to an external site..

You will also want to click on the “FAQs: Technical” infoLinks to an external site. to find out what kind of system requirements you’ll need (for your computer) to succeed in a distance education course. Please note: the mobile app for Canvas will not allow you to submit assignments or do quizzes—and, more importantly, I have found that it is more confusing than helpful. DO NOT USE THE MOBIL APP FOR CANVAS!


First Order of Business:

This 18-week distance education course begins on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Registered students must log in no later than Friday of the first week of instruction; if you do not log in, then I will presume you are not in the course and will drop you (to allow for additional adds).

 Since I take a full break between semesters, I will not be responding to emails until the Friday before the start of the semester. However, I will “open” the course in Canvas the Monday night before the semester begins.

 Required Texts

  • America Now by Robert Atwan. 12th edition:  ISBN 9781319055110
  • The Tattoo by Chris McKinney.

Computer Requirements


For success in this course, you must have access to a reliable computer, an email account, and a functioning Internet connection (sorry, but a mobile device will not be enough to complete and/or submit assignments!).  You should also have a backup plan should your system or your Internet provider fail. You should also know how to activate your myCuesta email account and/or route all Cuesta email you receive to your personal email account. You will also need a webcam for the proctored reading logs and exams; see the syllabus for more information about webcams.

For more information about computer requirements, please see the FAQs above. Also, do not bookmark/favorite the Canvas site after you login, or you will get an error message the next time you try to log in. Finally, if you’re having an issue while you’re in Canvas (something will not submit, etc), please log out and log back in on a different browser (i.e., if you regularly use Chrome to navigate the Internet, please switch to something like Opera).

 Course Description:

 English 156 is designed to prepare you for English 201A, the freshman composition level course. You must have taken and received a "C" or better in English 099 OR taken the Cuesta assessment test (with the qualifying score) to be eligible for this course.


You will do a lot of reading and writing, so be prepared to spend the required “2 hours of study time for every 1 hour of class time.” And please note that this requirement only applies to “study time,” not the extra time required in a distance education course to navigate the technology, to respond to online discussions and/or to contribute to our online assignments. Please note: failure to log in each week to Canvas and participate in the weekly lessons means you will not pass the class!


Your success in the course means you will want to read and follow the weekly checklists and stay connected to me and the course content; I will open the weekly content/module on Sundays nights at 8:00 p.m. For the most part, your assignments, discussion posts, and quizzes will be due every Sunday night at midnight. There will be an occasional exception to this rule—which is why the checklists are so important. Please make sure to read and review the syllabus (posted in the first module) for more information about deadlines.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a verified disability—or you need information about our DSPS program, please contact the DSPS program at 546-3148 (SLO campus) or 591-6215 (North County campus). Please email me the first week of the semester if you have a verified disability and need accommodations.

I look forward to getting to know you during the semester, and I am here to help--please stay in touch!





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