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Welcome Letter

Hello students and welcome to English 201b: An Introduction to Literature / Critical Thinking. My name is Paul Yun and I will be your instructor for this course and I look forward to working with you this semester.

As a 4-unit course, this course will require a significant commitment of time and effort; however, if you are willing to put in the work, this course can be dynamic, creative and useful.

Things you should know:
1) This course is 6 weeks long
2) We have no face-to-face meetings; however, we will hold optional synchronous meetings every Monday and Wednesday from 1-2.
3)You will write weekly on-line forums
4) Homework assignments and readings will be due each week.
5) Failure to log in for more than 7 days and/or if your postings-to-forum or postings-to-homework percentage falls below 50% may result in you being dropped from the class.

Instructor Contact Expectations:
The best and fastest way to contact me is email, either by emailing me directly or by utilizing the Inbox in Canvas. I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only. During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours. On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response.

Course Environment:
This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book.Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:
Prior to the Monday classes start (June 15th, 2020), you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the Canvas log indirectly.If you are not familiar with logging into Canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all of the directions on the course home page.If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu.

Online Learning:
If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend at least 8 -12 hours per week on coursework for this class

Regular Effective Contact policy:
Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual student hours. You will need to log on several times a week to keep up in the course –please be prepared for that level of engagement.

Course Description:
English 201B provides an introduction to the study of literature with an emphasis in literary composition and critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and reasoning skills in a literary context.
2. Write interpretive literary arguments using advanced rhetorical and composition skills.
3. Demonstrate information fluency in a literary context.

Technical Support:
Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu.If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on examsor other resources, please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148.

College & Course Policies:Academic Honesty Policy: You are not allowed to copy your peers’ posts and claim their ideas as your own, and you cannot of course take information from the Internet without proper documentation. In addition to my course and department policies, please note that all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Student Code of Conduct at https://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/finaid/fa_policies/code_of_conduct.htmlAddLinks to an external site. / Drop Policy: I will add students using the waitlist (see next section) if there is room, but only during the first week of class. After that, I will not be able to process adds. As for being dropped, if you do not log in to the class before midnight on the first day of the semester, June 15th 2020, you may be dropped from the class so that I can add others who are waiting and begin the class on time. Please see my syllabus on Canvas for more on my drop policies after the term has begun.

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