Week 1 - Introduction

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After successfully completing this week's lessons, you should be able to:

  • navigate the online course
  • demonstrate an understanding of the rules of Netiquette
  • contact the instructor
  • create an introduction and communicate with classmates in the Introduction forum

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Welcome to English 100 online! The main objectives for this week are to familiarize yourself with Laulima, learn about Netiquette, meet your instructor, and introduce yourself to the class.

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Getting Started with Online Learning

To succeed in this course, you'll need to familiarize yourself with online learning and make sure your Internet browser is up-to-date.

Familiarize yourself with online learning.

Online courses have many benefits: you have flexibility with your scheduling, you don't have to come to class at a certain time, you can get many of your assignments done ahead of time, and you don't need to sit in traffic on your way to Leeward CC. While these benefits do make online classes attractive, there are also some responsibilities unique to online students. Please review the Leeward Community College Student Handbook for Distance Education to see what those responsibilities are. This way you'll have a better idea of what you're getting into before doing any work for the class.

Make sure Internet browser is up-to-date.

To get the most out of your online experience, you'll need to make sure your Internet browser is updated. Firefox is the browser currently recommended by the Laulima support group.

Course Success

This presentation explains the parts of the online course to help you achieve success.

"Course Success" presentation by Susan Wood


Now that we have reviewed how to prepare for the technical requirements of the course, the next step is to discuss how to make this class a more positive experience for everyone. While there are many similarities between an online class and a face-to-face class, there are some differences, too, especially when it comes to communication.

In an online class, students are often less inhibited and tend to "tell it like it is." In a face-to-face class, where we have to see classmates on a regular basis, students are often more inhibited for fear of offending someone or embarrassing themselves.

In an online class, the primary form of communication is written; in a face-to-face class, it is verbal.

In an online class, we don't have the benefit of viewing voice tone or facial and body mannerisms. Instead, our tone must be conveyed through the written word. In a face-to-face class, we do have the benefit of these other non-verbal forms of communication, making it easier to see when someone is joking, etc....

Therefore, in an online class we need to be more careful with what we write and how we write it, especially since most times that a person is offended or angered, it is done inadvertently. In this class, you will need to respond to writing done by your classmates. When you do this, it is very important that you take into consideration all of the Netiquette rules in order to avoid offending, angering, or hurting the feelings of one of your classmates.

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Please review the 10 Core Rules of Netiquette written by Virginia Shea. Be sure to click on each rule for further explanation. After completing the reading, please complete the Netiquette activity. Details are in the "Activities" chart below and in Forums > Introduction > Netiquette.

Introductions: Meet Your Instructor

In the final two parts of the introductory unit, you will get to meet your instructor as well as introduce yourselves and learn about your classmates.

Meet Your Instructor: Add name here

Hello and welcome to English 100: Composition 1.

My name is xxx, and I will be your instructor for this course this semester. Here’s a little bit about me: (add whatever you are comfortable with-- education, teaching experience, hobbies, etc…. Consider adding a picture too]I’m looking forward to this semester as we work our way through the essay writing process. If you have any questions or need assistance during the course, please let me know by using the message tool. I wish you the best and have a great semester!

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Please complete the Message to the Instructor activity. Details are in the "Activities" chart below.

Introductions: Introduce Yourself and Meet Your Classmates

In a face-to-face classroom, introductions are usually accomplished by going around the room and introducing yourself to everyone. In an online class, you can't do that. Some of you may find that you miss the interaction between yourself and other students and others may be extremely relieved that you do not have to speak about yourselves in a room full of strangers!

However, it is important in an online environment to learn something about your classmates and feel like you are part of a community of learners--even if it's a virtual community. To this end, we will be introducing ourselves and meeting our classmates in an attempt to build community.

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Please complete the final Introductions activity. Details are in the "Activities" chart below and in Forums > Introduction > Class Introductions.

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These are the activities that you need to complete this week:

Due Date
11:55 PM
Tuesday, 8/25

Wednesday, 8/26
Netiquette Activity: Post a forum message in which you explain the two rules of Netiquette you think are most important to us in this online class. Please state the specific rules and then clearly explain why they are so important to remember in an online class.

Responses to Netiquette activity. Respond to two peers' posts about Netiquette.
    Laulima > Forums > Introduction > Netiquette 10
    Wednesday, 8/26 Message to Instructor Activity: Compose a message using the Messages tool to practice contacting your instructor. Create a new message to the instructor with the words "I have started the course" as well as your first and last name. This may seem like a silly exercise, but it communicates to your instructor that you have accessed the system and started the course.

    Laulima > Messages 10
    Thursday, 8/27

    Friday, 8/28
    Class Introductions Activity: Post a forum message in which you write a two-paragraph introduction of yourself, sharing things about yourself that you think others would be interested in knowing. For instance, what is your name? What are you studying? Do you work? What are your hobbies? You can also include a picture of yourself if you are comfortable with that.

    Responses to Introduction activity. Respond to two peers' Introductory posts.

    Laulima > Forums > Introduction > Class Introductions 10

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