This class is either partially or entirely online, through CourseDen. For the first we will meet in our classroom a few times during the term, as specified on the calendar. For the completely online course, we do not meet face-to-face at all.
To get started with the course, review the syllabus and materials and sites related to it, as well as the calendar, when it is posted. Pay particular attention to the warnings about plagiarism and follow the links to be sure you understand the issues of scholarly integrity and parameters and definitions of cheating by plagiarizing, as you are responsible for strict adherence to the spirit of academic honesty. After that, log in to CourseDen, at https://westga.view.usg.edu or you can access it through the links to distance learning/My CourseDen from the UWG homepage:
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO LOG IN, IT MAY BE BECAUSEthe CourseDen site for this this class is not yet operational, or that YOU REGISTERED RECENTLY AND HAVE NOT YET BEEN ADDED IN TO THE SYSTEM. IF YOU ARE NOT ADDED SOON, CALL THE HELPDESK (678-839-5248) (WAIT A COUPLE OF DAYS).
Before you will be allowed to take any tests or submit any assignments, you will need to pass the Entrance Test -- syllabus quiz (under Assessments, with a score of at least 95% and the dropbox submission test.You may take the quiz repeatedly until you achieve that score. Together these will earn you 1 point extra credit.
NB: Occasionally, I will need to change a deadline, so stay a little bit flexible. This is not usually the case, but if, for instance, the network goes down during an assignment window, or same other calamity occurs, I will readjust your assignment deadline.
NARRATED POWERPOINT VIDEOS: Explore the video PPTs found inside each of the modules. Click on homepage icon, then on individual lecture segments inside the module. These are videotaped lectures – PowerPoint presentations narrated by me and are a primary source of information about our course material. Probably you will want to read the associated pages in textbook first, then listen to/look at the PPT videos, taking notes. (the PowerPoint files without narration can be found in the accordion file on the Home Page, chapter by chapter. Download them to your computer, then you can print them in various formats and use them to take notes as you listen to videos). The videos are relatively short – mostly 5-15 minutes. They are sometimes a bit slow-loading, so plan to take the time to get them going. Things to note about the videos:
The tests and assignments for the course are found through links to the homepage, and/or under the sections in the left panel. They will appear at the appropriate time for the scheduled assignments, if you are eligible to take them (have qualified by the Syllabus Quiz and Dropbox Test). Some are linked directly by icons there, others are found by the left panel sections, but they may not appear until it is close to the time for the exam or assignment. Explore the homepage and its icons and other links to various features of the class, such as learning modules, syllabus, calendar, assessments, assignments, gradebook, mail, discussions, etc. Generally, I will remind you of windows and deadlines for the assignments, but you should get in charge of your own schedule to ensure that you meet the deadlines and are not surprised by date problems.
DROPBOX: Assignments, including exams, will be submitted through the assignment dropbox. For any particular assignment, you should look for it under ASSIGNMENTS. Follow the directions for preparation in MSWord and submission of the document as an attachment. If you have difficulties with the process, call CourseDen for help. (678-839-6248)
ATTACHMENTS: All assignments are to be prepared in MSWord and submitted as attachments through the dropbox. Some are required to be saved in .pdf format. Please make sure that they are in a version readable by me.
IMAGES: If you include images in your documents or discussion posts, they should be rather small – so the system can handle them. As an alternative, when it is not required for you to submit an image (as it is in a term paper assignment) you can find the image on the web and provide a hotlink to the site where it may be viewed (cut-and-paste it from the address bar at the top of the page), use the html editor in the CourseDen System. Directions for Hotlinks to websites and to ARTstor images will be provided in files linked to the HomePage. Make sure that you master these skills, as deductions are made for not using them properly.
DISCUSSIONS: The first discussion is for getting to know one another, so follow the directions there to start the dialogue. This one is not graded and does not get locked down. All the others will have a specific topic or reading to address, will be open for a limited amount of time, and will earn points, based on how well you respond to the discussion topic, how solid and well-founded your talking points are, and how well you respond to the points of your fellow students, as well as your care in writing. The CourseDen system keeps track of how many of the posts you read, how many ideas you post, and how many responses you post. These numbers, along with the quality of your ideas and the quality of your writing are the bases for your points earned.
E-MAIL: The class e-mail system, within the CourseDen site, is of prime importance. In addition to checking it each day to stay up-to-date, it or the Announcements feature will be used to communicate any information about upcoming assignments, any changes to the schedule, further clarification when there are general questions, or any other information that I need to pass along. You may also use it to contact other members of the class privately. Click on " Create Message" and the mail message pane will open, At the top, is a button to "Browse for Recipients" that has a list of all the class members. You may select one or any number of those to send an e-mail. If you want more control over fonts, text, links, etc., click the HTML button above the reading pane (it is sometimes rather slow and sticky). You may add attachments without using HTML. DO NOT type an e-mail address in -- ONLY use the Browse for Recipients feature, so CourseDen will recognize it.
ENGAGEMENT: This course, despite its flexibility, requires a pretty deep engagement and a good amount of time. Art History courses are fairly demanding, calling upon a variety of skills and a view to synthesis of their many aspects. The standard formula for college-level work should help you here: for every hour of credit per semester, you should plan to spend two hours of study; because this is designed for a 16-week semester but taught in a much shorter period in the summer term, you need to reformulate: 16 weeks would amount to 9 hours per week (3 in class, plus 6 more outside of class) 16 X 9 = 144 hours ÷ 7.5 weeks = 19.2 hours per week. This is the equivalent of a half-time job. Do plan to put in the time for success in the class, so you will get the most out of it. Fortunately, it is really interesting material, and can be richly rewarding in return for your efforts.
If you have any other questions, please send me an e-mail and ask. Good luck with the class and I hope you enjoy it.
Best, Dr. Tekippe
Dr. Rita Tekippe