Online Daily (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), 24 hours a day, January 14- May 5.
Eleven quizzes are scheduled to keep students on task. Additional map and atlas work is required. Two major exams will be administered. Tests must be taken during the allotted testing period. There are no make-ups for missed quizzes or exams. Students should begin reading the textbook immediately.
Stephen S. Birdsall, Eugene J. Palka, Jon C. Malinowski, & Margo L. Price. Regional Landscapes of the United States and Canada. 7thed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009. [ISBN 978-0-470-09826-4]
Goode’s World Atlas from Rand McNally (22ndedition).
The instructor will post free, supplemental, required readings and notes in Blackboard as deemed appropriate. Announcements will be made in the discussion section of the class’s Blackboard page following the posting of such material. Students will be responsible for the content and additional reading.
All course related submissions and activity takes place within the Blackboard module.
All exams will be administered through Blackboard. It is the student’s responsibility to log on the Blackboard site at the appropriate time. Test results should be posted within three day. On testing dates, I recommend you use a reliable computer and Internet service provider. Select a quiet testing area, free of distractions.
Attendance Policy (Internet Class):
There are specific times throughout the semester when the instructor is required to record student attendance. Through Blackboard, I can monitor the dates and times you have logged into this class module. I can also monitor the general discussion area postings and whether you have opened specific coursework areas, assigned readings, tests, and discussion postings. This is interpreted as class attendance/participation since you are working within the online module. MSU policy (catalog, page 85) allows the instructor to “drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.” Students should be informed that I do not drop for excessive absences or non-participation. The grade of “F” may result if a student ceases to participate (take tests and complete other assignments) without completely processing a course drop or withdrawal from the University. This is an upper level undergraduate course. You are the responsible party.
Student Conduct during Testing Periods:
Comments related to tests posted in the Blackboard discussion area during testing periods is the equivalent to talking during the test. This is unacceptable. Any student posting comments regarding the test or test related material will automatically fail that test. Furthermore, documentation of such behavior will be provided to the MSU Dean of Students for the appropriate disciplinary action. Should you have questions, email me privately through our Blackboard email. I will be happy to address your questions or concerns privately during the testing time or in the open discussion area once the test has closed.
Internet Etiquette (Netiquette):
In our society, we have rules of conduct that govern our face-to-face interactions with one another. Such rules also exist in the virtual community to govern our electronic interactions. The instructor and students will be attentive to tone of voice and language use in our virtual classroom. The convenience and comfort of electronic communication can also lead to miscommunication. We will also attempt to avoid e-colloquialisms (btw = by the way, brb = be right back, etc.). Complete sentences, appropriate vocabulary, proper grammar, correct spelling and punctuation are necessary elements in any class.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
MidwesternState Universitydoes not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans with Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications. The MSU Office of Counseling and Disability Services (Clark Student Center, Room 108) assists students with regard to information, accommodations, and providing access (940-397-4618).