Hi online student
Welcome to Eng 121. This should be an
interesting experience for all of us; I will do my best to assist your
learning and expect you will do the same. Let's work together to make
this as enjoyable and educational as possible.
A quick request before beginning
This course is linked to a vast website that I am continually updating
and editing. Throughout the semester, should you find any errors,
typographical problems, misstatements, or dead-end links, please let me
Before we begin be sure that you
can handle online learning.
An online course is very different than those conducted in a traditional
classroom environment. Along with the freedom of learning when it is
convenient and not having to drive to the college comes added
responsibilities and expectations that students taking traditional on
campus courses may not experience.
Consider your skills and attributes
be sure online learning is for you.
TAKE THIS CLASS
- are comfortable with English
- have basic knowledge
- write primarily accurate sentences
- are comfortable with paragraph structure
- have the time to frequently
log on to this
class to keep abreast of all developments.
- are self motivated and rely
on yourself for learning
- are able to
follow and use helpful links
- are able to follow
- are punctual with
- have basic computer
- have a reliable Internet
- are able to work with
- are able to submit
assignments in MS Word
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS
- are not comfortable with English
- need much help learning grammar
- have difficulty
writing accurate sentences,
- are not
comfortable with paragraph structure
- do not have the time to
frequently log on to this class to keep abreast of all
- need motivation and
rely on the teacher a lot
- have difficulty following and using helpful links
- have difficulty
- are not punctual with
- are not very computer competent
- do not have a reliable Internet connection
- are unable to work
- cannot submit
assignments in MS Word
I put a lot of effort into creating a smooth and
efficient online learning environment. Assignments are designed to
help you become a better writer, organizer, and college student
which will ultimately increase your chances of enjoying a successful
college experience. Work in this class is carefully scheduled to
facilitate necessary feedback for learning and to allow you lots of
time to do it. As you, I have a busy schedule; I allot and schedule
many hours for this class. I give my full attention and sincere
effort when assignments arrive and usually return them the same day
they are due. After that I attend to the other parts of my life and
return to this class when the next assignment is due. I have no time
nor desire to deal with late or incorrectly submitted
assignments. This class should not be a source of stress nor create
undue hardship. I would like it to be enjoyable and educational. For
this to happen assignments must be submitted on time and correctly.
To this end, your participation is required as follows:
to do in this class
Submit assignments on time.
work labeled and completed correctly as asked.
Be familiar with and adhere to all class
not to do in this class
Do not ask for late or emailed assignments to be accepted.
Do not ask
to have work that is not submitted correctly accepted.
Do not ask for special consideration for lack of or failed Internet
Do not ask for special
or preferential treatment of any kind for any reason!
Follow and adhere to the class policies (see syllabus) -
they apply to all students at
If you enter the
class after it begins
Do not ask for make up work; you may
only do what is on the schedule. Whatever you missed is just missed
Before beginning the class familiarize yourself with the information
B's contact info, course requirements, class policies,
grading criteria, assignment info, etc..
Canvas (the Learning Management System (LMS)
for this class).
Everything (email, work, communications etc) will be
transacted through Canvas
To access Canvas
Go to MCC (middlesexcc.edu) in upper right corner click:
Then Log In with your
supplied ID and password, and enter Eng121.
There are 2 assignments due the first week of
Check the Semester Schedule, on the welcome page, for open and close
times & dates.
- opens about one week before the semester begins to afford you time to submit questions.
It closes as specified on the Semester Schedule (on The HomePage) For this message board we will introduce ourselves to the
Diagnostic Timed Essay -
opens one week prior to close date.
as specified on the Semester Schedule on
The Welcome Page). This is a timed writing sample you will provide.
You will have 60 minutes to complete it. The
purpose of this assignment is to give
me some idea of how you write and insure that you are in the correct
level of English and
to introduce yourself to the
process by which all "Timed Essays" will be
* Notice that you have one week
in which to do this essay. During that week you must pick
a block of time to do this assignment.
Once you begin the clock starts, and you will
have 60 minutes to complete it. You cannot stop and start it again.
You have only
one opportunity. Once you begin you must complete
it in one sitting. When you
click "done" (or come to the 60 minute time
limit) the assignment will end, and you will have no further
opportunity to write.
6 short assignments due the first week.
Self Introduction (Discussion)
They are now open ( can be seen and done)
give you time to submit questions and get
familiar with the class.
They close as specified on the Semester Schedule on The Welcome
(cannot be done when
Self Introduction & Shorter Writing 1 close at 4pm - all others for
the entire semester close at 10 am. unless otherwise specified.
ONE FINAL IMPORTANT NOTE
- Completely read all my
communications (emails, announcements, message
board posts etc).
Do not email me with questions that I
have already answered or explained in a previous communications; you will
not get a favorable response!
OK - that should get us started.
relax, get familiar, and learn something.
I will do all I can to make this as pleasurable and productive as
possible. I expect that you will do the same.