Character, development, and emerging interdependence of the world's major civilizations since 1500.
Dates: July 1 - August 9, 2019
HISTORY 010 201906-61755 HST010OL1 D2: Global History since 1500 Dr Alexandre Strokanov, Professor of History at Northern Vermont University E-Mail: Alexandre.Strokanov@northernvermont.edu or Alexandre.Strokanov@uvm.edu Tel. (802)748-3256 home. Skype: alexandre.strokanov I. TEXT. Robert W. Strayer. Ways of the World. A Brief Global History with Sources. SECOND EDITION. Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2013 VOLUME # 2: SINCE 1500. ISBN 978-0-312-58349-1.
III. COURSE REQUIREMENTS. A. METHODS: THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE This is an online course, and so it is very much "self-taught." Each week, on your own, you will be reading chapters, budgeting your time as you go along, doing assignments for each chapter, discussing key concepts with other students online (on the Discussion Board), interacting with both other students and the instructor via e-mails, and e-mailing your work to me. You have the ability to interact with me on a regular basis - personally and quietly - in a way that normal classes do not afford you. Now, since there are no classroom lectures, each and every student needs to be focused, organized, and motivated to keep abreast of all assignments. Falling behind can not only impact your immediate grades but can also make it impossible for you to catch up. So, make a disciplined plan out for yourself that involves reading two chapters early on in the week and, then, doing other assignments and participating in the online discussions immediately thereafter. This needs to be done in addition to the construction of your document analysis paper and studying for the final exam, of course. If you have never experienced online learning, let me talk for just a moment about its strengths and weaknesses. On the one hand, this way of learning is exciting and engaging ... it is possible for the individual student to ingest more than that which is learned in a normal, in-person course. The work is done at the student's own pace when she or he can get to it, and thus it is better, more available for the working person or for anyone who just has a very full plate in front of them in life! However, the central weakness of this format for learning is that you are neither able - in a face-to-face way - to ask questions of the instructor, nor to interact with other students. Students DO interact - on the Discussion Forum. And you CAN utilize each other's e-mail addresses to interact about class-related issues and topics ... and students sometimes even open up social interaction(s) in this way. But the give-and-take of genuine "discussion" is absent. So, we will have a Discussion on the Forum that lasts all week long, off and on, in lieu of taking up just one particular hour. The good news here is that - again - students work when there is the time in their lives to work ... and on the Forum, EVERYONE PARTICIPATES. Furthermore, with the individual, personal e-mail address of the instructor in your possession, students end up asking many more questions, getting more solidly focused answers, and - in essence - have personal "office hours" with the instructor.
B. EACH WEEK YOU WILL HAVE - two chapters to read and watch online related video programs, my lectures and etc.; - to work on assignments for each chapter and email your answers to me; [Note: This might sound like a lot of work. But remember that there are no lectures and discussions in the classroom ... and so this work is to be done in lieu of travelling to and from the college, parking, going to class, attending lectures and discussions, and so forth. When you add it all up, you will end up spending LESS TIME than you normally do for an in-the-classroom course.] Each chapter assignment will be graded on a 6-point scale, making in total 60 points in your final grade, and will be composed of multiple choice and short essay questions that focus on the readings and course materials. Assignments are open book; however, you will also have a limited amount of time in which to complete each assignment. The purpose of the assignments is to check that you have read and understood the course materials and will test not just your retention of factual information from the readings, but your understanding of it. All answers to the questions in the assignment MUST be original work of a student. Finding answers on line and submitting them, even with slight modifications and changing of words as your work is unacceptable and will be considered as plagiarism. - one Discussion Board question for each chapter to which you must respond with a "major post" (3-4 paragraphs or so). - the requirement to respond to "at least" two comments by other students to Discussion Board question for each chapter. Each week entry to the Discussion Board (“major post” and two comments to major posts of other students) will be graded on a 2-point scale, making it in total 20 points in your final grade. C. THE SEMESTER GRADE. The semester grade will be count in the following way: Weekly assignments ... 0.60 = Discussion Board posts ... 0.20 = Final Exam … 0.20 = Total:
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