I use the on-line learning environment Globalyceum for my US History courses. This system provides the equivalent of an on-line textbook, with supplemental lectures, problem assignments, assessments, and writing assignments that, hopefully, will be more engaging for students than the typical textbook (which they seldom, if ever buy). Each student will purchase a subscription to my on-line materials, which includes all the reading materials for the course, as well as all assessments. There will no longer be in-class exams, in these classes, rather, there will be multiple, smaller, assessments (some of which are self-graded, others which will require hand grading). The idea is to try to make sure that students are actually doing the reading and engaging with the topics, not just skimming to write a paper or cram for an exam.
Students will be given a piece of paper on the first day of class that provides them with instructions for subscribing to the class shell. Additionally, I will combine all of the students from all sections into a single shell, thereby allowing me to focus everything on a one-stop solution, as well as providing feedback and connections for students across sections.
I have taught this lower division class at Fresno State, Fresno City College, Merced College, and Clovis Community College
Students should sign up for, and participate in the on-line discussion forum for this class. Normally, on-line discussions represent extra credit assignments.
A People's History: PDF version of the classic work
Chicago (Turabian) Manual of Style Quick Guide: For all assignments in my history classes you are required to cite every source you use (quoted, paraphrased, referenced, or based upon). You MUST use the footnote (referred to here as "Notes and Bibliography) format in your papers. I require all written assignments to include a Works Cited page -- not a Bibliography or Reference page. If you do not know the difference, be sure to ask in class.
Any paper not including citations will receive a zero (0). Any paper not including a properly formatted Works Cited page will receive a zero (0).