Beginning in Summer 2017, I will use the on-line learning environment Globalyceum for my History survey courses. This system provides the equivalent of an on-line textbook, with supplemental lectures, problem assignments, assessments, and writing assignments that engage students better than typical textbook (which they seldom, if ever buy). Each student must purchase a subscription to the on-line portion of the class. There are no in-class exams, in these classes, rather, multiple, smaller, assessments make up the student's grade. The idea is to try to make sure that students actually read and engage with the topics, not just skim 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, all students from all sections are combined into a single shell, thereby providing connections for students across all sections.
I've been teaching this lower division class at Fresno City College. It's still a work in progress, because each semester I try to find a better balance to cover all the important cultures, links, events, movements, etc. So far, each time, I come across lots of ways to improve it.
I utilize a number of films in this class and the students will compile a film log -- their notes from the films -- to help them study the material presented.
This is a preliminary version of the syllabus. There may be changes to this document prior to the start of class. Be sure to check with me to make sure you have the correct version.
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).
Students should sign up for, and participate in the on-line discussion forum for this class. Normally, on-line discussions represent extra credit assignments.