of the more interesting aspects of “Speed Reading” is that it is offered ON-LINE
as well as ON-CAMPUS. If
you are a motivated student who wants to learn to read faster with better
comprehension, but can’t get to campus, READ ON!
order to take the On-Line version of “Speed Reading,” you must have regular
access to a computer (Minimum requirements: Mac System 7.0 or PC 486 with 33.6
modem). Of course, you can work in
computer labs On-Campus. If that’s
okay so far, READ ON!
must be signed up with an ISP such as AOL, MSN, GTE, AT&T, Earthlink, etc.
If you can’t afford the standard ISP monthly fee, try one of the free
services such as http://www.netzero.net.
Your ISP should give you access to the World Wide Web via browser software such
as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer (Version 4 or
higher). Finally, you need
an e-mail address (free e-mail is available through a number of places
including http://hotmail.com & http://edit.my.yahoo.com),
and you must be reasonably computer literate.
If you can meet these requirements,
What is the difference between taking English 7 On-Line as opposed to
Answer: Not much! The content of this On-Line course is the same as the On-Campus version. The difference is in the way you receive instruction. On-Campus students will meet twice weekly On-Campus with the instructor. On-Line students will do most of their work independently, at a computer station. On-Line students do need to be aware that there are a minimal number of meetings On-Campus (two).
ABSOLUTELY! There are a
number of ways to contact the instructor with questions and comments:
This is our “virtual classroom.”
It is where most of our communications will happen.
You will need to register and choose a password.
Don’t worry. It’s easy. All
you have to do is go to the Internet and type in the following URL to get to the
WebBoard keeps a list of all who log-on and it is available to
the instructor. There are several
types of “Conferences” available to you:
READ ONLY – where you can read or print but not contribute anything.
Others – where you can participate.
*For more information about
the WebBoard, click the "WebBoard Introduction"
Conference in WebBoard. But I’d
suggest you wait until you finish
reading this On-Line section before you go there.
I’ve already provided you with my e-mail address in several places, but
here it is again – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will need your e-mail address also.
You can e-mail it to me! We
will use e-mail for private chats, since everyone sees what is written in the
WebBoard and the Mailing List. On-Line students need to
check their e-mail regularly, as I do mine!
3. MAILING LIST: A mailing list is a kind of mass-mailing program. I will use this anytime I need to send e-mail to everyone in the class. You can use it to e-mail everyone, too. This mailing list (found within WebBoard) is where I will contact all of you with major announcements, etc. It’s a snap to work. You should subscribe immediately! Here is how:
To Subscribe: toolbar
To Communicate with Everyone on the List write:
#4: When will the two class
required on-campus meetings happen?
The first week of classes
we will have an orientation session. During
the fifteenth week of classes, you
must come to campus and take the final standardized reading test.
You will also hand in your completed English 7 Reading Notebook at that
time. I will announce the exact
dates, times, and locations for these two meetings as soon as I know them.
the way, the date, time, and place of the first (orientation) class will be
announced in the ECC Schedule of Classes. The
other required On-Campus class, during the fifteenth week, will most likely be
held in the same location and at the same time as the first orientation session.
I'll confirm this via a WebBoard Announcement or a Mailing List message. Check, beforehand, to make sure you are available to come to
campus on these dates.
I obviously think that this On-Line educational experience is exciting
and rewarding. I find students often learn a lot more when they can pace a
course themselves! However, On-Line
courses do require a lot of self- discipline. You’ve got to set yourself a schedule to log on to the
WebBoard regularly (preferably twice a week since this class meets On-Campus
twice a week). If you don’t do
this, you won’t be successful in the course.
Question #7: How
do I get my work to you?
Most of your work will be done in the printed “English 7 Reading
Notebook” that you will be purchasing at the ECC Bookstore.
explaining how to complete it throughout the semester, as we do the
various notebook sections. You will hand in your
finished notebook during Week 15, at the time you come to campus to take your
Your 3 vocabulary quizzes will be
taken On-Line. I consider them a
learning experience and invite you to use your books and classmates to help you.
information about the Quizzes, click on the “Quizzes” Conference in
I’d suggest you wait until you finish reading this On-Line section
before you go there.