Hello MODERN AMERICA Students: Welcome to US HISTORY 2 Online.
This course will take us on a historical journey through American society, politics, and culture since the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will explore the emergence of modern America, addressing the issues of immigration, industrialization, war, and broad social and cultural change.
Course work will demand close attention to the factual details of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries as well as the writing and analytical skills necessary for college-level historical interpretation.
Textbooks and Other Required Materials:
Keene, Cornell & O’Donnell, VISIONS OF AMERICA VOLUME II, Since 1865 ISBN- 978-0-321-05310-7
Other supplementary readings that will be posted online.
INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE COURSES: This course will be conducted entirely online. This means that you MUST be generally computer-literate. You must have constant access to a computer. You must be able to do general word processing, and you must be confident surfing the internet. Loss of internet or computer problems are not legitimate excuses for missed work or participation. Thus I recommend that you immediately identify a place where you can reach a back-up computer to complete your weekly work (a local library or at BUCKS). If you are uncertain about your computer competence or access, you should NOT take this course.
If have AOL you will need to use another browser once you are online. Canvas works best with GOOGLE CHROME or MOZILLA FIREFOX on the web.
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: This is not a self-paced independent study. While we will not see each other in person, this course will run on the same principles of a traditional college class.You will need to keep up with weekly readings and post discussions on the bulletin board on the day and time frame indicated (usually Thursday evening of each week by 9:00 pm). In fact, all assignments will be due on the day assigned. Late assignments will suffer 1/2 grade deductions for each day after the due date (same as my face2face courses). Please see information below for course specifics.
READING: This is one of the most important parts of your course: weekly reading. Most of the readings will come from the VISIONS OF AMERICA text and online materials. It is imperative that you read carefully and use these readings in online discussions, essays, and exams.
DISCUSSION AND PARTICIPATION: Participation in online discussions is required of everyone. Your Participation/Discussion grade will be based on the quality of your participation. See syllabus for more.
WARNING: It is imperative that you participate weekly in the discussion threads. Students who miss SEVEN or more discussion threads will receive an F for the course.
THREE RESPONSE PAPERS.
You must write THREE 250-500 word paper(double-spaced,Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, at least one inch margins, Microsoft Word Document) analytical response to FOUR course readings.
There will be three online exams in this course.
Discussion and Participation 25%
Response papers: 20%
Exam 1: 15%
Exam 2: 20%
Exam 3: 20%
Again, I strongly encourage you to work through CANVAS BASICS. After that go to our course site and open the BEGIN file. Instructions for Week One will follow.
If you need to talk to me at anytime, please either call me @ 215-968-8288 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you as soon as I can, if we don't connect on your first attempt.
I look forward to an interesting semester together. Yours, Professor Maria McGrath