LITR231: American Literature to 1865
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearFall 2014 / (15 weeks): Aug 27, 2014 to Dec 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Sarahlyn Bruck   Email: Sarahlyn.Bruck@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8171
Campus Location: Penn 125

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is REQUIRED.
Failure to participate in a REQUIRED orientation, as specified below, may jeopardize your grade.

Online

Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.


Other Orientation Information
Online Orientation, under the "Start Here" module on our Canvas course space, will be available as soon as you can log in to the Canvas course space at the beginning of the term - it's mandatory, so if you fail to complete it, you will be withdrawn from the course. The orientation, as well as the whole course, is contained entirely online. There are NO mandatory face-to-face components.

Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

Hello! My name is Sarahlyn Bruck, and I am delighted to be your instructor for this course.

Course Description: This course surveys the development of American Literature from the Colonial beginnings to Whitman, with emphasis upon thorough acquaintance with the work of significant writers of the period, including women and minorities, in their historical and cultural context.

Textbook: THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, Shorter 8th ed., Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1865.

Online Learning: This literature class, including the focus, readings, assignments, and assessments, is largely the same as my face-to-face course, except that we will be meeting and communicating with each other solely online instead of live, in a classroom. The online format, while more convenient for many, leaves a significant responsibility on the student to stay organized to keep pace with the course content, discussions, and assignments. All of the learning outcomes and standards are identical to the face-to-face version of the course. This almost goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: students have to be able to access a dependable computer that is connected to the Internet. Home or work computers that experience problems do not release you of the responsibilities and deadlines related to this course. If you have technical problems, you should go to a friend's house or a library to complete class work.

Evaluation: The final grade will be computed as follows:

    Written Assignment #1 100 points
    Written Assignments #2 & #3 (2 @ 200) 400 points
    Final Exam (Cumulative) 200 points
    Discussion Participation & Reading 300 points

Other matters will be considered in the determination of the final grade such as class engagement and commitment to improvement. All three writing assignments and the final exam must be completed in order for the students to receive a passing grade in the course.