LITR277: Introduction to Short Fiction
Section: E11     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSummer I 2010 / (6 weeks): May 24, 2010 to Jul 1, 2010
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


S. Charles Groth   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8146

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 15 - 22 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

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 Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains 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:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at:

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to and select 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 your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.


Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.

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! I’m Dr. Charlie Groth and I’m happy to be your professor for LITR277. Welcome to class! Please read below and follow the hints so that you will be all ready for our course.

This on-line, 6-week literature class will fulfill all the same goals and require the same total work load as a regular face-to-face, 15-week class, so you should expect to do more work each day than in the regular semester. Because participation is asynchronous (we don't have to log-in at exactly the same time), many of you will find it convenient: you can plan your participation around other obligations. However, it's important that you keep in mind that you will still have deadlines every couple of days and need to take on the responsibility of organizing your work and your technology.

Before the course starts, make sure you have all the resources you need. If you're ordering books instead of going to the Bookstore in person, do so two weeks ahead of time and order from a reliable source. As for online technology, make sure your computer and Internet access are reliable. Also, form your Plan B in case you have some sort of technical problem during our 6 weeks together: which friend or which library you can go to to complete your work and take part in discussions? Remember: home or work computers that experience problems do not excuse you from the responsibilities and deadlines related to this course. A 6-week course moves fast, but if you are proactive in meeting and eliminating obstacles, it just means you'll get to the "finish line" faster too.

This course will use a variety of assignments and assessment methods, including reading, quizzes, research projects, writing assignments (2500 total words of formal writing required by the department), a final exam, and the mainstay of online courses: on-line discussions. Some assignments will ask you to "do hands-on literature," exploring how short fiction comes alive through the processes of creation and sharing--students usually enjoy these most and get a lot out of them.

Well, the new session is just around the corner. I look forward to meeting you all on-line. If you need to contact me before the course starts, my email address is