Getting Started With This Course
Orientation for this course is optional.
Your instructor will be handling orientation as indicated below.
Other Orientation Information
For information about the course, check the course syllabus on Canvas. If you can't access Canvas, email me and I will be back in touch with you. Just keep in mind that a course like this is fairly intensive, requiring reading, writing, and online discussion on a regular basis.
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
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- 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
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
The book for the course is James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II. When referring to the book I usually just say "Stokesbury." You can do the same in your papers. There are periodic essays due based upon your reading in Stokesbury. Papers should be carefully written and double-spaced. If you decide to go beyond Stokesbury, list any other source used under Works Cited at the end of the paper. The syllabus is posted on Canvas under the course designation (HIST 139). It is important to read and understand the syllabus and assignments before embarking on the course. Traditional academic skills--reading and writing in particular--are stressed. In the syllabus you will find the assignments and due dates listed. These can also be found in Canvas under "Assignments." It is important to meet assignment deadlines. As there are no exams or classroom responsibilities, I want you to focus your attention on your reading (Stokesbury and Canvas "Announcements") and the written assignments. The syllabus serves as your guide to the course. Read it carefully. Review the glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary of WW II. Read assignments in an atmosphere without phones ringing, mobile phones singing, and/or television/radio or other electronic disractions. Finally, the syllabus is the most important document of the course, the book is the most important source, and you are the vessel into which this content is poured. The aim is to achieve an understanding of the broad currents of the war-- its causes, course, and consequences for future generations. There will be discussion board questions posed throughout the semester. Give yourself ample time to frame your posts. I am available for consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org.