For Students Interested in Hist 17B Cybersession, Fall 2014 (Starting October 27):
-You will complete roughly 140 pages of reading each week. The exact edition of the required textbook is available at the Cabrillo College bookstore (both online, and in the physical store).
-You will watch several video lectures each week
-You will take 1 midterm exam online
-You will participate in an online discussion board in which you will be asked to discuss questions from the reading and lectures
-You will write one 5-6 page essay/paper
-You will take one Final Exam at the end of the semester, which will be on the Cabrillo Campus (not online). You must have photo ID to take the exam. This exam is short answer and essay.
Essential Prerequisites to Pass the Course:
-You need to be very comfortable with navigating the Internet, Blackboard, and using computer software.
-You must be self-motivated; you simply cannot fall behind or “put anything off” (procrastinate) in this class. Everything happens at twice the speed of a normal semester course.
-You need to already be a good reader; you also need to have strong writing skills.
-You must be prepared to spend 18 hours a week on the course work. (The normal expectation for a 3-credit class is 3 hours in the classroom and 6 hours outside of the classroom—9 hours total per week. But our class meets for only half of a semester, so we double up on the amount of work each week.)
Why This Class is Awesome:
Let me assure you that this is an incredibly engaging and interesting course. Some students even say it’s fun. It is definitely a lot of work, but everyone who finishes it feels that it was well worth the effort. I am incredibly passionate about how history affects our lives today, and I make everything we study relevant to our contemporary world. I love engaging with students in deep and significant discussions, so my courses encourage (and require) really active participation. This class is not about simple regurgitation of historical facts and data.
If you are already signed up for the course, please make sure you are registered with an email that you use. You will receive a welcome email a week before the session starts with more info and a syllabus. Our Blackboard page will be open to you on October 27.