Here is an important piece of advice on writing good journal entries. Whenever you read a question, divide it into distinct parts. Then devote a distinct paragraph to each part.
It is important to remember that long paragraphs that switch subjects multiple times tend to signal disorganized thinking to your reader, even when simply dividing the paragraph as written into multiple paragraphs would create the impression of very organized thinking.
Some of you may be writing long paragraphs because the formatting of the journal creates a new bullet point each time you hit enter, which may strike you as unprofessional looking. You are right that it would not be appropriate to bullet all of your paragraphs in a normal college essay, but here it is fine. If it bothers you, it is possible to remove the bullet and preserve the formatting with the tab or ruler, but I don't recommend spending your time in this way.
We are now entering a very dangerous time for many people. There are no hard due dates for tests for over a month, and this will tempt many to relax and let things slide. Please do your best to avoid this and stay on schedule. If you take a break for a few days to focus on other classes, be sure to return with renewed vigor an urgency.
Remember, the module entries remain on a firm schedule. People who start to get behind the quizzing and testing schedule also tend to stop making regular module entries, and this significantly raises the probability of failure.
For general planning, note that after Module 6, tests start to become due every two weeks. This is partly to give you greater study control over your schedule toward the end of the semester, but it is also because the material becomes a bit more challenging.
The Module 2 test is due on Friday. Remember, this is a hard due date. If you miss it, you still have to take the test to proceed to Module 3. But you will get no credit for the Module 2 test unless you use it as your one retake at the end of the semester.
Obviously, as a strategic matter, you should be sure to take Module 2 on time even if you are not fully prepared for it.
As of this morning, everyone who has signed up with a valid account has received a journal. If you have signed up and not received one, then it is probably because you used an invalid account. If so, I have sent you an email to that effect.
Journal basics: Your first journal entry is due on February 3rd. Remember, all journal entries are hard due dates, though you can turn it in 24 hours late for up to 1/2 credit. The page I shared with you is the only page that you need. Continually return to it to make new entries. Do not save it; do not share it. Please read and follow all of the other instructions exactly. Journal entries that depart from these do not get credit.
By now you should have passed the syllabus test and be into the Module 1 material. The advised due date for the Module 1 test is this coming Friday.
Most of you are making good headway on the syllabus test. Try to get it done by tomorrow.
You should be working on Module 1 content by the beginning of next week at the latest. The advised due date for completing Module 1 is a week from tomorrow.
Sign up for your journal right away if you have not done so already! As of 9AM this morning, everyone who has signed up has received one.
Remember that you do not need to do anything beyond writing in your journal in order for me to be able to read it. Your content is saved automatically and I can view and comment on your document at any time. I will never grade or comment on your journal entry prior to 24 hours after it is due.
This What's Up page is where you should come on a regular basis to find out about any new developments.
Here are some things that you need to know right away.
1. If you don't have the book already, get it right away. It is here. You can get it immediately as an e-text or as a paperback from the Hornet bookstore. Please note that this is the 2nd edition of the book. Do not buy the 1st or 3rd editions. If you are just now getting the book, and you prefer to have the paperback, I strongly suggest not ordering it online, but purchasing it at the Hornet bookstore. This course goes by very quickly and you do not want to be waiting a week to receive this book.
You absolutely do need the book to pass this class.
2. This is an entirely online course. We never meet in person. All quizzing and testing is done in Canvas, the school's new online course management system.
3. This course is substantially self-paced. There will be a recommended testing schedule and a few mandatory testing dates to help keep you on schedule. (The only other absolute deadlines are associated with journal entries. This is explained in the syllabus.)
5. There is a lot of work associated with this course. Those who tend to put things off will find that things do not go well. This course is built for students who are self-motivated and can keep up a steady work pace. If you are not a highly disciplined and self-motivated person please do not take it. You will not succeed and at the same time you will prevent someone else from taking it who may be in a better position to do so.
6. Please go to this link to sign up for your online journal. Be sure that the email you enter is a Google Gmail account or another account that you have registered with Google.
7. I am very available and responsive to all questions and issues. On a normal weekday the longest it will take for me to respond to an email is a couple of hours. Often it is just a couple of minutes. Don't hesitate to ask me questions. You won't get yelled at if they are stupid ones (though I may gently direct you to place where they are answered.)
8. Believe it or not there is a syllabus test for this course. This is not there to annoy you, but to make sure that you really understand what you are getting into. If you encounter serious trouble passing this test, then this is a very strong sign that you are not ready to take this course.
9. I will be posting an orientation video for this course in Canvas. Be sure to engage it in its entirety when Canvas becomes available at the beginning of the semester.