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The Basic Set-up of Our Course

This Fall, English 100 will be a hybrid course. This means that about 1/3 of our instruction time will be on campus in a classroom and 2/3 will be online. We are doing this to minimize the risks of transmitting the Covid-19 virus, while still giving you the advantage of a college campus course.

Dividing the class into groups

  • During the last week before class, you will receive an email telling you which group (cohort) you are in. Each cohort will have five or six students.
  • The class meets in Dauch, where the classrooms have a normal capacity of 20-25 students, so you should have no trouble maintaining social distancing.
  • Each cohort is assigned a day (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) for your on‑campus session. Your class schedule should give you the room number and time. Attendance at these sessions is required.
    • Important Note #1: These are assigned days! I don't want the entire crowd from one day drifting in on another day because you forgot or overslept. The idea is to keep the total number of people in the room very low so we can be there without sneezing or coughing on one another. The teacher will check people in at the door, and the door will be locked after the last person has entered.
    • Important Note #2: Email the teacher if you want a day change. We have space for one or two people to temporarily shift days if you have a doctor's appointment or some other conflict. Send the email by 6 PM the evening before. This isn't a provision for those who cannot wake up on time. If you miss your assigned day and simply turn up on another day without permission, you will be counted absent and sent home.
    • Important Note #3: If you are feeling unwell, stay home! If you were too sick to attend your own session, you should think long and hard about whether you are well enough to show up two days later. Don't simply come to the next session. And if you do decide you can attend a later session, you must still send an email requesting the change (see Important Note #2).
    • Important Note #4: Face masks will be required for these on‑campus class sessions.
    • Not-so-important note #5: The schedules for these three cohorts will be slightly different. All will end up covering the same material, but not necessarily in the same week. (This is another reason that simply walking into someone else's cohort won't exactly work.)

The rest of the course

The rest of the course will come through Blackboard Learn, our online Learning Management platform. (Note that Blackboard will not work for you until the first day of class.)
  • To get into Blackboard, follow this link. (I suggest you bookmark it on your computer.)
  • Your Username is the part of your campus email address which comes before the @ sign.
  • Your Password is the same password you use for your campus email.
  • After you are inside Blackboard, locate the name of our course and click that link.


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