English 364OL - The Short Story - Spring 2014
Course Number: 18728
Online - Time Arranged
Completion of the lower-division writing requirement and upper division standing. Not allowed for credit in the English major and minor.
CSUN regularly enrolled students register for online courses in the same manner as they register for any course. If you wish to add the course after the semester begins, you must email the course Professor for a permission number.
Student Learning Objectives
During the semester, you will learn to:
1. identify the elements of fiction;
2. trace different attitudes as seen in literature during different periods of writing;
3. evaluate style and thematic ideas;
4. discuss theoretical approaches to literature;
5. successfully navigate the Internet;
6. engage in asynchronous (bulletin board forum) discussions.
Welcome to English 364OL, an upper division general education course in the genre of the short story! In this discussion-based virtual classroom, we will study a variety of stories with varying themes, written at different periods of time, and authored by a diverse group of writers. The goal of our course is to appreciate the short story as a genre of literature and to enhance students' analytical reading and writing skills.
NOTE: This class will NOT meet live; All homework must be completed by the dates and times listed on our course MOODLE page.
Since this is mostly a discussion class, the success of this course depends on active participation. We will apply "Reader Response Theory" to all discussions. In other words, I want to hear how you, the reader, interact with the readings. All thoughtful opinions and insights are valued and welcomed -- just be prepared to explain your theories!
NOTE: CSUN's GE Upper Division Writing Policy states that all upper-division required GE courses be designated writing-intensive. In each such course, students will be required to complete writing assignments totaling a minimum of 2,500 words. To fulfill the GE Upper Division Writing Policy, you will be required to post responses to our readings in a variety of ways.
Students will need to have access to the Internet - either Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari - and an active CSUN email account to access the Moodle system. To activate your CSUN e-mail address or reset its password use the account utility page.
Can't login? If you see the main Moodle login screen repeatedly, despite entering a valid e-mail address and password, then you may need to enable cookies in your web browser's options or preferences area. Moodle requires access to cookies and will not allow a successful log-in until and unless your web browser has them enabled.
Instructions will be provided for all computer activities; you may visit CSUN's IT for Students site for information on technical requirements and applications. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability. Please be familiar with CSUN's online applications, particularly Moodle, prior to our first meeting.
NOTE: Please install Java before using Moodle!!! Because of a legal dispute between Microsoft and Sun, recent versions of Internet Explorer / Windows do not come bundled with Java, a program that Moodle relies on. If you try to use a Java-based program and Java has not been installed on your system, you will see a message indicating that you need to download "JAVA Virtual Machine." You may download and install Java directly from Sun at http://www.java.com/en/index.jsp (click the big yellow Get It Now button on that page). Follow the directions for installation, closing your web browser and/or restarting your system as it suggests. Once Java has been installed you should encounter no further trouble with Moodle.