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Rebecca Board Liljenstolpe - English

Hybrid Course Orientation


Welcome to all of you. This is a brief, general orientation for students enrolled in my on campus courses. It is intended to help you understand the way our hybrid class will work and to help you access your course materials.


Before you go any further, it is important you know what you are getting into by taking this hybrid class. My hybrid courses meet once or twice a week face to face, but much of what we do as a class happens while we are physically apart. We will meet in the class room for two hours at the start of the week to discuss the upcoming activities or to review concepts, but for the other three hours of classtime (this is a 5 unit class) you will be logging in to a virtual classroom community where you will receive lectures, complete assignments, and discuss the reading with your classmates in an online forum just as you would if you were sitting in a desk in the classroom. Again, you will be "in class"on the computer a minimum 3 hours per week, which is in addition to the time you will spend completing homework assignments.

The online learning environment is not for everyone! Before you jump in, it may be a good idea to assess your learning style, your computer skills, and your access to the internet to see if this class is right for you. The following self-assessment survey is intended to guide you in your decision about whether a hybrid course is a good match for you. If you are unsure, you may want to read some Student Feedback from my online courses to get a better sense of what my past students have gotten out of their classes. Yes, it will be very different at first, but if you keep an open mind and give it a try, you might discover that online learning can work for you.


I am easiest to reach by email at I check this email throughout the day during the week up until 10 PM. Please do not attempt to contact me by phone if you need immediate help. Post general questions to my online office in CATALYST, send urgent requests to my email address, and remember that I can arrange to meet you on campus with advance notice.My faculty website contains links to my course outlines and to the CATALYST portal where your online classroom is housed. If you are lost, confused, stressed and in need help, do not wait one minute to ask for assistance. Whenever you do not understand something, please ask me or one of your classmates for help.


* Attend the first class meeting and buy your textbooks. I often use web-based material or novels that can be purchased at any bookstore. I do this to try and keep your expenses down and to make it easier for you to complete your assignments. Keep in mind that texts are required, and you may be marked absent if you do not have your text,

* Make sure you have access to the internet at least three days per week.

* If you added the class at the first class meeting, make sure you pay your fees.

* To enter your CATALYST classroom go to The CATALYST Portal ( Bookmark this site on your computer and follow the login procedures.

You will be prompted to create your own password. NOTE: Students who are adding after the course begins will not be able to access CATALYST until 24hours after they have paid their fees and have been added by the registrar.

* Log in to your CATALYST classroom throughout the week. The software tracks your participation and records each time you enter and exit the system and notes how long you spend in each classroom space! Your success depends on your active involvement in the online community, so spend quality time at least three days per week reading and responding to the class discussion. You should plan on devoting 10-15 hours per week to this class (five hours of class time + 5-10 hours of homework), and will spend that time reading course material (essays, poems, books, student and instructor discussion posts etc.), completing informal writing activities (class discussion, grammar/usage/style exercises, research assignments, quizzes, etc.), and composing formal writing assignments (essays and group projects).

* Your weekly assignment schedules will be available in the CATALYST if you happen to miss a class meeting. If your course uses web-based reading materials (ex: EWRT 1A), all the links to your reading assignments will be located here.

* Detailed instructions of your writing and research assignments will be available in CATALYST.

* Class discussion will take place throughout the week using the CATALYST discussion forums.

* Reading quizzes will be administered and scored through CATALYST.

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Last Updated: 4/25/16