Dear English 102 students,
Welcome to ENG 102! This is our course website, where we will have the opportunity to “teach” each other and the larger online public about what you’ve learned beyond the confines of the classroom walls. Almost every week I will post a question based on an excerpt from a text, a video, an image, a link to a website, etc. for you to engage with. The due date for student posts will be every week Wednesday by 9:30am, unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that late posts will not be evaluated. For information on the evaluation and grading standards of student blog posts, see the syllabus.
As with in-class discussions, I am looking for thoughtful questions and comments here; they should demonstrate that you’ve put some thought and effort into them. In other words, they should be on par with the kinds of comments you would make in the classroom and other academic settings. Although some folks in the blogosphere may post comments in all lower-case letters or without punctuation, please treat your blog posts as you would an assignment you are turning in for credit and be sure to follow the conventions of academic writing.
Please sign your posts so that your TA, Zakir, and I know who wrote what. We will not always able to tell who you are from your WordPress username.
How to Post:
In order to access this blog, please accept the invitation from WordPress to become an “author.” I will be sending invitations during the first week of class. Once you’ve accepted the invitation, you’ll be able to create new posts. Either click on the pencil icon in the upper right-hand corner or go to “Dashboard,” then “Posts,” then “Add New.” Remember to check the appropriate category box for that week (and uncheck “uncategorized”) and add searchable keywords, as many as you want, in the tag box. Both functions are located in the right-hand side tool bars. WordPress is quite user friendly, but if you run into trouble, visit their Support page.
Tip: Type your responses in Word first, and then paste them into the “Add New Post” box. Doing so will make it easier for you to revise and will prevent your hard work from going down the drain should your browser crash mid-sentence.