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Wednesday, 31 January 2007
My Course Policies Quiz
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: I usually have many emails and misunderstandings re: policies -- no more with this required 1st week quiz!
Attendance is optional. You may choose to post to forums or not, depending upon your schedule. What matters are the papers and exams.


Explanation of the correct answer:
Like all courses at CCP, if you miss 2 weeks of the course, you will be dropped. Missing the course is measured by your forum participation.

Ok, so I have to post to the forums, but I can do it all on Sunday night--after everyone else has posted. True

Explanation of the correct answer:
To receive attendance credit (and stay in the course), you must post to at least one forum each week by Wednesday at midnight. Then you must post again by Sunday at midnight. You'll get so much more out of the course this way.
All other work--papers, assignments and the exams--are due on the week they are assigned, no later than Sunday at midnight. True

Explanation of the correct answer:
Make sure your work goes through -- you have to click submit twice for some processes.

Post anything at all to the forums, regardless of whether you've read the book or not. True

Explanation of the correct answer:
I want to hear your opinions and your experiences: that's one aspect of this course that is essential. But in order for you to receive college credit, you have to read the book and reflect on how it connects to your life. It will be more rewarding this way. So, be sure to read, then post.
Typos, grammar and spelling errors do not influence the grade. True

Explanation of the correct answer:
If you are a poor writer, please reread the course policy and reconsider the course. Since writing is your only medium for class work (unlike a traditional class), good writing skills are essential.
 "Plagiarism is a great idea for a tough course like this one: better grades, less work! And it's only cheating if you get caught, and I haven't been caught yet!" True

Explanation of the correct answer:
You will fail the course if you plagiarize. Plagiarism is a serious problem at all schools and has serious consequences. If you are unsure about it, review the week's plagiarism exercise, make an appointment with me, or visit the Writing Center in Bonnell.
 You should log in and read posts every other day in a 15 week semester. True

Explanation of the correct answer:
Except for Spring Break -- which we will all need by Week 8 (March 4-10)! You don't have to spend hours here in Webstudy every time you log in, but you'll get more out of the course if you read postings often. Also I will send you instant messages, emails, updates, etc.
  This is an easy "A," because I am a woman and already know tons about this subject. True

Explanation of the correct answer:
This is a rewarding course, but it is not easy. There is alot of reading, writing and responding you have to do each week. Don't underestimate the time this course will require. And, reading for pleasure does not demand the type of attention that this reading demands. You will experience pleasure, but it will be the pleasure that comes from hard work, encounters with genius literary works, and great discussion in forums.
I don't have to buy the book--Women's Studies is all opinion anyway.True

Explanation of the correct answer:
"Designer vaginas! Love and romance! Hermaphrodites! Heteronormativity! Backlash! Gender vs. Sex! Strippers for Liberation! Flygirls, bitches and ho's!" You will really like the book: it has so many different perspectives included (and you are taking a midterm exam based on the book). Literature is not math (and for that I am grateful). But that doesn't mean that every answer and interpretation is equally valid. There are better and worse interpretations, right and wrong answers, and careful and careless readings. The midterm exam tests you on the elements of form and how they apply to the reading. While there are many right answers to those questions, there are just as many answers that are wrong.

Posted by marytconway at 1:30 PM EST
Sunday, 21 January 2007
Exams, quizzes, etc.
Mood:  not sure

Hi Folks,

This semester I am using a new way to evaluate: exams with study quizzes (same Qs as exams).

I am doing this for 2 reasons:

1. As Amy said in a post, I don't know if my students are getting it. These more or less objective tests allow me to know if they are getting at least some of it if only for the duration of the semester.

My hope is that quizzes and the mid-term exam will force them to read, study and retain. And if not, no surprises at the end.

2. I have 37 students in my WS 101. I might actually still have 39, but this # is supposed to be false due to enrollment shifts not yet reflected in my course.

So, I'll use the blog to keep us all updated on this new test strategy.

Have any of you used these? To what result?


Posted by marytconway at 5:50 PM EST
Tuesday, 24 October 2006

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Posted by marytconway at 5:11 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2007 6:00 PM EST
Thursday, 28 September 2006
Angry Professor on YouTube
Mood:  chillin'

Angry Prof


I've been using YouTube for my DE classes and it is working really well for my needs.

This is an interesting video, in part because of the overwhelming support the Prof gets in the comments: it seems many students are as sick as we are of rude cell phone behvaior in classes (truth to tell, I haven't had but one incident in my 3 years here) 

Posted by marytconway at 5:12 PM EDT
Tuesday, 19 September 2006
Plagiarism Strategies
Mood:  irritated

Let's share ideas for deterring and detecting plagiarism here.

And again, you will be able to create new entries like this one (as opposed to just replying to mine) by signing in to Tripod. I made the Blog public so we can all post entries.

Posted by marytconway at 6:24 PM EDT
Monday, 30 January 2006
You TOO can make your own posts--you have to sign in to Tripod first
Mood:  vegas lucky
Hi All -- If you want to be able to create new posts (instead of just replying to these I put up), spellcheck, and mess around with formatting, sign up for free membership, via This blog will remain Ad-free because I pay 5 bucks a month for my webpages, but you pay nothing. I've also not been deluged with spam from Tripod.

It might make it easier to navigate as well.

Posted by marytconway at 12:42 PM EST
Wednesday, 25 January 2006
Hello Fellow Distance Ed Professors!
Mood:  chillin'
Here's our new Blog -- we are all authors -- so post away.
If/when we want to close it to the public (not likely to be an issue, since we're not doing anything untoward) we'll have to have each of you sign up for tripod (easy and free).

Posted by marytconway at 6:11 PM EST

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