Assignment 1

Introductions

Write a paragraph or two that introduces you to your instructors and classmates.  Explain your interest in the U.S. Civil War, your interests as a scholar (your major), and anything else interesting about you that you would like to share. The Civil War is a very popular subject in the U.S. You will find that your classmates will share your enthusiasm for the topic, so use this opportunity to make online friends.

Write your introduction for a blog post on D2L.  This is easy to do.   Go to D2L

As we get started it is also a good idea to visit and read carefully the course policies and requirements page.

Old Civil War Veterans
Gettysburg Veterans making friends www.smithsonianmag.com

While we are on grading, we have two kinds of assignments in the course: ungraded and graded assignments (Check the policies & requirements page for full explanation).  This is an ungraded assignment (which does not mean it is not very important to do: see policies & requirements page).  You will receive a complete or incomplete.  As is the case with all assignments for the course, there will be a guideline that explains how the assignment will be evaluated.

Guideline for Assignment 1

  1. Completed on time (always check schedule to due dates)
  2. One to two paragraphs (minimum 175 words)
  3. Posted in D2L
  4. Read all introductions and comment on at least 4 people in the class.
  5. Assignment is graded on a point scale [maximum points=5].

Now that you have completed your first assignment, check the D2L blog  after the due date and read about your classmates and instructors.

Don’t forget to read the policies & requirements page carefully. Okay, we know we are being repetitive, but in an online course, it is easy to skip important information at the beginning that can make things more difficult later on.

We want you to have a great experience in this course.  So don’t be afraid to ask questions, talk to each other, form groups, make friends, share information, and always contact your instructors is you have any concerns or questions or tech problems.