English 102 focuses on the conventions of academic writing, and the purpose of this course is to help students write convincing, well developed, and well organized essays that synthesize, document, and respond to various sources on a given topic.
This is a fully online course. All content will be delivered in Canvas. Lessons will be delivered in weekly modules containing readings, writing assignments, and video lectures. You should budget at least 6 hours a week to successfully complete all coursework in a timely manner.
I've been teaching English at DSU for 10 years. I'm excited to have you in my class and I look forward to helping you develop your writing skills. To learn more about me, click on the icons below before moving ahead in the introduction.
I'm Dr. House
Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.
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I received my PhD at The University of Mississippi and have also...
Help me teach you better! Students take English Comp for a number of reasons. Tell me what you hope to gain from this course. Simply type your answer in the box on the right. When you are done, click the submit button. Submissions are anonymous, but you will be able to see what your classmates want from the course if you'd like after you submit.
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Meet college graduation requirements
Gain better writing skills to meet your major program expectations
Impress future employers with your sound writing ability and communication skills
Empower yourself by using the power of your words to interact and achieve personal goals
Meet Canvas tech requirements. Have regular and reliable internet access to complete work.
This is a community of learners and we all are expected to respect its members.
MLA formatting is required. If you use a source, you must cite it. Zero tolerance for plagiarism.
It takes at least 6 hours per week to do coursework so plan to succeed. And if you are having difficulty, let me know early so I can help.
I will be a present instructor who participates in group discussions, answers emails within 24 hours, and provides constructive feedback on your work. I will also keep the content current, make sure video is working, and be available to meet with you during my virtual office hours.
That said, click the icons below to view important information you'll need for the course.
It has all course requirements including due dates, grading policy,
and other course requirements. You can view and download it here.
As well, you may access it within the course by clicking the Syllabus button on the left course navigation menu.
There are two required texts, and one recommended (supplemental) text for this course. We will work from the textbooks in the first week so buy them early. Click the book images below and be taken to Amazon bookstore. Please note, you may purchase your books (new and used) from the bookstore or other online textbook service you prefer.
My preferred communication is messages. You can message me in Canvas using the Inbox. If for some reason your Inbox is not working, file a ticket with the Help Desk immediately and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may call my office W-F from 9am-3pm CST at (662) 846-4000. I can also be reached at that number during my virtual office hours posted in the course.
If you are in Cleveland during the week and wish to see me at my office, you may set up an appointment to do so. My office is in 110 Moore Hall.
Now, you can get going in the course. The course is organized in weekly modules. To begin, click the Modules button on the course navigation menu. Then start with Module 1: Week One.
If you have technical issues with Canvas, please report it to the Help Desk by clicking the Help button in the top right corner of your Canvas dashboard or call 1-800-HELP-NOW 24/7.