Irvine Valley College / Fall 2008
Marjorie C. Luesebrink, M.F.A., ProfessorLiterature 47 -- Fable and Folktale // Orientation Page
Literature Class // or go to Welcome Page
Fall 2011 // Ticket #62505
In general, each week, you will want to
1. Read the Online Lecture for that Unit.
2. Read your Assigned Text.
3. Post at least once on the Discussion Board. You can discuss the lecture, your reading, or your work on the Research Paper. Also, you can just engage in discussion topics that have been started by your classmates!
4. Work on your Topic for your Research Paper and pursue your reading for this project.
In order to find out more about each of these activities, please follow the directions below :-))
The easiest way to take a step-by-step look at the class and your participation is to look through the specific pages that discuss requirements and features. As you read these, be sure to note any questions you might have and e-mail me.
yourself with the scope of the class and the topics we will be considering,
it's a good idea to just skim through these pages - then you will have a
better idea of what's ahead!
Please see the Mandatory
Online Orientation Page September 26 - October 2
Please see the Mandatory Online Orientation Page
September 26 - October 2
VII. One Religion all Religions: One Face all Heroes
October 17 - October 24
October 31 - November 6
and November 21 - November 27
XI. Urban Legends
November 28 - December 4
December 5 - December 9
Print out the Take-Home Final
Remember, please e-mail me with any questions!
Enjoy the Magic!
YourFable and Folktale class is an Online Literature Class. One of the benefits of this class is that you can read, study, and discuss important elements of Fable and Folktale in your own time or at home. We have more space for Discussion and more time to explore important ideas!
However, you have some key responsibilities. You will need to take the initiative to read all the materials and keep up with the class. An Online Class dictates that your class will not meet on campus in lecture halls or classrooms, but will instead take place entirely on your Blackboard Site, on this site, in the class Discussion List, and by e-mail.
This site includes all class materials, a section for each lecture topic, and the link to our Blackboard Site Map.
It is very important that you read and keep up with all of the materials that you receive by e-mail, read all the posts in the Discussion List [much important information is exchanged as a result of student questions!], and post within the time frame of each week! (before midnight on Sunday of that week)
If, for some reason, you cannot post or keep up with the class, please let me know as soon as possible.
As you may have guessed, online classes are not for everyone. You will need to have a basic familiarity with computers and listservs; you will need to provide your own time schedules and motivation; and you will need to be eager to share your discoveries with your classmates in writing.
Here are the essential things you will need to know:
IVC no longer requires classes to have Mandatory Physical Orientation. I have provided a "Online Orientation" page for you to get familiar with the features and requirements of the class:
Please read the recommended pages and write to me with questions. I will either answer them individually or on the Discussion List!
Each major topic in our curriculum is accompanied by a weekly lecture. See Lectures. You should plan specific time each week to read the lecture and the texts associated with that topic (including the links provided). A longer description of the Lectures along with questions to help you write your Weekly Post is in the Course Syllabus.
Your class participation takes place on the Blackboard Discussion List for the class. You will want to keep up with the list weekly, if not daily. You should read each post, respond to the ones you can, and initiate your own discussion with topics. The Discussion List is our classroom. It is essential that you participate on a regular basis! You must post a MINIMUM OF ONCE A WEEK TO PASS THE CLASS.
For assistance with what kind of responses to post, see the Course Syllabus.
Books and Reading
Your reading will consist of printed texts and web articles and stories (both on this site and on other folklore resources sites).
The Reading List is quite extensive. As you can imagine, this is necessary because we do not have regular classes to cover this material. Please purchase your books and begin reading as soon as possible!
Weekly Project Assignments
You are responsible for posting to the Discussion List at least once a week. In these posts, you may discuss the topic of the week or you may introduce information you have found in your research. Each lecture topic in the Course Syllabus will have suggestions of issues you might want to discuss, but they are just guidelines. The contents of your Weekly Project Assignments may form a part of your Final Research Project. [See Assignments.]
You will not have a mid-term in this class. Instead, you will have a Take-Home Final. This final will consist of an essay about the material of the lectures. It can be e-mailed to me. You may start on this essay at any time. [See Assignments.]
You will be evaluated on the quality of your posts to the Discussion List. Begin by reading the posts of your colleagues and responding with thoughtful, in-depth posts of your own. You must post each week in timely fashion to PASS the class. The time frame for each week runs from Sunday night to Sunday night. You should post for the week before midnight on the last Sunday.
In order to get an A or B in the class, you will need to complete the Take-Home Final Exam. Please read the requirements for the Take-Home Final carefully.
Because of the nature of this Online class, the grading and class attendance policies may be unfamiliar to you. Please see Grading Policies. Please be sure that you are posting regularly (and responding to others' posts) so that I know you are still attending class!
If, for any reason, you find that this Online Literature Class schedule is not working for you, please go to Admissions and Records and drop the class! I will have no way of determining your status if I don't hear from you - so you must take the initiative to make sure you are dropped.
I am always, available, too, in office hours or by appointment: 949.451.5328