World History 1101, Fall 2018

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If you’ll be in World History 1 (1101) with Jack Norton this fall, please read this first.

2018-10-10 Time 1 Graded Mostly strong assignments. A number of students did not include a learning goal for themselves, which hurt some grades. If you submitted an assignment but received a “0,” I didn’t see your assignment. If you submitted the assignment on time, please be sure your name is in the description box and email to tell me the title of your resource and that it has your name on it. I’ll go back in and grade then.

2018-10-10 Reminder for Face to Face students There is no class today. I’m grading in my office and am happy to answer questions here.

2018-10-5 Maps 1 Demonstration Site For students who wish to see an example of a full historical map of the type you’re learning to build in the coming week see .

2018-09-28 Discussion Grades Your discussion grades are up to date. 90% of the discussion posts are strong. Please review the grading guidance below for help if you’re not getting all 3s. The biggest issues I read is when students fail to reference each other’s posts or the evidence for the week. Happy weekend.

2018-09-19 I’m catching up on grading this week. The grade book may get moved around, but what assignments are worth won’t change from the syllabus. A number of students haven’t filled out the “Get to Know Your Form.” If you don’t have credit for it, please fill it out here .

2018-09-17 Two discussion (online students) or response documents’ (face to face students) grades are automatically dropped. D2L only drops what it can “see,” so even if you have three grades that are 100%, D2L will drop two of them. Your lowest two quizzes are also dropped. Life happens, computers fail, and I consider these built in drops part of a teaching philosophy that holds students accountabel for what they know without penalizing them for the everyday problems.

2018-09-16 _ONLINE ONLY:- Making our discussions better

I’m grading discussions for weeks 1, 2, &3. You’ll note that each week is worth 3 points. Guidance on how I grade is below. Because I haven’t given guidance on how I grade in great detail, I’m grading “lightly” the first three weeks.

Those who write exceptional posts or post their first post by Tuesday night (and there are many) may receive a 3.1 out of 3.

Please respond to the first thread (whoever writes first) of the discussion. Creating your own thread breaks up the conversation into silos, and I’m hoping for more big-tent conversations.

The first line of the post prompt will always include how many times you must post to receive full credit. Please try to make our first post before Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to allow for a full discussion. Three posts in a row at 7:50 Friday night is a monologue, and doesn’t help your fellow students.

A “post” is a single entry in the discussion board. Two posts will require two separate entries. For everything in this class, doing the minimum earns a passing grade (a C). Discussion posts will be graded 1, 2, or 3.

A 3 indicates a well-considered post, written in complete sentences. It should reference both the weekly reading or image (specifically), as well as relate to other posts. A 3 entry will uses evidence to advance opinion in order to analyze or respond to someone else’s post. All posts should contain a minimum of four, well-considered and articulate sentences.

A 2 post has a strong point, but may not use the evidence or refer to other’s ideas. A 2 post may also be too short (a couple sentences) or too long (many rambling paragraphs) and lack a clear point. It may have a couple errors of usage, but not many.

A 1 post makes not a great deal of sense, but relates marginally to the topic at hand. It does not reference a specific source nor others’ posts. Quick “I think this is cool” or “what Fatima said” posts will typically earn a 1. As well, dropping in multiple posts right before the Friday deadline at 8 p.m. will earn a 1 as these are not contributing to a conversation, but merely offering short monologues for points.

Not posting earns a 0. I’ll grade as quickly as possible. Discussions will run from Monday until Friday night at 8 p.m. I’ll try to post subjects as early as possible even if the discussion board isn’t open yet.

Spell check your posts. It’s the little abc button in the bottom right. See it? Repeated failure to spellcheck or use of text language will earn lower discussion grades. You deserve a capital “I” not an “i.”

Most discussion posts will ask you to make an argument about a subject. An argument is an opinion based on evidence. This evidence comes from both primary and secondary sources, but also from your existing knowledge. For example, when arguing over the justice or injustice of a subject, you have an existing comparative model: modern U.S. and MN laws. Everything can’t be related to the present, but we don’t exist in vacuum. My best advice for useful and interesting discussion posts is: a. have confidence in yourself and your arguments. And b., be as clear as possible in your logic and your language. Historians are lawyers of the past: evidence and good judgment are our guides.

I participate in the discussions in different ways. Some weeks I chime in regularly, particularly with controversial subjects. Some weeks I’ll just ask questions to help move the discussion. Some weeks (rarely) I just assess and send private messages of encouragement to students.


One of your fellow students asked for guidance on how to email me. Here is a list of email guidelines. I’ve adapted it from a longer list of email guidelines created for the University of Minnesota. You guys are doing a great job of reaching out to me by email: keep it up.

2018-09-14 Time 2 Assignment is up. Please click on the appropriate Omeka link (online or face to face) to get to our Omeka sites.

2018-09-8 The Time Assignment is up (15:00). You can read through the assignment and then check your email from Omeka to start working. Your username is your full name, as listed in D2L without spaces or capitilzation.

2018-09-7 I’m still working on the assignment for the week. It requires I build a bunch of web pages all together and enter all the students in by name. The assignment isn’t complicated, but the prep is. I’ll have it up as soon as possible. You can see version of the assignment here This semester’s theme will change how you engage the material, yet the tools are similar.

2018-08-28 Thanks to the two of you who found the plagiarism tutorial link was broken. I’ve fixed it in both the schedule and the syllbus. For a brief video introduction to our course, please see here

2018-08-26 – This course page is where I’ll provide useful guidance for the course. For example, I may remind you of upcoming due dates or give hints for how to work through a particular assignment.