Dear Distance Learner,
Welcome to HST 131, otherwise known as Ancient & Medieval History.
This letter replaces an in-class orientation session. I've found after several years of teaching online courses that there's nothing I can say in an orientation session that can't be said in a brief letter. So here a few pointers to help you get started and to avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls.
--Read the syllabus carefully and make sure you've digested everything in it.
--For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Campus Assessment Center, find out where it is (Bladen 100).
--Be sure to check those dates for exams and writing assignment deadlines. They're like the objects in your rear-view mirror: closer than they appear.
--Don't hesitate to COMMUNICATE if you have any questions or issues concerning the course. In an online course people who don't communicate have a tendency to slip off the instructor's radar screen and disappear.
--Check the course main page at least a couple of times a week. Schedule or format changes can happen.
--Better to get in touch with me by fax or email rather than by phone. You'll get a quicker response that way.
That's about it as far as basic orientation is concerned. I'm sure I've forgotten something, but I think most of your questions can be dealt with by consulting the course syllabus. Enjoy!