Tentative Spring 2018 Schedule

I am currently scheduled to teach the following Spring 2018 courses. 

ENG 1001 English Composition I – MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
ENG 1002 English Composition II – online dual-enrollment/credit
ENG 1002 English Composition II – TR 8:00 a.m.
ENG 1002 English Composition II – TR 9:30 a.m.
ENG 1003 Creative Writing – TR 11:00 a.m.

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Punctuation

Combining clauses (complete thoughts) can be confusing, and it’s, no doubt, something that scares most students. Okay, it’s something that scares all of us, and something the best of us get wrong from time to time. Here’s a list of commonly used punctuation scenarios as well as some additional resources listed throughout and at after the list. Many of these are simplified for example, but I’ve provided more detailed examples as supplemental resources as well.

Coordination:

  1. Complete thought + comma conjunction + complete thought.
    • I want to travel to Europe, and I want to see the Louvre.
    • List of conjunctions: FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So
  2. Complete thought + semicolon + transitional word + comma + complete thought.
    • I want to travel to Europe; in fact, I want to see the Louvre.
      Examples of transitional words/adverbial conjunctions: also, besides, instead, therefore, nonetheless, furthermore, for instance, likewise, in addition, for example, however, otherwise
  3. Complete thought + semicolon + complete thought.
    • I want to travel to Europe; I want to see the Louvre.

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Using IVCC’s Library Databases

This description is geared toward my online ENG 1001 students but can be used by ENG 0900, ENG 1002, and Literature courses, when relevant.

Logging into the Library Databases from Home

  1. navigate to the IVCC homepage
  2. below the “IVCC Students” column, click on “Library”
  3. click the icon that says “Academic Search Complete” (note that this direct link may or may not work)
  4. it’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name.
  5. you will then have access to research
  6. log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page
  7. NOTE: if it’s still not working, try a different web browser (Chrome instead of Firefox or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) and make sure your computer is allowing “pop-ups” from the IVCC website

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Accessing IVCC Library Databases from Home

When researching from a home for computer or one that is not using IVCC’s wifi while on campus, you’ll need to “log in” before you can access the library’s research databases. Here’s the process:

  1. pull up the IVCC library homepage
  2. click on the database in which you’d like to research
  3. it’ll redirect you to a log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name.
  4. you will then have access to research
  5. log in again if your computer remains idle for a long period of time or you navigate away from the library page
  6. NOTE: if it’s still not working, try a different web browser (Chrome instead of Firefox or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) and make sure your computer is allowing “pop-ups” from the IVCC website.

 

Online ENG 1002 Final Grades

THANK YOU ALL for a great online semester (and for some of you, a great academic year). Even if we never got to meet in person, I enjoyed seeing your writing and analysis skills progress over the last few months. I hope to see you around campus in the fall, or next year, depending on your graduation schedule, please look me up and introduce yourself!!

Otherwise, I wish you all a great summer and a future filled with accomplishment. Here’s what to expect as far as grades and “official” final grades:

  1. I’ll be grading research papers through tomorrow afternoon, posting those and final grades as I go. You will also see that I’ve added a Blackboard grade column called FINAL GRADE. Once I finish correcting your research paper, I will put in the FINAL GRADE that will reflect the grade I will give you in the course.
  2. All FINAL GRADES should be posted to Blackboard by the close of day tomorrow, May 13. Email me if you have any questions or concerns.
  3. Remember, IVCC only has A, B, C, D, and F as final grades, so you will receive an A in the course for any “RUNNING GRADE” of an A or percentage from 90-100; you will receive a B in the course for any “RUNNING GRADE” of a B or percentage from 80-89 and so on. I will officially give you a letter, not a percentage.
  4. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please notify me on or before noon, Monday, May 15, so I have time to make any necessary changes before officially posting grades to WebAdvisor. If you contact me with grade concerns or mistakes after May 15th, I will still be able to change a grade “in the system” (assuming the concern is valid and not too late after the end of the semester) but it will take some time, which occasionally slows transfers to 4-year institutions or enrollment in summer/fall/future classes.
  5. I plan to officially post grades the early morning of Tuesday, May 16.
  6. Here’s how you can view your final grades for this and previous/future IVCC classes by logging into WebAdvisor.

 

ENG 1002 Final Grades

Spring 2017 final semester grades on Blackboard now represent the letter grade I’ll officially give you in the course. As mentioned during the final exam period, THANK YOU for an excellent semester!! You are hard workers and I enjoyed seeing your writing and analytical skills improve over the last few months. I wish you all a relaxing summer and a future filled with academic, professional, and personal accomplishment 🙂
Please note the following:

  1. Your FINAL GRADE is your RUNNING GRADE with any necessary reductions for absences (see the policy on my syllabus). If you have grading questions or concern, email or message me by noon Monday, May 15.
  2. Please note that IVCC only has A, B, C, D, and F as final grades, so you will receive an A in the course for any percentage from 90-100; you will receive a B in the course for any percentage from 80-89 and so on. I officially give you a letter, not a percentage.
  3. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please notify me on or before Monday, May 15 at noon so I have time to make any necessary changes before “officially” entering grades to WebAdvisor. If you contact me with grade concerns or mistakes after Monday at noon, I will still be able to change a grade “in the system” (assuming the concern is valid and not too late after the end of the semester) but it will take some time, which occasionally slows transfers to 4-year institutions or enrollment in spring/future classes.
  4. I plan to officially post grades to WebAdvisor the morning of Tues., May 16. You should be able to view them “in the system” within 24-28 hours of that time.
  5. Here’s how you can view your final grades for this and previous/future IVCC classes by logging into WebAdvisor.

ENG 0900 Final Grades

Spring 2017 final semester grades on Blackboard now represents the letter grade I’ll officially give you in the course (unless we’ve discussed an Incomplete or you’re still making up a writing assignment). Please note the following:

  1. Your FINAL GRADE is your RUNNING GRADE with any necessary reductions for absences (see the policy on my syllabus). If you have grading questions or concern, email or message me by noon Monday, May 15.
  2. IVCC only offers A, B, C, and F as final grades for ENG 0900, so you will receive an A in the course for any percentage from 94-100, you will receive a B in the course for any percentage from 87-93 and you will receive a C for any percentage from 80-86; anything below an 80% requires me to give you an F in the course.
  3. If you have any questions or concerns about grades, please notify me on or before Monday, May 15 at noon so I have time to make any necessary changes before “officially” entering grades to WebAdvisor. If you contact me with grade concerns or mistakes after Monday at noon, I will still be able to change a grade “in the system” (assuming the concern is valid and not too late after the end of the semester) but it will take some time, which occasionally slows transfers to 4-year institutions or enrollment in spring/future classes.
  4. I plan to officially post grades to WebAdvisor the morning of Tues., May 16. You should be able to view them “in the system” within 24-28 hours of that time.
  5. Here’s how you can view your final grades for this and previous/future IVCC classes by logging into WebAdvisor.