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English Online

GIS 3510: Intermediate Reading and Writing

Fall Term 1999 (September-December)


To see what this class is going to be like, read the material below and explore (usually by double-clicking your mouse) the links (underlined phrases) below.

To see what former students had to stay about this class, click here.

To begin actual work for this class, click Week 1: Online Lecture, Assignments, Readings.

Where do I go if the CLL server is not responding?   Now and then, especially on weekends, the CLL internet connection is inaccessible.  If this happens, I may create later a backup page.   Another solution is to copy all class materials into your computer; that way, you'll only need to visit the CLL server once a week.

Letters Mailed to All Class Participants:

This class meets Wayne State University's General Education Requirements in intermediate composition.

Online instruction in this class is optional and tailored to individual needs. The choice is up to each student. Proficient computer users, readers, and writers will probably choose not to attend classes at all. Others may begin by attending weekly classes (at CLL’s computer lab, Tuesdays, 6-9:40 p.m., 113 Rackham, WSU’s Detroit Campus), and go online when they are ready.

If at all possible, please plan to attend the first meeting (6-9:40 p.m., Tuesday, September 7, 1999, 113 Rackham, Wayne State Campus, Detroit). Bring a laptop, if you have one. Also, bring along a floppy disk. Bring also your best face—this will be a photo session as well.

If you are considering registering for this class, the following links may be of some interest:

1. One student's advice to would-be online students

2. Another Student's Reflections on Online Instruction

3. Instructor's reflections on cyberspace education

4. Course Flyer

Readings and format for this course can be changed. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this course, or if you have any questions and comments, get in touch with me (

Overall, I think it would be fair to say that former students felt that taking a 100% online class is at times frustrating, demanding, and lonely--at its worst, it's like visiting A Brave New World or 2001. At the same time, students felt that this class was convenient, interesting, fun, and productive. If you are willing to work hard, and if you want to improve your thinking, reading, and writing skills, you may enjoy this class.


Submissions of general interest--class of '98 (see also the "model assignments" link below): My Memories as a Jurywoman (Carolyn Mills) / A Critique of Anuradha Chaudhary's "How Sane Are We?" (Prajna Pathak) / Pollution in Kathmandu (Prajna Pathak) / Downsizing the W.A.R. Room (Audrey Gaither) / A Review of Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter (Farah Udegbunam) /

Please click here to review tentative due dates for all course assignments.

Students’ Profiles


Model Assignments

Educational Philosophy

Online Resources: 1. Books on Line 2. Research-It! 3.  4. Virtual LibraryS

Week 1: Online Lecture, Assignments, Readings

Week 2: Online Lecture, Assignments, Readings

Weeks 3 and 4: Online Lecture, Assignments, Readings

Weeks 5 and 6: Online Lecture, Assignments, Readings

Weeks 7-9: Online Assignment

Weeks 10-11: Online Assignment

Week 10: Preliminary Reading (Red-Headed League)

Weeks 12-15: Choose Your Own Assignment

Readings for Fun: Three Preliminary Selections

 For information on registering for this course, E-mail Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Wayne State University. If they don't reply within 3 days, send me an e-mail.

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