How to use this website
You class is available below this post. To go to you class click on the blue "course" button below.
The page you will be taken to will have a number of topics divided into sections. You can see all the topics we will cover in class so you have an idea of what to expect. When we began to use the website for class we will deal with one topic at a time and mostly in chronological order. The topic that is currently being studied will have an orange box around the tile that holds the picture of the topic.
Each section will have a brief introduction and a list of some key terms associated with each topic. Below that you will see some links to some reading materials, notes, powerpoints, webpage links, videos, and other things related to the class.
You are not required to view every single item under each section, but they are there for a reason and all of them are useful. Some things that have a dotted grey box in it are required items. I have collected what I thought were very good and valuable resources for you to learn each topic. This is by no means everything possible but what I thought would be a manageable amount of material and have attempted to organize it in such a way to cut down your search time for this information. Since you don't have a book for the class, these will be your materials to study with.
I am aware that some of you may not be able to access every website or link or video that is listed. Many websites are blocked in China, I assure you these sites are only for educational purposes and if you want to know how you can view them I recommend purchasing a VPN. Linked here is the one that I personally use.
A breakdown of some of the main things on the site:
This is a General Forum where posts about general information about class or other even other types of questions can be asked.
These are survey questions They are also required to do but are not graded like an assignment they are more just like interesting questions I have from time to time. They will be apart of a participation grade however.
These are questions about the content in each section. Typically there is one assignment question that is asked that you are required to answer. It is expected that you answer in English and most answers should be about a paragraph long. This is graded as an assignment.
These is what your quiz will be. Each topic has a quiz and they are required to be done and will be a large part of your grade. They must be completed before you can go on to the next section. Most quizzes give you 2 chances to take it and the higher grade will be the one that is accepted. You will be required to complete the quiz at the end of each section!
These are powerpoints or similar items. I will upload the powerpoints I use in class for those that desire them however most of the time I will remove most of the pictures I use. Without an explanation sometimes the pictures may not help if you look at them in a powerpoint but did not hear me talk about what they mean or why they are there.
Other things are usually links to things to read. I have tried to find the best links on-line that discuss each topic and present them to you so you don't have to spend time searching for them yourself. Not everything is required and some things are repeating the same points.
Lastly are videos to watch. Some of them I have hosted myself to make sure that they are not blocked by China. I will link to YOUKU when I can, but admittingly since my Chinese isn't so great I find it difficult to find what I desire and honestly YOUKU and some other Chinese sites don't have what I often am looking for. Many educational websites around the world use YOUTUBE to host their videos which as we know are blocked, so linking to good videos is hard in China. This is another reason I highly suggest getting a VPN.
A little about the side blocks:
You obviously notice the blocks on the left side of the page. They often change depending on what you are looking at. Some provide news links which can be useful when doing some research assignments. Some show updates on the website such as discussions or badges earned, etc.
If you want to view your grades at the bottom of the main course page will be an Admin block where you can see your grades as well as change your profile information.
When you accomplish certain things such as quizzes or post on forums sometimes these actions will earn you badges. Badges are to show your progress are more for fun and to show your accomplishments. Badges will impact your grade. The more you have the higher you will rank in participation and will be included into your final grade. For example: If you have a "B" in the class and are very close to getting an "A" if you have a lot of badges I would use this to "bump" up your grade to an A even if you only scored a B in your overall points.
Those are all the big items so I hope that is enough for you to understand the general outline of the class. If you have any other questions please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org send me a message on this website, ask a question in the forums, ask me on QQ: 2927354138, or just come to my office :)