Online Courses

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The Department of English regularly offers online sections of EH101 and EH102; additionally, we often offer online sections of EH091 and 200-level literature courses. You can find a list of online sections by searching the course offerings in BlazerNet. Online sections receive the same credit as the equivalent sections offered face-to-face. The difference is that the online sections are conducted completely online via email and the Internet. Students never meet with the instructor in a traditional classroom. The following resources can provide you with more information:

How Online Courses Are Conducted

As with any course, much of the online course works depends on the instructor. Some instructors require their students to attend weekly chat sessions at specific times. Others use only asynchronous methods of communication. Some require students to take reading quizzes. Others ask students to keep reading journals. Still, there are some consistencies about which you should be aware if you are considering taking a composition or literature course in an online format:
  • The courses are not self-paced. Deadlines for completing course assignments are set by each instructor and students are expected to meet those deadlines. Students may not "work ahead," nor can they wait until the last week of classes to submit their work. If you register for an online course, you will be follow the syllabus the instructor has written for that course.
  • Each course is governed by the same State of Alabama Guidelines as face-to-face courses. Students will have to meet the same requirements in the online course that they would in a face-to-face course.
  • These courses require students to be self-motivated. Students bear a greater responsibility for their learning in an online class and must be more self-motivated to pursue that learning than a face-to-face experience requires.
  • Taking an English class online does not constitute an "easy way out" of these required classes. Students are often surprised at the amount of time they have to devote to their online classes. A well-accepted standard is that university students work two hours outside of class for every hour they are in class; therefore, a student attending a face-to-face English composition or literature class would expect to devote three hours to attending class and six hours to working on the course outside of class. Students in online sections of English composition or literature should expect to devote at least this much time per week to their course.