In cooperation with Purdue’s Digital Education and the Center for Instructional Excellence, we’re developing English 106 online using the Digital Rhetorics and Academic Writing & Research syllabus approaches.
We are offering the course on a sixteen week calendar in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. An eight week calendar will be used for Summer 2020. Here’s a sample syllabus.
Current sections of English 106 online are numbered “English 10600-Y”. For the Spring 2020 semester and beyond, this will be changed to “English 10600-DIST” by the University Registrar.
English 106 online is identical to traditional 106 in key aspects:
- Course outcomes are the same.
- Every section includes directed writing instruction through sequenced assignments and attention to content, genre, processes, and rhetoric.
- Students are offered extensive feedback on their writing from instructors and peers.
- The course satisfies the written communication and information literacy requirements.
- Instructors are drawn from the same pool in the Department of English.
- Students can visit Purdue Writing Lab in person or consult online for further assistance.
We recommend the course for fluent English speakers confident in their writing and time management. English 106–I remains the best choice for second language students.
The following statement is included in the course syllabus. Students considering online 106 should read it carefully and consider if the course is a good fit:
A virtual writing course is likely very different from other courses you’ve taken at Purdue. In an online course, your only contact with your instructor and classmates is through email, discussion boards, chat rooms, and web conferencing. This requires that you check your email regularly, maintain open channels of communication, and ask questions when necessary. You can’t fade into the background in this course: you have to participate in all discussion boards and forums in order to pass.
While there are no scheduled meetings, instructors may ask students to videoconference with individually or in small groups.
Some computing software and hardware is required:
- Laptop or desktop computer with Windows Vista or higher, or Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher (for WebEx and other software);
- Video camera and/or microphone;
- Software that can open PDFs (such as Acrobat or Preview);
- Microsoft Office, Apple’s office suite (Pages, Keynote, etc), or Libre Office;
- A high speed internet connection is recommended.
Questions? Please contact us.