Communication/Assignment Submission

Electronic Communication

The preferred mode of communication with the instructor is via email to dtillman@gsu.edu Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Emails sent to the instructor outside of this time period will likely not receive a response until this time period.  Students are welcome to visit the instructor during the established office hours or request an appointment at a mutually convenient time.  Students are strongly encouraged to “cc” themselves on all email correspondence to ensure delivery.  Please note:  There is a chance that your instructor will not see the email on the same day that you send it.  Therefore, please anticipate waiting at least 24 hours for a response to emails.

Plan to check your GSU email daily for announcements regarding this class.  If you prefer an email address other than your GSU one, set your GSU account to forward your email to that address.

Assignment Submission

Most of our course will be paperless. All important course materials will be posted on the course  WordPress site. You will participate in online discussions on WordPress and you must submit written work via Dropbox.

DropBox is a free file saving and file sharing service. Please set up an account and create a folder for this course entitled “LastNameFirstInitial-English 1102 (ex. SlaughterD-ENGL1102). If you already have DropBox you will not have to set up another account, but you will need to create a folder for the course. Once you set up your account and create a folder make sure to share the folder with the following address: dtslaughter2011@gmail.com. You must save all your final drafts in this folder once you’re ready for them to be graded. I encourage you to do this as soon as possible, so you understand the service and will not be rushed when the first paper is due.

For English Majors

The English department at GSU requires an exit portfolio of all students graduating with a degree in English. Ideally, students should work on this every semester, selecting 1-2 papers from each course and revising them, with direction from faculty members. The portfolio includes revised work and a reflective essay about what you’ve learned. Each concentration (literature, creative writing, rhetoric/composition, and secondary education) within the major may have specific items to place in the portfolio, so be sure to check booklet located next to door of the front office of the English Department. Senior Portfolio due dates are published in the booklets or you may contact an advisor or Dr. Dobranski, Director of Undergraduate Studies. See the English office for additional information.

Incompletes

In order to receive a grade of “incomplete,” a student must inform the instructor, either in person or in writing, of his/her inability (non-academic reasons) to complete the requirements of the course. Incompletes will be assigned at the instructor’s discretion and the terms for removal of the “I” are dictated by the instructor. A grade of incomplete will only be considered for students who are a) passing the course with a C or better, b) present a legitimate, non-academic reason to the instructor, and c) have only one major assignment left to finish.

Late Work

Late work will not be accepted, even for a reduced grade. All assignments should be submitted, in person, on time, and in the correct format. If you are absent on the day an assignment is due, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to have the assignment to your instructor by class time. In-class assignments cannot be made up for credit if you are absent.  Please see your instructor if you are having any difficulty completing an assignment before it becomes late and affects your grade.

In case of a major extenuating emergency, notify your instructor immediately. In case of a valid, documented emergency, absences can be excused and deadlines for major assignments (exams, essays, annotated bibliography) can be extended. If you have any questions or doubts as to the nature of your absence and its ability to be excused, ask your instructor as soon as possible. Your instructor is much better equipped to help you accommodate an absence with advance notice. Ultimately, your instructor reserves the right, at his or her sole discretion, to excuse (or not excuse) absences for circumstances that are not already outlined on GSU’s Lower Division Studies Attendance Policy on at http://www.english.gsu.edu/~lds/11868.html.

Policy on Social Media

Lower Division Studies and the Department of English supports the use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr as subjects for discussion and writing prompts in both ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 courses.  Student and instructor privacy, however, is of utmost importance; therefore, students will not be required to use social media. Please notify me during the first week of class if this is an issue for you and you will receive alternative assignments in replacement.

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