This course is taught entirely online through UA’s D2L platform, and yet it’s structured like a traditional university course, with a weekly schedule of readings and required class discussion. So while the course is taught asynchronously (so you will not be required to log in at any specific time), this is not a self-paced course, and students are expected to keep up with the weekly schedule and to log in to D2L—and to check your D2L email inbox—regularly.
The course content itself is divided into 12 weekly units. On Wednesday of each week, I will post lecture notes, a podcast, a reading list, and sample discussion questions. As a guideline, the lecture and accompanying readings for each unit should be read within four days, giving you three days to complete the assignment each week.
For each unit, students will be required to contribute to a graded discussion forum that will be set up for each unit. Guidelines for discussion postings are given below. Besides the weekly discussion assignment, students will be required to complete a semester project during the course, based on guidelines that will be distributed early in the semester.
Finally, please note that because this course covers a rapidly evolving field, I will be revising the reading list and other course content on a week-by-week basis through the semester. Thus, the course outline posted at the beginning of the semester is the list for Spring 2010 and, as such, it should be taken as a preview of the topics we’ll be covering but not an exact list of required readings for each week. Naturally, you are welcome to read ahead if you wish, but note that I make every effort to come up with a manageable set of readings for each week.