History 107: Political and Social History of the United States with Brian Waddington 

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Waddington
EMAIL: bwaddington@citruscollege.edu
PHONE: 626-857-4039

Begin the course by reading the Announcement link . Also, go to the Syllabus and Assignments link to get a sense of how your studies are organized and what type of work you will be asked to do.

The syllabus will give you an idea of how your grade will be determined, along with other essentials such as required texts and contact information. You will be asked to do about twenty to fifty pages of reading per week, and you will need to turn in ten essays that range from about two to three pages in length, along with a midterm and final exam essay. The semester will go by fast, so if you like, you can start working before the semester begins. Just make sure you check in with me first.

Your final grade will also be based on discussion and participation. Discussion and participation will come through discussion board postings. Our History 107 course will have its discussion board hosted on Blackboard. If you are enrolled in the course, then a username will have been created for you.

Blackboard is the online learning system used for many online courses at Citrus College. To log into Blackboard click the logo to the left or use the following link: http://citruscollege.blackboard.com If you need assistance, go to the Getting Started page for more information about logging on to Blackboard.

Logging on to Blackboard requires a login and password. Your username is your Citrus College student ID: CC0-31-2345 (example only). The default password for all students is "citrus." Use all lower case.

Example login information for a student with ID: CC0-31-2345:

Username: cc0312345 (no dashes, use zero not the letter "o")
Password: citrus (all lower case)

Once in the Blackboard system, you can update your personal information, and change your password. Be sure to include your email address or your instructor will not be able to reach you.

The login procedure may not be operational until just before the first day of class.  If you cannot log on to BB once the semester begins, then please contact the Distance Education office by phone or email, online@citruscollege.edu

All students need to have a personal, private email address for their correspondence with the instructor. You will need to check your mail regularly, particularly after sending correspondence. In-home Internet access and a personal computer are highly recommended. Familiarity with accessing the Internet and sending email, along with good keyboard skills, are also highly recommended.

This is a demanding course and I think you will find it to be much more difficult than a traditional history course. I strongly advise that you seriously consider whether the online environment and the rigorous nature of the course will suit your learning style. If you have any questions regarding the course and its requirements and expectations, please contact me at bwaddington@citruscollege.edu