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In this class, we’ll be practising academic reading, writing, critical thinking and research. Some of the readings deal with difficult themes because I believe we need more wisdom in this world, not just knowledge, and all the materials are worth reading and thinking about. Be prepared to spend a lot of time reading and writing this term! Debbie Gascoyne, long time Camosun instructor, designed the original version of this course, and it will usually be her photography you see on the site.

What do you need to know about learning online? I’ll be making the contents for each week available on Monday and Thursday mornings, but the onus is on you to keep up! Expect to have work due every Monday and Thursday. If you don’t understand something or start feeling overwhelmed, do stop in and see me, or post in the help section of the website—your fellow classmates may be quick to respond and very willing to help.

Make sure to print off our class schedule and keep up with the readings. At least twice a week, take the time to explore and read the resources posted in the content area of this course as well as those in the textbook (give yourself at least six hours per week for virtual class time, and more for homework and readings). Most weeks, you’ll need to write up a blog post as well as post twice in the discussion area.

If you haven’t already, make sure to pick up our text: _The Active Reader_.

Be prepared to interact with the texts and course contents in order to fully explore the ideas inside them. Let’s get going!

Who Am I?

Sep. 3rd, 2012 11:37 am
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Hello Everyone,

Let me tell you a bit about myself. Originally a prairie girl from Winnipeg, I’m grateful to have been living here in Victoria on Traditional Coast Salish Territory for the past fifteen years. I live with my husband Mark, a part-time drummer, full-time horticulturalist, and my daughter Madi, a creative ten-year old. In our spare time, we love to go camping and hiking together. Most weekdays (Monday-Friday), I’ll respond to emails within 24 hours (if not, email me again!), but from Friday evening until Monday morning, I try to be away from my computer. Academic writing and teaching are two of my passions, and I’m very excited to explore this course with you.

I hold a masters degree in English literature, and this is my fourth year teaching at Camosun. My background includes tutoring at Camosun and UVic's writing centres, teaching for Royal Roads University's BCOM program, and coaching RRU MBA students on their writing skills. I also spent some wonderful years supporting folks with disabilities. I began my academic studies at Camosun many years ago and I love teaching here. Please stop by my office and introduce yourself in person, or send me an email, and we can connect on Skype.

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