This "FAQs" page handles "Frequently Asked
Questions." There are twelve questions and their answers.
Find your question and click on it for
HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER IM GETTING
CREDIT FOR MY WORK?
WHERE IS MY HOMEWORK--DO I GET IT BACK?
I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT
CAN I CONTACT YOU IN
OTHER WAYS THAN BY EMAIL?
IF I HAVENT DONE SOMETHING ON TIME, CAN I
STILL GET CREDIT FOR IT?
IS HOMEWORK DIFFERENT FROM
PRACTICE ACTIVITIES (for Hum 1110 only) BE DONE ON
IF I HAVENT BEEN GETTING WEEKLY EMAILS
FROM YOU, SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
HOW SHOULD I PRESENT MY
HOMEWORK ON THE READINGS?
HOW DO I GET TO THE HOME PAGE IF "www.RichardJewell.org" IS
WHAT IS PROPER BEHAVIOR IN COLLEGE?
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND THEATER/MUSEUM/CONSULTATION EVENTS?
HOW DO I KNOW IM GETTING CREDIT FOR PAPERS AND
Go to the Web site each week or two and check the
Records. To do this, go to the
course home page, find "FOL Records" (under "Homework" or in
one of the the two long, thin brown rectangles), and click on it. Then
simply choose the weekly-papers records or the attendance records. You should do this every week or two to make sure everything seems right
to you. If something seems to be
missing or you seem to have only have half credit, see the questions below
labeled "I have questions about virtual bulletin-board
WHERE IS MY HOMEWORK--DO I GET IT BACK?
I always try to return your homework to you with credit marked on it.
If youve emailed the homework, Ill return it by email.
If you’ve dropped it off and want it back, let me know, and I'll tell you
when to pick it up. If youve mailed it and want it back by mail, then mail
it to me with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and Ill return it in the
envelope. Keep all your homework copies
until after your grade is in for the semester: if I haven't given you credit for
it, you may need to show it to me again to prove that you turned it in on time.
3a.-3d. I HAVE
QUESTIONS ABOUT DISCUSSION BOARD CLASSES.
3a. MOST DISCUSSION-BOARD QUESTIONS & ANSWERS are in
our class's D2L pages in "FAQs."
HOW DO I GET TO THE CLASS DISCUSSION BOARDS AND START?
go to the web page link in the top navigation bar (or the left-hand navigation
bar) that says "D2L." Click on that link and, when you get the page, read
HOW COME I CAN'T GET INTO THE DISCUSSION BOARDS?
You must know your username and password for getting
into IHCC web services. If you have
forgotten them, go onto the IHCC website and find the computer services page, and
look for info about creating or changing your password.
You must also be registered for our specific course.
If you haven't registered yet--or if you have been dropped from the class for 2+
weeks of absence--then you won't be able to get in.
ARE DISCUSSION BOARDS REQUIRED?
They are part of your attendance grade. To see more details about how
discussion-board classes fit into your attendance grade, click in the navigation
bar, above, on "Attendance" or "Grading."
HOW CAN I MAKE UP MISSED DISCUSSION BOARDS?
You can still do them. You can
make up missed bulletin boards just as you can anything else--by doing them as
extra credit. Add them to the week where the messages are missing; then email me
with a copy of the messages in the text of the email, and tell me how much time
you spent reading for and writing them.
CAN I CONTACT YOU IN OTHER WAYS THAN BY EMAIL?
You can call me at home 9 am to 9 pm (612-870-7024) or drop by my office at
school during my office hours. You also can drop off homework at my home,
if necessary, or even meet me at a coffeehouse in my home area of Minneapolis
(Loring Park/Uptown) when I won't be at school for several days. For
fuller information, go to
www.RichardJewell.org and click on "Office/Email/Phone."
5. IF I HAVENT
DONE SOMETHING ON TIME, CAN I STILL GET CREDIT FOR IT?
and no. Here's how:
The Photo & Info Sheet: I'd like it as soon as
possible, but I'm easy on this one--I'll take it any time and still give you
Class (attendance) misses: Attendance
is due on D2L, generally, by Thurs. midnight. You can't do this or other
attendances late because your presence is needed to make them work.
However, I do allow, in online classes, a one-week grace period for you to get
your work in late with no penalty. After that, you can't do it as regular work
anymore, but you may send it to me and ask for extra credit by telling me how
much time you spent reading for and writing it.
Note: I usually don't look at emailed homework until Fri. noon, often later, and
will take whatever I find when I check for it.
Homework is generally due by email by midnight
However, I do allow, in online
classes, a one-week grace period for you to get your homework emailed to me late
with no penalty. After that, you can't do it as regular work anymore, but you
may send it to me and ask for extra credit by telling me how much time you spent
reading for and writing it.
(I'll allow even more latitude in the first few
weeks if you honestly are confused about what is due and when, if you explain
why to me, and if you get it to me as quickly as possible.) Note: I
usually don't look at emailed homework until Fri. noon, often later, and will
take whatever I find when I check for it.
IS HOMEWORK DIFFERENT FROM ATTENDANCE?
bet. Here's how:
You write homework assignments for me and
send them by email directly to me. (Or you may write them by hand and drop them
off at my office.) Homework assignments are listed in "Wkly. Asgnmnts." in the
navigation bar above, week by week. Check these homework assignments each week.
You attend class through D2L discussion boards, where you engage in
discussions with your classmates on D2L. D2L attendance is shown on in the
class D2L "Discussions" main page, where you can see each week whether one or
two discussions are required.
Other attendance sometimes involves attendance that is online
alone, or in person with the class (your choice). These involve a first-week
introduction to the class, visits to online or physical plays and/or museums,
and an online or physical individual consultation at the end of the semester.
For some, you may be required to write about them.
CAN "PRACTICE ACTIVITIES" (for Hum 1110
only) BE DONE ON THE TEXTBOOK READINGS?
(This answer is only for those taking Humanities
110.) Almost always,
"Practice Activities" should be done using sources outside/beyond your
weekly textbook readings. (On the
other hand, if youre reading Lamm, for example, for your regular textbook reading, you could,
additionally, read something in Fiero or Witt for a "Practice Activity."
If you do this, just be sure to tell me that one is for "Comments" and
the other for a "Practice Activity.")
Simply put, you can never kill two birds with one stone by doing both
your textbook reading and your "Practice Activity" on the same
IF I HAVENT BEEN GETTING WEEKLY EMAILS FROM YOU, SHOULD
I BE WORRIED?
Yes--you should be worried! I usually send out at least one email a week, sometimes more.
I use the email address that you listed with the college. If you need me to use
a different one--or even two emailed addresses--be sure to let me know!
Be sure you check your email address for this class every week,
especially early in the week, to see the weekly email from me to the entire
HOW SHOULD I PRESENT MY WEEKLY HOMEWORK ABOUT THE READINGS?
Please use Underlined Subtitles as described
in the "How To Do Wkly. Pprs." page of our website in the navigation bar, above.
Be sure to write enoughand in a specific enough wayon each
so that I can tell you did read the materials. In your email subject line, be
sure to put the name of the class: e.g., "Eng 1140" or "Hum 1110." Why?
I use a search-and-find method of gathering all of your homework emails into one
folder, which I examine at the end of the week. If you don't have the name and
number of the class in the subject line, I may not find your homework, and you
won't get credit.
Also, in the subject line, please add the week number and the particular
assignment you are sending. Do NOT send several assignments in one email--send
separate emails. In addition, send your homework in the text of the email--NOT
as a separate attachment (unless absolutely necessary).
HOW DO I
GET THE HOME PAGE WHEN "www.RichardJewell.org" IS DOWN?
It is safer to go directly to the course Web
site without using www.RichardJewell.org. You
can do this most easily by bookmarking. If you have your own computer,
you can click on "Bookmarks" (sometimes called "Favorites") when you are at the
course Web site, then add the site.
However, if you use school computers, they won't
keep bookmarks. So, instead, you can simply write the course home page Web
address down and stick it in your billfold for emergencies. The easy way
to get the Web address is to go to the course home page. Then look for the
Web address (it should say "umn.edu" at the end) in one of the little top
windows, and write it down; or, you can copy and paste it onto an MS Word blank
sheet and print out the sheet.
11. WHAT IS PROPER BEHAVIOR IN COLLEGE?
click on and read "Talking as an
Academic Community." "Proper
behavior" differs slightly from teacher to teacher. What is common for all
college classrooms is that you should be respectful of the instructor and each
other, demonstrate a willingness to learn and to listen to competing
viewpoints, and consider college an adult environment requiring adult
In addition, in my classes, I like people to be helpful, kind, creative, and
caring toward each other (and to me) because we work together quite a bit.
I also want people to feel they have the right to disagree respectfully with
each other: this is a basic, important part of college life. The right
to disagree respectfully--and to speak our opinions in an atmosphere where we
know others will respectfully listen to us--is of utmost importance for
learning from each other and discovering a variety of viewpoints. This
is what college is about, and what being a citizen of the nation and the
world: agreeing to respectfully disagree at times, so that we might learn and
grow. I ask that you do so in a kind, caring, creative, and supportive
way with others in our class.
All of this means, too, that anger, whining, hurtfulness, spitefulness, and
other negative emotions and acts are no more appropriate in college than in a
professional workplace; acting on or using such negative behavior in or out of
class to instructors, staff, or other students is very inappropriate and
prevents a good atmosphere for good intellectual, personal, and academic
Partying is a whole other issue. There is nothing wrong at all with
having a good time, and people in the first year or two of college in
particular tend to work hard at having a good time. This is fine, but in
general, it is better to keep partying to the weekends and vacations.
Fifteen credits per semester of college, if you are working hard to do well, is the equivalent of a full-time,
40-50 hrs./wk. professional job, one in which you are expected to act
as responsibly as would any manager or business owner. It requires
alertness, intelligence, and focus. Excessive tiredness,
hangovers, and others aftereffects of partying therefore are inappropriate, as
well, which is why it helps to keep partying a weekend- and vacation-only
event. If you need to party, work hard during the week and reward
yourself with partying after the weekly grind is over--and start grinding
again Sunday afternoon.
I HAVE TO ATTEND THE MUSEUM AND THEATER EVENTS?
There are two ways you may attend these: online or
in person. Either way is acceptable. Those who can attend in person, though,
often have a stronger experience of the activities. Whether you attend
online or in person, you must write 200+ w. per hour about the experience. If
you use the online (or a physical reading) option, you must also be sure to
explain what you saw (or read) and where you found it.
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