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This is the post for the week of August 25, 2015.

This site is the official home for our Fall 2015 course (CRNs #83186 and #86919). Information on all assignments, weekly activities, and related resources will be posted here. Check this site regularly for the details on what to do for the course.

Readings for the Week of August 25

For today’s session, please read the following:

Work for the Week of August 25

This week is about making sure you understand the course policies, getting set up, and generally touching base with one another. If you have technical difficulty with this week’s class work, don’t panic! Send an email to tengrrl at and let me know what you need help with.

Please complete these tasks by 11:55 PM on Monday, August 31:

  • Log into Canvas, using your PID and password. Contact 4HELP if you need assistance with your login. You can find help for Canvas 24/7 by using the Help link on the Canvas site and in the Canvas: Getting Started for Students article.

  • Confirm that your notifications in Canvas are set the way you want them. Note that Canvas uses your notification preferences to determine whether to email you or text you (or not tell you at all) about information in the site. See the section "How do I adjust my notification preferences?" in the Student Getting Started with Canvas Guide for more information on setting up your notifications.

  • Verify that you understand how the course works:
    Go to the Discussions tool (in the left menu in Canvas), and respond to these posts:

    • If you have any questions about the syllabus or course logistics, reply to the Pinned Discussion for "Questions about the Syllabus and/or Course Logistics."
    • Once you understand the information for the course and any questions you have are answered, reply to the Syllabus Verification Discussion to confirm that you have read the Syllabus and information on course logistics.
  • Begin work on Project 1:

    • Go to the Discussions tool in Canvas, and choose the the “Readings for Project 1” topic. Discuss what you read in the Some tips on writing biographical statements with the members of your group.
    • If you have any questions (today or in the future) about the first assignment, reply to the Pinned Discussion for "Questions about Project 1" topic in Canvas Discussions tool and add them. You can skim through this topic for answers as well.
  • Complete the quizzes for the week’s readings:

    • Go to Quizzes in Canvas, and complete the reading quizzes on Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 of Markel. See the policies for quizzes on the course logistics page.


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