Friday, April 21, 2017

SU17 First Assignment for Online Classes


Start Date for online classes: Monday, July 10

Preview Date: Monday, June 26. Most classes will be ready for student view on this date. If a class is not showing on your Canvas dashboard, check your SU QTR 17 schedule in your student portal to be sure you are enrolled in the correct class. If your schedule is correct, please wait another day or two to see if your class appears in Canvas. If it is not showing there by Wednesday 6/28, please email Beth. 

Reviewing/Posting/Dropping Info: Students should NOT post at all in classes before the start date of July 10. (Posting counts as attendance per university policy, so if you drop a class after posting, you would be charged a portion of tuition for dropping after attending. Tuition refunds/charges are listed HERE.) Classes are available to view early for review purposes only. When you first view your class, look over class requirements, assignments, and other class content to ensure that you wish to remain in the class. Students may drop/add their own classes (after contacting Beth to enable their portals for registration) through the end of open enrollment on July 3. After that date, students must email Beth to drop/add classes. If you plan to withdraw from an online class, please email Beth no later than Saturday 7/8 if at all possible, as that is the last date that Beth can drop classes through the portal. As of Sunday 7/9, paper drop/add forms must be submitted, which will cause a delay in processing. Contact Beth with any questions. 

First Assignment Instructions:

Lindenwood University requires student identity authentication in all fully online classes. MFA classes will use video posts at three points during the quarter for authentication purposes: With the first assignment post, as part of a midterm assignment, and in the final week of the quarter. These videos can only be viewed by the instructor. Students can use the camera on a smart phone for recording these videos through the Canvas app if they do not have video capability on their computers. See the Canvas instructions for a note on navigating the Canvas app.

First assignment post due date: Monday, July 10, by 11:59pm Central Time
(to confirm attendance & verify identity)

This assignment is a video journal, telling us your name and how many quarters you have been in the LU MFA program. Video journals can only be viewed by the instructor. Full instructions are included in Canvas in the Week 1 module in each class.

Instructors will enter first week attendance according to posts made by 11:59pm on Monday, July 10. If you post your video journal by then, you will be marked as Present. If you do not post by then, you will be marked as Absent. Attendance must be entered early in Week 1 due to university policy and because first day attendance impacts the refund process for financial aid and student loans. REMINDER: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth, and do NOT post in Canvas at all—see info above.

Class Requirements and other assignments due during Week 1 (Monday July 10 through Sunday July 16):

Click on the Modules menu button in your class and read all Class Requirements information posted and linked there. Then you will scroll down to the Week 1 module to read instructions for the remaining coursework and due dates during Week 1. If you have any problems navigating through the class in Canvas, contact your instructor (click on Syllabus in the left menu for instructor email info) or the program director ( 

Weekly Coursework and Participation Requirements:

Each week during the quarter, you will click on Modules and then view the appropriate week’s module info for assignments and due dates for that week. You are required to participate on Canvas a minimum of three times per week (on three separate days) for each class you are enrolled in. See the Class Requirements module for detailed information on the attendance/participation policy and grading criteria.

Textbook info: SU QTR 17 textbook information is available HERE. Ebooks are acceptable. Students using financial aid vouchers must purchase textbooks through the LU Barnes & Noble bookstore site.

Class info links for summer are available HERE


To meet federal requirements for online classes, Lindenwood University requires student authentication measures in all online classes. MFA in Writing online classes include three video journal assignments (only viewable by the instructor) to meet this requirement. The video component provides measures for student authentication and identity verification during the class. You will have a video assignment at the beginning, middle, and end of every online class. This helps verify that the student enrolled in the class is the student doing the coursework, as the video images can be compared with the student ID photos on file. You can use the Canvas app on a smartphone to record videos if you do not have a webcam on your computer. Instructions for the video assignments are included HERE and in the modules for Week 1, Week 6, and Week 11 in each online class.

An additional authentication measure in MFA classes is the extensive student writing required in our courses, which enables the instructor to become familiar with students' writing styles (discussions, journals, and other written assignments).

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