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History of Science Orientation

History of Science Online

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LibraryThing: Orientation Orientation HSCI 3013 section 995, Spring 2014

Welcome to History of Science Online!

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Kerry Magruder
Associate Professor, Curator,

Brent Purkaple
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2014
Graduate Student, History of Science Department

Greetings from both of us! We are looking forward to getting to know you this semester. Don't hesitate to email us using the address at the top right of every page on this course website. We'll also be hanging out often at the Janux course platform, and if you're located in Norman, we hope we'll have the opportunity to meet you in person.

Orientation Activities:

These Orientation activities will orient you to the technical logistics underpinning the course. Because of these orientation activities, the first week will require more time than usual, so get started as quickly as you can. Complete assignments in the order they are listed. If you have questions at any point, send us an email -- use the email link at the extreme top right of any page on this course website -- and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

All students must complete all activities listed below by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. If you have not completed all activities by that date, you will be administratively dropped from the course.

Due Date*
Activity Time

Monday 8/20
11:59 p.m.

4 Desire2Learn Account Activation (with quiz at D2L)
You must complete this activity before proceeding to any activity that requires a "Gradebook Declaration" or a quiz.
5 mins

Course Honor code, Plagiarism (with quiz at D2L)
Read these two pages, then take the "Course Honor Code" quiz at Desire2Learn

5 mins
  Two Themes of the Course  

Top Ten things you should know about this course (with quiz at D2L)
Read the Top Ten pages, then take the "Top Ten" quiz at Desire2Learn

15 mins
4 NextThought digital course platform (with quiz at D2L) 20 mins
4 Confluence Discussion forums (with quiz at D2L)
10 mins
6 Course Websites (with quiz at D2L)
Study this page carefully or everything from now on will be really confusing!
Read the Course Website pages, then take the "Course Websites" quiz at D2L
20 minutes
2 Time Tips (with quiz at D2L) 5 mins
2 Semester Schedule (with quiz at D2L) 5 mins
4 Weekly Assignments (with quiz at D2L)
Read the pages for each weekly assignment, then take the "Weekly Assignments" Quiz at D2L
5 mins
2 About Dates (with quiz at D2L) 5 mins
2 Timeline (with quiz at D2L) 5 mins
2 Communication (with Gradebook Declaration) 5 mins
2 Grading (with quiz at D2L) 5 mins
1 Technical Requirements (with Gradebook Declaration) 5 mins
1 Word count exercise (with quiz at D2L) 5 mins
1 Screenshot exercise (graded by the instructor) 10 mins
 4 Course Information Quiz
Based on the links from the Course Info page.
30 mins
1 Class Survey (take at Desire2Learn, no Gradebook Declaration) 10 mins
1 (with Desire2Learn Gradebook Declaration) 10 mins
 Total pts
Total time
3-4 hours



*Work ahead if you can! You must finish all assignments listed in the table above during the first two weeks of class.

Get on a schedule from the start where you complete the assignments before they are due. Every week you can complete the Reflection, Wikipedia Editing Project and Internet assignments before Friday night, so that you will always be able to enjoy your weekends free. You do not ever need to work on weekends for this course; see the sample schedules outlined in time management tips. You can even work two full weeks ahead if you wish. Nothing makes your work go more smoothly in this course than to get ahead and stay ahead.


"Learn everything. Afterward you will discover that nothing has been superfluous." Hugh of St. Victor, 12th century.

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Many thanks to the pedagogical model developed in Mythology and Folklore and other online courses by Laura Gibbs, which have been an inspiration for this course.

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