Lab: The COS Writing Lab "www.siskiyous.edu/writinglab/"
page offers MLA guides and general information needed to do research.
If you would like to have help in selecting the course best suited for you,
or if you would like to have help in formulating an
educational plan anytime during the semester, you can receive online
counseling by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you want
general information on advising, transferring, or careers, visit
the COS Counseling Office site.
Research: You should plan on using the COS Library's On-line
NewsBank NewsFile provides
full-test articles covering social, economic,
government, sports, health and science issues and events from more than 500
U.S. regional and
national newspapers, wire services, and broadcasts. A College of the Siskiyous
library card is required to access the database from off-campus.
After clicking on the above link, enter the first five numbers of your
library card barcode as both a Username and Password.
EBSCOhost link provides an index and abstracts for
more than 3,000 periodicals. Provides full text
articles from 1,800 periodicals. A College of the Siskiyous library card is
required to access the
database from off-campus. After clicking on the above link, enter the library
card barcode number.
COS Library Catalog is
available on-line. You can do a search of the catalog by author, title,
subject or keyword. Find out if the COS Library has
the book before you drive to campus.
Services: COS provides many useful services to students, and I have
linked to a few important services below.
Disabled Student Programs and Services
On-line Education: Taking an on-line course is certainly not for everyone.
Some students truly need the face-to-face
interaction with instructor and peers. Other students find that they lack the
high level of responsibility it takes to tackle an on-line class.
At a minimum, an on-line course requires the student to use their time
wisely, be organized, be self-directed, and be willing to try new
modes of communication and learning. Successful students often use the weekly
assignment sheets to create a course calendar so that
they have an overview of all assignments. I have also noted that students
doing well in English are willing to put in the needed time, read
the text carefully (even the dull sections), and participate in the
discussion boards as best they can. As you will not be in the classroom,
you will need to be much more self-directed than it might seem. If other
words, you have to take responsibility for your own learning.
You will be expected to check your e-mail frequently, get all assignments in
on-time, do not allow yourself to fall behind at all, discuss your
concerns and questions with instructor and classmates, perhaps arrange to
swap email addresses with other students in the class, and
participate fully each week. Still, there are some benefits to taking such a
course on-line. For those of you unable to attend a regularly
scheduled course, you will not be restricted by time and place--you get to do
the weekly coursework when and where you want to do it.
Also, the discussion board allows everyone to have his/her say on the issues,
and students can take the time to form thoughtful and clear
opinions before sharing them with the rest of the class. Lastly, if you are
really motivated by a specific weekly topic or link, you are free to
explore the topic or link at your pace and at whatever depth you wish to. You
might even enjoy reading a short
article from the
Chronicle of Higher Education about seven students and their
reaction/experiences in taking on-line courses.