This is a syllabus for a hybrid section of ENG 2800: Great Works of Literature I.
Stephanie Insley Hershinow, Assistant Professor of English, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College, CUNY
Blogs@Baruch, VOCAT, Google Docs, Turnitin.com
Professor Hershinow uses her Blogs@Baruch course website to spark discussion between students. In lieu of meeting twice a week for 150 minutes, the course meets face-to-face once a week for 75 minutes. Time spent in class is replaced by online engagement to discuss class readings and requires students to share their ideas by creating blog posts and response comments. Professor Hershinow’s course introduces students to a range of ancient literary texts. Students learn about the historical and cultural contexts of the texts to reveal literary themes, techniques, and terminology. The class dives into the texts and uses online discussion to discern how and why the ancient texts have such an enduring legacy. Using a hybrid format gives students the opportunity to blend the old with the new. They work with new media and technology to expand their understanding of ancient texts and while also producing, publishing, and updating their own writing products in response to ongoing feedback from the instructor and fellow students.
Professor Hershinow’s syllabus is cleanly laid out and provides clear, concise information about the hybrid nature of the course. The course information, blog url, and instructor contact information is included at the beginning of the syllabus. Her course description nicely outlines the nature and content of the course and makes it clear that the course will follow a hybrid format that requires students to engage with technology. The assignment instructions provide detailed information about the nature of the online assignments including where assignments should be posted and when they are due. Since students will not be in class on certain days, the syllabus includes information about how much time students should plan to spend completing online assignments and engaging with others on the online platform. Finally, the course schedule includes important details such as dates of each class, the location of each class (either online or in person) and a clear outline of assignment due dates and times.