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Remote Learning Guidelines: Welcome to your English lab. This remote lab is where you will practice and develop your writing skills with the aid of your English instructor. During your time in this lab, you will work on assignments with your lab instructor and complete assignments in an online program. You are expected to be actively engaged during the entire term remotely.
The following information is an overview of the lab requirements.
Your instructor will expand on this information.
General Information: English labs are designed to help you improve your writing skills so that you can succeed in college. All English students must be concurrently enrolled in the corresponding English lab. This remote lab is designed to help you improve your writing skills so that you can succeed in college
Requirements for Credit: In order to achieve credit for your lab, you must complete the following requirements by the end of the term. Your instructor will provide specific details; however, below are some general requirements.
During your assigned time is mandatory unless your instructor tells you otherwise. You are to meet with your class via Zoom or Google Classroom. Your instructor will inform you specifically how s/he expects you to check-in during your registered day and time. You are expected to engage in remote learning throughout the entire term.
If you are enrolled in English 101 or 201, you are required to have four e-conference meetings with your lab instructor. If you are enrolled in English 35, you have required five e-conferences meetings with your lab instructor. Your instructor will notify you of how these e-meetings will take place. While you are encouraged to seek instructional support from various e-services online, like the LAC, the meetings may not replace your conference signature(s).
- Lab Exercises (LearningCurves):
Online lessons are assigned by your lab instructor. As you may notice, your lab instructor may be different than your lecture instructor. If you are in English 35, you must complete 14 exercises. If you are in English 101 or 201, you must complete 10 exercises. All exercises must be completed on or before the final lab meeting.
Lab Materials and Other Resources: The following lab materials are highly recommended. Activity Logs are optional for the summer terms as LaunchPad keeps track of each student’s work and you may keep track of conference meetings in your grade book of choice.
- LaunchPad URL:
Your lab instructor will send you a unique URL to enroll to your course section. You may find this unique URL in your Canvas shell or in an email message. If you do not receive or locate the LaunchPad URL by the second or third day of classes, contact your instructor and kindly ask him or her where s/he has posted the link.
- LaunchPad Activation Code:
In order to complete your online assignments, you need to purchase a digital LaunchPad Access Code through the Rio Hondo Bookstore’s website. You may also purchase the code directly from the special URL your instructor will send you. Digital purchases from the bookstore are available if you have a voucher. With the purchase, you will have access to A Writer’s Reference 9th Edition e-book by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers.
- Activity Log:
You may or may not receive an Activity Log from your instructor. If you do not receive one, do not worry. Your instructor will inform you how s/he will keep track of your e-conferences, attendance, and other related work.
The majority of the LaunchPad and Achieve tutorials have audio; therefore, headphones are highly recommended in a home environment which could be noisy and distracting.
- USB Flash Drive:
A flash drive or access to any online/cloud-based storage system (e.g., Google Docs) is highly recommended for saving all English assignments in case of personal computer failure. You should always have a backup plan.
- Orientation: Writing Center Orientation
- Learning Assistance Center: Visit the LAC for tutoring services
A notice to returning and continuing students: LaunchPad accounts are good for two years. Accounts created within two years should experience a hassle-free transition to your current course. Accounts created outside the two-year frame are no longer valid. If you think your account will expire mid-term, you may contact the Macmillan help desk to inquire about their code’s end date or other issues related to your account. You will find the help desk link at the end of this document.
The steps to joining a new LaunchPad course are very simple. When you locate your instructor’s LaunchPad link, simply click on it and sign in using your existing username and password. If you can’t remember your password, click on the “forgot password” option and follow the steps. You may also contact the help desk if you cannot remember your username.
If you have problems signing in, contact Elvira Aguilar at email@example.com or visit the LaunchPad Technical Support Team: https://macmillan.force.com/macmillanlearning/s/contactsupport
Additional Citation Guides and Resources:
Depending on your professor or field of study, a specific citation style may be required when citing your sources. These are guides created by the library on the most commonly used citation styles.
In addition to the citation handouts, Purdue Owl gives an expanded guide and explanation on each citation style and more:
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