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Sunday, June 07, 2009

HST 320-730 History of Michigan

Europeans Arrive in Michigan
Section 1/Week 1

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

Prepare a two-page (750 word MAXIMUM) essay (double spaced) comparing and contrasting the French and British experience in ruling Michigan. Use examples and complete sentences.

DUE: Friday of Week One [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.

Michigan Becomes American
Section 2/Week 2

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

Prepare a two-page (750 word MAXIMUM) double-spaced essay addressing the following statement: In January 1835, acting territorial governor Stevens T. Mason declared that the Michigan Territory had a “right” to be admitted to the Union as a state. What angered Mason and why did it take two more years for the Michigan Territory to become the nation’s 26th state?

DUE: Friday of Week Two [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.

A Nation Torn Asunder
Section 3/Week 3

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

Drawing from the readings and lecture, prepare a two-page, (750 word MAXIMUM) double-spaced essay that details how Michigan responded to secession and civil war. Use examples of that response.

DUE: Friday of Week Three [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.

Exploiting Michigan’s Natural Resources
(Lumber, Copper & Iron)
Section 4/Week 4

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

Prepare a two-page (750 word MAXIMUM) double-spaced essay addressing the following questions: What happened in 1913 that led copper miners to go on strike? How did the Copper Country community respond to the strike? Was there any violence and how did the strike end?

DUE: Friday of Week Four [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.

Manufacturing: Cars, Cereal and Stoves
Section 5/Week 5

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

Prepare a 750-word essay on the following statement. (Consult the readings in preparing this paper; be sure to use complete sentences.)

Henry Ford and William Durant were both accomplished automakers. Highlight their most significant accomplishments, while comparing their similarities and differences? Why is Ford one of America’s best-known manufacturers, while Durant is unknown to most Americans?

DUE: Friday of Week Five [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.

Prohibition, Depression & Labor
Section 6/Week 6

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

Both essays must be completed and submitted for full value.

  1. Prepare a one-page essay (300 words MAXIMUM) double-spaced explaining the significance of the Flint Sit-Down Strike.
  1. Prepare a one-page essay (300 words MAXIMUM) double-spaced explaining why Father Charles Coughlin was one of the most popular and dangerous men in America.

DUE: Friday of Week Six [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.

A World at War and Beyond
Section 7

Lectures

Each lecture has a video component and a slideshow. The video may be viewed as a progressive flash video or a realmedia streaming video. All links open in new browser window.

Readings and Media

Quiz

This is a TWO PART essay. Write 500 words for EACH question. (Consult the readings in preparing this paper; be sure to use complete sentences.)

  1. How did Michigan contribute to the Arsenal of Democracy? Be sure to explain what the Arsenal of Democracy was and use specific Michigan examples in your paper.
  2. Who was Milo Radulovich, what was “his story” and why is his story important to remember?

DUE: Thursday of Week Seven [Click here to see when this day is on the course Calendar]
VALUE: 30 points.


Course Components

As an online course, you may choose to view the lectures and presentations, read the outlines, and review the course documents as your schedule permits. There are specific due dates for the unit quizzes and the three papers.

Each section or unit is organized by "week" for organizational purposes. Each week includes the following components:

  • Lecture: Each unit has one or more lectures. Each lecture is a combination of a RealMedia video file and a converted-for-web powerpoint presentation. The video should automatically open the plug-in when you click the link. We suggest that you click the "video" link and pause it, then click the link for the presentation, which will open in a new browser window. Position the two on the page, the lecture will prompt you to advance the slides as it goes. You can pause the video and "rewind" as you need for clarity.
  • Quiz: Each unit has a short written quiz that must be posted in dropbox by due date. Keep on schedule. You can turn things in early. If you have questions or problems with an assignment, ask in forum or email your instructor ASAP. See each unit quiz for detailed instructions. Each Section/Week has a dropbox folder, and individual dropboxes for each Team.
  • Papers: There are three longer papers that must be posted in the dropbox by due date. The Papers dropbox is located under the "lessons" tab. Each paper has its own folder, and you will find your team folder within. Keep on schedule. You can turn things in early. If you have questions or problems with an assignment, ask in forum or email your instructor ASAP. See each paper assignment for detailed instructions.
  • DropBox: Put your Quizzes and Ppers in the dropboxes. Please use Microsoft Word. If you do not have MS Word, save your documents as RTF (See course Frequently Asked Questions forum for details). If you have problems posting in the DropBox, contact your instructor immediately.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: This is a forum where you may ask questions related to the course structure, assignments, and technical issues. If you cannot get the answer you need in the forum, email your team instructor immediately. Don't hesitate to add your replies to questions or make comments.

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Instructions on how to view Real Videos and PowerPoints

This course was designed to optimize your learning potential. To this end, we suggest that you view the video lectures and then go through the Powerpoint for the lecture as a review. This will allow you to focus on and enjoy the lecture and then use the powerpoint as a way to review the content of the video. Following two things at once on your computer screen can be distracting and confusing. However, for those who would like to view both at the same time, we offer the following instructions.

Step One:

Double click on the PowerPoint File from ANGEL.
It will open in a new Browser window (such as FireFox or Internet Explorer). Each file will be different, but it will resemble something like this:

powerpoint in browser
Step Two:

Step two: Resize the window so that it only takes up part of your screen.
We suggest resizing the window to roughly two thirds of your entire screen size. At that size, it should look something like this:

resized powerpoint window
Step Three:

Step three: Double click on the Video File from ANGEL.
The video is streaming media and should open using real Player. Each file will be different, but it will resemble something like this:

real player
Step Four:

Resize your the window so that it only takes up part of your screen.
We suggest resizing the window to roughly one third of your entire screen size. After minimizing all other windows except the Presentation and Video windows, you should be able to arrange them both as follows:

both browser windows
Step Five:

You can now press play on your video and while it runs, you can advance through the PowerPoint file as needed. Happy learning.

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