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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

HIST 381: *History Of Christianity: Early Church

Course Description

The development of Christianity from its origins in 1st century Judaism to the eve of the Reformation. Specific subjects include the development of the Tanakh, Jewish eschatology, Hellenism, the quest of the historical Jesus, Gnosticism and other so-called heresies, Nicaea, the Trinity, and Augustine. Cross-listed as RELI 381 and HIST 381.

Prerequisite: HIST 101

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. Harper Collins, 2010.
    • ISBN-978-0-06-185588-7
  • White, L. Michael. From Jesus to Christianity. Harper Collins, 2005.
    • ISBN-978-0-06-081610-0
  • Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels. New York, NY: Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, 1989.
    • ISBN-978-0-679-72453-7
  • Rampolla, Mary Lynn. A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. 8th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015.
    • ISBN-978-1-4576-9088-4

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to History of Christianity - The Early Church (HIST 381)! The material in this course is presented from a non-biased, non-judgmental position toward any religious creed, particular denominational belief or the lack thereof.  As a course in history, the mark of success is that each student is provided a learning environment in which to experience historical events and compare those happenings with the results, allowing the individual to draw his or her own conclusions.  The value of this course is that it addresses not only the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHEN but goes deeply into the HOW and WHY the Church and its people performed and developed as they did.  Therefore, any student wishing to really grasp the underlying socio-political, military and philosophical world of the Early Church will benefit from the challenges of eight weeks of thinking and learning history from this internet venue.

Each week we'll focus on different situations, issues, or problems encountered by the Early Church through our discussions; these are reinforced and expanded through the readings.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and differentiate the three basic quests for the historical Jesus.
  2. Describe the historical origins of Judaism and Christianity.
  3. Analyze and compare ancient sources such as the Torah, the New Testament, Qumran Scriptures, and Nag Hammadi scriptures with modern scholarly interpretations.
  4. Explain the influence of Hellenistic thought, Persian dualism, and Hebrew eschatology on the formation of early Christianity.
  5. Analyze the archeology of Roman Palestine in the first century.
  6. Analyze the role of heresy in the formation of Christian orthodox doctrines.
  7. Describe the Council of Nicaea and the doctrine of the Trinity.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (9) 200 20%
Gnostic Gospels Reading Review 50 5%
Research Paper 250 25%
Midterm Exam 250 25%
Final Exam 250 25%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 2 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 25 Friday/Sunday
Proctor Information N/A Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 25 Friday/Sunday
Gnostic Gospels Reading Review 50 Sunday
Research Paper Topic -
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 25 Friday/Sunday
Midterm Exam 250 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 25 Friday/Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 25 Friday/Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 25 Friday/Sunday
Biographical Research Paper 250 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 25 Friday/Saturday
Final Exam 250 Saturday
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Readings

All readings should be completed before submitting weekly assignments. Some of the assigned readings include full chapters; others only portions of a particular chapter: therefore please pay close attention to the assigned readings and the corresponding page numbers. Be sure to see the assigned readings listed in the Content area under each week’s Assignments and in the Course Schedule listed below.

The following reading plan is recommended. First, read the weekly Overview found in the Content Area. Second, read the Gonzalez assigned readings. Third, read the White assigned readings. On some occasions White will provide additional insights on material covered by Gonzalez; on other occasions you will find ‘new’ material not covered in the Gonzalez readings. Fourth, watch the assigned videos. Although this reading plan is purely a suggestion, your instructor believes this plan offers the essential material relevant to your weekly topics and discussions.

As noted, there will also be videos during the week to watch that will assist you with comprehending some of the topics and concepts we will be discussing in class.

Each week in the Content area of the course you will find additional resources such as flow charts, timelines, charts, and additional readings. These additional resources will be listed as Instructive Supplements. Most of these supplements will augment your discussions and/or exams. 


Discussions

There will be nine (9) Discussions in the course. Discussion 1 is a personal introduction discussion and will be worth five (5) points. Beginning with Discussion 2 all discussions will have two (2) parts and you must answer both parts. Discussion 2 will be worth twenty (20) points and all subsequent discussions will be worth twenty-five (25) points.

Writing history is an exercise in discernment and will be practiced in this course. Although there is no word limit per se, you are should write posts that are detailed yet germane to the topics. Do not attach files to be opened as part of your posts. Do not cut and paste your responses from outside sources. All posts should be written in your own words. If outside sources are used they must be cited. In order to simulate a class discussion, you are expected to interact with one another and respond to your classmates’ posts and responses.

Effective participation includes answering all aspects of the question(s) posed (this is regarded as your main post), responding to at least three (3) of your classmates’ posts, and reading the majority of your classmates’ main posts and responses for each topic. Student interaction with other discussion posts is a principal part of the class and will be considered in evaluation.

Begin posting early in the week, even if it is not your main post. Check in each day to see what other students are saying. Your main post must be posted by Friday at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT). Do your best to complete the weekly assignments by Friday or Saturday evenings. The grading rubric for discussions may be found in the Content area of the course.


Reading Review

You are required to write one reading review, three to four (3-4) pages in length and formatted according to an accepted collegiate manual of writing. Please provide a title page and a works cited page for your review. Your reading review will focus on Pagels’ The Gnostic Gospels. This review will be valued at fifty (50) points. This review will be due by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT at the end of Week 3. Late reviews will receive a one-time 20% deduction. Late Reading Reviews must be submitted to the Late Drop Box. The rubric for your reading review may be found in the Content area of the course.

You will select two of the following three chapters and review them according to the guidelines provided. Before selecting your two (2) chapters read both the Introduction and the Conclusion sections of the book. Doing so will be of enormous value to you.

The three chapters you must select from are:

  1. Chapter I ‘The Controversy over Christ’s Resurrection: Historical Event or Symbol?’
  2. Chapter II ‘One God, One Bishop? The Politics of Monotheism’
  3. Chapter V ‘Who’s Church Is the True Church?’

Review Guidelines: Do not provide full summaries or overviews of the two (2) chapters you have selected; instead, your review should focus on the following questions:

  1. What do the chapters you have selected tell us about Gnostic beliefs?
  2. What insights as to the evolution and/or nature of early Christianity can be gleaned from the chapters you selected?
  3. In the chapters you are discussing, what does the author suggest about conflicts between proponents of ‘orthodox’ beliefs and ideas and those deemed to be advocates of ‘heretical’ beliefs and ideas?
  4. Does the author seem to have a particular audience in mind?
  5. Why did you select the two (2) chapters you selected?

Research Paper

By the end of Week 7, you will be required to submit a Research Paper. For your Research Paper, you are free to choose any topic you desire as long as your choice is relevant to the course time-frame and is approved by your instructor. Your topic must be submitted to the Research Paper Topic Dropbox for instructor approval.

This assignment presents an opportunity to take an in-depth look at a particular topic and develop your research and writing skills.  

Your 12 – 14 page paper should include the following:

  1. A well-constructed thesis statement.
  2. A critical investigation and use of at least three (3) primary sources. 
  3. A discerning use of at least three (3) secondary sources.
  4. Well-constructed paragraphs.
  5. Proper use of language, spelling, punctuation, etc.
  6. Double spaced with one inch margins.
  7. An introduction, body, and conclusion.
  8. Use of the Chicago Manual of Style for documentation.
  9. Both a Title Page and a Bibliography page listing primary and secondary sources.

Please be vigilant in using internet sources. Many internet sources are not reputable sources. Many historical journals are now online. A significant number of sources are available in JSTOR through the Columbia College Stafford Library.

You must submit your topic to the Research Paper Topic Dropbox folder during Week 3.  The Research Paper Dropbox folder will not be released to you until you have submitted your topic for review.

The value of the Research Paper is two-hundred fifty (250) points and must be turned in to the Research Paper Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT at the end of Week 7. All late papers will receive a twenty (20) percent grade reduction. The grading rubric for this paper can be found in the Content area of the course.


Exams

There will be a Midterm and a Final Exam, each valued at two-hundred fifty (250) points. 

The Midterm Exam is an open book, computerized exam, and will be available through the Quizzes area of the course. The Midterm Exam will have twenty-five (25) Multiple Choice questions valued at two (2) points each and two (2) essay questions, each worth one-hundred (100) points. You must complete the Midterm Exam no later than Sunday of Week 4 at 11:59 pm CT.

The Final Exam is a closed book, computerized, and proctored exam, and will be available through the Quizzes area of the course. The Final Exam will have twenty-five (25) Multiple Choice questions valued at two (2) points each and two (2) essay questions, each worth one-hundred (100) points. The use of books, notes, the Internet and/or flash drives during the Final Exam are not allowed. You will need to make arrangements with your proctor to complete the Final Exam no later than Saturday of Week 8 at 11:59 pm CT.

The rubric for the exam essays can be found in the Content area of the course.

Study guides for both the Midterm and Final exams will be provided the Sunday prior to the exam.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Christian Origins
Topics for the Week
  • Palestine Judaism
  • Diaspora Judaism
  • Alexander the Great & Hellenism
  • The Roman Empire
Readings
  • Week 1 Overview
  • Gonzalez:  Chapter: 2 (pp. 13-23)
  • White: Chapters: 2 Religion & Society in the Roman World (pp. 40-66) & 3 Judaism at Home and Abroad (pp. 67-92)
  • From Jesus to Christ Part I Backgrounds 0:00:00 – 0:20:00 (Video)
Recommended Class Activities

Tour the colleges' Web site - http://www.ccis.edu/. Take a look at your reference page. Become comfortable with techniques of e-mail management (using your browsers' e-mail capability), and diagnostic tools available. Begin to build a "portfolio" of resources of your own including your bookmarks, proprietary and open access databases. This will come in handy for future web-based history courses. 

Discussion 1

In this discussion introduce yourself to the class.  Please give us more than your name.  Include your profession, hobbies, interest in history, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.  This Discussion is worth five (5) points.

Discussion 2

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. In light of your readings and the videos review the religious, political, and intellectual climate created and influenced by Hellenism and the Pax Romana. In what ways did Hellenism & the Pax Romana enable the evolution and expansion of the early church?
  2. One church historian suggests “by the first century CE, Judaism was a religion of extraordinary diversity.” In light of this statement discuss Judaism in the Diaspora regions, Judaism in Palestine, and the role of various Jewish political parties. Describe how this diversity shaped the early church.

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.  

Week 2: Jesus & the Apostle Paul
Topics for the Week
  • The Jesus of History
  • The Quests for the Historical Jesus
  • The Apostle Paul
Readings
  • Week 2 Overview
  • White: Chapters: 5 The Historical Figure of Jesus (pp. 95-116) & 7 Paul: His Life & Significance (pp. 143-168)
  • Read this article concerning the Quests for the Historical Jesus http://www.mycrandall.ca/courses/ntintro/lifej/HistoryQuest.htm#HQ3
  • Go to the Content Area and under Week 2 read The Mystery Religions
  • ‘From Jesus to Christ’ Part I Jesus 28:00 – 51:00 (Video)
Discussion 3

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Describe some of the challenges a historian faces in detailing the life of Jesus. From your viewpoint, have the ‘quests’ for the historical Jesus made these challenges easier or more difficult?
  2. Describe the life and legacy of the Apostle Paul. In what ways did he influence the Early Church?

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Defining the Early Church’s Identity
Topics for the Week
  • The Apologists
  • The Gnostics
  • Marcion
  • Montanus
Readings
  • Week 3 Overview
  • Gonzalez: Chapters 7-8 (pp. 59-82)
  • White: Chapters: 14 Legitimacy & Order (pp. 373-380) & 16 The Dilemma of Diversity (pp. 407-414; pp. 433-438)
  • ‘From Jesus to Christ’ Part II Marcion, the Gnostics, Traits of the Christians 1:17:00 -1:35:00 (Video)
Discussion 4

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Define the role of the apologists. Detail some of the challenges they faced and how they responded to those challenges. Be sure to note some of the key apologists.
  2. Marcion, Montanus, and the Gnostics generated ‘threats’ to the early church. Describe these ‘threats’ and detail how the church responded to them.

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Gnostic Gospels Reading Review

You are required to write one reading review, three to four (3-4) pages in length and formatted according to an accepted collegiate manual of writing. Please provide a title page and a works cited page for your review. Your reading review will focus on Pagels’ The Gnostic Gospels.

You will select two of the following three chapters and review them according to the guidelines provided below. Before selecting your two (2) chapters read both the Introduction and the Conclusion sections of the book.

The three chapters you must select from are:

  1. Chapter I ‘The Controversy over Christ’s Resurrection: Historical Event or Symbol?’
  2. Chapter II ‘One God, One Bishop? The Politics of Monotheism’
  3. Chapter V ‘Who’s Church Is the True Church?’

Your review is due by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Research Paper Topic
Submit your topic to the Research Paper Topic Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Midterm Exam Study Guide

The study guide for the Midterm Exam will be available on Sunday of this week.

Week 4: Teachers of the Church & the Christian Life
Topics for the Week
  • Ignatius & Polycarp
  • Irenaeus of Lyon
  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Tertullian of Carthage
  • Origen of Alexandria
  • The Christian Life
Readings
  • Week 4 Overview
  • Gonzalez: Chapter 6 (pp. 49-58), Chapter 9 (pp. 83-96) & Chapter 11 (pp. 105-118)
  • White: Chapter 13 With the Voice of an Apostle (pp. 344-354)
Discussion 5

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Select three (3) individuals from the following list: Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Irenaeus of Lyon, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian of Carthage, and Origen of Alexandria. Discuss their main writings and ideas. In what ways did the individuals you selected affect the development and expansion of the early church?
  2. Evaluate some of the characteristics of the ‘Christian Life’ Gonzalez discusses in Chapter 11. Describe which of these you found most interesting and how these characteristics are noticeable in today’s churches.

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Midterm Exam

You will need to complete your mid-term exam by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.  Study hard and good luck!

Week 5: Rise of the Imperial Church
Topics for the Week
  • Persecutions
  • Institutionalization of the Church
  • The Question of the Lapsed
  • The Great Persecution
  • Constantine
Readings
  • Week 5 Overview
  • Gonzalez: Chapters 10 (pp. 97-104); Chapter 12 (pp. 119-126); Chapter 13-14 (pp. 131-156)
  • White: Chapter 14 Legitimacy & Order (pp. 355-373)
  • ‘‘From Jesus to Christ’ Part II Constantine the Great 1:35:00 -1:53:06 (Video)
Discussion 6

You respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Describe and evaluate how Constantine the Great transformed the church’s organization, practices, and beliefs. 
  2. Discuss the issues of the ‘Lapsed’ and review the ways the church responded.  Why were these issues important to the Early Church?

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Week 6: Monasticism & Donatism
Topics for the Week
  • The Monastics
  • The Monastic Ideal
  • The Question of the Lapsed Resurfaces
  • Donatism & the Schism
Readings
  • Week 6 Overview
  • Gonzalez: Chapters 15-16 (pp. 157-180)
Discussion 7

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Monasticism was one of the ways some Christians reacted to Constantine’s reign. Detail the origins and initiators of monasticism, the evolution of communal monasticism, and what Gonzalez calls ‘the spread of the monastic ideal’.
  2. Gonzalez notes the political, theological, and economic roots of the Donatist Schism. Discuss the individuals involved and the consequences of the schism.

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Councils & Creeds
Topics for the Week
  • The Arian Controversy & the Council of Nicea (325)
  • The Great Cappadocians & the Council of Constantinople ( 381)
  • The Council of Ephesus (431)
  • The Council of Chalcedon (451)
  • Augustine
Readings
  • Week 7 Overview
  • Gonzalez: Chapters 17 (pp. 181-192); 20 (pp. 209-217); 24 (pp. 241-252) and 28 (pp. 295-302)
  • ‘Nicea’ (Video)
Discussion 8

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Discuss the issues raised and the decisions made at the Council of Nicea (325), the Council of Constantinople (381) and the Council of Chalcedon (451). Why were these councils important to the development and growth of the Early Church?
  2. Detail the major writings and beliefs of Augustine. In what ways did he influence the ideas, practices, and authority of the Early Church?

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

Biographical Research Paper

Submit your paper in the Research Paper Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Final Exam Study Guide

The study guide for the Final Exam will be available on Sunday of this week.

Week 8: The Medieval Church: Unity and Continuity
Topics for the Week
  • Benedictine Monasticism
  • Rise of the Papacy
  • Charlemagne
  • The Crusades
Readings
  • Week 8 Overview
  • Gonzalez: Chapters 27 (pp. 277-289); and 29 (pp. 315-325); 31 (pp. 345-356)
  • ‘Charlemagne’ (Video)
Discussion 9

You must respond to both Part A and Part B.

  1. Discuss and evaluate the various causes and consequences of the Crusades.
  2. Describe and assess how Leo the Great, Gregory the Great, and Charlemagne transformed the papacy’s power and status.

Your initial post is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to at least three classmates are due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

Final Exam

You will need to complete your final exam by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.  Your proctor will receive a password that will provide you with access to the test. 



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

All assignments are expected to be turned in by the deadlines published for all students.  Occasionally, with instructor prior approval, an assignment may be accepted for late full credit.  Otherwise, a onetime 20% deduction will be made for Research Papers. 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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