English 106 online

In cooperation with Purdue’s Digital Education and the Center for Instructional Excellence, we have developed English 106DIST using the Digital Rhetorics and Academic Writing & Research syllabus approaches. Here’s a sample 16-week syllabus.

We are offering the course on a sixteen week calendar in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. An eight week calendar will be used for Summer 2020. Here's a sample 8-week (summer session) syllabus

English 106 online is identical to traditional 106 in key aspects:

We recommend the course for fluent English speakers confident in their writing and time management. English 106INTL remains the best choice for second language students.

The following statement is included in the course syllabus. Students considering online 106 should read it carefully and consider if the course is a good fit:

A virtual writing course is likely very different from other courses you’ve taken at Purdue. In an online course, your only contact with your instructor and classmates is through email, discussion boards, chat rooms, and web conferencing. This requires that you check your email regularly, maintain open channels of communication, and ask questions when necessary. You can’t fade into the background in this course: you have to participate in all discussion boards and forums in order to pass.

While there are no scheduled meetings, instructors may ask students to videoconference with individually or in small groups. 

Some computing software and hardware is required:

  • Laptop or desktop computer with an up to date operating system;
  • Video camera and/or microphone;
  • Software that can open PDFs (such as Acrobat or Preview);
  • Microsoft Office, Apple’s office suite (Pages, Keynote, etc), or Libre Office;
  • A high speed internet connection is recommended.

In previous semesters, "English 106–Y" was used as the course number for online 106, but "106DIST" or "10600DIST" will be used for the Spring 2020 semester and beyond. 

Questions? Please contact us.

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