ENGL 5106/Fall 2023/Requirements

From Gerald R. Lucas
Requirement %[1]
Class Blog 30%
Projects 30%
Wiki Article 30%
Daily Work 10%

This section of NMAC 5106 has three major requirements and daily work, listed in the chart on the right. Each requirement will be on-going throughout the semester, will require regular contributions, and be comprised of various assignments, including reading and research. Each assignment must be submitted in order to pass the course.


Class Blog

Students will collaborate on a class blog that will allow them to document their progress, practice digital writing, reflect on their projects, and build a knowledge community. Each student must write a minimum of eight (8) posts and eight comments, though most will write more.

Blog/Journal: https://blog.techwriting.digital | Login


Various projects and writing exercises will apply student understanding of weekly readings. These are detailed on the schedule under weekly lessons.

Wiki Article

Students will collaborate on writing a wiki article using MediaWiki on LitWiki. This requirement will include wiki training each week.

Online Participation / Daily Work

Since there is no (or limited) face-to-face class time, regular and active participation in online platforms is required. Your daily work online represents your attendance, e.g.: discussions, (b)log posts, training, exercises, short writing responses, reading quizzes, peer editing, and similar activities. Your participation in group activities and your online engagement will be weighed heavily in evaluation: participation, effort, and attitude count significantly; online learning requires active participation and enthusiasm (see Student Behavior).

Required Materials

  • Lucas, Gerald R. (2023). ENGL 5106 Coursebook (1st ed.). GRLucas.net. (Available free.)
  • Various Links and PDFs.[2]

Your course book(s) and readings are an important part of the class and should be purchased (or downloaded) immediately. Lessons are built from specific readings and assignments will depend on those readings. If available, you may use an ebook, but be warned that page numbers referred to in lessons may not be the same in an electronic text. Book rentals are also acceptable, if necessary.

Even though this is an online course, I recommend old-fashioned, analog note taking. In other words: use an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees to take notes. Notes should not only reflect essential aspects of the readings, but individual interest in every topic researched for class.


  1. This is the general percentage breakdown for these requirements. As I use a point system for evaluation, the percentages are just an estimate.
  2. Link leads to my server which will require a password that is on an announcement on D2L for security.
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