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Joining Hauntlist


What?

Being on a listserv is like having a subscription to a hyperactive newspaper or magazine that is distributed by email rather than paper; once subscribed, you automatically receive any messages that someone has sent to the listserv, and any message you send to the listserv will be distributed automatically to everyone who is subscribed to it.

How?

To send a message to the list, just compose a normal email message, but rather than sending it to an individual, send it instead to "en20903@ait.fredonia.edu" if you are in Section 3, or "en20907@ait.fredonia.edu" if you are in Section 7 (these are the listserv addresses).

However, before you can send or receive messages, you first must be subscribed to the listserv. Here, you have two options: you can either tell the listserv to send you a message the moment someone posts one, or you can tell it to send you one long message per day that consists of all the postings in the previous 24 hours. The first option means you'll get 30 or so shortish messages per week at various times during the day; the second means you'll get 2-4 longish ones per week at the end of days when messages get posted to the list. It's your call.

To choose the first subscription option, send an email message to "listserv@ait.fredonia.edu" with the subject line blank and the command "join en20903" or "join en20907" (depending on your section number) in the body; to choose the second, send an email message to "listserv@ait.fredonia.edu" with the subject line blank and the commands "join en20903" and "digest en20903" (or "join en20907" and "digest en20907") in the body.

When you subscribe to the listserv, you will receive a confirmation message that describes other useful commands. Save this message for future reference. When you've successfully posted a message to the listserv for your section, you should receive a copy of that message that says how many people the message was sent to--I would save this message, too, so you have a record of readng responses you've written.

See the "What If...?" section below if you don't know how to use email or if you run into problems during any one of the steps described above.

Why?

Although it involves some considerable thought, time, and effort on your part, the listserv is a crucial component of this course: 1) it will allow me to determine who is doing the reading--and how carefully you are thinking about it--as well as alert me to what questions you all have about the texts and the course; 2) it will require you to have read the texts and thought about them well before we meet to discuss them in class, thereby enabling us to use class time more efficiently; 3) it will set up a working rhythm for the semester and encourage steady engagement with the texts and with each other; 4) it will provide an avenue for participation for students who may be uncomfortable speaking in class; 5) it will provide the opportunity to practice communicating your ideas in writing in a relatively low-pressure, fairly informal medium; 6) it will provide a forum for responding to each other's ideas and interpretations directly and conveniently, with minimal intervention or mediation from me; 7) the process of making observations, asking questions, and reading others' observations and questions will prepare you for the mid-term exam and will provide raw material for your more formal critical response papers and final essay; 8) it will save paper.

What If...?

Now, communications technology is notoriously unstable under perfect conditions--and with the explosion of interest and use of the internet among Fredonia students and faculty, we are scrambling here to keep our technology infrastructure up to date--so be prepared for snafus, glitches, bugs, and other sorts of computer gremlins to crop up over the course of the semester. Perhaps the most important part of technological literacy is learning to deal with the unexpected with a minimum of panic, so I recommend taking every problem as an opportunity to learn something about computers. Here are some common problems and their solutions. If your problem is not listed here, please email me and I'll try to help you come to a solution. Also available for help is the Media Center (in Thompson Hall) and their Help Desk (673-3150). But look here first!

Well, these are the most common problems my students have encountered. Hoepfully, you won't have to deal with any of them. And again, please contact me if anything here is hard to understand or you're having a problem not covered here. Good luck!


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EN 209: Novels and Tales, Fall 1999
Created: 8/21/99, 3:40 pm
Last modified: 8/31/99, 6:34 pm