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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Online Summer Courses

Complete Online Learning:

A course offering in which 100% of instruction is delivered online rather than via face-to-face contact between students and instructor(s).


Why take a complete online learning course?

Online courses are convenient, can work around your schedule, allow for time and geographic flexibility, are self-paced, and a different educational experience.


What type of student does well in an online course?

Students who do well in online courses are able and willing to communicate effectively through written texts, are self-motivated and disciplined, have good time management skills, are independent learners, and have access to technology and some literacy in using it.


How can I succeed in an online course?

Set aside certain times to work on the course every week. 
Keep in mind that you are completing hours that normally would be spent in class and on homework.
Do not wait until the last minute to complete work.
Become comfortable with your computer and browser.
Ask your instructors questions if you are unsure or unclear.
Resist distractions—you will often be at home with phones, TVs, stereos, etc.
Read the assignments and instructions carefully.


What do I need to get started?
  • You will need your password and x-numbers before you leave Otis for the Summer. The Registration office will not give this to you over the phone. Only in person.
  • Check O-Space and Otis email weekly as this is the main form of contact.
  • Purchase your books online as soon as possible.

How do I register?

You will be notified when Registration begins. See the Academic Advisor, Marsha Hopkins, in the Liberal Arts and Sciences office (room 303) and she will fill out an advisement form. You will take that signed form to Registration.
 

What kind of programs will I need to use for an online course?

You will need to be able to use email (particularly attaching documents to your email), O-
Space, and Microsoft Office applications such as WORD or EXCEL or POWERPOINT (or MAC EQUIVALENT). Depending on your class, you may also need to use wikis and/or blogs and library databases. The Library website has a lot of helpful instructions on how to use this software and other technology.
 

How will I communicate with my instructor?

Initial communication will begin through O-Space and via Otis email. It will be required to use your Otis Student email
 

How will I know when things are due?

Your instructor will work with each class to determine how due dates and deadlines will be established through the course syllabus.
 

What if I don't check my Otis email?

Start to! Get in the practice of regularly checking your student email account. It will be required to use your Otis Student email. This will be the primary form of communication. 
 

How do I turn in homework?

Your instructor will work with each class to determine the process, however, most faculty 
prefer students to attach word documents to an email. Your instructor will notify you of receipt of the course work in a reply email. 
 

How much work will I have?

Each course will require 4 hours of work (equivalent to the time you would have otherwise spent in class) and 4-6 hours of homework each week.
 

How do I withdraw?

Contact Registration and Records for information on the process to withdraw from summer courses.
 

Who do I contact for help?

Your instructor should be your primary and first contact. 
However, additional technology support can be found in the library by contact Heather Cleary, Digital DB Metadata Librarian, by email hcleary@otis.edu
 


Instructors and courses: