This is a foundation course, so there are no real prerequisites—just a desire to learn. It would also be helpful for you to have a general background in U.S. history. In addition, it is helpful to read Appendix A before you start this course. There are no assignments connected to it, but it gives you some background as to how the course is written.
The learning outcomes for this course stem from the state of Alaska’s standards for Alaskan History. The unit lessons throughout the course also tie back to these standards. The learning outcomes for the course are listed below:
This online course contains all of the material that you will need to successfully complete the course. However, an atlas will be helpful; places around the world, the United States, and of course, Alaska are referred to within the course.
Each lesson in the unit will be followed by multiple-choice Self Check questions. They are designed to check your comprehension of the lesson you have just read and help prepare you for the Unit Quiz assignments and the final exam. You will not turn in your answers for these questions, and the answers will be provided. If you don’t understand one of the questions, or if you’re unsure about why a certain answer is correct, review the material for that lesson.
There will be a graded Unit Quiz assignment of twenty multiple-choice questions at the end of each unit. These computer-graded assignments count toward your final grade. They are designed to prepare you for the final exam, so study hard and pay attention to the types of questions you are being asked.
The Cumulative Review at the end of the course is your practice exam. It is essentially a graded Quiz assignment without any discussion material. The practice exam is designed to give you an idea of the type of questions that you will be asked on the final exam. The practice exam will also give you feedback on the questions you missed, including which lesson the question came from. If you miss a question on the practice exam or feel that you haven’t quite mastered the information, take some time to go back and study the lessons that you need more help with. It is better to take a few hours to review the practice exam than to complete it quickly and go right to the final exam.
The final exam is a comprehensive, graded, closed-book exam. It will contain about one hundred multiple-choice questions. You will not be able to take the final exam until you have submitted all the previous Quiz assignments. You will need to study the discussion questions, Self Check questions, Unit Quiz questions, and the practice exam to be fully prepared to take the final exam.
|Grade Percentage Breakdown|
|Unit 1 Quiz: Alaskan Geography||7%|
|Unit 2 Quiz: The History of Native Alaskans||7%|
|Unit 3 Quiz: The Russian Period||7%|
|Unit 4 Quiz: The District of Alaska||7%|
|Unit 5 Quiz: The Gold Rush||7%|
|Unit 6 Quiz: Alaska as a Territory||7%|
|Unit 7 Quiz: The Government of Alaska||7%|
|Unit 8 Quiz: Political, Economic, and Environmental Issues in Modern Alaskan History||7%|
|Unit 9 Quiz: Social Issues in Modern Alaska||7%|
|Final Exam (comprehensive)||30%|
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