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Welcome to the course! You'll find links to the course materials on the left side of this page. Start by reading the Course Syllabus and Calendar. Be sure to examine the Course Requirements page. Then work your way through The Guide (Course Guide). Be sure to let me know if you have questions about the course. Email me at larrjoh@gmail.com

Email Archives for S603 Teaching and Learning at a Distance

23 Sept S603 Update
Hi gang,
I enjoyed reading and scoring your discussions posted for DD3 (Scores are recorded at the Oncourse Gradebook). You were to identify a topic for your project, setting up a place site for housing and delivering your course, and getting started building the structure of your content. Several of you are well on the way to completion; way to go! I was impressed by what you accomplished in a short time span.

THIS WEEK'S ASSIGNED READING
If you have not already read the following online materials, these are on the agenda:
(1) Course Discussion http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/index.htm
(2) Purpose http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/purpose.htm
(3) Relevance http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/relevance.htm
(4) Context http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/context.htm
(5) Prompts http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/prompts.htm
(6) Participation http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/participation.htm
(7) Assessment http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/assessment.htm
(8) Facilitation http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/facilitation.htm
(9) Management http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_discussion/management.htm

Notice that some of you are falling behind, not posting assignments on the dates they are due. I know that you are busy and have other responsibilities; however if for any reason you cannot complete an assignment on time, you need to email me and communicate the reason. In most instances one or two additional days can be given to complete the assignment and avoid penalty / point deduction. We are passing the midway point in the course.
Posting of Deep Discussion 4 were due last Monday. Now you need to be completing or soon posting Deep Discussion 5: Online Discussions http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm#d5 (Due next Monday).

And if you are on track, you should be working on your final project http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm#8

FINAL PROJECT
Deciding the scope for your final project - A personal decision(s) each of you must make is how far to carry your project work. That's especially needed for those who have outlined a larger course program. Make sure that the framework is in place for the entire sequence, but then concentrate on doing a thorough job with one or more sections . . . as many sections as feasible.

The criteria for meeting minimum requirements of the final project are embedded in the assignment (Above URL); however for outstanding work and full score - I look for going beyond those baseline criteria in at least one or more area.

I'm happy to look over your project, answer specific questions, provide a little formative feedback if needed. Works best if you pose specific questions or direct my attention to a section.

REMINDER
If you have not done so, make sure that you add your credit(s) as creator / developer to your project site (web, wiki, blog): identifying the creation date and yourself as the author. Consider including an email link back to yourself. Privacy concern? - an email does not locate where you reside, especially if you have an free gmail account.

Many or most of your projects are being developed for open access on the Web. Therefore think about adding enough information about the intended purpose and primary audience for your project so that a chance visitor can understand what is taking place. Make them 'stand alone.'

ONLINE RESOURCES
Some of you may have noticed that Michael posted a link to
Hunt, Kyla (Sept 2011). Webinar and Online Conferencing Tools. TechSoup Global
http://techsoupforlibraries.org/blog/webinar-and-online-conferencing-tools

Another resource that will also be added to the course materials - - free workshop materials that were designed by WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) for faculty and doctoral students in library and information science with little or no experience teaching online who wish to develop their skills in teaching online courses.
Introduction to Online Pedagogy
http://introductiononlinepedagogy.pbworks.com/

UWARE
As an IU system student, you can download (for free) new versions of all the Microsoft software, the entire Adobe Creative Suite (Includes Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Flash, and more), and many more software programs. In some instances you can purchase the software on discs for a very low price. Connect to IUWare and use your login to gain access http://iuware.iu.edu

AVOID USING MS PUBLISHER
While we are focused on software; you may not be aware that MS Publisher documents are not able to be viewed by persons using a Mac computer platform (My preferred computer). If you want to create a MS Publisher document for this or other classes, suggest that you provide a PDF file of the same work. The nice thing about a pdf is that your document will retain all formatting including margins and fonts. It will look the same, regardless of the computing platform.

Have a good week, back with you soon.
Dr. Jr

15 Sept S603 Update
Hello all,
Pardon me, I should have gotten this out a day or two earlier . . . time is flying and we are heading toward the weekend!

SCORING OF YOUR FORUM POSTINGS
Have completed reading you postings up through Deep Discussion 2. You will find it and previous scores credited on your gradesheet at Oncourse.

Normally I stay 'on-the-side' monitoring online discussions at Oncourse until all discussion has ended. Occasionally I might add information that can be used by everyone.

I was interested in reading your analysis and discussions for the second Deep Discussion assignments. Brought to mind how important it is for you to explore the ways that others have approached the design and development of course content. Saw each of you coming up with ideas and examples of how you would improve instruction. Keep cruising along!

ASSIGNMENTS
This weeks online reading assignments:
Course Communication http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_communication/index.htm
Asynchronous http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_communication/asynchronous.htm
Synchronous http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_communication/synchronous.htm
Community, Cohorts, and Collaboration http://eduscapes.com/distance/community_collaboration/index.htm
Community Building http://eduscapes.com/distance/community_collaboration/community.htm
Cohort Groups and Teamwork http://eduscapes.com/distance/community_collaboration/cohort_groups.htm
Collaborative and Cooperative Learning http://eduscapes.com/distance/community_collaboration/collaboration.htm

Work on completion of the Deep Discussion 3: Course and Program Guides
http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm#d3

Also identify / share the topic of your final project (Oncourse posting - Final Project area)
http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm#8
Forum area for sharing is setup in the third Forum section. In addition to the topic, feel free to discuss the goals / objectives, the age / type of learners, learner setting, time span, and any other important factors related to this formative stage (Not written in stone; in other words, if you change your mind in the near future, just go back and add a posting.).

PROJECT
Begin / continue work on your final project.

Some of you may find the following two pages from another course (S671 School Media) helpful; they are not assigned but provide some general resources related to education (teaching and learning from teacher librarian perspective) plus lesson planning. I provide them as options that you may decide how far you want to explore - undoubtedly there are parts not relevant and that you will want to skip over but perhaps things you can use?

The Teacher Librarian http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/teacher.html
Planning Lessons and Activities http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/lessonplan.html

Development Hint: Don't overlook making sure that your course materials are matched to your audience. Insure that the tone of your communications match the learners language and expectations. Motivate their interest by addressing content to them in a form that is as fun and inviting as possible. Use wording that is familiar to your intended users. Make the materials inviting; motivate their interest and participation.

I will be around and online every day. All of you have a great fall weekend.
Larry

8 Sept S603 Update
Hello again,
Hope that you had a great preceding week and weekend. Fall weather has arrived in Southern Utah, we are enjoying cool, cool nites (low 40s) with daytimes in the 70s and low 80s.

SCORING OF YOUR FORUM POSTINGS
I enjoyed reading your first Deep Discussion postings (DP1); scored your initial & reply / response postings (Recorded on Oncourse Gradebook). Appreciate your efforts in formulating and writing - - responding to the assigned prompts. I always learn new or relearn and reinforce important ideas from you, the class members - - you bring a wealth of experiences and ideas to the course. I try not to interject myself into these class discussions; they are primarily yours and I don't want to influence the thinking and discussions. Keep up sharing the great analysis, thoughts, and examples.

KEEPING ON TRACK
Hope that the course structure is making sense. If you follow the syllabus, attend to the calendar, and work through the course guide - - you will be fine.

ONCOURSE POSTINGS
A glitch that can occur is messed-up postings (metadata spilling over into Oncourse) from pasting text from MS Word into Oncourse. The posting can be cleaned up by taking your text into a simple text editor such as Notepad on a PC (Usually found in the Accessories folder) or TextEdit on the Mac. There you select all the text and convert to "Plain Text", then format to look as you wish, and copy / paste into Oncourse. Also in Oncourse, you are allowed to edit and replace your own postings; that way you can clean up the work if this happens.

ONLINE READINGS
You should be reading:
Course Guides http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/index.htm
Syllabus and Course Calendar http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/syllabus.htm
Personal Guides and Coursequests http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/coursequest.htm
Scaffolds for Learning http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/scaffolds.htm
Reception Scaffolds http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/reception.htm
Transformation Scaffolds http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/transformation.htm
Production Scaffolds http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_guides/production.htm
Dreamweaver for Course Development http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/dreamweaver.htm

Postings for DD3 are due next Monday (Replies / responses for DD2 are also to be completed).

Finally you should share the topic of your final project; post it online in the area setup in the Forum section (Scroll way down below the DD areas). At this point, making a decision on the topic does not mean that it is written in stone - - but given the length of this course, it is time to begin working on the final project. This is your starting point, and like all plans - - the final project evolves to its finished form.

READING & NOTETAKING ON THE WEB
One aspect resident in an online course is the perception of difference in reading online and reading from printed text. Some of you may want to "make notes in the margins." Others may like highlighting or sticky notes / Post-its. A couple of online tools that you may want to investigate are Diigo and Awesome Highlighter. Sign up for free services rather than pay option.
For Diigo, educators can have special accounts - requires completion and approval of online application
Directions for that are at http://help.diigo.com/teacher-account/faq
Another one to consider - - that is easier to use than Diigo is Awesome Highlighter
http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/

If interested in an archived workshop on digital note-taking and online concept maps, go to the online materials at http://eduscapes.com/sessions/notes/

ONLINE SPACE FOR THE PROJECT
Your final project must be made public on the Web. This space can be anywhere, just as long as the entry point is accessible on the Web. If you have the skills and access to a location, this can be a traditional website. However I would not recommend attempting to learn how to create a webpage for this task; we do not have enough time. I teach a 3-hour online course in the Spring term called Information Architecture for the Web; this is course on Web development that begins with learning basic html programming and finishes with using the Dreamweaver Web development software.

The web-form for your final project can be an html page, but if you are not proficient with web development - - use any of the several Web or Web2.0 technologies available. These include:

Google Sites
https://sites.google.com/
Offers a wide variety of templates that you can use and customize on your site.
Introduction to Google Sites http://youtu.be/tkTGrOcFiz0

Weebly
http://education.weebly.com/
Drag & drop website editor is simple to use and appropriate for use with students of all ages
Add pictures, videos, audio players, documents, maps, and photo galleries easily by dragging and dropping. Use Weebly's unbranded audio and video players

Webs
http://www.webs.com/
Can include videos, calendars, polls, and a wide variety of third party widgets.

Sites such as these do not require that users know how to program html or web development software. Their features and capabilities and 'look & feel' do vary. Explore their start-up / user help sections, FAQs and pick one that best fits your project needs.

The starting page of your final project may take any form such as a Wiki or traditional webpage. That entry page should then direct users to other materials such as a blog, wiki, forum, etc.

OPINIONS ABOUT ONLINE EDUCATION
A recent article by Jeffrey Young (Aug 28, 2011) in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
College Presidents are Bullish on Online Education but Face a Skeptical Public
http://chronicle.com/article/College-Presidents-Are-Bullish/128814/
Delivering courses in cyberclassrooms has gained broad acceptance among top college leaders, but the general public is far less convinced of online education's quality, according to new survey data released this week by the Pew Research Center, in association with The Chronicle.
Related article:
Parker, Kim; Lenhart, Amanda, and Moore, Kathleen (Aug 2, 2011). The Digital Revolution and Higher Education. Pew Research Center.
http://pewsocialtrends.org/2011/08/28/the-digital-revolution-and-higher-education/

DISTANCE LEARNING REQUIREMENTS BEING CONSIDERED FOR ALL IDAHO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
To learn about the proposal hearings, read Online Education Rules Get Hearings (brief article) from The Spokesman Review (Aug 2011).
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/aug/10/online-education-rules-get-hearings/

If you have questions, concerns, or just want to check understanding - do not hesitate to email me. I'm online every day and will get back with you as soon as possible. Have a good remainder of the week.

Lastly you may notice that Michael Starks recently added this course, and he will be working in the next few weeks to catch up to our group. Thanks in advance to those who monitor / read and respond to Michael's postings (Introduction & Deep Discussion DD#1) at Oncourse.
Dr J

1 Sept S603 Update
Hello gang,
I've enjoyed reading the introductions that you posted at Oncourse. We have a small group, but I think we can bring lots of varied ideas and experiences to the course. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourselves. It is important for you to come together as a learning community group. Much of the success of this and other courses is what you collectively discover, share, and bring to the 'classroom.' I can assure you that we can all be successful, just as long as we keep communications current.

Most of you shared tentative ideas for topic focus. Don't worry if you modify or completely change direction as you proceed. The preliminary ideas are part of the process . . . putting them down, describing them leads to added ideas and further refinement.

We are jumping along through the second week of a short course; hope all is going well for you in the course. Remember that if you are having problems, don't understand something, feeling a bit panicky about an assignment - - the worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself. Please communicate with me; I will do my best to help - - after all that is my job.

THIS WEEK'S ASSIGNMENTS
You should be reading through the following pages (online materials)
Course Content http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_content/index.htm
Structure http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_content/structure.htm
Elements http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_content/elements.htm
Emerging Formats http://eduscapes.com/distance/course_content/formats.htm

Deep Discussion - DD#1 should have already been completed / posted at Oncourse, and DD#2 will be due next Tuesday.

Remember to focus on the task assigned; make sure you cover the topic. There is not a certain length for a posting; the guidelines are meant to hint at a minimum. Looking for you to succinctly discuss the given situation, include your ideas, insights, experiences, and examples. But looking for quality rather than quantity and organization rather than a ramble.

You have several days to skim and scan through others comments and post a reply / response to one or as many as you wish. To gain the added score for a reply, your comments need to expand the conversation with added information, ideas, relevant examples, etc. They need to be more than good, positive feedback. However that is not meant to limit your postings, just meant to ensure that at least one or more gain you the added point. Post your reply in the week after the initial posting is due. I will be scoring your DD1 postings (initial and reply) early next week. Scores will be posted to the Oncourse gradebook.

In the short few weeks of this course, remember if you have a problem about any aspect of the course or encounter something that you do not understand or does not make sense, email me . . . together we can work it out.

Will be back with you again early next week. I'm will lurking around my computer off and on most days (8-)

Have a good holiday weekend,
Larry

26 Aug S603 Update
Hello Everyone,
Hope you have had a chance to explore the website and are starting to find your way around the materials. It may take a few days to get comfortable with sections.

Skim through / become familiar with The Guide, Requirements, Workshop Materials, and Workshop Content pages (Listed above with URLs)

COURSE WEBSITE
Pardon some repetition:
The entry point for all the online material is Teaching and Learning at a Distance http://eduscapes.com/distance/index.htm
Index page for content is Workshop Materials (S603 classes are all workshop courses) http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/index.htm
Workshop Content (An Overview) http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_content/index.htm

The Guide http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm
This webpage is intended to be your main guide through the content and activities. Repeat that - if you follow the Guide, it will take you through the course.

The assignments call for posting an Introduction and completing seven Deep Discussions (Forum postings, 2 pts. each plus 1 pt. possible for response / reply), and one final project encompassing both content and technology components (27 pts.).

The Requirements page includes assignments / point values.
http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/requirements.htm

The Course Calendar is found within the Syllabus http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/syllabus.htm

If you see any problems with the calendar and your personal schedule, let me know up front - - if possible before a task is due.

THE TERM "COURSE"
Note that throughout the course materials, I often use the word "course." This is not to be confused with your class (also the course); but usually the term is being applied in a generic fashion to a unit of study - - in this instance, a unit of study that is to be conducted at a distance. A course can be formal or informal in nature; for example, a book club, a library orientation, a seminar on cultural diversity, etc. The possibilities are almost endless.

ONLINE READINGS
My previous message touched upon assigned readings; here is the full listing for the week.

Also read
(1) The Basics http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/index.htm
(2) The Definitions http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/definitions.htm
(3) Eight Elements of Effective Online Courses http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/elements.htm
(4) The Learners http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_learners/index.htm
(5) Distance Learning Survey http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_learners/survey.htm
(6) Learning Styles http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_learners/learningstyles.htm
(7) Multiple Intelligences http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_learners/multiple_intelligences.htm
(8) Motivation and Engagement http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_learners/motivation.htm
(9) Self-Regulation http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_learners/self-regulation.htm

FORUM POSTING - DEEP DISCUSSION
Once you have completed this first batch of online readings, you are ready to complete the Deep Discussion 1: Learners and Learning http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm#d1
In your Forum posting for this activity, attend to all the listed criteria in the assignment - - however, you do not have to limit yourself to only those items.

The due date for posting your Introductions is today, Friday. But if anyone is still waiting for access to Oncourse, don't fret . . . just keep me informed.

Deep Discussion One is due next Monday, Aug. 29th. Two points are available for your original posting and one point for a reply / response. Replies are due within 5 days from the posting due date. For the Deep Discussion 1, your reply should be posted by Wed Sept 1. Replies should extend or add to ideas and information of original posting - - must be more than positive feedback, agreement, etc. More specific details are provided on The Guide.

If you are have any problem, do not understand the course website, or have a question or concern - - email me. I will get back with you as soon as possible. Have a good weekend.
Larry

22 Aug S603 Update - Let's Get Started
Hello everyone,
Today is the official start date for the course, and I hope that your are ready to get started? For the record, the calendar for the class is August 22nd to October 14th.

This is a S603 Workshop course (one of several under that number). You can take up to six credit hours of S603 Workshop courses if they fit into your program. This course is only taught in the Fall term.

Sorry this message is a bit long but it contains important startup information.

E-mail COMMUNICATION
I have received email from some of you. If you have not emailed me about this semester - - please send a brief note confirming that I have the correct email address. Kinda like the 'email me if you do not receive this message' thing (8-). If you have another preferred email address or name / nickname, etc., let me know.

Note that I respond quickest to email sent to my main address at larrjoh@gmail.com I check and read that mail daily. Throughout the course, I will mail out direct communications like this to you. These periodic email updates are to keep you informed on details directly related to the class, and I may include some personal stuff once in a while (where we are, what we are doing, etc.).

I will be sending out periodic email messages like this. I call them course updates. Recommend that you read through each of them carefully. They will be archived in the course materials so that you can go back and revisit whenever needed. Look for the email Archives section http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/archives.htm

Make sure that you understand the information and directions that each contains. If not, email me with your questions, ask for added explanation. I will do my best to make things clear and understood.

STARTING POINTS
There is no textbook, all readings will be online. First off, take time to get acquainted with the course website materials; suggest that you begin with exploring these sections:

Syllabus http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/syllabus.htm
Requirements http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/requirements.htm
The Guide http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm

ASSIGNMENTS
A basic component of any Lamb / Johnson Web course has always been discussions posted in the forum sections of Oncourse. Same here. As a participant, each of you share information and unique ideas that add to the depth and richness of the course. It's essential that you fully participate.

Introduce Yourself, Due Friday, Aug 26:
Go to Oncourse, locate our course, choose Forums, locate the Introduce Yourself forum, and share the following information in a a message.
1 - Introduce yourself to the class. Include your name in the subject of the message. Provide a little personal and professional information about yourself.
2 - Share something you've done that you don't think anyone else in the class has experienced.
3 - Also tell us about your online experiences. Have you taken online courses before? If yes, what did you like and dislike about this approach? If not, tell us about your other online activities. Do you surf, use Facebook, or maybe avoid the computer outside class?
4. What experiences have you had with distance learning (Not restricted to Web or online activities)? Summarize some of your thinking of the potential of distance learning for libraries.
5. Share the topic of the online course you plan to work on during this workshop.

Post your message. Then, go back and skim the introductions. Comment on someone else's experiences or information; add to / expand from their ideas. Reply to at least one person who is working on a topic of interest or expertise.

Deep Disucssion 1: Learners and Learning
(Detailed assignment for this activity is embedded within the Course Guide) Due Monday, Aug 29th.
Two points are available for your original posting and one point for a reply / response - scored as to completeness in meeting criteria assigned. Replies are due within 5 days from the posting due date. For this Cohort Collaboration 1, your reply should be posted by the following Saturday. Replies should extend or add to ideas and information of original posting - - must be more than positive feedback, agreement, etc.

ONLINE READINGS
Notice on The Guide http://eduscapes.com/distance/workshop_materials/guide.htm that the content for this course is grouped into three sections.

Begin with Part 1 - Course Content, Organization, and Web Development. Now that you have completed your introduction, read the following materials:
Start at The Basics webpage http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/index.htm
The Definitions http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/definitions.htm
Eight Elements of Effective Online Courses http://eduscapes.com/distance/the_basics/elements.htm
Note: You are also welcome to skim through the webpage on Dreamweaver for Course Development. However be assured that this is not a class requirement (Only provided as supplemental information).
You can use online resources such as a Web hosting site like Googlesites http://sites.google.com/

YOUR INSTRUCTOR
A little background (For those few who have taken a course from me before, please excuse the repetition); this is my 'Introduce Yourself': I have been a classroom teacher, a school library media specialist at a junior and senior high school, a district wide media administrator, a media administrator at both a community college and a university, and have taught at a couple of universities. My wife, Annette Lamb, and I maintain a website for educators http://eduscapes.com that normally receives over ten million hits a month. We also co-author the Info-Tech column in Teacher Librarian.

I enjoy teaching web-based / online courses and exploring and learning new things. I'm a relatively new kind of professor - - I teach classes for IUPUI, but do not live in Indiana. I did live in IN for several years. Unusual personal experience - for a decade my wife, Annette Lamb, and I lived, traveled, and worked in our motorhome (RV) - - have traveled throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada. Only state we have not visited is Alaska (some day). You can more about our lives and lifestyle at http://www.eduscapes.com/lamb/

We have three children (daughter and two sons) who grew up and completed college in the Midwest. Brooke lives in Chicago and is the web editor for the American Osteopathic Association. Blake is the office manager for an electronics firm in Barcelona, Spain. Benjamin taught high school Spanish a few years and today builds and sells dulcimers, guitars and is a bluegrass musician living in Manitou Springs, CO.

A few years back, Annette and I purchased land and built our home on Boulder Mountain in southern Utah. The homesite is a high desert location at 7,300' elevation and adjacent to the Dixie National Forest. Boulder Mountain is an ancient volcanic uplift that climbs to over 11,000 feet above us and has several dozen lakes and lots of open space. We like to hike, camp, fish, travel, and are still getting acquainted with the varied landscapes nearby - - think mountain forests (Aspens and Ponderosa pines up above, pinion and juniper dominate at our level) and red rock canyons and deserts at lower elevations. Capitol Reef National Park is within twenty miles and southern UT has a sweeping string of national parks, national monuments, and wilderness areas. We are located near the center of those between Moab and Zion NP. If you saw the movie 127 hours http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542344/ the actual event and location of Aron Ralston's accident, Blue John Canyon is on the eastern side of our County. One glaring error in the movie was the slide / plunge down into a slot canyon into a blue pool of water; everyone here knows that any water left inside flood-prone slot canyons would be shallow, red-brown and mucky grungy. Otherwise the film was accurate; much of the footage was shot on location here.

You can see a few photos and learn a little more about this country at http://offtrack-jumpintherails.blogspot.com/ (another one of our websites).

Have a great day, and I will be back with you in a few days. If you have questions and or concerns, do not hesitate to get back in touch.
Larry

17 Aug S603 Update - Prior To Startup
Hello everyone,
Hope that your are about ready to get started in S603 Teaching & Learning at a Distance? Next Monday is the official start date.

Some pre-class information:
If you have another email address that you would prefer me to use, just let me know. During the course, I will be sending out periodic 'update' email messages, and it's important that you receive and read those promptly. Other than email, the remainder of the course is spent either at the course website or at Oncourse.

There is NO TEXTBOOK for this course; all our readings will be accessed online via the course website at http://eduscapes.com/distance/index.htm

You may start exploring the Workshop Materials and Workshop Content whenever you like. I will be back with more specific startup recommendations by next Monday.

LEAD OFF ACTIVITY - NOT YET REQUIRED
If you are ready to get a small jump on the course materials; read an article that Annette and I authored a few years back. It addresses how broadly diverse contemporary distance education is becoming, that distance learning encompasses all types of libraries and library patrons. The article poses some challenging questions for librarians attempting to serve these library patrons in their quest as distance learners.
Johnson, Larry and Lamb, Annette (2009). Addressing Diverse Needs: Differentiation in Distance Learning (pdf document). Indiana Libraries (Journal of the Indiana Library Foundation & Indiana State Library); 28(3), 3-6.

Note: The entire issue of Indiana Libraries (2009; v. 28(3)) was devoted to articles related to distance learning (I have not found the publication online via database collections, but you may be able to access a print copy of the journal at a Indiana Library).

One goal in our writing of the article was to expand people's ideas and concepts of what distance education / distance learning is about? Often one thinks of distance learning in terms of online teaching, televised courses, or teleconferences - situations with which they have experience. However in reality there are lots of other options; a broad spectrum of delivery modes and ways of incorporating distance education components. That is what this course is about.

Consider all these and other options as you continue through the course. And if you are still on summer vacation or just not ready to start looking at course content, that's fine too.

If this is your first IUPUI course, you do need an IUPUI network account to use Oncourse.

If you have questions or other concerns, do not hesitate to get back in touch, send an email to larrjoh@gmail.com. I'll be e-seeing you again next Monday with intro information and startup instructions for the course.
Dr. J

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