You will find a detailed schedule of due dates for all the class activities on the Course Calendar.
Use the following links to locate information on this page:
This class is intended to be a practical approach to the skills needed by today's information technologies, media specialists, librarians, and educators. Whether you're interested in the role of the school media specialist, public librarian, or another type of information technologist, this course is designed to be flexible enough to address the varied needs of students.
Keep in mind that this class contains students with a wide variety of educational, work, life, and technology experience. Try not to compare yourself to other students. Instead, focus on your own strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to email your instructor if you have questions or concerns about the specific projects and how they can better fit your professional needs.
Your instructor will be sending out periodic class updates to review important course information and assignments. Please read these carefully. If you have questions, please reply to these updates for clarifications or questions. If you think you've missed one of these communications, check the Course Email Archives.
Since this is an online course, much of the sharing and discussion will happen using the OncourseCL online learning environment. However since you'll be experiencing many different technologies in this course, be sure to read the activity guidelines carefully to determine where projects should be shared.
Use the following documents if you have questions about Oncourse:
Oncourse contains a menubar on the left side of the screen for easy navigation. Use the following instructions to help you use the resources for this course:
Below you'll find your first assignment. This will get you starting making Oncourse postings. Required course assignments can be found in yellow boxes. Directions for the specific items you should post are listed in green.
The biggest drawback to an online class is the lack of face-to-face communication with your instructor and your peers. I'll be sending out weekly course updates that will hopefully help you feel connected to me. I'll be reading your assignments which will help me feel connected to you. We can email personally whenever you have something you'd like to share or discuss. I LIVE on email... in the motorhome our living room, dining room, bathroom, and bedroom are all within 38 feet, so I'm always available. When I'm "on-the-road" I'll usually provide information in the weekly update. In this case, it should still take less than 24 hours for a reply.
Let's get to know each other. These introductions will help you get to know all of your classmates.
Your first assignment involves posting some information about yourself and getting to know your classmates. Some people like to share photographs, personal websites, favorite movies or books, family information, or other tidbits that will help the class get to know you. This is important because you'll be involved in lots of online discussions. This is all done in Oncourse so "outsiders" won't be able to see the information.
Enter the Oncourse materials, choose the class page. Click MESSAGE CENTER from the list of options on the left. You'll see a General Discussion area. Click the Introduce Yourself discussion. Read the directions. Click COMPOSE to write a message. Be sure to include your name in the Subject Line and write your message in the space provided. Using the tools above the message area, you may wish to insert a photo or a link to a favorite website. If you need help, check the "Help" discussion for the directions. Then, post your message.
You will be sharing many assignments during the semester. Rather than relying on university space, it's a good idea to start thinking about long-term storage of assignments that you might eventually wish to place in your professional portfolio.
You may wish to share your projects and get feedback from classmates before submitting to your instructor. Classmates can help identify typos and missing elements that can impact your grade. By reading the assignments of others you can often find ideas that might enhance your own project. Remember this is not a competition, all assignments are graded with the same checklist.
Use the following resources to explore sources of web space.
1. Oncourse. Provides space to store assignments.
One option is to simply attach the file to a message posting. This is fine, but the file wouldn't be available outside Oncourse if others wish to see it. For example, you might want to share it with a prospective employer or friend.
The second option is to upload the file to your Oncourse Workspace and make it public on the web. Use the following readings to learn more about this space:
Here are directions to help you upload to this space and ensure that projects can be viewed by others on the web.
Enter OnCourse. Go to the MY WORKSPACE option in the red banner across the top of the new OncourseCL.
To Upload files:
Once you've uploaded files return to MY WORKSPACE, you should see the new items on the list.
Your address will be your user name instead of ANLAMB
Remember NOT to use spaces in folder or file names.
You can use this URL to tell others about this document, file, movie, sound, graphic, or whatever kind of file you uploaded. You can also use this as a link on a webpage or blog.
2. IUPUI Space. Go to Publishing Pages on Mypage to learn about setting up your own university web space. If you place your project here, it will have a URL such as http://mypage.iu.edu/~anlamb/filename
3. Personal Space. Use your own personal or work web space. Most local service providers provide space for personal pages.
4. Free Web Space. Use free services such as Google Sites for your own personal site. If you need additional ideas of locations for free space, contact your instructor.
This course contains a series of activities leading to a final project. A total of 50 points are possible.
A CourseQuest will guide you through the materials. You should systematically work your way through the CourseQuest. It begins with an introduction and course task, process, project, evaluation, and conclusion.
Throughout the CourseQuest, you'll be directed to read web pages and complete Flash Modules. You will be downloading the Flash Modules which are PDF files. They are large files and may take a while to download. These activities are required for your success in the course. Your activities and projects will reflect your understanding of these readings.
Flashlight assignments will focus on building specific skills essential in developing effective projects. You are required to complete, share, and discuss each of these assignments.
You'll also find blue boxes which contain Flashlight Activities within the CourseQuest. These activities are intended to help you analyze and apply the course content. The activities are required, posted in the Oncourse forums, and graded. You will receive UP TO 7 points for each of the Flashlight. SIX points will be awarded for the posting. The postings will be evaluated based on the criteria provided with each assignment. ONE point will be given for a QUALITY reply.
Below you'll find examples of the kinds of "responses" that will be counted. Feel free to "get into" the discussion with as many comments to your peers as you'd like. However to receive your 1 response point, be sure that your response is insightful and will help others in their learning.
It is recommended that you create the written part of your assignment in a word processor, then paste it into an Oncourse posting. Oncourse has been known to crash, so it's a good idea to have a back up of your text.
In many cases, it's useful to have a "screen shot" to demonstrate an idea. Here are the directions for making a graphic that can be pasted into Word or attached to an assignment.
Macintosh Screen Capture. If you have Mac OSX, it's easy to use the built-in key commands for grabbing a screen.
If you have Mac OSX, you can also use the Grab Utility. This allows you to capture windows that are open.
Windows Screen Capture. The PRINT SCREEN key allows you to capture the Desktop or individual windows. You'll have to look for this key on your keyboard, it's placement varies with the type of keyboard.
To capture the entire screen:
To capture the current window on your screen:
Your Course Project is worth half your grade, 22 points. It will require you to apply what you've learned in the other assignments.
You are required to provide constructive feedback related to the final project for at least three of your classmates. You may do this during the development process or after the final project has been posted. Although most people will posting comments on the Final Project discussion thread, you may wish to send personal mails. (Required, no points)
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