L595 Email Archives Summer 2005
This page contains the archives of course announcements and emailed updates.
L595 Technology Rich Learning - Update Archives
Update 4 - L595 Technology
Rich Learning (May 16, 2005)
Our conference ended Sunday evening. It was a good meeting with lots of ideas and information shared between professors from around the country. But its now time to catch up and score some of your Oncourse postings.
Oncourse has a built-in gradebook. Its now online, and you can find it in the Tools section. Choose Online Gradebook and then Gradebook. Your page will appear.
I will put an "X" in the box for your completed Introduce Yourself and and a few other tasks. Remember, these are required but not graded. (8-)
You'll notice that there are 26 spots (13 postings and 13 replies) for the STARS activities. Assuming you do an outstanding job, you'll get 2 points for your posting and a 1 point for a reply / response to someone else's posting. Mark your postings clearly as a reply or posting.
There are also places for scoring the projects and other assigned course activities in the gradebook.
If you find something incorrect on your gradebook, let me know. I am a professor, but I'm not perfect. ;-)
Also Stars 2 and 3 are due Monday, today.
As you work on the Oncourse discussions, read the instructions carefully and identify all required components that are to be included / attended to in each posting.
A few people have asked about criteria
for the STAR Replies. There's no specific criteria other than contributing
to the discussion in some way that goes beyond "way to go" or "I agree." The
key is ADDING to the discussion. These are all possibilities:
Your Job in the Course
Project 1: Technology Connection http://eduscapes.com/trl/projects.html#1
I run my email in the background of my computer 24/7, I only check Oncourse mail every few days.
HTML vs Smart Text
Smart Text means that it will turn URLs directly into hyperlinks. So, if I simply wrote http://cnn.com (do not place a punctuation mark next to the address, because the software assumes that it is part of the URL) The http://cnn.com would automatically become active. A technique that works well for posting is to write something like:
Example - Visit CNN Interactive at http://cnn.com
Choose HTML if you use actual HTML coding such as the following example:
Example - This is an example of
using HTML codes to link to the <a
href="http://cnn.com"> CNN Interactive </a>
Use the PRACTICE DISCUSSION area I've set in Oncourse to practice this.
Font Size Issues
Within your Web browser, find the View menu and choose "Text size" > "Increase." You can do this over and over to make it increasingly larger.
If you're using Explorer as your web browser, go to "View" and choose "Text Zoom" and make it 150 or 200%. This should help a lot.
Archive of Emailed Updates
Update 3- L595
Technology Rich Learning (May 14, 2005)
I think it's fun to see where we share interests. Like many of you, I like the outdoors, reading, and all kinds of music. I generally have CNN Headline news or the Weather Channel up on the TV screen in the background (sound muted) when I'm working. I think it's just habit. Annette and I spend most of our time working online but when we want to take a short break, I like to read nonfiction and fiction, hike and drive backroads in the Jeep, and photograph our surroundings.
Simply work your way down the CourseQuest http://eduscapes.com/trl/coursequest1.html page and begin working your way through the readings, exercises, and assignments (STARSs).
You will find that the readings are located at different areas or sections within the eduScapes family of websites http://eduscapes.com including Teacher Tap, 42explore, and Literature Ladders.
The first required online readings should already be completed:
Don't worry if you don't have experience as a teacher or librarian. Do your best making use of the readings and your life experiences to address the STARS. http://eduscapes.com/trl/require.html
Oncourse Forum Discussions
I'll be lurking around the forums throughout the semester. Occasionally, I'll add a comment. I try to stay out of conversations because some people "clam-up" when the "teacher" starts talking. If I have a particular comment about your posting, I'll put a little note on your Gradebook page.
Cohort Group Discussions
Many students have not used Oncourse before, so I designed the Portal Activity to provide a little practice. First, explore the starting points I've provided. Then, share your favorites in one of the Cohort Group areas. These may be ones from my list or resources you've found useful in your experiences with libraries, education, and/or children and young adults. Keep in mind that we have students with a wide range of experiences in this course. Some people have no experience with libraries, education or kids... don't worry... this course will help you with all three of these areas.
The first two Big Picture postings should be complete: Introduce Yourself and Tech Rich Learning http://eduscapes.com/trl/require.html#introduce
Free Web Hosting
A few people have expressed an interest in free web hosting services. A list is available through the following link: http://www.eduscapes.com/arch/arch5.html
Adding HTML for Links and Pictures
If you want to insert a picture, you need to use a picture that is already
online. For example, I added my photo from my website using the HTML
line below. I just added it right into the text of the message and it
inserted the picture. Example:
If you want to insert a hot web link, you need to start with <A HREF=" followed
by the web address followed by "> followed by what you want to
be a hotlink such as a word or the address again followed by </A>
<A HREF="http://eduscapes.com/mm">Mobile Mavericks</A>
Add a "return carriage" at the end of a line with a <br> command.
You don't need to do this in your discussions, but you can give it a try if you wish. If you want to practice, use the general class discussion area.
Read through the CourseQuest carefully. It ties all the materials together and provides the process activities and the products for the course. Oncourse is simply used as a place to share ideas (cohort groups) and share activities (Tremor forums).
A few people may still be in the process of getting IUPUI accounts to access Oncourse. If you have trouble meeting the course deadlines, just keep me informed... technical problems are just part of the "online learning experience." As long as you've checked with me, there are no formal penalties if you need a few extra days to complete an assignment.
You do not have time to procrastinate. My regular class email messages
will either be very encouraging or very annoying. Hopefully they'll help
you "de-stress" and stay on target. If you stay focused, you'll
learn a lot. Be sure to have fun along the way!
L595 Technology Rich Learning (May 12, 2005)
Each of you comes with a unique set of skills and experiences. As you move through the course materials, be sure to email me if you find yourself lost of confused. It's my pleasure (as well as my job) to help. (8-) Regardless of whether you're interested in libraries, teaching, or simply finding out more about using technology in learning, we're going to have a great time!
I prefer to use my personal email for class interactions rather than using the email within Oncourse. In other words, if you want or need to contact me quickly - - email me at email@example.com My personal email is on almost "24/7" so I'll usually get back to you shortly. I often only check Oncourse every few days. However you're free to use the Oncourse mail with classmates if you prefer.
When something is going on in my daily schedule, I will try to make you aware - - otherwise I will be online most of the day. For example, today I (we) are completing our drive to Estes Park (we are already in southeastern Colorado so the trip in will take about six hours). Will be back online this evening. Following that, Annette and I are attending a meeting of the Professors of Instructional Design (PIDT) group that is meeting in Estes Park, Friday through Sunday. We will still be returning to the motorhome in the evening, so I will be online daily.
Course Index. This page contains links to all the course materials.
Syllabus. This page provides the course syllabus including the course
materials, goals, requirements, grading policy, and calendar.
Calendar. This page provides the course calendar including the assignments
and due pages. Notice that the calendar has three columns. The first
column provides dates. The second column discusses the things you should
be doing such as things to work on and read. The third column states
the projects that are due.
Mail Archives. This page contains the archives of the course announcements
and email updates.
Requirements. This page highlights the course assignments and activities
including readings, STARS discussions, and 3 Projects.
CourseQuest Learning Guide: Course Readings & STARS. This page will
serve as your guide through the course. It tells you what to read and
the activities and projects that should be completed.
Course Projects. This page details the three projects required for the
Course Checklist. Contains a checklist of course requirements. This
is a great place to keep track of your work.
No Synchronous Meetings
Instructor (One half of the team)
Back with you soon,
1- L595 Technology Rich Learning (May 13, 2005)
It's time to get started with Summer School and L595: Technology Rich Learning.
E-Mail Updates for the Course
There are no required face-to-face or virtual meetings; however everyone should be started working online as a class by Wednesday May 11th (the official start date). The summer will fly by quickly, so it's important to stay ahead of the schedule rather than get behind.
In addition to using Oncourse, I like to keep in touch by email. I'll be sending email updates regularly. If you'd prefer to receive them at a different address, please let me know. If you think you might have missed an update, you can always check the archives at http://eduscapes.com/trl/archives.html
Use the CourseQuest Learning Guide to take you through the requirements
for the course.
Other Important Materials Include:
Also, you'll need an IUPUI account to access the Oncourse materials for class discussions at http://oncourse.iu.edu/
The class discussions will take place within the forums of Oncourse. It took us a few days to get the forums updated from the last time the course was offered, but they should be ready to use now.
**The quickest way to get the book may be directly from the ALA website at http://www.alastore.ala.org/
The readings from the book are not required for a few weeks, so don't panic. You've got lots of time to get the book.
I enjoy teaching online courses and exploring the world around us. If
you'd like to learn more about me and Annette,
If you have questions, be sure to e-ask (as in email me). About a third of the students in the class have taken one of my other online courses... they survived to take another one... that's a great sign. (;-)
I'll be sending updates every few days, so I'll e-see you again soon!
First Timer Advice
So first thing, explore the webmaterials. Become familiar with Oncourse - even if you have used this in other classes, you may find its setup for this class to be slightly different. We will concentrate our work / postings in two locations within Oncourse: (1) In Touch where online discussions are posted. Notice that there is a thread setup for practice - - here you can check a posting to see if it works, that the links are active, etc. The other place that we will use as your postings are scored is the (2) online gradebook that you will find in the "Tools" tab.
Reminder that this summer term goes quickly, and that we will cover the same amount of material as in the regular term.
How much time will the class require?
I am not trying to scare anyone off, but I do want you to have the facts. If you have any added questions or concerns, please get back in touch.
Over the next three days, we may or may not be online much depending on where we park on our trip - - under a big tree or next to an overlooming bluff does not work for Internet access (8-). Today we are on top of a mountain near the Arkansas / Oklahoma border and we are surrounded by trees but none are blocking our line-of-sight satellite connection. We should arrive in Estes Park on Thursday, so I'll e-see you all again then if you have questions.
Looking forward to May 11th and I will be back with you soon,
Larry and Annette :-)