Each session includes readings, activities, and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete weekly. This is a three-hour graduate level course and will require 30 - 45 hours to successfully complete the tasks. Participants should plan to spend 6.5 - 7 hours weekly to read assignments, complete activities including the session projects and participate actively in the weekly discussions.
Orientation Quiz: During the Orientation Session, participants are expected to complete the Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be completed as many times as necessary to score at least a 90% accuracy.
Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.
Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.
Course Projects: Each week participants will download and save a session project template and complete a session project. Participants can type directly into the file. During Sessions One through Six, participants will place their completed session project into Discussion #2 for peer-review. Each participant will peer-review a colleague's session project. During Sessions One through Six, participants will attach their session project to the session dropbox for facilitator review. The following project templates rubrics will be used during this course.
Note: It is imperative that participants log on to each new weekly session on Wednesday, the opening day of the session, as many of the activities in the weekly sessions of this course include implementation of the activities with students. These activities must be planned by Thursday of each week and implemented by Friday with the students in order to complete and submit the project reflections and discussions in a timely manner.
Discussion Forum: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in Discussion Forum #1.This course has dual discussion posting for each session, one of which is a peer-review forum in which participants review a colleague's project.
Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the Discussion #1 prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings in Discussion #1 each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original Discussion #1 messages by course participants and enough additional Discussion #1 responses to make a total of 50% of the Discussion #1 messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.
The guidelines for the discussions and how they will be evaluated are located in the Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings. The facilitator will follow these guidelines and the checklist when evaluating successful participation in Discussion #1.
Participants are also required to post their session project to Discussion #2 of each session for peer-review. Each session will have a peer-review rubric which is a modified version of the project rubric that the facilitator will use to evaluate the participants' projects. Read the Rubric Review Help Guide for guidelines about conducting a peer-review. Participants will highlight the items in the "Satisfactory" column on the peer-review rubric that meet expectations and make remarks in the "Comments" column about items that need improvement. Also, any areas that are exemplary will be placed in the "Comments" column. These rubric reviews will be posted in the Discussion #2 and participants will have the opportunity to revise the project before submitting it for facilitator grading.
All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented.
Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project.
Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course.
Course projects are to be the work of an individual course participant. Group projects require special permission of the program coordinator, Donna Landin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants are to seek assistance regarding the appropriate software programs to be downloaded when updating or installing new programs on their computers. Inappropriate downloads of software may result in malicious programs being installed on your computer.