Internet and American Life Tour
Hello and welcome to CSC 442:The Internet and American Life I’m your instructor, Carrie Levin. I’m providing you with this brief tour of our blackboard site to familiarize you with the way our blackboard has been set up and the expectations for the course. There is no textbook for the course. All assigned materials can be found online in our blackboard. So let’s go through course menu. The first thing I want to draw your attention, of course, is the announcements. And this is what you’ll see when you open the blackboard. I ask that you please read all the announcements. You’ll receive the announcements in e-mail as part of the daily blackboard notifications but I’m going to recommend that you read them on the blackboard site, because I may include videos, photos, or infographics that will not be viewable in e-mail. Now let’s take a look at the syllabus. The syllabus contains information that is crucial to your success in the course. How many postings do you need to make per week? Can you turn in work late? How many points you need to score an A? What you need to do for the research projects? All of these answers can be found in the syllabus. So please read it very carefully. Read it more than once, and refer to it as necessary throughout the semester. If you have any questions about the information contained in the syllabus, please e-mail me or leave me a question on the “Questions for Instructor” discussion forum. The course calendar is here. It’s the next item. All due dates for this class will appear on the course calendar as well as at the end of the syllabus and in the discussion forum descriptions. You will find – when you click on that course calendar link – that links for your other blackboard courses will appear here and you can click on any of them or all of them and look at all of that in your course calendar. But, please be aware that only those instructors who set their due dates using the blackboard tools will have the assignments appear on this course calendar. We’re moving into the content of our blackboard which can be found under Weekly Materials. The way this course is set up, we approach a different topic each week and all of the materials that you need for that topic are found in the weekly materials folders. The folders are organized by week and you can navigate the content by clicking on the table of contents here on the left. So I can go from the objectives to the readings, do the readings, take the quiz, and then go to my discussion forum, and launch my discussion for the week. And then you can navigate back like going out through what we call the “bread crumbs” here at the top. You’ll notice that when you look at the weekly materials you’re only going to see the first three topics. I will release… you’ll have three of weeks available to you at any one time, and I don’t really want anyone working ahead any further than that. I think the class works best when we stay together. Let’s take a look at one of the quizzes. I’m just gonna launch this quiz, and you’ll note that it has a time limit of 20 minutes. It will be saved automatically that time. And we’re going to have one of these quizzes each week. It’s a 10 question multiple choice, low stakes quiz. It’s due Friday by midnight. And, as I say this is every week. This is sort of an online learning equivalent of an open book quiz. I absolutely expect that you’ll reference the readings as you take the quiz. But this is the crucial thing that I really want you to remember – you must score 100% on the quiz to earn the point for the week. The quiz is set up so that you may take the quiz as many times as you need to in order to score 100%. The quizzes may not be taken late. Once you’re past the due date, that quiz is no longer available to you. So, I’m just gonna click out of that, and take a look of the discussion forums here. And each week you’ll be posting answers to questions based on the readings to our discussion forum, and a link to our weekly forum – as you can see – can be found in weekly materials. You’ll see the questions. As you see here these are the week one questions. You’ll click to launch and you’ll go ahead and create a thread, and post your answers to those questions here. Now we’re going to get down into some of the support items in the blackboard. Under instructor information you will see my photo and a little bit of information about me, especially my contact information. While I work on campus and am here 8:30 – 5:00 Monday through Friday, I’m not always at my desk, but please feel free to call during business hours or probably the best way to contact me is through e-mail, and I will try to answer all your questions just as quickly as I can. The next item in a blackboard is the research resources and the section of our course menu will become more important as you begin your research projects. It contains numerous items that will help you write your annotated bibliography and final paper, so please take a look at this. I’ll remind you that these resources are there when we get closer to the due dates of those assignments. Under student work examples, I’ve posted examples of each kind of assignment that you will have in the class. I do so to help you understand my expectations for each of these assignments. All assignments posted here earned full credit so please do take a look. And the final tabs in our course menu are UIS Library Research Help help and My Grades. The library link will take you to the library site and a dedicated librarian for students who are taking computer science courses and if you click here you will see that that is a gentleman named Steve McMinn. So you should all get to know Steve. And, of course, My Grades will be where you click to find your grades. And, I’d like to just go over the ways that I’m going to leave feedback for you. I use the blackboard rubrics and I also leave you feedback in the forums. And the way you look at your grades, you will see once once a grade is up there, you can click on “view rubric” and you’ll see that your rubric has been scored. There are different descriptions of the criteria on which I’m scoring you, and you have any questions about that please feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail. I’m also going to leave… there’s a little text box in which I leave comments for your postings, and to look at those comments you can click on the little bubble here – if you hover over that, you can see it says “view feedback” – and usually I’ll leave a little more feedback than that, but it will pop…give you a popup window with your feedback. You’ll also see under the Syllabus tab of our blackboard, there is up a little video that shows you how to look at your quiz scores. I’m looking for to have a great semester with all of you. If you have any questions, of course, as I said, please take a look at the contact information under instructor information and give me a call or send me an e-mail.