If you've made it this far, you've pretty much got the content procedure
down. Click on the Lessons button to see what's available. Remember that
this will change as noted in the syllabus. Each lesson has an organizer page
that lists the sections (pages) and objectives. There's a lot of content in
these notes and references, so use that to help focus (limit) your
investigations. Remember that this course simulates the seminar experience.
You'll learn a lot just by listening to the speakers; but, keep in mind that
I've edited out a lot that is in the references to maximize your time online.
Your "final exam" is actually a 3-part project assignment.
Take some time to review the Projects area. This is where you get
to shine on-stage! You'll use other tools to develop your final project
submissions, mainly Workgroups and GEMweb2. It will take some time - and thought
- to complete this part of the course. Don't panic, but don't let this go...
Explore the GEMweb2 site to get your bearings this week. Each seminar will
investigate a different aspect of science and/or education to help you think of
new approaches to various topics. Use the Project Tasks to
upload your completed items by the date indicated in the course syllabus.
Every odd seminar week (3, 5, and 7), you'll need to click
on the Assignments button to submit your individual work for grading.
This tool automatically checks for plagiarism, so just enter your honest review
into a Microsoft Word document (saved as version 2003 or earlier). The
assignments are short, but require a lot of thought. If you can report your
work in few words, you are the expert! Trust me, composing a 300-500 word
abstract is not an easy task when you've spent the better part of your life (or
week) working on a topic...
We'll use two different types of
discussions in this course. Clicking on the Workgroups button will take you to
your team's private discussion area, as you know. Clicking on the Discussions
button in the course menu will take you right to our open class area. The good
news is that the way you review, post, and reply to comments is the same for
both! As we’ll use the discussion tool extensively, take some
time to work through the tutorial now. Just click on the link provided
on the Syllabus page to launch the tutorial.
Every even seminar week (2, 4, and 6), you'll need to
click on the Assessments button to complete an automatically-scored quiz.
The specific items you'll want to review are listed in the lesson and test
description. As noted in the test instructions, you need to finish the test
within one hour of when you first launch it. So, don't open it to get the
questions then try to go back to enter your responses! As you'll see from
the feedback, these items are not intended to be tricky, but to give you credit
for paying attention to the presentation and summary notes.
You'll become intimately familiar with the GEMweb2
resource as you explore and discuss it with your Workgroup and help build it
with your Projects!
This course is set to open on the Announcements
page by default. Check there (and in your Student Portal) for important updates
and reminders. You can always click on the button in the course menu to take
another look at the current and past announcements.
The Gradebook is a great management tool for this
course! The various items listed are coded to the weeks we'll be working
together this semester. I will enter a zero
(0) for items that are not submitted before the due date indicated in the
syllabus. Notice that there is a legend to
indicate the status of each item, if you don't see a numeric value:
In Progress - No Information
Denotes an unavailable item
I've also made a few other Tools available to you for
use as you see fit - if you want to use them!