First, although we will provide more details below, the basic formula for a successful participation in this class is simple:
As soon a you register for this class, we recommend you do the following steps immediately to get ready for your participation in this class:
Complying with the steps listed above will insure you have the best possible experience in this class.
This course contains four audio-graphic video lectures for approximately 30 minutes each. Please watch the videos as many times as you wish for full comprehension. The video-on-demand media are available to you at any time, typically 24x7. If we have to do technical maintenance of the media or media servers, we typically do this work between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. so to be minimally disruptive to our students.
The course textbook is important and is considered an integral part of the course. Do the assigned reading as the course progresses. You can purchase the book online in our Online Bookstore or acquire it from any source you have available to you. Each weekly reading assignment won't be too long and can be easily accomplished.
The Class Forum is the cornerstone of our interactive features. In the Class Forum you can open new threads of conversations for discussions or questions on any topic you wish. Also, you can read the threads of your classmates and instructors/mentors/teaching assistants and post comments, if you wish, expanding the discussion.
After you view each video session, enter the Class Forum and either start or continue discussions of the material just covered in the video you just finished viewing. There will be assigned discussion point that you should participate in. Also, please feel free to expand any point or start entirely new threads on any topic you wish. The Class Forum is asynchronous which means your colleagues in the class won't have to be on-line together; you can post your new thread or comment and come back later to read replies and enter additional responses. Again, remember that your online forum discussions are not in “real time” either; therefore, you may be reading comments which were made days prior to your participation. This does not mean that you are “behind”; it simply means that your schedule is different from your classmates. Each student studies and completes assignments at his or her personal pace (within the maximum time permitted). Each session is scheduled to keep the class more or less on the same pace from week to week but each student may vary their participation.
Each lesson process is the similar to the others. For some lessons, there are more documents to review. At a minimum, PDF for the PowerPoint slides used in the video-on-demand sessions will be posted in the Class Materials page. There are variations in the amount of reading from the required textbook, and there are different assignments for each content area. Be sure that you are familiar with the SPECIFIC requirements for each session. Viewing the video-on-demand sessions are only one part of the class experience. Interaction with the instructor and other students is a continuous process, and completion of assignments is periodic.
There will be one conference call scheduled with the instructor during the fifth week after the class starts. Check the Class Calendar for any scheduled date(s). The access number and codes can be found on the Live Audio Conference Calls page. Viewing all video-on-demand sessions, assigned readings and postings to the discussion boards should be completed by the end of the fourth week prior to the conference call. It will most beneficial to the student to post after viewing each segment and thus giving the instructor more time to respond individually to each participant as the class progresses.
At the end of the class, please complete the End-of-Class Survey to give us feed back about your experiences in this class. These surveys are important and we pay close attention to what you say. Your responses will be confidential. The information you provide will help us improve the total experience for future participants.