- Internet access - It's an online course!
- Enthusiasm, creativity, and a willingness to work with the team to explore ideas, and research strategies and tools that will help us become better educators!
- There are no required books - we'll be using online resources throughout the course instead.
Several visual clues are used throughout this website:
- Main Sections and Titles
- Things you are assigned to read, think about, and do!
- Optional - Well worth your time, but not required. They will provide more depth and learning.
- As a cohort, we'll be using Instructure Canvas as our tool to communicate and collaborate! Please use the message center in Canvas to communicate with us. If you need assistance learning how to do that, we have provided Canvas video tutorials in the Resources section of this site. Watch the student videos, and particularly watch the video entitled "Communicate with Your Instructor and Peers". These videos will teach you nearly everything you need to know to communicate in Canvas. You can easily get to Canvas at My.USU.edu. You will need your A# and strong password to log in. If you have trouble logging in - please call the USU Help Desk (435-797-4357).
- If you'd like to visit with us face-to-face, we can visit in person at during office hours. Or, we can do a Google Hangout, or a Skype visit. Please arrange a time with us beforehand through Canvas messaging.
- As mentioned on the home page, this class is a team - a cohort of pre-service teachers and experienced educators. Together, we'll work to enrich the entire team through our discussions and the sharing of ideas, resources, and tools we research. You'll receive points for participating in our Canvas discussions - but that is just a side benefit. The main benefit is that we are working together to find and curate resources to share with each other. One of our goals is to have you take away many resources and ideas that you can actually use in your teaching profession.
- If you've not participated in Canvas discussions before, and need assistance learning how to do that, we've provided Canvas video tutorials in the Resources section of this site. Watch the student videos, particularly the one titled "Participate in a Discussion." They will teach you everything you need to know to work in Canvas. You can get to Canvas at My.USU.edu. You will need your A# and strong password to log in. If you have trouble logging in - please call the USU Help Desk (435-797-4357).
- Our course rules for Canvas discussions:
- Participate! Contribute! Share! Reply to posts that interest you! Express your thoughts and ideas. By doing so, we'll all benefit by considering several points of view. Our class team is a great brain trust - do your part!
- Be civil! It's OK to agree to disagree - but do so with kindness and tact! No profanity. No name calling. No put-downs. You know, we will use all those people skills you should have learned in Kindergarten! We're there to help and enrich each other! You are part of a team of educators.
- Each week, you'll need to go through the online experience, read the assigned readings, and watch the assigned videos. (This typically takes around 2 hours to complete.)
- Every week, you'll join the class team in a Canvas discussion centered around the current week's experience and standards. The discussions are a critical part of the course! You're expected to actively participate in the discussions, by posting your thoughts and responses as outlined in the directions for the discussion. You'll also be asked to respond to at least five of the other students' posts. As a team, these discussions are springboards for new ideas, teaching strategies, and technology resources you can use! (Approximately 1 - 2 hours weekly total) Suggested procedure:
- Each day - Monday through Friday - spend ten minutes or so reading the most recent posts. Respond to at least one.
- Once per week, take time to respond to the discussion yourself. Share your thoughts, ideas, resources with the rest of us!
- You will be working on assignments that will involve personal reflection, research, and producing technology-enhanced learning products. The products you'll create are technology-enhanced experiences or presentations of learning that are relevant to your own teaching needs - something you can actually use and benefit from - or that your students can use and benefit from. These will be shared with educators the world over. By the end of the course, you'll have created a portfolio of these experiences that are relevant to your own educational needs! You'll also have access to all the others created by students in the course - a wealth of technology-enhanced teaching materials. (2-4 hours per week)
- We will be using both Canvas (for messages, grading, assignments, etc.) and this website (for content).
- Syllabus or Class Changes: During the course of the clsss, you will be notified of any changes to the class syllabus by a message in Canvas. Changes to this syllabus before or after the course may occur without any notification. Please check back. Changes to a scheduled class or a class cancellation (because of illness, bad weather, natural disaster, etc) will be posted to Canvas and on this website. Please check before class for any changes in plans. We suggest you bookmark this class site in your browser.
- Submitting assignments and electronic files: Assignments will be submitted through Canvas. If you've not participated in Canvas assignment submissions before, and need assistance learning how to do that, I've provided Canvas video tutorials in the Resources section of this site. Download and watch the student videos, particularly the video "Student Assignment Submissions.mp4."
- Late work: In this class, late work will be accepted at 50% of the point value it would have received if it had been submitted on time, except for extenuating circumstances such as incapacitating illness, death in the immediate family, etc. (similar to the "I Grade policy" below). Each assignment in the course has a "submit by" date clearly identified.
- Ethics and Honesty: "Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. The Honor System is designed to establish the higher level of conduct expected and required of all Utah State University students." In this course, your voice is important. I will be asking you to assess your own efforts as part of the grading process. It is vitally important that you be ethical and honest in this. Dishonesty will cause you to receive a failing grade for the course.
- The Honor Pledge: To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge: "I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity." A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge:
- Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community;
- Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and
- Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University."
- Plagiarism: "Plagiarism includes knowingly "representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one's own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged used of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials." The penalties for plagiarism are severe. They include warning or reprimand, grade adjustment, probation, suspension, expulsion, withholding of transcripts, denial or revocation of degrees, and referral to psychological counseling."
- Please take time to read through Utah State University's Academic Honesty/Integrity Policy - we will adhere to it in class.
- Students with Disabilities - The Americans with Disabilities Act states: "Reasonable accommodation will be provided for all persons with disabilities in order to ensure equal participation within the program. If a student has a disability that will likely require some accommodation by the instructor, the student must contact the instructor and document the disability through the Disability Resource Center (797-2444), preferably during the first week of the course. Any request for special consideration relating to attendance, pedagogy, taking of examinations, etc., must be discussed with and approved by the instructor. In cooperation with the Disability Resource Center, course materials can be provided in alternative format, large print, audio, diskette, or Braille."
- Withdrawal Policy and "I" Grade Policy: Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the coursework because of extenuating circumstances, but not due to poor performance or to retain financial aid. The term 'extenuating' circumstances includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes for a minimum period of two weeks, (2) a death in the immediate family, (3) financial responsibilities requiring a student to alter a work schedule to secure employment, (4) change in work schedule as required by an employer, or (5) other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor.
- Course feedback and evaluation: Students taking this course are strongly encouraged to give feedback on the course. What can we do to make it better, more meaningful and helpful to you? We ask that you take time at the semester's end to fill out the IDEA evaluation.
We love teaching! We love helping students learn and improve! We love watching students rise to the challenge to be innovative and creative! That's why we chose to be teachers! Since we are required to give you a grade in this course, we will endeavor to make grading as uncomplicated and fair as we can. And we will ask your help in assessing your efforts. Points will be assigned for the following:
- Assignments, Canvas Discussions: Points will be awarded for completion of required coursework. These will be graded using a scoring rubric that is provided for each assignment. Your own self assessment of your effort will be included in this.
- If you happen to receive a low score - advice will be given as to what you need to do further to revise and resubmit for an acceptable score. It's OK to fail at something, if you try again until you make it acceptable. We want you to succeed!
- Deadlines are important! We only have 15 weeks to accomplish a lot! Late assignments will receive only 50% of the total points available.
- Quizzes and Tests: Point system - will be specified in the quiz or test.
- 94-100% = A • 90-93% = A-
- 87-89% = B+ • 83-86% = B • 80-82% = B-
- 77-79% = C+ • 73-76% = C • 70-72% = C-
- 60-69% = D • Less than 60% = F