EDIT 5310 - Microcomputer Applications
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Wayland Baptist University
Lubbock Campus (Texas)
Taught by Wesley Fryer
Last updated October 4, 2005
Wayland Baptist University System Mission:
WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning and service to God and humankind.
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Educative experiences are often misunderstood as the passive exchange of information from an instructor to students, assessed by a periodic student reguritation of material solicited through an examination perceived by some as "objective." This course and the activities in which we will engage together during this course will defy this traditional understanding of educational praxis.
The Greek word "gnosis" is usually translated into English as "knowledge," but in its original context it connotates an understanding attained by personal experience and practice. Knowledge is defined in Wikipedia as "the awareness and understanding of facts, truths or information gained in the form of experience or learning. Knowledge is an appreciation of the possession of interconnected details which, in isolation, are of lesser value." In this course, students will gain knowledge of and experiential profiency in using a variety of multimedia and video technologies to enhance and transform educational praxis. The contexts for our investigations and experiments will be the K-18 classroom environment as well as the broader digital community of the early twenty-first century.
The description of EDIT 5310 in the Wayland Baptist University 2004-2005 Academic Catalog is:
Digital literacy skills, including the ability to effectively integrate the use of multimedia and video technologies within instruction, must be a hallmark of educational pedagogy in the twenty-first century classroom. Given this perception, it is the instructor's hope that this course will prove to be one of the most valuable, engaging, and professionally beneficial experiences in each student's educational career. The following diagram of Average Learning Retention Rates, based on academic research from the US National Training Center, has important pedagogic implications for learners of all ages. These implications have and will shape the instructional activities of students and the instructor during this course. (Click on the image for a larger version.)
For more information about the instructor's pedagogic philosophy, refer to www.wesfryer.com/pedagogic_creed.htm.
External Campus Attendance Policy
- Students enrolled at the External Campuses of Wayland Baptist should make effort to attend all class meetings. All absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor who will decide whether the omitted work may be made up.
- Any student who misses twenty-five (25%) or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F for that course.
- When a student reaches a number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student and file an Unsatisfactory Progress Report in the office of the dean.
- Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course syllabus, are part of Wayland's attendance policy.
Instructor's Additional Policies:
Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to attend and participate in each class session of the term. If a student cannot attend a class session, as a professional courtesy s/he is expected to contact the instructor in advance via email or phone. For more detail on policies concerning attendance, please refer to Section 8: Appendix of Additional Class Policies.
Requirements: In addition to (1) attending classes, (2) completing reading assignments, (3) completing assigned "learn it online" activities, (4) contributing to class discussions, (5) thoughtfully submitting weekly weblog reflections, peer blog comments, and discussion group postings via Moodle, (6) engaging in a tutorial, (7) completing technology integration mini-projects, (8) co-teaching a class with the instructor, students will be (9) taking a final examination if they so desire. Additional information about these requirements is provided in section 4 of this course outline: Assessments of Student Performance and Mastery.
Access to Computer and Internet Resources: Completing these course requirements necessitates regular access to computer technology and the Internet. If a student does not have a personal computer with Internet access, computers on the university campus are available for student use.
Deadlines for Assignments: Students are expected to turn in each assignment on or prior to the specified due date and time. Late assignments will not be accepted and will receive zero credit. Students are expected to complete assigned course readings prior to the start of each class, and post required responses to the class Moodle site no later than (NLT) 30 minutes prior to the start of each class. Note that only 4 of the 5 assigned mini-Projects are required: one of the projects (to be specified by the student) is optional.
Civility, Courtesy and Respect: As professionals the instructor expects all class members to communicate in a professional and courteous manner. While everyone may feel passionate about a particular subject and is entitled to their opinions, classroom discourse must always be conducted in a respectful and civil tone. Ad hominem remarks or disparaging comments about gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. will not be tolerated.
Disruptive behaviors such as cell phones or beepers ringing, leaving and returning to class during lectures/presentations, arriving late to class, talking during lectures / presentations, eating or drinking in class, etc. will minimally result in substantial reduction in the participation portion of one's grade and a request that such students leave the class. Additional offences will result in the offending student's referral to the university's administration with the instructor's recommendation for disciplinary action. No children are allowed to attend class sessions. Please find alternative child care facilities for your child(ren). No one who is not officially registered is allowed to attend.
Honor Code: Regulations on plagiarism and other forms of cheating are enforced. Since engaging in either activity usually results in a very serious penalty (e.g., a failing grade on the assignment or course and may involve dismissal from a degree program and the university), students should avoid both activities. Any assignment or work submitted for this class must not have been submitted for any other class. No written or digitally authored work may be submitted for academic credit more than once. If you have questions about how this may apply to an assignment you are considering for this class, please ask the instructor.
Respect for Intellectual Property: Materials utilized by the instructor and students in this course may qualify for "educational fair use" under US Copyright law. Students are responsible for understanding the guidelines and limitations of US Copyright Law as they apply to Educational Fair Use. Resources for additional information concerning intellectual property and educational fair use are provided in section 7 of this course outline.
Students with a Disabling Condition: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from the university administrative office. No requirement exists that accommodation be made prior to completion of the existing university verification process.
Changes to this Course Outline / Syllabus: The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this course outline / syllabus as required during the course of the semester. Students each week are responsible for checking this website for changes, and downloading/printing required articles for reading and reflection. Changes made to this course outline after the initial class meeting will be indicated by the following "updated" graphic:
Electronic Availability: Communication outside scheduled class sessions via instant messaging (IM) rather than email or phone is preferred for students enrolled in this course. The instructor's IM addresses are:
Yahoo IM: ____________________________________ (http://im.yahoo.com)
MSN IM: ____________________________________ (http://messenger.msn.com)
AOL IM: ____________________________________ (http://www.aim.com)
During the course term, the instructor will generally be available via IM each week on ______________________________ from _________________________. The instructor will be available at other times as well via IM. Any of the above IM programs and addresses can be used to contact the instructor, who uses Fire (a multiprotocol IM for Mac OS X - http://fire.sourceforge.net/)
If students need to email the instructor, be sure to include in the subject line of the email "EDIT 5310 " to help insure a speedy reply.
Student grades will be assigned at the end of term based on the following performance criteria. Individual rubrics for each assignment / project will be posted here, linked to the respective assignment in the Course Schedule.
TOTAL: 100 Points
Students may complete an optional final examination, consisting of three essay questions worth a total of 30 points. If a student chooses to take the final examination, his/her final grade will be calculated based on 130 total points, rather than 100.
Grades (pluses and minuses may be used to indicate degrees of accomplishment within a range) are awarded as follows:
A - Performance indicates an excellent to remarkable understanding of the ideas and materials examined (93 - 100 points for assignment or course)
B - Performance indicates borderline to a very good understanding of the ideas and materials examined (85 - 92 points for assignment or course)
C - Performance indicates a somewhat inadequate understanding of the ideas and materials examined (77 - 84 points for assignment or course)
D - Performance indicates an unsatisfactory understanding of the ideas and material examined (70 - 76 points for assignment or course); and
F - Performance indicates an almost completely unacceptable understanding of the ideas and material examined (0 - 69 points points for assignment or course).
Weekly Posted Article Reflections and Responses
Students enrolled in this course are required to post weekly reflections and discussion board responses on assigned reading / materials to the class' Moodle environment, which includes individual blogs for students. According to Wikipedia, "A weblog, Web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic posts on a common webpage. These posts are often but not necessarily in reverse chronological order. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user." Wikipedia defines Moodle as "...an open source e-learning platform...a course management system (CMS)—a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), education via computer-mediated communication (CMC) or Online Education."
The web address for accessing the class Moodle environment is www.speedofcreativity.com/moodle
Each week, students are expected to read and thoughtfully reflect on assigned articles as specified in the course schedule (below). Posted reflections can include thoughtful questions, needed clarifications, insights, additional information, and/or appraising opinions relating to the ideas studied and expressed in the article(s). A minimum or maximum length for weekly article reflections is not defined, but students should bear in mind that the quality, rather than the quantity, of posted blog / discussion group reflections will determine the point valuation of weekly reflections.
Each week, students are expected to:
- Read the assigned article(s) for the week.
- Post a thoughtful reflection relating to the article(s) on his/her blog. Include in each posted reflection at least 2 hyperlinks to other related webpages.
- Post at least two comments on the blog / discussion topic post of another class member on a reflection posted during the current or previous week.
One primary goal of using Moodle to post weekly article reflections, rather than a private online courseware environment like Blackboard or WebCT, is to promote the continued educational use of weblogs and open source CMS tools like Moodle in contexts beyond this specific course and following the formal end of this course. If students have privacy concerns, they can use an alias or pseudonym to set up their student Moodle identity/blog, so their identity is completely protected. In this event, students should communicate with the instructor and fellow students in class about their specific alias or pseudonym.
Technology Integration mini-Projects
Throughout the term, new technology integration tools and techniques will be demonstrated and practiced during class sessions. Following some of these demonstrations, short mini-projects will be assigned which can be completed during or after class time. Since student tutorial sessions will begin during class session #3 for the last 45 minutes of class, that class time can be used by other students not engaged in their course tutorial to work on assigned mini-projects or other course assignments.
Technology integration mini-projects will be turned in electronically at the start of the class session when they are due either by:
Technology integration mini-projects must be completed in their entirety by the respective student. Students may assist each other by asking and answering questions, but each student must "drive their own mouse and keyboard" in creating the actual project to be submitted for academic credit.
Ten separate technology integration mini-projects will be assigned during the course of the term, but only nine need to be submitted for academic credit. Note that mini-projects marked with an asterik are REQUIRED, however, and are not optional. Each student should inform the instructor at the time a mini-project is due if s/he is choosing not to submit that particular project, and designating it their "optional" mini-project.
Mini-Project Requirements: (remember you have to do 9 of 10, but miniprojects marked with an asterik (*) ARE required)
Each student is required to complete a co-teaching assignment covering a portion of the course textbook, during one class session of the term. Students will select their class day to co-teach and the content of their co-teaching presentation / activity by lot during class session two. Co-Teaching sessions will begin on class sesssion three.
The primary goals of the co-teaching assignment are to:
Guidelines for the co-teaching assignment include:
PLEASE NOTE: If you merely lecture on the material in your assigned chapter, you will receive no higher than a C grade for the co-teaching assignment. Use your creativity and devise innovative, engaging ways to present the material and get your fellow students involved in active learning related to your topic(s). You do NOT have to cover all the material in your assigned chapter. As the teacher / co-teacher, you decide what is most important, and the most effective way to present it to your students.
According to Wikipedia, "In British academic parlance, a tutorial is a small class of one, or only a few, students, in which the tutor (a professor or other academic staff member) gives individual attention to the students. The tutorial system at Oxford and Cambridge is fundamental to methods of teaching at those universities, but it is by no means peculiar to them (although it is rare for newer universities in the UK to have the resources to offer individual tuition). At Cambridge, a tutorial is known as a supervision."
Each student enrolled in this course will take part in a tutorial following the conclusion of whole-class instruction and activities during a regular class session. Tutorials will begin on class session three. Students will select their class day for the tutorial by lot during class session one.
The primary basis for each tutorial session with be the series of audio podcasts listed below and included in our class podcast feed, along with textual sources listed below. Secondary textual bases for the tutorial session will be assigned articles and co-teaching content assigned prior to the date of the tutorial session.
The purposes of the tutorial include:
Reflection, in the context of the tutorial, means inquiring into and analyzing the author's positions, analyzing the author's ideas from a variety of viewpoints, identifying strengths and weaknesses when they exist. Reflection not only involves analyzing the finer points of the author's arguments, but also being willing to examine one's own ideas in light of the author's, taking responsibility for one's thinking and its consequences, and changing one's thinking when it is justified. The following are a selected list of questions that may assist in the student's preparation for the tutorial:
Textual and Podcast audio content for instructor/student tutorial sessions:
Student options for listening to tutorial podcasts:
Session 1: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 2: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 3: Tuesday, September 6, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 4: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 5: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 6: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 7: Tuesday, October 4, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 8: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 9: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 10: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Session 11: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 (6 - 10 pm)
Each student will be provided with a course CD by the instructor including supplementary assigned articles, as well as installer files for demonstration versions of software programs utilized during the course.
Free / Demo Versions (students do NOT need to purchase the following, but they will be demonstrated/used in this course):
State and National Essential Knowledge and Skills
Intellectual Property / Copyright Issues
Educational Technology Journals / eZines
Blogs / RSS Feeds
Other Online Resources Related to Technology Integration
Multimedia Software Tutorials
Dedication: This appendix is dedicated to those marvelous students who do not really need to read this section.
Further Clarifications and Policies Relating to Class Attendance: If a student expects to be absent for more than 2 class sessions during the term, s/he should plan to take the course during a subsequent term. Anyone who misses the first two class sessions of the semester is strongly advised to drop the course. A student who arrives more than 5 minutes late for a class will be counted as present, but will not receive full credit for participation in that class session unless an additional/new assignment is submitted as explained below.
If there ever is a need to be absent, in order not to penalize anyone who has a legitimate reason to miss a class, a person may substitute an additional or new assignment for any missed class. If a person wishes to complete an assignment for a missed class, a request should be made in writing (email requests are fine) within a week of the missed class. The policy of doing an additional assignment for a missed class only applies to up to two missed classes. Anyone who misses more than two classes (or the equivalent in being late to class, i.e. being late four times) during the term will be viewed as missing an excessive number of classes and will be recommended to the university administration to be dropped from the course. Given this policy, one is well advised not to miss any classes unless it is an emergency.
When a justifiable late arrival to class does occur as a result of an emergency, it will be treated as a proportional absence. A class absence not substituted for with an additional or new assignment will result in a loss of 3 Class Attendance and Participation points.
Students missing more than two (2) class sessions, regardless of whether or not a substitute assignment is submitted for either or both the absences, will receive a grade no higher than a C for the course.
The instructor wishes to gratefully acknowledge requested and permitted appropriation of various elements within the aforementioned course expectations from course outlines prepared by Drs. Douglas Simpson, Fred Hartmeister, and Lee Duemer at Texas Tech University.
Last updated Tuesday, October 4, 2005
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