Orientation Week - January 12

Let's start out this week taking care of some business and getting comfortable online. I'd like you to complete the following elements by Sunday, January 18.

  1. Review the Syllabus - post any questions to the Syllabus on Blackboard
    • From the Announcements page, click on Communication, then Discussion Area
  2. Set up ODU email account

    Please Note - all class mail will be sent to your ODU email address. If you would prefer to receive your email at another address, you must have your email forwarded. This is easily done.

  3. Fill out class information form
  4. Fill out your first draft of the learning contract. This is an online form that will be accessible for revision throughout the semester.
    This contract also available to download as a PDF file. (I was trying to get it to work as an interactive form, but Adobe's site is a morass of irrelevance and I couldn't find the instructions.)
  5. Join the course listserv. We will use this for more instant communication.


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Learning Online

  1. Read Taking an Online Class
  2. Learn Blackboard - If you're new to this product, please review this ODU training document. Please understand
    • How to log in
    • How to post a discussion forum message
    • How to create a personal web page
    • How to send a file to me using the Digital Drop Box
  3. Log into BlackBoard (if you are not reading this in BlackBoard)
  4. Introduce yourself in the Introduction discussion forum of Blackboard
    • From the Announcements page, click on Communication, then Discussion Area
  5. Begin your personal home page. (Note: this may not be available. If not, skip it.)
    • From the Announcements page, click on Tools, then Edit Your Home Page
    • Be sure to upload a picture of yourself or an avatar that will fill in for you
  6. See if you can figure out the digital drop box.
    • This is a place where you will send me computer files. Send me a one page word processed document (about anything) to see if it works. Click on Tools, then Digital Drop Box.


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Exploring the Medium - Practical Assignment

  1. Find an educational environment on the web. It can be anything, but needs to be accessible to all class members. Learn something from it.
  2. Report your experience (complete with URL for us to try) in the Online Experience forum on Blackboard.

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