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GEN 300 – A Crash Course Presentation in All Things “Online” : 

GEN 300 – A Crash Course Presentation in All Things “Online” By Julia A. Westlake

Forums – What You Need to Know : 

Forums – What You Need to Know Main is where your DQs are posted and the ONLY place you can earn participation points. Chat-Room is where you post your bio, meet your classmates/instructor, and have off-topic conversations. You are assigned to a learning team by the instructor. Learning Team E has sample team postings The forum with your name on it is your “Individual forum” this is where you post all of your assignments – as noted in the syllabus.

Forums Continued : 

Forums Continued Course Materials is the forum which contains the Course Syllabus. Note there is ONLY one source for assignment info in this course and that is the Course Syllabus posted in the Course Materials forum. Supplemental materials for this course are also posted in the Course Materials forum.

Links You Need to Know : 

Links You Need to Know My Inbox takes you to your Univ. of Phoenix email. Grade report shows you, your grades for this course. Class members provides you a list of class members and their email addresses. Help and Tips/FAQ are helpful tips for troubleshooting of finding information about features.

Links You Need to Know : 

Links You Need to Know Preferences is one of the MOST important links! This is where you set your signature and turn on SPELL CHECK And where you can pick a color to colorize your posts and my posts (only you see the colors)

Spell Check & Signatures : 

Spell Check & Signatures Let’s pause for a moment Click on preferences Enter a display name – this must be your legal name or close to it so that I can find you in my grade book Select a legible font and size Click YES for enable spell check Type an appropriate signature in the signature box Click on Save Preferences at the bottom of the page.

Features that You Need to Know : 

Features that You Need to Know At the top of your screen in OLS (that’s Online Learning System) you will notice three features. Post New Thread – You ONLY click on Post New Thread in your Learning Team forum. Show Only Unread Posts – use this when you want to read only new messages Show Flagged Messages – Flag a message when you really want an answer or to follow up on something, this will help you to easily find messages.

Threads and Posts : 

Threads and Posts So you have noticed that the order of the posts in OLS are not exactly logical?? That is because post order changes according to the last thread that was posted to. A Post is a reply to a message A thread is a header for a group of posts The instructor posts threads in the Main forum Students post threads and “posts” to the Chat Room and Learning Team forums. Students post “replies” aka “posts” to the Main forum for DQs, questions, participation, and so on.

Viewing Posts & Participation : 

Viewing Posts & Participation If you have never found yourself asking, “Man how much did I participate this week?”, you will soon find yourself doing so. To check your “participation” or to just see the posts you have made to the class find any post you have made, where it says “author” click on your name, like magic you can see all of your posts! Or you can go to “Class Members” and click on your name.

Message Tags : 

Message Tags As you will soon see, I use message tags, they indicate to me and to you, how have categorized your post for grading purposes. Message Tags can be viewed as little tags after a post you have made The purple ? question mark indicates that you have posted an initial response to a question – these do not count towards participation The green S indicates that a post meets the requirements for a substantive post – these count towards participation The U indicates that a post was either off topic, non-substantive, or in general did not meet the qualifications to count towards participation. In NO way does U mean unsatisfactory.

Student Web Page : 

Student Web Page This is your student Web Page Log in. The address is: You have to go here to get to: rEsource Library Center for Writing Excellence Center for Math Excellence Services Grades Schedule Etc

rEsource : 

rEsource This is your rEsource page. rEsource essentially is a home for materials related to your coursework. NOTE: If you attended Axia College of Univ. of Phoenix you used aXess – rEsource and aXess are similar but different in a LOT of ways.

rEsource : 

rEsource Each week of the course has materials posted on the rEsource page.

rEsource : 

rEsource When you click on a week’s topic you will find Objectives aka what we will do or try to accomplish each week Links to the e-books and required readings (except hard bound textbooks) And assessments – DO NOT DO THE ASSESSMENTS as outlined on the rEsource page – as a faculty member I reserve and USE the right to change the assessments – all of our assessments are listed in our course syllabus in our OLS Course Materials forum. Don’t set yourself up to be mad at the end of the week – follow the syllabus not the rEsource page.

Assessments : 

Assessments Just to be sure --- do NOT complete the assessments on the rEsource page, I do not use them. Please always refer to the course syllabus found in the Course Materials forum for our class.

Library : 

Library The Library is very user friendly. To access the library click on the link titled “Library” at the top of your student web page – note it is at the top of EVERY page.

Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) : 

Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) Writing is a significant component of your University of Phoenix Education. There are LOTS of tools available to help. One of the most helpful tools you have is the Center for Writing Excellence From your main student page click on services (left hand side) then on Center for Writing Excellence

Need to Contact Your Advisors? : 

Need to Contact Your Advisors? From time to time you may need to contact your advisors Advisors names, phone numbers, and email addresses are located on your main student web page on the right hand side under the section titled “Program Information” If you don’t see a number or name? You can always call the 1-800# - Toll-free: 1-800-366-9699 Remember there are THOUSANDS of people that work at the Online Phoenix campus, so you will need to answer questions about who you are trying to reach when you do not call directly.

Technical Support : 

Technical Support Tech Support can not help you complete your homework – they help you fix problems with accessing OLS, your student web page, and course materials as well as University Services. To call technical support dial 1-800-366-9699 – ext 77000 – or just follow the prompts NOTE: OLS is USUALLY offline or down for maintenance on Sunday evenings from 10-ish pm to 2am Arizona time (this means access may be intermittent not completely unavailable) – to check on scheduled maintenance times in OLS click on the icon titled “Scheduled System Maintenance” in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

Now for the Good Stuff – What you really want to know……how to pass this class. : 

Now for the Good Stuff – What you really want to know……how to pass this class. At this juncture you will need to go into OLS – aka our classroom Click on Course Materials forum Open the post titled “Course Syllabus” Print a copy of the syllabus – I recommend you print the attachment from Word Open the post titled “Course Calendar” – I recommend you print the Excel or Word attachment rather than the post. When everything is printed continue………….

YEAH! : 

YEAH! Congrats you have just completed the first step towards passing this class! The syllabus is the ONLY definitive guide to the requirements to pass this course! If you use the calendar and syllabus together to plan your time, learning activities, and assignments you are headed in the right direction. Do not simply read the syllabus day by day – take this time (right now) and read through ALL of the assignments you have for the entire class. Be sure to read through each week’s assignments at the beginning of the week and plan out your week.

Tips on How to Fail this Class : 

Tips on How to Fail this Class In case you are not interested in passing here are some tips on failing: Do not print out the syllabus Do not print out the course calendar Turn your assignments in late Don’t turn assignments in Don’t participate Abandon your team Sell your MS Office license and wipe the programs off your computer.

All About ME – Your Instructor : 

All About ME – Your Instructor Now let’s cover what is really important. My name is Julia Westlake My phone number is 480-225-0147 I am on MST time I prefer that you send me messages in your Individual forum because only you and I can see posts there If you email me it might be a few days until you get a response If you post questions in your Individual forum I usually respond within 24 hrs. If you leave me a voicemail – unless you specify that I have to call you back I will respond with a message in your Individual forum.

Attendance vs. Participation : 

Attendance vs. Participation Attendance & participation are not the same! Attendance is taken automatically week-by-week. (1) You must post at least one message to any of the class forums on two different days during each week. Deadlines for attendance are based on Arizona time. Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time (MST). Please note, Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. (2) If your course is 5-8 weeks long and you miss TWO weeks of attendance--consecutively or non-consecutively--you will automatically be withdrawn and will not be eligible to earn a grade.

Attendance vs. Participation : 

Attendance vs. Participation Participation Students are required to participate in class 4 days per course week during all weeks of the course. Participation includes posting 3 or more substantive messages to the Main forum, each of the 4 days, which add to course-related discussions per day. Initial answers to discussion questions (DQs), weekly summaries, and assignment postings do not count towards participation points.

Substantive Posts : 

Substantive Posts Okay – I did not pick the term substantive or non-substantive – this is a University of Phoenix term. But here’s what they mean: For this class, substantive means that your message has substance, that it helps further the discussion of course content. Substantive messages will often include contributions of additional ideas and sources, insights or questions about classmates’ comments, connections to the course readings, ways of applying the lessons from the course, etc. As a rule of thumb, your substantive comments should be at least several sentences in length. Short comments, such as "Good idea" or "I agree," do not constitute substantive posts on their own. Neither do comments that are unrelated to the topics at hand (for example, “I saw that movie too!”) If you say you agree about something, please explain why you agree, and add an additional insight or question.

DQs & Summaries : 

DQs & Summaries Each Week there are 2 required DQs and a Summary. Initial DQ responses are expected to be at least 200 to 300 words in length. Initial responses should include personal experiences and references to research or course materials. Points for DQs and summaries are dependant on completeness and accuracy as well as grammar, flow, and spelling. For discussion question responses in the Main forum, please post responses to the threads provided. To respond, highlight the appropriate thread, click on Reply, type your response, and send. Please do not start a new thread for the weekly discussion questions in the Main forum. Be sure to respond to the question how it is posed, for instance if it says “write an email response” don’t say what you would tell the person, say exactly what you would write in an email.

Late Assignments : 

Late Assignments I accept late assignments up to 3 days late. I mark off 10% per day for late assignments. If an assignment is more than 3 days late I will not accept it. I can not – per Univ. of Phoenix policy accept late work after 11:59 pm on the last day of our course. See syllabus for official details.

Academic Honesty : 

Academic Honesty This is simple – Do your own work Do your own work Don’t cheat Don’t plagiarize Do your own work Questions? See syllabus for more details.

The Syllabus : 

The Syllabus Each week of the syllabus outlines readings and assignments. Follow the syllabus exactly. I recommend keeping a copy of the syllabus and course calendar next to your computer with a highlighter – as you complete something mark it off. For instance, to the left is Week One’s portion of the syllabus – you have just completed reading the “Read Me First” thread by reading this presentation. So congrats – 1 item done – mark it off.

Time Management : 

Time Management Just a brief note on time management- You do not need to read every post, you do need to read the threads I post in the Main forum You need to read the posts in your Team forum You need to read the post in the Course Materials forum

Time Management : 

Time Management Get a reminder system Here are ones I like (they are FREE!): (You can set it up to send you text messages, emails, etc as reminders) (Can be part of your email) Microsoft Outlook Calendar (Comes free with Microsoft Office) Other ideas Use sticky notes or the family calendar Have your kids, friends, significant other, etc ask you about due dates and assignments Program the course due dates into your cell phone, PDA, or work calendar

Success Tips : 

Success Tips Print out the syllabus, course calendar, and assignment checklist – Keep them by your computer and mark things off as you go Read all the way through the syllabus at least once per week Set up a reminder system for yourself Participate early in the week and OFTEN Answer the discussion questions early in the week (I suggest day 1 or 2) Work ahead on assignments Use the weekly PowerPoints to help you complete the worksheets (wink wink) Ask questions if you have them

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