Orientation

September 4-6

Estimated Time to Complete

 Instruction  1 hr
 Assignments  2 hrs
 Collaboration  2 hrs

Welcome

Welcome to ED F655: Online Pedagogy. This blog serves as our course web site. It will be used in conjunction with Blackboard, as described below.

Public Space:

  • Class activity will take place on the Home page of this site:
    • You will post your assignments (or provide a link)
    • You will provide feedback to your peers through comments
    • I will post announcements
  • The other areas of this site are:
    • Assignments (course material and instructions for each week)
    • Syllabus
    • Schedule
    • Rubrics

Private Stuff:

  • Private information such as grades and feedback on your assignments will be posted in Blackboard, where only you can see it.

Public Learning Community

As mentioned above, much of this course is public. As a member of the cohort, you will participate with your classmates in a public learning community. You will post assignments, review the work of your classmates, and provide feedback; peer review is a significant component of the course. Let me emphasize that your coursework and comments will be publicly accessible. If this concerns you, contact me (instructor) to discuss before the semester begins. Unless you negotiate a pseudonym or other arrangements before class begins, your participation in the course signifies your agreement to be publicly identified as a member of the course.

Watch this screencast from Carol Gering for an explanation of why this is so important.

Garrison, Anderson, and Archer proposed a model for Community of Inquiry in their 2000 paper titled Critical Inquiry in a text-based environment: computer conferencing in higher education. (Portions of the paper are highlighted in the instructor’s screencast linked above.)

M.Ed. Students

This course is part of the M.Ed. program in Online Innovation and Design (ONID).

If you are a student in the M.Ed. program, you should have already taken ED F431: Web 2.0 Fundamentals and ED F432: Fundamentals of Media Design. As part of those courses you should have established your own web domain, and your portfolio/blog site. If you’re taking this course out of sequence and you haven’t yet done those things, see the instructions here. You may post assignments on your own blog, then post a link for each assignment here.

If you are not a student in the ONID program, but just taking this class as an elective or for your own enrichment, you will not be required to set up a web domain, portfolio, or personal blog. You will participate on this blog by posting your assignments. Be aware that this course uses multiple technology tools. If you haven’t taken the prerequisite courses (ED F431 and ED F432), you may need to spend more time than I’ve estimated in order to familiarize yourself with the technologies.

I’ve provided some links for getting started in the Technology Resources section below.

Tagging Conventions

Twitter: #ED655
Diigo: ED655

Assignments (Due September 6)

1) Online Identities

Establish (or update) accounts on Twitter and Diigo. If you’re not sure how to get started, see the Technology Resources link below.

2) Class Blog

On the first day of class you will receive an e-mailed invitation to join this class blog. If you do not receive your invitation by 5pm, please contact me!

After you’ve joined the blog, post an introduction. As part of your introduction, provide links to your Twitter ID and Diigo Feed. Also tell us a bit about your personal goals for the course.

Technology Resources

UAF has licenses for two subscription services—Atomic Learning and Lynda.com—with an extensive number of training videos and tutorials. As a UAF student, you can use these valuable resources free of charge. See details below. You will also find useful information on iTeachU, a site designed and maintained by UAF eCampus and Distance Education.

Lynda.com

Access this resource through the UAF Rasmuson Library. Under the “Find Articles” section, click on “Databases by Title.” Click the letter “L” and then select Lynda.com. You will be asked to log in using your EDIR username and password (same as your Blackboard login).

Atomic Learning

To view these videos and tutorials, you must first log in through UA. Go to the login page, then enter your username and password (same as your Blackboard login).