Week One in CSC442 Section B at UIS Ė Transcript

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Todayís podcast continues our introduction to the CSC 442 Section B online course at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  For more information, visit the blog at csc442b.blogspot.com.

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Well, welcome back!  This is Burks Oakley, and today is Saturday, January 18th, 2014.  Iím speaking to you from my rented condo in beautiful Naples, Florida.  In this podcast, Iíll be talking about Week One in our online class for the Spring 2014 semester.  Iím really pleased to see such a diverse group of students in our online class this semester Ė and Iím looking forward to getting to know each of you during the first week of the semester.

I hope that by the time you listen to this podcast, you will have read through the syllabus and some of the other handouts for our course.  Theyíre all linked from within our course in the Blackboard course management system, but they also can be accessed using the link to our course website that is found on my personal webpage at burksoakley.com.

Remember that our course is on the UIS Blackboard server at http://bb.uis.edu/ .  You will want to bookmark this URL, so that in the future, you can go right to our course.  Note that you should login to the Blackboard server using your UIS Net ID and password.

Well, there certainly should be plenty to keep you busy during this first week of the Spring 2014 semester.

First of all, you need to submit the ďStudent Information FormĒ.  Itís linked from the course syllabus.  This form has fields for your name, your contact information, your major, and your experience taking online courses.

Next, you need to go to the ďIntroductionsĒ forum in Blackboard and start a new thread, introducing yourself to the class.  Your introduction should be a minimum of 200 words, and Iíve posted a sample of what Iím looking for in the discussion forum in Blackboard.  You might want to cover who you are, where you live, what you are majoring in, what your outside interests are, and maybe something about your family.  You should reply to all the other students who respond to your introduction and engage them in dialogue.

Finally, you should read an overview paper from the Pew Internet Project - this paper is called Generations 2010 and it provides some statistics about common activities that people engage in online - shopping, banking, social networking, pursuit of their hobbies, sending e-mail, and getting information about health care.  After you read this paper, you should then participate in the Week One Discussion Forum in Blackboard.  I posted a set of questions that you need to react to in my initial posting in that discussion forum.  I also expect that you will interact with the other students in the Week One Discussion Forum - respond to their postings, compare and contrast your experiences with the Internet, and learn more from the discussions.  Since we'll be having a discussion, you can't wait until the end of the week to make your first posting to the Week One discussion forum - you need to make your first posting early in the week, to allow time for other students to engage you in a dialogue.

I should add something about the reports that we'll be reading from the Pew Internet Project - these reports are full of data, such as statistics about the percentages of people who conduct certain activities on the Internet.  I certainly don't expect you to memorize all of these data.  I really only want you to think about the trends in the data, how our use of the Internet is changing over time, and I also want you to compare and contrast your own personal experiences with the data in these reports. 

Hopefully all will go smoothly for you this first week.  If you have any questions about our course, please feel free to contact me, either in Blackboard, by e-mail, or by Skype.  All of my contact information is on the course syllabus.

Iím looking forward to meeting all of you online during the first week of the Spring 2014 semester!

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Well, that wraps up this podcast, so until next time, this is Burks, signing off.

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