This class is an Internet-based class. No on-campus meeting
times are planned.
"I am not inviting you to follow
me, but to follow yourself. I
am only here to help you if you need me." (Groddeck,
1977, p. 2).
One objective of this course is to demonstrate the importance of the preceding statement as a basis for relevant education. I cannot pour knowledge into the minds of students any more than you can. What you learn and how you grow during this course will depend entirely upon what you contribute to your own education.
On a more direct level, objectives of this course include offering students an opportunity to --
Academic achievement in this graduate course is based on the following grading system:
Overview of the Assignments
Lesson Plans: All Lesson Plans and the corresponding
Critique of Lesson Plans will receive between 1 and 10 points. Points will
be assigned as follows:
||An exemplary assignment, worthy of recognition as a model|
||A well completed assignment, demonstrates mastery of material|
||Adequate completion, suggests some minor confusion or misunderstanding of significant material|
||Inadequate completion, more than minor confusion is present|
||Little of no demonstration of understanding of main points, or severe misunderstanding of critical areas|
Lesson Plans. Each student
will be responsible for the development of 3 assigned lesson plans.
These lesson plans will generally follow a prescribed format, and are intended
to provide an opportunity to place readings into practice. Lesson
plans must be submitted to the instructor and to the student's partner
no later than 5pm on the date assigned. Assignments not received will be
docked 1 letter grade for each 24 hour period, or portion thereof that
the assignment is late. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
Assignments which are not completed on time create a serious burden on
other students in the class. If you are concerned about technology failures,
dogs that eat papers, or illnesses that interpret your study time, then
plan to turn your assignments in several days in advance. Then, in
the even of unforseen circumstances, you can still be on time!
Discussion Questions. For each of the 4 readings on a specific discipline, I will post a question or issue to consider. Each student in the class must then post 2 responses. The first response may be either a direct answer to the question I posed, or a response to another student's post. The second post each student makes MUST BE a response to someone else's post. While every student is required to post at least twice, no one is limited to 2 responses- and at the discretion of the instructor, extra credit may be assigned for additional postings which help to significantly facilitate discussion. Some students in previous offerings of this course clearly were disappointed in the lack of interaction among students. By contributing to an on-line discussion you can ensure that interaction remains at a reasonable level and increase your own learning. Nothing promotes learning a concept like explaining or teaching it!
PLEASE NOTE- The on-line discussion area is largely intended
as a space for student-to-student interaction. Feel free to post questions
that other students may respond to. If you are seeking information from
the instructor, e-mail the instructor directly. I read my e-mail at least
daily, and will not necessarily read the bulletin board daily. If you post
a question on the WebBoard, I will assume that is an indication you are
seeking input from someone other than me, and I will not respond.
I may however, choose to offer students extra credit for their responses
which meet the needs of others!
Research Paper. Every student is expected to complete a research paper and present their paper via the web. This paper is conceptualized as a "review of literature" paper, and will be completed in several steps as detailed below. A score not to exceed 50 points will be assigned for this paper.
A complete description can be found here.
Possible Total Points
20 points possible for discussion questions (4 x 5 )
30 points possible for Lesson Plan Critiques
50 points possible for research paper
|117 - 130 = A
104 - 117 = B
91 - 103 = C
90 or below = F
From this page you can access actual
student work that received a very strong grade. These samples are provided
as examples of one manner in which the assignments can be completed, and
should be seen as exemplars, not as templates.
My commitment to the class is to hold class during scheduled
hours (whatever that means in cyberspace), to be available during office
hours, to maintain appointments, and to review and return all work in a
timely fashion. For me to maintain my commitments, I must have the opportunity
to schedule assignments at appropriate intervals. Late assignments are
an inconvenience and impinge upon my ability to meet my obligations to
other students and my family. In addition, late assignments keep
other students from completing their work, since much of the class is based
on responding to someone else's work. Therefore, I discourage turning
in assignments after the assigned time. To enforce this, all assignments
are due at 5pm on the date assigned (be on time!).
Late assignments will be assessed a penalty equal to 10% of the possible
points for each week (or portion thereof) that the assignment is late.
Please plan your time accordingly.
WEEK 1 --
Complete Module 10 Homework
you are an enrolled student of this course, please click on the blue ball
icon to access the 11 web-based modules.
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Connect to the class mail list
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