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University of Missouri
Course Description and Rationale
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After completing the entire course, you should be able to:
- Insert first course goal.
- Insert second course goal.
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Online Course Access
You may access the course via http://courses.missouri.edu. Under course login, select Blackboard and enter your PawPrint. If you have difficulty logging in to the course or you do not see the course listed, please contact the Division of IT Help Desk at (573) 882-5000.
Library Resources and E-Res
Access to the library will be critical to your academic success. This course used resources and materials accessible via the Electronic Reserve System (E-Res): http://eres.missouri.edu. You may also access the University of Missouri Library Distance Education Support Service page at: http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/distance.
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- What to Expect from a Technology-Enhanced Course - This course is designed to meet both face-to-face and virtually. It is essential that you access the course site Monday through Friday for course announcements, interact with your small discussion group, submit assignments, take online quizzes, etc.
- What the Instructors and Your Peers Expect from You - By enrolling in this course, you have agreed to contribute to weekly discussions by accessing the Discussion Board regularly (2-3 times per week, Monday through Friday). This will require a team effort, with respect and help for each other, as we build a community of learners. We also expect that you will have a foundational understanding of Internet terms and functions. All general class correspondence should be submitted to the relevant Discussion Board forum; only personal or confidential matters should be directed to the instructor in e-mail.
- What You May Expect from the Instructor - Monitor and facilitate class discussions (Monday through Friday), respond to private questions within 24 to 48 hours, provide timely feedback on written assignments and projects, and help build a learning community.
MU has implemented the Tegrity Lecture Capture System. The system allows us to record and distribute lectures and other audio and video recordings to you in a secure environment through Blackboard. Because we will be recording in the classroom, your questions or comments may be recorded. No material will be shared with individuals outside of your class, or faculty and staff who require access for support or specific academic purposes without your express permission.
You may watch recordings online, or download them for off-line viewing on your computer, smartphone, or media player. These recordings are jointly copyrighted by the Curators of the University of Missouri and your instructor. Posting them to another website, including YouTube, Facebook, BlipTV, or any other site without express, written permission may result in disciplinary action and possible civil prosecution.
Clicker Information (for classroom-based courses)
This class uses the i>clicker2 student response system to enhance your learning experience. Students who do not already have an i>clicker2 will need to purchase one at the University Bookstore.
You will need to register your clicker by logging into Blackboard at https://bblearn.missouri.edu and clicking on the tab labeled "Students". Click on "Register your remote here" in the iClicker module. Clickers must be registered each semester in order to receive points for participation and in-class exercises. (You can use the clicker without registering it; however, the points will not be assigned to you until it has been registered.)
You are required to bring your clicker to every class session. Attendance will be collected using the clicker in addition to participation points. If you have technical problems, or forget your clicker, contact your TA immediately.
This class uses Blackboard Collaborate; a real-time, digital learning environment independent of a physical classroom. Students and instructors can participate in distance learning and collaboration regardless of their physical location using their own computer. Complete technical specifications including hardware and browser information is found online. To fully participate in a Collaborate session, we recommend using a headset with microphone for improved audio quality. A webcam is necessary for video. Many laptops already have built-in webcams so make sure you check before purchasing a webcam. Even if your laptop does have a built-in microphone you may still wish to purchase a headset.
Weekly Schedule and Assignments
Your weekly routine: Every week, you should expect to login to the course site no fewer than 2-3 times. Each week of the course will have a corresponding instructional unit which includes your assigned reading, instructor commentary, and weekly discussion questions. You should complete your readings and review of the course commentary before posting answers/reflections to the discussion questions. In addition to posting your own original posting addressing the discussion question by Wednesdays at noon, you must comment/reflect upon the postings of your peers by noon each Friday.
Assignments and Grading Criteria
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Each written assignment must be submitted through the Blackboard Assignment Manager (accessible via the Assignments button on the Course Navigation Menu) by the date/time specified and using the naming convention provided (e.g., assignment1_smith.rtf). All course assignments must be submitted as Rich Text Format, or RTF (one of the Save As options in your word processing program). Assignments will not be accepted via E-Mail.
This course uses weekly online quizzes to assess your comprehension of the assigned readings. These quizzes will be available in the Quizzes area of Blackboard every Monday at 8 am until Fridays at 5 pm. Quizzes are timed and you will have 30 minutes to complete 5 multiple-choice questions (the timer, a yellow box, will be located in the upper right of your screen). You may take the quiz only once. The following are key considerations to successfully completing a quiz:
- Complete all assigned readings (textbook, journals, unit commentary, etc.) prior to accessing the online quiz.
- Force completion is turned ON: you must complete the quiz once you start it – you may NOT come back to the quiz later. If you are disconnected, send email to your instructor immediately. After contacting your instructor, please send an email to email@example.com, with your name, username, course name, the title of the quiz or assignment, and a description of the problem.
- To ensure Blackboard logs every answer, click the "Save" at the bottom of the page every two or three questions. You must click "Submit" in order to have your quiz graded.
- You MUST enable Compatibility View with Internet Explorer 8. A complete list of supported browsers is available online.
Grading Criteria for Weekly Discussion Question Postings
Your weekly postings will be assessed using the following guidelines. Of course, your postings are expected for each unit of the course and the final evaluation will take place the final week of class. Your original postings addressing the weekly discussion questions should be made no later than noon each Wednesday. Final postings commenting and reflecting upon the comments of your peers should be made no later than noon each Friday -- late postings will not be given credit. If you post weekly and interact with your peers, you may expect full credit unless otherwise notified.
As you can see, the following rubrics assess the quality of your postings and not the quantity (we're not looking for "good idea" or "neat").
|Grading Criteria||Weekly Point Value (10)|
|Meaningful and New Ideas: Ideas examine topic from new perspective that contributes to group understanding of topic||5|
|Message Coherence: Messages explain issues, provide new perspectives, effectively question, or meaningfully elaborate on topic||2|
|Relevance of Replies to Other Messages: Responses elaborate, contradict, modify, or explain the original message||3|
|97 - 100%||A+|
|93 - 96%||A|
|90 - 92%||A-|
|87 - 89%||B+|
|83 - 86%||B|
|80 - 82%||B-|
|77 - 79%||C+|
|73 - 76%||C|
|70 - 72%||C-|
|67 - 69%||D+|
|63 - 66%||D|
|60 - 62%||D-|
|0 - 59%||F|
Late Work Policy: Late work will automatically be lowered by 25%. Assignments more than 3 days late will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made. If you have circumstances that affect your ability to complete assignments, please contact me at least 3 days in advance of the due date.
If you are having any technical difficulties (e.g., logging in, accessing the discussion board) please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Division of IT Help Desk at (573) 882-5000 (for out-of-area MizzouOnline students, toll-free at (866) 241-5619).
Online Class Netiquette
Your instructor and fellow students wish to foster a safe on-line learning environment. All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. You are encouraged to comment, question, or critique an idea but you are not to attack an individual.
Our differences, some of which are outlined in the University's nondiscrimination statement below, will add richness to this learning experience. Please consider that sarcasm and humor can be misconstrued in online interactions and generate unintended disruptions. Working as a community of learners, we can build a polite and respectful course ambience.
Academic Integrity Policy
Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor.
Academic Dishonesty includes but is not necessarily limited to the following:
- Cheating or knowingly assisting another student in committing an act of cheating or other academic dishonesty.
- Plagiarism which includes but is not necessarily limited to submitting examinations, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, or other material as one's own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person.
- Unauthorized possession of examinations or reserve library materials, or laboratory materials or experiments, or any other similar actions.
- Unauthorized changing of grades or markings on an examination or in an instructor's grade book or such change of any grade report.
Academic Integrity Pledge: "I strive to uphold the University values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence. On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance on this work."
Students are expected to adhere to this pledge on all graded work whether or not they are explicitly asked in advance to do so.
The University has specific academic dishonesty administrative procedures. Although policy states that cases of academic dishonesty must be reported to the Office of the Provost for possible action, the instructor may assign a failing grade for the assignment or a failing grade for the course, or may adjust the grade as deemed appropriate. The instructor also may require the student to repeat the assignment or to perform additional assignments. In instances where academic integrity is in question, faculty, staff and students should refer to Article VI of the Faculty Handbook. Article VI is also available in the M-Book. Article VI provides further information regarding the process by which violations are handled and sets forth a standard of excellence in our community.
Restrictions on Disclosure and Distribution
Students may make audio or video recordings of course activity unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member. To foster a safe environment for learning, however, the redistribution of audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Unauthorized distribution of such materials is a violation of academic standards and may violate copyright laws and/or privacy rights. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with the provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.
University of Missouri Notice of Nondiscrimination
The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action institution and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. Any person having inquiries concerning the University of Missouri's compliance with implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, or other civil rights laws should contact theAssistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resource Services, University of Missouri, 1095 Virginia Avenue, Columbia, Mo. 65211, (573) 882-4256 or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.
Students with Disabilities (Residential & Online Courses)
If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need to make arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please let me know as soon as possible.
If disability related accommodations are necessary (for example, a note taker, extended time on exams, captioning), please register with the Office of Disability Services (http://disabilityservices.missouri.edu), S5 Memorial Union, (573) 882-4696, and then notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. For other MU resources for students with disabilities, click on "Disability Resources" on the MU homepage.
Intellectual Pluralism Statement
The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions concerning the quality of instruction in this class may address concerns to either the Departmental Chair or Divisional leader or Director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities (http://osrr.missouri.edu). All students will have the opportunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of the instructor(s) at the end of the course.
Information concerning student grade appeal procedures and non-academic grievances and appeals may be found in the Student Handbook.