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  1. 1. LT 511 Writing Across The Curriculum<br />Dr. CA Tolchinsky<br />E-mail:<br />AIM: doctolchinsky<br />Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm EST<br />
  2. 2. Welcome to Unit 1Communication<br />When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.<br />-Ernest Hemingway<br />There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and <br />communication.... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and<br />accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated,<br />and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.<br />-John Dewey<br />
  3. 3. Introduction to the Course:<br />*Introduction and Online Communication<br />*Basic Seminar Rules<br />*Methods of Communication with me<br />*Some Helpful Grading Information<br />*Unit 1 Assignments<br />*Grading Scale/Late Policies<br />*Writing Center<br />*Internet Etiquette: Netiquette<br />*Academic Success Center<br />*Other Important Information<br />*Reminders to Students<br />*Tips & Tricks<br />*Any questions?<br />
  4. 4. Unit 1: Introduction and Online Communication<br />In this unit, you have the opportunity<br />to introduce yourself to your<br />instructor and classmates, review the<br />syllabus (your guide to the course),<br />and learn how to navigate the<br />different components of the course. <br />Rest assured you are not alone in this<br />process. You are in a course full of<br />nervous students just like you and<br />with an instructor who cares deeply<br />about making the classroom<br />experience both valuable and<br />enjoyable for all. Most students report<br />they start feeling more comfortable<br />with the online learning experience<br />within one or two weeks. Be patient<br />and give yourself the time you need<br />to process all of this new information.<br />It WILL happen. <br />
  5. 5. Basic Seminar Rules<br />Basic Seminar Rules:<br />Stay on Topic- If you want to talk to<br />another student about something, please<br />email him or her later. <br />If we seem to be getting off track or too<br />much is going on at once, then I will ask<br />everyone to BREAK. That is your cue to<br />stop typing so that we can refocus. If<br />seminar is crowded, it can be hard to keep<br />up. All seminars are recorded so that you can<br />read the transcripts at another time. This is<br />useful if you miss something or if you miss<br />a live seminar and listen to it later. <br />Remember your netiquette- respect<br />everyone! You should prepare for live<br />seminar ahead of time, by clicking on the<br />seminar link under the unit and reading the<br />Seminar questions. <br />Any questions so far?<br />
  6. 6. Methods of communication with me:<br />11) <br />2) Seminars are held on Wednesdays – either at 12:00-1:00pm EST or 9:00-10:00pm EST. We will alternate the times and decide on a weekly basis.<br />3) AIM – doctolchinskyduring my office hours Mondays from 12:00-1:00 pm EST or any other time that you see me on. If you need to meet on AIM at another time, please let me know so that we can make arrangements.<br />4) When you e-mail me PLEASE write the course number you are in the subject line (LT 511)<br /> This will make it much easier for me to get back to you quickly.<br />5) In seminar, you can messenger me privately by <br />clicking on my name at the left hand side of the <br />seminar screen. I have turned off the ability for you <br />to messenger other students privately, as that seems <br />to be distracting. You can always email other <br />students and ask for their AIM names so that you<br />can contact each other.<br />
  7. 7. You should read the course announcements EVERY TIME <br />you enter the classroom. <br />This is where I post the weekly unit information and review, any changes or up-to-date information, tips, etc…<br />
  8. 8. Some Helpful Grading Information<br /> First, courses are presented in weekly Units. The weekly attendance period begins Wednesdays at 12:00 AM, ET and ends on Tuesdays at 11:59 PM, ET.<br />
  9. 9. Second…I do NOT give grades. You EARN grades. Sometimes, people believe that you start at 100% and then lose points, which is not true. A student earns points based on meeting the key criteria listed in the grading rubrics (please see your syllabus). It’s a good idea to review the rubrics before you begin each activity so that you know what I’ll be looking for.<br />
  10. 10. Unit 1 Assignments<br />Introduce Yourself<br />Reading<br />Discussion Questions<br />
  11. 11. Unit 1 Assignments:<br /> Introduce Yourself to your classmates.<br />Throughout this course, many discussion opportunities occur where you need to respond to other people’s opinions and comments.   Please take this opportunity <br />to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates and to learn something <br />about each other.  <br />In your introduction, be sure to include at least the following information:<br />Your name. What is your career goal? Are you engaged in this occupation now, or are you making a change by going back to school? What is your most important reason for going <br />back to school? What is the one strength you bring to college you know will help you <br />succeed at Kaplan University? What is your greatest fear about taking classes in an online environment? What else can you share, such as hobbies, interests, a funny story or <br />favorite book, that will help your instructor and classmates get to know you?  <br />
  12. 12. Unit 1 Assignments:<br /> Reading Assignments:<br />1) Announcements on the Course Home page. <br />2) Syllabus under Course Home. This is the guide to the class. <br /> It lists the course policies, procedures, and expectations. <br />3) Read the Online Communication Guidelines under Course <br /> Home.<br />
  13. 13. Unit 1 Assignments:<br />Discussion Question:<br />1. Share your personal background and answer both Parts I and II. <br />2. Make sure that your discussion board posts are significant and clearly understood by<br /> your classmates<br /> <br />Post to 2 classmates. <br />To earn your full 30 points in discussion, answer the discussion question for each unit on time. Also your responses should meet the following criteria: <br />Responses are posted on topic, original, and contribute to the discussion.<br />Responses posted to all required discussion questions.<br />Responses address all parts of each discussion question. <br />Responses make frequent references to unit materials.<br />Responses are clearly written with minor grammatical and/or spelling errors. <br />Responses meet the posted length requirement. <br />Responses to classmates add value by advancing the discussion. <br />Minimum of two responses to classmates in each discussion.<br />
  14. 14. Major Assignments<br />To earn full points on the projects: Follow the grading criteria listed in the syllabus for each assignment and complete the assignment on time. Grades for assignments focus on content, language, format, and structure.<br />
  15. 15. The Grading Scale/Late Policies<br />The Grading Scale is listed in your syllabus.<br />To earn an A, you must score between 900-1000 points.Detailed grading criteria is also<br />listed for each assignment, and discussion questions. Make sure<br />to read these thoroughly. While some<br />grading might be completed earlier, all<br />grading will definitely be completed by the<br />Sunday following the end of the unit. For<br />example, if unit 2 ends on Tuesday, September22nd then all grading will be completed by Sunday , September 29th<br />Late Policies: Please contact me ASAP if<br />you think you may not be able to<br />complete your work on time- the sooner<br />the better. You do not have to describe in<br />detail any personal issues, but at least let<br />me know in general what the problem is. <br />If you are going to be late because you do<br />not understand the material, are having a<br />hard time keeping up, or for any other<br />school related issues, please be more<br />specific so that I can try to help you. <br />
  16. 16. Late Policies<br />Extenuating Circumstances: If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent<br />you from completing assignments, seminars or participating in the class,<br />please contact the instructor to make alternative arrangements. The possibility of<br />alternative arrangements is at the discretion of the instructor. Active<br />communication is the key to overcoming any hurdles you may encounter during <br />the term. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor (ahead of time, <br />whenever possible) of extenuating circumstances that might<br />prevent you from completing work by the assigned deadline. In those situations,<br />we will work together to come up with a mutually acceptable alternative. Prior<br />notification does not automatically result in a waiver of the late penalties. Please<br />note that evaluation of extenuating circumstances is at the discretion of the<br />instructor and documentation may be required for verification of the<br />extenuating circumstance. Examples of extenuating circumstances may include<br />but are not limited to: personal/family member hospitalization, death in the<br />family, weather/environmental evacuation due to fire/hurricane, or active<br />military assignment where internet connectivity is unavailable for a limited time<br />period. Computer-related issues, internet connectivity issues, and clinical<br />blocks are not considered extenuating circumstances.<br />
  17. 17. Late Policies con’t.<br />Without Extenuating Circumstances:<br />Up to one week late 20% deduction in points<br />After one week late 30% deduction in points<br />No work will be accepted more than two (2)<br />weeks after the due date.<br />
  18. 18. Writing Center<br />*How do you get to the writing center?<br />First, you should see a link to it on the right hand side of the Kaplan homepage, under<br />Academic Support. Just click on writing center.<br />In addition, it is under the Academic Success Center link located under the Academic <br />Support Tab. <br />*What are their hours? To speak to a writing center tutor live, the hours are:<br />*Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET<br />*Closed all other days, including official University holidays.<br />*You can also submit a paper to the writing center for review. When you submit a paper<br />for review, a Kaplan University professor will assess your writing and provide feedback<br />within 48 hours. Tutors will provide suggestions for writing improvement, especially in<br />terms of grammar, mechanics, and organization. Rather than editing or rewriting your<br />paper, tutors will provide you with a better understanding of areas that need<br />improvement or development.<br />*Papers must be submitted as an attached Microsoft Word .doc or .rtf file.<br />*If you are using Microsoft Office 2007, make sure you read MS Word 2007™ Saving<br />Guidelines. <br />*Provide your name, email address, and course and section number with every<br />submission.<br />*Students are allowed to submit five projects per term for review by our tutors.<br />*To submit a paper for review, attach it to an email message and send it from your Kaplan<br />University email account to<br />*Note: The 48-hour turnaround time does not apply to essays submitted during official<br />University holidays. Please be sure to plan accordingly during these times.<br />
  19. 19. Internet Etiquette: Netiquette<br />Do&apos;s:<br />Post at least within the suggested length guidelines, 100 words (7-10 sentences). <br />“I agree,” is not a sufficient answer. <br />Be careful using humor. Since your readers can’t see your facial <br />expressions, they might not know you&apos;re joking. <br />If you disagree with the opinion of a classmate or your instructor, be <br />respectful in your response.  Focus on the issue, not the person.  Just <br />because you can - doesn&apos;t mean you should! Think before you react. Inappropriate <br />discussion posts will not receive credit. <br />Use appropriate language. Treat a message as if you were participating in a live <br />classroom. Respect for your instructor and fellow students is expected. <br />Use spell-check. One of the advantages to posting a message to a discussion <br />area is that you have time to come up with a thoughtful response. Make sure<br />it is written in proper format and that you&apos;ve checked the spelling. <br />Sign your name to your postings. Sometimes your user name does not <br />correspond to the name you would like your fellow students or instructor to use.   <br />
  20. 20. Netiquette continued….<br />Don&apos;ts <br />* Rush to judgment and flame (be angry with) another poster. Everyone makes mistakes. If someone does post something that pushes one of your “buttons.” Give them the benefit of the doubt or give them constructive feedback on what to do next time. For some people, this will be their first experience online. <br />* Don’t use Internet slang in your posts.  Many students are not familiar with <br /> the acronyms, and using them will make your posts difficult to read. For example: AFAIK it is easy to ROTFL at all the UA. But FYI that&apos;s just MHO. (translation = As far as I know it is easy to roll on the floor laughing at all the useless acronyms. But for your information, that’s just my humble opinion) <br />* Don&apos;t use all capital letters when writing messages. It is the equivalent of shouting on the Internet. You can capitalize single words to make a point but make sure your cap lock button is off before sending a message. <br />* Be careful to maintain Kaplan University’s Academic Integrity policy. Copyright laws apply everywhere, including the Discussion area. Don&apos;t copy something without citing your source.<br />(Provided by D. Brien – permission given to use in discussion, seminar, or announcements)<br />Resources:<br /><br /><br />
  21. 21. Where can you find the Academic Success Center?<br />You can click on the Academic Support Tab at the top of your Kaplan homepage. You then click on the Academic Success Center link. Under this link, you will find the writing center, Library, Math Center, and Study Tips and Tools.<br />Dictionaries and Encyclopedias<br />Merriam-Webster Online: Get electronic access to the online dictionary and thesaurus.<br />HighBeam Encyclopedia: Search an online index of 57,000 frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia.<br />MSN Encarta: Access all of MSN Encarta&apos;s reference tools, including a dictionary, encyclopedia, and world atlas.<br />OneLook: Look up definitions in Chinese, English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.<br /> Explore a searchable encyclopedia of technology and IT terms.<br />Webopedia: Access a comprehensive dictionary of computer and Internet terms.<br />Searching the Web<br />MagPortal: Search an index of free magazine articles available online.<br /> Access an index of resources and search engines.<br />&quot;Searching with Savvy&quot;: Learn how to search the Web for academic research.<br />Computer Resources<br />W3 Schools: Learn basic computer skills in everything from HTML to Visual Basic. <br />Illustrated Computer Literacy 101: Get an introduction to computer basics.<br />CNET: Connect to the latest information about hardware, software, and programming developments.<br />Web Monkey:  Access terrific tutorials for HTML, JavaScript, and more.<br />Educational Resources<br />Yahoo Education: Find informational articles and reference resources at Yahoo’s education portal. <br />Education Newsletters and Journals: Access newsletters and journals related to education provided by the SCRE Centre at the University of Glasgow.<br /> Review a great collection of resources for learning about everything from study skills to personal investing.<br />
  22. 22. Other Important Info.<br />Where is the KU Library located? What are their hours?<br />The online Library is open 24/7. You can search for materials at any time. To ask a Librarian, Send your question by clicking on “To ask a Librarian” and click email to fill out the email form. Please allow 24 hrs. for a response. Open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm Central.<br />Where can you find the Career Services? <br />Under support services on the left hand side of your Kaplan homepage, click career services. <br />What services do they provide for students? <br />Industry information – They can assist you in obtaining up-to-date industry profiles to help you identify the skills required for the profession you are seeking. <br />Job searches– They offer you support during your search for a new job, whether you want to stay in your present field or make a career change. <br />Resumes and cover letters – The resume development tool, Optimal Resume, can help improve your resume, offer suggestions and examples of resumes, and help you create a personal resume website. <br />Interview techniques and etiquette – Career Services offers you tips on successful interviewing techniques, sample interview questions, practice interviews, and post-interview follow ups. <br />Additional services – Click on the “Resources” link to find additional job resources, sample cover letters, and Career Services FAQs <br />
  23. 23. More Important Info.<br />How do you check your Kaplan email?<br />To log into your account, go to the left hand side of the page under “Mail Center,” place your curser on “Go to inbox,” and click your mouse. Here you can check your email messages and send emails as well. Your email address is <br />If you miss a seminar, how can you I get a copy of the transcript? <br />Log into seminar as you normally would only at a different time than your seminar time. A window called “class archives” will appear. Choose the date of the seminar that you want transcripts for and click load seminar. The seminar will appear. If you want to save a copy of the transcripts, then right click and choose select all. Right click again and choose copy. You can now copy this into a MS word document and save it to your computer. <br />What should you include in an email to your instructor?<br />Your Name<br />Course Number and section<br />A detailed description of your issue or what you need from your instructor<br />Use professional language and remember netiquette<br />If you have additional questions or issues, remember to stay in contact with me. If you don’t keep me informed throughout the term, I can’t help you. <br />See you on the discussion board!<br />
  24. 24. Reminders to students<br />Responding to classmates<br />When responding to classmates, make sure that your post is at least 50 words in length (about 3 to 4 sentences). You can share an experience, refer to unit materials, offer a suggestion, post a resource, and/or offer support and encouragement. These posts need to show your instructor that you understand the unit material. You can post longer responses if you choose. You are required to post to at least 2 classmates per discussion question, but you are welcome to post more. Class discussion is a large component of the learning process. Make sure to check back to see if classmates or your instructor has responded to you. <br />Writing Emails to your instructors<br />Writing an email to your instructor- Provide your name, course number and section (i.e. CS119-21), and state exactly what you need from the instructor. <br />Appropriate email to instructor<br />Hi Professor Harmon, <br />This is Casey Alexander from your CS119-21 course. I missed our live seminar last night due to a storm in our area. I will listen to the transcript. Is there anything else that I need to do? <br />Thank You,<br />Casey Alexander<br />Middletown County Schools<br />Mountain Time Zone<br />*Remember emails are professional communications between you and your instructors or other KU professionals.<br />
  25. 25. Tips and Tricks<br />Good resource for students new to word<br />Working with Microsoft Word: Technology Tips for Kaplan University Students<br /><br />Personal Communication Styles<br /><br />This website lists the 4 components of assertive communication: Passive, Aggressive, Passive/Aggressive, and Assertive. There is information on this site about how each style will communicate, the impact of that pattern, and sample quotes from the communicator. <br />The Humanetrics website discusses four factors that are relevant to communication styles: Communication, Conflict, Resistance to Influence, and Coping with Criticism.<br /><br />These websites allow students to take short quizzes that measure assertiveness.<br /><br />This site also contains many links to good information about the benefits of assertiveness, stress relievers, tips to communicating better in relationships, and many more.<br />Another assertiveness quiz:<br />
  26. 26. Any Questions??<br /> I know that the online experience can be overwhelming, and I am here to help you in any way you need. If you have questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to ask!<br />CTolchinsky@Kaplan.eduAIM: doctolchinsky<br />