Syllabus

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
ED 170 is an introduction to the application of computers to teaching and learning. This course provides hands-on experience with
computer and Internet applications and covers the following topics:
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word processors
spreadsheet managers
database managers
presentation programs like PowerPoint
Internet applications such as electronic mail and World Wide Web browsers
Internet resources for educators
web-based classroom management software
electronic portfolios
assistive technologies both hardware and software that are commonly used by students with disabilities
COURSE FORMAT
This is an online course with most contacts occurring in the class web site. This is an ASYNCHRONOUS course with learning occurring
independent of place and time. There are no face to face class meetings.
Content will be presented through:
 online slide shows
 online readings
 pre-recorded demonstrations
 simulated Office 2007 exercises
 discussions
 hands-on experiences
 reports
 projects
Regular access to an Internet-connected computer is required. Students are REQUIRED to access the web site and obtain course
materials on a daily basis.
This is not a self-paced course; the class schedule will be adhered to strictly.
TEXTBOOK AND READINGS
There is NO required course textbook. All readings and supplemental slide shows will be supplied online through the course website.
Instructions and links to the readings will be provided in the Lessons section of the site. Students MUST review all reading material
and slide shows.
TECHNOLOGY TOOLS
Projects will be required in MS Office format so any program you have that allows for saving in that format is fine. I recommend
either MS Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) or the free, open source package, Open Office.
You'll need a reliable, high speed Internet connection and the Firefox web browser which is the recommended browser for
Laulima. If you choose to use another browser, you may experience problems with viewing course content and posting material to
the class.
SIMNETONLINE
Students in the class will learn standard, common software tools using a simulated environment. This ensures that every student will
have the same learning experiences without having to require that you all purchase the same exact software. We will be using the
simulated learning environment for Microsoft Office 2007 known as SimNet. It is a powerful learning tool and is very affordably
priced at only $44.95. This is REQUIRED for ED 170.
It uses the 'teach me, show me, let me try method of instruction' which gives you lots of chances to acquire the information and
skills. You will be required to practice the skills by taking practice exams.
Go to https://ed170.simnetonline.com and click on the orange button that reads, "I do not have a registration code." Follow
instructions on the screens to purchase access to the program.
EXPECTATIONS
What I expect of you
I am pleased you are a member of this class and want you to succeed. Success is based in part on understanding and meeting the
following expectations:
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As a student in this course, you are a part of a community of learners. One responsibility as a member of this community is
to ‘talk’ to other members through our discussion board. You are an important part of my class and you have ideas,
experiences, and knowledge that can enrich our online classroom. We need to ‘hear’ your voice and ‘see’ you in the
classroom through comments, questions, and responses to the discussion topics.
Practice good netiquette.
Students are expected to follow the Student Conduct Code, which spells out professional behavior for students
matriculating at the institution.
Read and adhere to all grading and assignment policies.
EMAIL POLICY
The electronic communications policy adopted in December 2005 establishes the University of Hawai'i Internet service as an official
medium for communication among students, faculty, and staff. Every member of the system has a hawaii.edu address, and the
associated username and password provide access to essential Web announcements and email.
You are hereby informed of the need to regularly log in to UH email and Web services for announcements and personal mail. Failing
to do so will mean missing critical information from academic and program advisors, instructors, registration and business office
staff, classmates, student organizations, and others.
IF YOU NEED SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
If you have a documented disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability and the support you need, you
are invited to contact the Disability Support Services Office, 734-9552 (V/TTY), Ilima 103, for assistance.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT OF ME
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I will maintain a positive learning environment for all students.
Course materials will be posted in a timely manner and feedback on your contributions to this course will be provided in a
timely manner.
I place great value on communication among students and between instructor and student.
I am accessible via:
The Private Messages tool in our course website.
UH eMail at [email protected] - when emailing me at this address, please put ED 170 in the subject line.
Phone at (808) 734-9841
Skype - username is mary-celtt
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I am most responsive to email since I am online more than I am near my office phone, so please use private messages or
email as the first means of contact.
I take Sundays off for myself and family. Therefore, if you send me email or post questions on the discussion board on a
Sunday or late Saturday night, I may not respond until Monday.
Except as stated above, you may expect a response from me within 48 hours of a posting or email message.
ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING SCALE
You will be graded on the assignments listed below. This list is provided to give you an idea of the workload for this course.
Refer to the course schedule and assignment drop box for specific assignment guidelines, deadlines, and other information.
You can earn a total of 100 points in the class and a standard grading scale will be used.
ED 170 Fall 2009 Assignment List
GRADING SCALE
Evaluation Item
Point Value
DISCUSSIONS
22
Personal Intro
Getting to Know You
What do we have in common?
Productivity Tools Part I
Productivity Tools Part II
Social Networking Profile & Photo
Social Network Comments
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4
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5
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REPORTS
21
Why Technology Integration Matters
Active Learning with PowerPoint
Project Based Learning
6
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9
QUIZZES
25
Scavenger Hunt
Word
Excel
PowerPoint
Internet
5
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5
PROJECTS
32
Word-processed document
Spreadsheet activity
PowerPoint Slide Show
10
10
12
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE
100
Grade
A
B
C
D
F
Total Points
90 - 100 points
80-89 points
70-79 points
60 - 69 points
0 - 59 points
LATE WORK POLICY
Late submission of assignments may severely hinder your success in this class. The penalty for late assignments is a deduction of ½
point per calendar day.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY
Cheating & plagiarism on any exercise or assignment are unacceptable and will result in an “F” for the course for ALL parties
involved.
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