We will use several mechanisms for communication in this course, including online forums, an e-mail list, and regular email. You may also elect to use other tools with fellow classmates.
Online Forums (GoPosts) - Discussion Boards
Online courses rely heavily on the discussion boards for technical support, content discussion, and monitoring participation. At a minimum, the course will have the following discussion boards (forums):
- General Discussion: for general announcement to the class about class-related topics and start-up processes.
- Skills Discussion - Weekly Exercises Questions: for questions, comments, requests for help primarily about module assignments.
- Concepts Discussion - Weekly Readings, videos, lectures: for questions, comments, requests for help on the lectures, readings, videos and related topics that may come prom the press or current events.
- Post Project Part 1 and 2 Results & Questions Here: to post your Project Part 1 and Part 2 results including questions, classmate's comments and suggestions.
- What's going on in my life (optional): Side conversations. Announcements. General discussions about non-class related topics.
- Books I'm reading - or movies, plays, etc: Several quarters ago, some MLIS students started a thread for this. So, I thought why not continue it for further the discussions. Everyone welcome.
If you want to create a shortcut, the address is: https://catalyst.uw.edu/gopost/board/blabob/23302/
While I read the discussion boards almost every day, I do not typically post "answers" for at least 24 hours to allow for peer solutions to be posted. Too often an instructor solution tends to stop a discussion thread when in fact often there may be other and even better solutions available. This is the opportunity for the more experienced in our midst to add value to the course.
A note about participation and use of discussion boards
Discussion boards are the primary vehicle for course communications in this class and will along with scheduled assignments be used to determine course participation and grading. So here are a few things you should know and be able to trust.
It is safe to assume that the students in this course will arrive with a wide range of experience in these topics and technologies. Some will be very experienced (typically less than 5% of the class), some will be rapid learners, some have lots of time to read and perform the exercises. All of this is a good thing for them AND this class. They will be a tremendous benefit when it comes to answer questions, providing pointers and encouragement, as well as being role models. What they can't become is an inhibitor to your posting questions, comments or pleas for help.
We must treat the discussion boards much as we do questions and discussions in class. The questions and comments that you post will not be used to determine your grade. In other words a question can't hurt you - even if you think it is simple or silly. Only two things about the discussion boards could negatively impact your grade:
- Too little participation - plan to post weekly.
- Rude or uncivil communications - it has never happened, but I warn you anyway.
Bob Larson, email@example.com
Students: See the Student Directory for this class, which will be available after the start date of the course and access to this site is limited to enrolled students.
Help with class technology:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, not your
instructor, when you have questions about the web site, the chat
room, presentation tools, Catalyst, or other technologies that are
not directly related to the content of this course.
Help with library or research questions:
You can submit questions to the
UW Libraries E-mail Information and Reference Service or e-mail
Nancy Huling, the UW Libraries liaison to the Information School, at
email@example.com. You may also
want to visit the
Libraries Library & Information Science LibGuide, for help
locating subject-specific resources.
E-mail List (Mailman)
You have all been subscribed to our course e-mail list. Mailman is the software that manages the e-mail list; see this page for more information about using Mailman.
To make a general announcement to the class, please use the general discussion forum. Please reserve the course e-mail list for time-sensitive announcements. Note: If you make them using an email account other than your UW account they will be blocked.
To post messages to the class, send a message to the e-mail list at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may wish to use other tools to communicate with your classmates and instructor. Examples of such tools include:
- Windows Live Messenger, Messenger Group, Google Chat, or other instant messaging (IM) tools
- Adobe ConnectNow (synchronous online collaboration and conferencing)
- Skype (internet telephony - VOIP)
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