This is a three credit-hour course at the graduate level and requires an average of 10-12 hours per week for study and class assignments. Participants with less experience in technology should expect to devote additional time and effort.
The most important consideration for the students in this course is frequent access to the Internet for connection to the online course and Web resources. It is required that students log on at least 4-5 days per week.
All written work should be submitted within the text of a message. Work should only be submitted as attachments when specifically required. No exceptions. It is extremely frustrating to have a student submit work in a format that turns out to be unreadable by the instructors.
Primary interactions between students and instructors will be within the online course. Instructors can also be reached through regular email. Work will be submitted for each module in the appropriate conference, and students are expected to make frequent and meaningful discussion contributions in the appropriate conferences.
Information about the online course, including conferences and attachments, are explained on the MSU site.
Participants in this course teach at different grade levels and there will be many points of views represented. Sharing these and making comparisons are an integral part of this course. Be even more tolerant of the diversity of your colleagues than you are of your students; when you are ahead, assist. When you appear to be behind, help the advanced students learn how to teach by asking questions or posting discussion at YOUR level.
Montana State University has developed a web site designed to help the distance learning student work successfully in this on-line format. Please read the Study Strategies found on Montana State University's server.
This course is designed as a graduate level course for practicing teachers. While MSU will allow participants to enroll that are not current practicing teachers, participants enrolled in this course are expected to have a background in educational foundations. For those who do not, you may need to spend additional time and effort learning professional jargon and instructional design skills.
There is also a high level technology component as participants are expected to download and learn image processing software. Participants with less experience in technology should expect to devote additional time and effort.
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last updated 5/4/02