Monday, August 23

Hello everybody, and welcome to the FALL SEMESTER 2010. I hope you had a great summer and that you will have an exciting semester ahead! In this online course, you have a week of orientation activities to help you get acquainted with the tools and resources you will be using this semester. Please get started on the activities soon, since you have some assignments that are already DUE ON TUESDAY. Here is how to get started:

Course websites. You will find all the information you need about the course assignments at the website for the class you are enrolled in. Just click on Week 1 Orientation to find the list of assignments along with intsructions:
You will see all fifteen weeks of the semester listed on the homepage of each of the course websites - and you are welcome to work as far ahead as you want. If you have some free time now before your other classes begin, you could get a really good head start on the class! :-)

Welcome email. I've sent around an email to everyone enrolled in the class with information about how to get started. PLEASE REPLY to that email (if you have not already replied) so that I will know you are checking your OU email.

Ning invitation code. The welcome email also contained the invitation code you need to sign up at the class Ning website. If you need me to send you an invitation code again, just let me know.

Desire2Learn. When you log on to Desire2Learn, you should see the course listed in "Fall 2010 Courses." If you do not see the course listed, please contact 325-HELP so that the folks who administer the Desire2Learn system can help you figure out how to access the course.

Storybook Stack. The only assignments where I record the points for you in the Gradebook are the Storybook-related assignments. As you turn those in, I list them in the Storybook Stack. You can always check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. I work through the stack in the order that the items were turned in; sometimes I can get an assignment back to you the same day you turned it in, but if there a lot of items in the stack it can sometimes take longer.

Questions...? The first week's Orientation activities are designed to introduce you to all the class activities and procedures, so don't worry: everything will become a lot more clear as you work your way through the Orientation! Meanwhile, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the class that are not answered at the course website.