Early Start for Spring Semester 2015: Ready to go!

Welcome to the Spring semester, everybody! Classes begin officially on January 12 — and if you want a head start on the semester, the classes are up and running, with all the first week's assignments ready to go.
Update: Weeks 2 and 3 are now ready to go also!

New year, new classes! I've made a lot of little changes to the classes over the winter break, mostly thanks to great suggestions I received from last semester's students. If there is anything confusing about the instructions, broken links, something that just doesn't "fit" somehow, please let me know. There might be leftover fragments from old assignments, and the new assignments may have some rough edges that need smoothing. If you notice anything like that, let me know; you can contact me easily by email (laura-gibbs@ou.edu).

Getting Started. To get started, there is an Orientation Week with assignments to introduce you to the class and help you get familiar with the tools and websites you will be using. You can find the Orientation Week link along with other useful links at the class websites:

D2L. You will be using D2L for recording your points in the Gradebook. So, when you log on to D2L at learn.ou.edu, you will see this class, along with links to the class website. For the first assignment in the Orientation Week, you will learn how to "declare" your points for assignments in this class so that they show up in the D2L Gradebook. There was a big D2L upgrade just a week or so ago, but everything seems to be working fine. Still, keep a lookout for anything weird there, and if you run into problems of any kind, let me know!

My Schedule. I try to be at work from 9-5 Monday through Friday, which means I will be quick to respond to emails and Twitter queries during that time. I do check email occasionally in the evenings and on weekends, but I probably won't respond to those evening/weekend emails unless it is something urgent. Meanwhile, If I am out of the office for some chunk of time during regular work hours, I'll include a note about that here in the announcements.

Just for Fun: Here is a video I never get tired of — a Mister Rogers remix called Garden of Your Mind. I grew up watching Mister Rogers; his show started airing in 1968 when I was four years old... and as you get started with this class, you will probably see that the "Mister Rogers" approach to learning and sharing is a big part of who I am today. Enjoy!