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Course Intro Announcement

Welcome to CEL 580: Tools & Techniques for Online Teaching

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Hello Students & Friends! Welcome to CEL 580!


Please take some time to get acquainted with this course.

Let's first note that we are using WebCT as our Learning Content Management System or LCMS.

Then let's take a look at the Course Menu where you can navigate to your course materials.


The page you are on now, is the landing page when you click from myWebCT into this course.

In the Course Menu, it is called the Homepage. We call it the Course Announcements page

which also includes immediately accessible instructor contact information at the bottom.

It is important to visit this page weekly because it changes frequently.


Then you see the links for the Getting Started page which is where you will find the instructions for the first week of class.


Next, you see the Syllabus and Schedule. These are, of course, documents you should get to know well.


Then you have the Course Content, which is where you will find very important materials

that provide detailed instructions on exactly what you need to do in this course.

There are two Long-Term Project guides and there will be 6 content units, each 2 weeks long.

Finally, there will be a two week wrap-up unit.

Currently Unit 1: Blogs is available. Additional units are made available one-week prior to the start date.


Then you have your link for Mail which is where you can email me and your colleagues within the

constraints of the course. You can forward this email to your regular email account, I do.

The Discussions is a very important area where we will all do a lot of communication about the Course Content.


Occasionally, I will need to do a Survey, usually about dates and times for whole class meetings.


The My Grades is a great way to keep track of your point accumulation.


There is finally the Synch Events Calendar that is another way to track synchronous events

and also a link to our Program Wiki where we have many resources. As we need them,

I may add additional links based on the coursework we will be doing.


That's the breakdown. If you have ANY questions, problems, concerns,

contact me immediately in the manner that works best for you.


Let's have a FANTASTIC semester!


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