IT521 Week 1

Topic: Course Introduction, Ground Rule, and Instructional/Educational Technology History

  • Text: Reiser & Dempsey (Eds) (2011) Ch. 3
  • Lehman, R. M., & Conceição, S. C. O. (2014). Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-Based Strategies That Work. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.--Ch. 3
  • Motteram, G., & Forrester, G. (2005). Becoming an Online Distance Learner: What can be learned from students’ experiences of induction to distance programmes? Distance Education, 26, 281–298. doi:10.1080/01587910500291330

Extra Resources Referred to in Synchronous Discussions
You are likely to be introduced to these texts in IT532 Online Learning Environments

  • Gayol, Y. (2010). Online learning research. In K. E. Rudestam & J. Schoenholtz-Read (Eds.), Handbook of Online Learning (2nd ed.) (pp. 197-225). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2nd ed.). Jossey-Bass.

The goals of this synchronous session are to (a) start getting to know each other, (b) help you become familiar with the course, and (c) set ground rules for developing an online community. These activities will help you become a successful participant of this class.


Asynchronous Activities prior to 8/19 Synchronous Class Session

  1. Welcome! Instructor and Course Introduction
    This presentation will introduce you to the instructor and the course. It was created in Adobe Captivate 5.5 and is a SWF file. It will not run on any Apple iOS device.

Synchronous Activities on 8/19 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

Discussion Material


  1. Blackboard Collaborate
    • Please join the class session in Blackboard Collaborate ready to start by 5:05pm. The session will be available at 4:30pm to make sure you have the time to optimize your computer and USB headphone/microphone settings.
  2. Introductions
  3. Syllabus and Blackboard--Course Tour on Collaborate
    • Expectations
    • Assignments
    • Schedule
  4. Participant questions
  5. Instructor lead presentation/discussion on Instructional/educational technology profession and the field and establishing ground rules for online learning communities
  6. Week 1 Breakout Room Activity--Peer Rotation A


Asynchronous Activities on 8/19 During Individual Work Time


Due: Prior to when you go offline in Blackboard Collaborate

  1. Individual work time and check in with Lisa, there are 3 Blackboard discussion board activities for you to participate.
  2. Introductions discussion board. Create a new thread in this forum and introduce yourself.
    Please include the following content:
    • What is your name?
    • Where are you from?
    • What is your background?
    • Why are you in this class?
    • What do you want to accomplish from this class?
    • What do you want to accomplish after graduate school?
    • Something interesting that you experienced during the break.
    • Post a picture of yourself.
    • I have posted my introduction as a sample. It will be easier for you to insert an image of yourself right into the body of your post if you turn the Text Editor on in Blackboard, and use the Attach Image tool that is the second from the left icon on the third row of icons in the Text Editor. If this does not make sense to you do not worry about it.
  3. Online Learning Experience Survey
    • Complete the survey
  4. Establishing Ground Rules for Online Learning Communities
    • To ensure the success of this online course it is best that we agree on a community ground rules. The ground rules can be a living document and evolve as we learn more about online learning environments. I have posted an initial set of ground rules based on past best practices and posted it on this discussion board. Please review the ground rules and  provide your general comments and suggestions for additions, changes, and/or enhancements.

Last Updated August 19, 2015