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CIS2: Welcome to CIS 2 Computers and SocietyCIS 2 Computers and Society
Welcome to CIS 2 Computers and Society.
Thank you for choosing De Anza Distance Learning.
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We will be using the new
learning management system for communication, discussions, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes and grade reporting. It is important that you check into Catalyst at least 2-3 times each week.
Please get started right away. You can start by becoming familiar with the Catalyst course structure. There are several assignments for this week. See Assignments for details.
I will be available to answer questions. The best way to reach me is though the Questions discussion forum. Pst your question message there. I check for messages 1-2 times most days. I check my other external email less often. If you have any questions, please contact me.
You may also be able to find answers to your questions in the course material. Students in previous classes probably had the same questions, so many frequently asked questions are answered in the course notes. Please spend a few minutes and look for these answers. This is quicker than waiting to hear back from me. If you need personal help, I will be happy to respond to your questions.
This class moves very quickly so please complete assignments on time. If you get behind, it is very difficult to catch up. I look forward to working with you this quarter. Some of your grade will be based on your active participation in class discussion, so be sure to contribute to the discussions, as well as turning in the assignments.
In the online Syllabus, the assigned modules are laid out with due dates. Watch for News messages notification to supplement the concepts covered in the text and online tutorials. Please consult your syllabus for additional course specific dates.
If you have questions, please contact me. You can leave me an e-mail message anytime. I will get back to you as soon as I can, usually with 24 hours.
External Email address : email@example.com
I hope that you will enjoy this learning experience. I am looking forward to getting to know you through your writing and comments. I encourage everyone to get to know their classmates. Lastly, the two most important elements of this class are that you keep in touch and that you enjoy the class!
Valerie Taylor, Instructor
- Read the syllabus. The syllabus for the course is online. Please read it and keep a copy for future reference.
- On the first day of the semester, your will be able to access the course information online. There is NO student access to the system until the FIRST day of class.
NOTE: If you are a late add, you will not have access to DeAnza Catalyst until the next day after your Add has been processed by Admissions and Records.
Catalyst web site: http://catalyst.deanza.edu
Your De Anza College Student ID
(NOT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER). For security reasons, De Anza does not use any portion of your Social Security Number.
If you cannot remember you Student ID, you can look it up on your My De Anza page (opens in new window). Click on "De Anza Registration System," then click on the "Main Menu" tab. At the bottom of that scree, under the tab "Click Here Account by Term" is an option for "Student ID Lookup."
- Password: Your Birthday in this format: MMDDYYYY (Two digit month, followed by two digit day, followed by FOUR digit year; no slashes or spaces.)
If you cannot remember your password, you may click the "Send my details via email" button under the login form.
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- Access DeAnza Catalyst and set up your account. Change your password to something you will remember - the password you use to access your email is a good choice.
- Begin working on the assignments for this week. 1. Introduction - Unwrapping the Gift
- Assignments are due 11:30pm on the due day.
I do not grade assignments sent by email. Assignments must be submitted online. Late work will be accepted but points will be deducted.
- Be sure to log in at the beginning of the week and check what assignments are due this week. Some group assignments require participation throughout the week.
- You can work ahead if you want to - all assignments and course notes are visible and can be submitted before they are due. However, there are cut-offs for late work. Really late work will not be accepted without prior instructor notification.
The course weekly modules follow the sequence of material in the book A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet by Sara Baase. Read the chapter in the book that corresponds to the module topic. Work through the assignments for the module. Review the exercises in the textbook and think about the issues and situations.
In addition to the book readings, there are questions to help you focus your reading in the Study Guide section of each module web page. Here you will find additional information, and notes about important issues. These notes are intended to guide you through your reading and assignments.
Discussions in an online class?
Yes, it is important to see other ways to think about the issues and problems that computers bring to society. Reviewing classmates' observations, making comments, asking and answering questions are great for learning more about the topic.
Final projects are group projects. Teams or partnerships of 2-5 students work to prepare the paper and presentation. The projects are too big to be done by one person. In the real world, people work in teams or groups most of the time, so it is just as important to learn to work in groups as it is to learn facts. More about the final projects later.
Assignments and Grading
Most assignments are structured so that students apply and comment on the information discussed in the textbook reading. So long as all the requirements are met, you get full marks for the assignment. Students are encourage to fulfill these requirements in creative and personally interesting, academically appropriate ways. These assignments allow for each student's answer to be different.
Grading and feedback are based on reviewing your work and ensuring that the requirements are met. I provide a comment with the date of the review, along with updating the assignment grade. If there are any missing elements or requirements, points will be deducted. A comment about the deduction is included.
I check for mail and discussion postings at least once most days. However, I only grade assignments and review quiz results in batches, usually the day after the assignments are due.
If you have questions about your grade, please check for comments first. I use the assignment and quiz comments so you know exactly where a problem occurred. I use comments to bring something to your attention. If the comment does not answer your question, then send message using th Questions? discussion about your concern.
DeAnza Policy on Copying and Cheating
Academic integrity is an essential element in education at De Anza College and in the CIS 2 Computers and Society course. Copying, cheating and failure to give appropriate credit when citing the work of others will not be tolerated.
Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade on that exam or assignment. Repeated offenses will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities for inclusion on the student's permanent record.
It is tempting to just copy and paste information from the web. If you do this you must put it in QUOTES and provide information about the source of the quote (citation).
Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic integrity and will not be tolerated. Many students are uncomfortable posting their own words but that is no excuse to copy the words of others and not acknowledging that these are the words of others.
This is a UC transferable credit course. I have a responsibility to ensure that students in this course are working at a level comparable to what would be required to pass an equivalent class at a UC. I do check periodically to see if passages are copied without the appropriate citation. The penalties for plagiarism are severe including but not limited to a failing grade on the assignment.
If you are copying something - say so. The original author has a right to the credit. That is what academic integrity is all about.
The primary teaching and learning activity in this class is active participation in Student Led Discussions on each chapter in the textbook. In these discussions, each student poses a "critical thinking" question based on some important issue from the course readings, then facilitates a class discussion on that issue.
For each chapter in the textbook, each student must facilitate a discussion based upon their questions, and also participate in the discussions facilitated by other students. By being an active "discussant" in a minimum of three (3) content-related discussions per chapter, each student must engage in depth with the content of every chapter.
Facilitating an Online Discussion
In most of the modules, each student must facilitate several discussions: a website discussion and at least one Chapter discussion.
Start with a good "critical thinking" question - one that requires readers to really think about the issue being discussed. Your question should be open-ended so replies can not be Yes or No.
As other students respond to your question, reply to their comments. The idea is to get a discussion going - more than just a couple of comments. Consider answering a question with another question.
Posting Your Comments
When you are participating in a forum discussion, each response your post must have two (2) fields that you must complete correctly in order to get credit for your response: The Comment field and the Subject field.
No matter how terrific your comment is, if your subject isn't acceptable, your post will not receive full credit. I suggest that you write your comment first, then write the subject.
Your comment must introduce relevant, new information.
Your job here is to provide new information which is appropriate to the issue being discussed.
It is OK to respond with non-informative comments. In fact, sometimes it is a good idea to thank someone for their assistance or simply let them know that you agree with what they have said. Non-academic comments such as these can add valuable social resence to the course, and help to create a sense of collegiality. However, only comments that add knowledge will be graded.
If you copy/paste information from websites or other sources, you must use quotes and provide the citation.
- Is your comment accurate?
- Is it relavent to the issue under discussion?
- Have you taught us anything new?
- Have you added to the academic atmosphere of this course?
Subject field conveys the essence of your main point
You are required to create a Subject for your discussion posts that conveys the main point of your comment. It is not enough to use the topic or just a keyword or keyword phrase as your subject - you must create a short (not more than about 10 words) summary of the main point you are making in your comment.
The goal here is to state the main idea of your comment in your subject. This requirement is intended to accomplish two goals.
- It requires you, the author, to think about and clearly state the main point of your comment. To do this, you must have a clear understanding of the material, and this aids in learning and memory.
- It provides the reader with advance information which is helpful in organizing and learning the content of the comment. The reader should be able to determine the essence of your comment just by reading your Subject.
In this course, there are several different types of graded discussions.
- Website Discussions
Your assignment is to locate, review and lead a discussion on a website that presents new information relevant to the content of this lesson. In addition, you must participate in the discussions of at least 2 additional websites.
- Chapter Discussions
Your assignment is to ask good critical-thinking questions for each chapter and facilitate the discussion of that questions. In addition to leading the discussion of your question, you must participate in the discussion of at least 3 additional questions in each chapter. All modules have two or more chapter discussions, and the discussions on each chapter are graded separately using the grading scale below.
Remember: Each discussion participation assignment is graded separately. There are usually multiple discussions assignments in each lesson.
|Points ||Grading Criteria|
|4||Excellent - The comment is accurate, original, relevant, teaches us something new, and is well written. Four point comments add substantial teaching presence to the course, and stimulate additional thought about the issue under discussion.|
|3||Above Average - The comment lacks at least one of the above qualifiers, but is above average in quality. A three point comment makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the issue being discussed.|
|2||Average - The comment lacks 2-3 of the required qualities. Comments which are based on personal opinion or personal experience often fall within this category.|
|1||Minimal - The comment presents little or no new information. However, one point comments may provide important social presence and contribute to a collegial atmosphere.|
|0||Unacceptable - The comment adds no value to the discussion.|
|No penalty||Excellent Subject - The subject field conveys the main point of the comment. The reader clearly understands the main point of the comment before reading it.|
|1 point penalty||Minimal Subject - The subject filed provides keyword(s) only. The reader knows the general area that the comment deals with.|
|2 point penalty||Subject field is unacceptable - The subject field provides little or no information about the comment.|
The course includes formal class discussions relating to weekly topics. We start with Introductions, Expectations and Learning Styles.
But what about all the casual discussions? Just like you chat with other people in your on-campus classes, you need to have a way to communicate with your online classmates. There are discussion areas setup for your use.
Online Writing Assistance
Online writing assistance is available for distance learning students taking classes that involve writing assignments. This class requires writing, so please contact the Writing Center, if you would like their help.
In order to use the service, students must register by filling out a tutee application, which you can access online from the above URL.
Many of the assignments in this course require you to search the web for articles that discuss issues relating to computers and society. These web searching assignments can be overwhelming - 1-5 million websites containing your search criteria.
Here are a few suggestions that may help you get good results. If you have other tricks that work for you, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.
- Google prioritizes the responses by a very complex secret method. In general, the ones that come up at the top of the list are frequently referenced by other sites and people stop searching after they have looked at these sites. If you don't find something appropriate in the top 20-30, think about other words that might be applicable and change your search.
- It is often quicker to do 3 or 4 different searches than wade through several hundred from your first search. Learning to pick search words that will give "good" results is really important.
- If you are not familiar with a topic, do a search with one or two words. Scan through the first 2-3 results to find more words that relate to the subject, then add those in your next search. Learning the vocabulary of the subject will help focus the search results.
- There are other search engines besides Google. Ask and Clusty may provide search results that you like better.
- DeAnza's library subscribes to a number of very good online services. Instead of getting millions of hits, you may only get 100s but they will be from reliable sources. See next section...
Online Library Access
For a list of online research databases available for off campus students, see the Online Library Access page. The titles followed by a password are databases that the De Anza College Library subscribes to which can be accessed from off campus.
All these resources are paossword protected. Passwords are case sensitive. Email your instructor for the passwords.
Begin at the De Anza College Library Website: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/library/
Infotrac Magazine Index (Magazines & Newspapers Link). 1,000 full text magazines.
Literature Resource Center (Research Links). Criticism, interpretation, author biographies.
Using Catalyst learning management system
There are many features that you will need to use during this course.
- Course notes
- Log Off
List of modules for this course.
If a module is available, its name will appear as a live link: you can view the material by clicking on the title. If the title of the session does not appear to be a live link, then it is currently unavailable.
If an assignment is available, its name will appear as a live link. You can examine the assignment description by clicking on the name. If the assignment name does not appear to be a live link, then it is currently unavailable.
If a test is available, its name will appear as a live link. You can take the test by clicking on the name. If the test name does not appear to be a live link, then it is currently unavailable.
The information about transfer credits is in the DeAnza College Schedule of Classes in the tiny print in the box under How to Read Class Listings.
Check out http://www.assist.org/WaReps_2/help/helpstudents.html
to see the exact transfer agreement.
In gerneral, because the course number is 49 or below, it is UC transferable. It is a GE course so the exact credit equivalent will depend of the UC - but you can check that out in Assist as well.
Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education
In 1987 Chickering & Gamson published the now famous “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” These principles are based on the perspective that the goal of a proper undergraduate education should be active, cooperative, challenging, and:
The course is structure to apply these good practices to online learning. If you have questions or comments about the objectives or the implementation, please let me know. I appreciate your feedback. The course is evolving as we discover more about making online teaching and learning better. Thanks for your interest.
original 2006.9.20 updated 2008.11.05
- encourage student-faculty contact;
- encourage cooperation among students;
- encourage active/engaged learning;
- give prompt feedback;
- emphasize time on task;
- communicate high expectations; and
- respect diverse talents and ways of learning.