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I love each of those topics...  let's continue to meet, by all means, 
and do them all!!!


On Apr 5, 2004, at 3:42 PM, Gibbs, Laura K. wrote:

> hi everybody, this is a note to figure out what folks would like to be 
> doing with the few more weeks we have left now at the end of the 
> semester. so, there are two basic questions:
> -- do you want to keep meeting? I have the impression that people 
> would like to keep on meeting even though we are getting to the 
> end-of-semester crunch. is that right?
> -- what topics would people most like to cover?
> here are some possible topics that people have suggested (I've put the 
> name next to the item if I remember who had suggested it, but I'm not 
> very good at remembering all these things, so please remind me if you 
> had thought of a good topic for us to cover that I've simply left out 
> here) - are there some of these topics that are of general interest?
> 1) overview of online course "best practices" (Larry) - I've looked at 
> some very nice "self-assessment" inventories for online course design 
> that might give us a good basis for that discussion. here's one such 
> inventory that is very useful and would perhaps be very useful to talk 
> through together:
> 2) designing online forms using Dreamweaver (Kerry) - some people have 
> asked about online forms. this is something you CAN do without special 
> server technology: the results of the forms are sent to you via email 
> (in order to collect the data and record it directl in a database 
> requires special server technology that we don't have acccess to). if 
> people already know the basics of Dreamweaver, and would like a 
> workshop in creating such forms, I would be glad to do that.
> 3) what you need to know to have students publish on the web (Larry) - 
> I do not know if Netscape is installed on the machines in the computer 
> lab that is available to us, but if people are interested in learning 
> how to use Netscape Composer as a tool for web publishing (a free tool 
> that students can use), we could have a workshop on how to teach 
> students to publish on the web
> 3) general IT procedures, back-ups, coping with problems (Lynn) - 
> several times we have talked about what to do when things don't work - 
> it might be useful to brainstorm together about how to prepare in 
> advance for technology glitches so that they aren't an insurmountable 
> problem if they do occur. I've got a "computer help" page for my 
> course that covers at least some of these issues from the students' 
> perspective, but not from the faculty perspective exactly:
> 4) writing assignments in online courses (Laura) - Marielle's great 
> CPR presentation showed how you can run an anonymous, randomized 
> peer-review process using CPR software. there are also other kinds of 
> online writing assignments that lend themselves to peer input, plus 
> the whole formal writing versus informal writing assignments issue. 
> what are the best assignments that can help students improve their 
> writing without gobbling up teacher time?
> 5) building quality online quizzes/exams (Nevine) - given the kinds of 
> online quizzes and exams we can create using Blackboard, what are the 
> best kind of questions for testing student knowledge of the material? 
> (this is not so much just about online course, but about constructing 
> good tests or quizzes in general, but with the limitations of what can 
> be done in Blackboard, and the special "honor code" situations that 
> come up in an online environment)