i3 Syllabus
Notice: This syllabus is subject to change.

Course Title

i3 - Innovative Internet Instruction

This course was designed with the instructor in mind. If you are new to online teaching, this will give you a unique perspective into online learning from a student point of view. Even if you have been teaching online for years, you should be able to get a lot out of this course.

After completion of this course participants will earn 2 promotional hours.

Co-Instructor Information: Heather Dowd

  • Instructional Technology Specialist/Designer, Sauk Valley Community College
  • B.S. Physics, ISU
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, UIUC
  • M.S. Instructional Technology, NIU
  • Office Hours: Fall/Spring: 8am to 4:30pm, M-F. Summer: 8am - 5pm, M-TH Room 3M11
  • Contact: 815-288-5511 X 434 or use Blackboard email

Co-Instructor Information: Chris Shelley

  • Director, Instructional Technology, Sauk Valley Community College
  • A.S. Computer Information Technology, Sauk Valley Community College
  • B.A. General Studies, Western Illinois University
  • M.S. Instructional Technology and Telecommunications, Western Illinois University
  • Office Hours: Fall/Spring: 8am to 4:30pm, M-F. Summer: 8am - 5pm, M-TH. Room 3M11
  • Contact: 815-288-5511 X 298 or use Blackboard email

Course Description

You are enrolled in this course because you want to learn more about online learning, you have been assigned to teach an online class, or you are already teaching an online class and you think you could learn some more. You probably have some lingering questions in your mind about teaching online. What strategies are used to teach online vs. in a traditional classroom? How much time will it take? What is it like to be a student online? Who takes online courses? How can I make the experience a good one for students? Is there a way to encourage communication? What technology skills do I need? What about online pedagogies?This course was designed with the instructor in mind. If you are new to online teaching, this will give you a unique perspective into online learning from a student point of view. Even if you have been teaching online for years, you should be able to get a lot out of this course.

This course was developed as an online faculty development program for Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon IL. It was designed to help new and seasoned online instructors develop or improve an online, hybrid, or web enhanced class. The design of this course is based on sound instructional design principles and trends in online education. As a result, it is split into Modules as follows:

  • Week 1: Orientation - You will get acquainted with the course format, navigation scheme, other students, the instructors, and reflect upon your goals for this course. Foundations of online learning and the research taking place in the field will be discussed.
  • Week 2:Teaching with the Internet - You will learn what the difference is between web enhanced, hybrid, and fully online courses. You will learn what you will need to know as an instructor to teach online and how it may be different from the traditional classroom. You will also learn about different student learning styles and how to incorporate exercises that cater to these learning styles.
  • Week 3: Course Design-Objectives - We will address Blooms Taxonomy and look at instructional strategies for addressing higher order thinking skills in the online environment. You will create instructional objectives and also begin building a course in Blackboard.
  • Week 4: Course Design-Assessment Strategies - You will learn to design assessment strategies such as assignment activities and rubrics that will be used in your Blackboard course. You will also continue to develop content in your course.
  • Week 5: Course Design-File Preparation - You will learn how to layout your Blackboard course so that it is functional and looks apealing. You will also learn how to prepare lecture material such as word documents and PowerPoints for easy access. You will also continue to develop content in your course.
  • Week 6: Course Design-Organizing Content - You will learn how to organize your course content so that it flows in a way that students can intuitively access the content. You will also continue to develop content in your course.
  • Week 7: Course Design-Teaching in Blackboard - You will learn about how and when you can and cannot use legally use copyrighted material in your course. During this week, other i3 participants will complete the assignment activitiesthat you have created in your course and then you will learn how to grade those activities. You will also continue to develop content in your course.
  • Week 8: Web 2.0 and Best Practices -You will learn about Web 2.0, investigate social networking tools and participate in live chat. You will also learn about best practices in online teaching and evaluated this i3 course.
Course Materials Notebook and pen to take notes.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to integrate Online Learning strategies into the classroom environment.

After completing this 8 week workshop participants will be able to define:

  • Online Environment
  • Distance Learning
  • Online Teaching Methods
  • Online Course Design
  • Web 2.0 and social networking
  • Best Practices in Online Teaching

Course Schedule, Activities, Assignments, Exams

Week Due Dates
Week 1

February 8 - 14

Read, review, and research Week 1 Materials.
Week 1 Assignment 1 (Use Mail Tool) - Due after logging in for the first time.
Week 1 Assignment 2 (Introduce Yourself) - Due after logging in for the first time.
Week 1 Assignment 3 (Reading and Discussion) - Due Sunday February 14 before midnight.
Week 1 Assignment 4 (LRC Discussion)- Due Sunday February 14 before midnight.
Week 1 Quiz - Due Sunday February 14 before midnight.
Week 2

February 15 - 21

Read, review, and research Week 2 Materials.
Participate in the discussions from Week 1 assignments.
Week 2 Assignment 1 (Reading and Discussion) - Due Sunday, February 21 before midnight.
Week 2 Assignment 2 (Interview) - Due Sunday, February 21 before midnight.
Week 2 Quiz - Due Sunday, February 21 before midnight.
Week 3
February 22 - 28
Read, review, and research Week 3 Materials.
Participate in the discussions from Week 2 Assignments.
Week 3 Assignment 1 (Writing Objectives) - Due Sunday, February 28 before midnight.
Week 3 Assignment 2 (Syllabus) - Due Sunday, February 28 before midnight.

Week 4
March 1 - 7

Spring Break
March 8-12

Read, review, and research Week 4 Materials.
Week 4 Assignment 1 (Create a Grading Form) - Due Sunday, March 7 before midnight.
Week 4 Assignment 2 (Build a Discussion) - Due Sunday, March 7 before midnight.
Week 4 Assignment 3 (Build an Assignment) - Due Sunday, March 7 before midnight.
Week 4 Assignment 4 (Take Quiz 4) - Due Sunday, March 7 before midnight.
Week 4 Assignment 5 (Build an Assessment) - Due Sunday, March 7 before midnight.

Week 5
March 15 - 21
Read, review, and research Week 5 Materials.
Week 5 Assignment 1 (Edit html documents) -  Due Sunday, March 21 before midnight.
Week 5 Assignment 2 (Convert PowerPoint) - Due Sunday, March 21 before midnight.
Week 6
March 22 - 28
Read, review, and research Week 6 Materials.
Week 6 Assignment 1 (Build Learning Module) - Due Sunday, March 28 before midnight.
Week 7
March 29 - April 4
Read, review, and research Week 7 Materials.
Week 7 Assignment 1 (Pictures and Copyright) - Due Sunday, April 4 before midnight.
Week 7 Assignment 2 (Student Experience) - Due Sunday, April 4 before midnight.
Week 7 Assignment 3 (Grading Experience) - Due Sunday, April 4 before midnight.
Week 8
April 5 - 11
Read, review, and research Week 8 Materials, Wrap up and i3 Evaluation.
Week 8 Assignment 1 (Web 2.0 Wiki) - Due Sunday, April 11 before midnight.


* Note: It is highly recommended that you take notes on areas that are new or of interest to you. Research these areas and think of ways you can use them in your courses.

Course Policies

Participation is required. Most of the modules require you to participate in the discussions in some form (see the assignment rubrics for details). You should think of posting in the discussions not as being graded, but as a part of your learning process. Learning collaboratively in this environment will help you gain insight into other disciplines and how other instructors think. You are free to bounce ideas off of others and gain knowledge from others' experiences.

Grading Policy

The modules are graded according to appropriate rubrics for each assignment. If you meet the rubric requirements (see each assignment for rubric) for each module, you will have met the expectations.

Student Expectations

  • The i3 workshop was designed to accommodate an average of 30-35 hrs over an 8 week span. There are numerous resources and external links for reading located inside of each module that will allow you to explore your own personal interests in education as related to technology enhanced learning/teaching and instructional design. The time you put into this course will reflect what you will get out of it.
  • Your work in the I3 workshop will occur both online and offline. You should login to the class at least 3-5 times a week to follow discussions and check for instructor updates.
  • Feel free to print the syllabus or other content sections. When taking online classes, I always keep a binder and print off my materials so I can refer to them at anytime. You may decide to do the same.
  • For questions email us through the Blackboard email. If you cannot login to Blackboard, you may email us at it@svcc.edu to fix the problem.
  • If you want to talk about anything at all, use the I3 Internet Cafe discussion section. You can use this discussion to talk with others in the class. Have some fun!
  • You should keep a pen and paper handy so that you can take notes on subject areas that are of particular interest to you. Research these areas or ask the instructor or others in the class for thoughts. Write down things that you want to try in a course you are teaching or will be teaching.
  • Ask questions if you have any. Post them in the discussion board so that everyone can see. There is a discussion topic called "Questions". By posting in this area, everyone can collaborate as a group to help each other through difficult concepts that may occur in the I3 workshop. After all, someone might have the same question that you do.
  • Keep in line with due dates. You may work ahead, but don't fall behind or you may find yourself trying hard to keep up with others in the course and you will miss out on key discussions.
  • Collaborating with others is one of the key driving forces in this class. You are expected to communicate in the discussion boards and offer insight into areas of expertise.
  • Also if you have an idea, question, or innovative thought, share it with everyone so we can learn as an online community.

Instructor Feedback

Expectation of response time to participant email is 24 hours.
Expectation of response time to grading assignments is 1 week.

Technical Competencies

To be successful in this course, participants should be able to:

  • Access to a computer with an internet connection.
  • Able to operate an internet browser on a computer.
  • Able to search popular search engines such as Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, etc for information
  • send and receive email and attachments
  • navigate in Blackboard
  • use an Internet browser
  • use a word processing program
    • save files in different formats (.doc .rtf)
    • copy and paste text>
  • save and retrieve files
  • search the library's online databases
  • Able to effectively communicate through writing.
  • Positive attitude

Technical Requirements

  • Internet Access - Preferably High Speed (DSL, Cable, LAN)
  • Internet Browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla, etc. You will need to optimize your browser for use in Blackboard, see this link for instructions. http://www.svcc.edu/UserMenu/employees/it/bbhelpdeskpage/browser.html
  • If you are unsure of your computer specifications, please contact us so we can be sure you have what you need to begin.

Minimum System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 2000, XP Home or Professional, Vista
  • CPU: 600 MHz Intel Celeron Processor
  • Memory: 256MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 20GB
  • CD-ROM drive

Macintosh

  • Operating System: 9.2, OS X recommended
  • CPU: 500MHz Power PC processor (G3)
  • Memory: 128MB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 20GB
  • CD-ROM drive

Internet

  • Dial-Up 56K, Broadband internet access recommended

Internet Browser Access

Plug-Ins Needed

Other Software

Black Board Tutorials

Online tutorials for students

Technical Support

Help Desk
Email support@svcc.edu
Phone 815.288.5511, ext 229

Ethics
Netiquette
Plagiarism

View SVCC Student Code of Conduct
Read number 2. Conduct - Rules and Regulations

Withdrawal Policy

View SVCC withdrawal policy

SVCC Privacy
Statement

The College policy on student records complies with the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act". This Act is designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for correction of incorrect or misleading data through formal and informal hearings. A copy of the Act or questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Dean of Student Services, Ext. 360.

SVCC Disabilities
Statement

If you have a disability or suspect that you have one and want to request a classroom accommodation, it is your responsibility to inform your instructor. Reasonable accommodations will be made after verification from the Student Needs Coordinator's Office located in Room 1G24, or by calling extension 246.

SVCC
Assessment Statement

Sauk Valley Community College is an institution dedicated to continuous instructional improvement. As part of our assessment efforts, it is necessary for us to collect and analyze course-level data. Data drawn from students' work for the purposes of institutional assessment will be collected and posted in aggregate, and will not identify individual students. Your continued support in our on-going effort to provide quality instructional services at SVCC is appreciated.

Copyright

Materials in this class may be subject to copyright protection.
U.S. Copyright Office

Notification of recording All classes at Sauk Valley Community College may be recorded for a variety of reasons to include compliance with the American with Disabilities Act in providing reasonable accommodations to person with disabilities. By enrolling in this course, students’ hereby consent to recording of classes.