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  North Seattle Community College's
GEOL 106 DINOSAURS
Instructor:  Tom Braziunas

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Communication
Click on the group above to join in class communications

You must read and understand our rules of "Netiquette and Privacy" outlined here.   Also please read below on how to use the communication room to earn points as well as how to find additional information on its features.

Netiquette and Privacy

Words can mean many things and what we intend to say is not always what others hear. This is especially true of "online communication" during which other students do not have the opportunity to see your "body language" and therefore have a greater possibility of misunderstanding what you truly mean.

Please, follow these guidelines in all your online responses
and discussion groups.

  • RESPECT. We would like to suggest respectful exchanges as a basic ground rule. We feel that informational errors should be pointed out- respectfully (even if stated strongly...). Disagreements that honor the viewpoints of the various contributors are productive and can lead to new learning and understanding.
  • PRIVACY. Keep in mind not only your own privacy rights but others as well. Do not reveal any information that you deem private.
  • BE CONSIDERATE of grammatical/spelling errors.
  • REMEMBER that humor and satire are often misinterpreted online. Communication is more than words. So, be prepared for some misunderstanding and requests for clarification.
  • BE SUPPORTIVE. We are all still learning. Our job is not to judge or condemn or even praise, although genuine encouragement is a necessary ingredient. We are here to provide information, to address topics in a discussion forum, and to provide assistance in helping each participant use her/his own unique learning style. Reflection generally precedes growth. So reflect upon what is said, provide sincere comments, and hopefully, we will all grow.

One good way to avoid problems is to reread your postings before sending them. Something written in haste may be misread.

Created by Val Donato, Sandra Looper, Diane Hostetler and Tom Braziunas

How to Earn Points for Communication Participation: 

During each week, we will be discussing our readings, especially the specific pages we are currently digesting.  In that week's communication room, join in and post a comment, question or related thought about the readings and/or respond to someone else's message.  We will also use the communication room for conversations on the written homework including assistance to one another in understanding how to approach specific problems. 

You need to post some relevant comments in the communication room several times on several days in several ways (for example, by providing feedback to others' remarks) in order to earn discussion credit.  If you post comments only at the end of the week, they earn less credit since no one will have time to reply to them before we start the next week's conversations.  You can earn up to 15 points each week depending on your level and regularity of participation.

Discussion Clean Offs:  At the end of each week, the ability to post comments in that week's communication room will end although we will still be able to review the conversations from that week. So you will always have access to past conversations in case you want to refresh your memory about something that was posted.

Pointers for using the communication room:

  • Please read the Student Quick-Start Guide to ANGEL in order to gain an understanding of all the options available for posting comments.  The Student Guide is a PDF document.  If you need the free PDF reader, you can download it at http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/.
     
  • Pointers will follow as we go along.  This is the first time that this course is being taught using the ANGEL learning management system.  Please contribute any practical advice as you become familiar with this email system, and that advice will be included here to help others!
     


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