This is a list of the preparatory activities for the online Course Design workshop, which you must complete by May 24, 2010:
Create a SERC account
If you don't already have a SERC account, you will need to create one, which will give you access to the various web pages for this workshop.
- You can create an account by providing your name and email address on the create account page.
- Be sure to use the same email address that you used to register for this workshop (which is the email address that this message was sent to).
Submit an assignment or activity
During the workshop, you will review at least one assignment/activity that has been submitted to the Cutting Edge collection by one of the other workshop participants. Each participant must submit at least one assignment/activity to the collection in advance of the workshop.
- Choose one (or two!) of your best assignments or activities. It doesn't matter what course it comes from, because we will be using it in a general assignment review activity during the workshop. If you are redesigning a course, you may certainly submit an existing activity/assignment from that course in order to get feedback on how to improve its effectiveness or target it more closely to the course goals that you will develop.
- You must submit your activity online using our activity submission form. Please do not email your submissions to the workshop conveners.
Complete a test run of the screen-sharing technology
We will be using Elluminate to share screens during the workshop. It is critical that you make sure that you know how to use the system and that you solve all technical issues before the workshop begins. By the end of Monday, May 24, we need you to test drive Elluminate so that you know how to use it and have solved any problems *before* the first synchronous session on Wednesday the 26th at 11 am EDT.
You will find the connection information and the phone call-in number and instructions on the Technical Information page of the workshop web site.
Post an introductory message
Before 6 pm EDT on Tuesday May 25 (the day before the workshop starts), you must make a short post to the workshop discussion board. In that post, we would like you to tell the other participants a little bit about yourself and about the course that you will be designing or redesigning during the workshop. To make your introductory post, please go to the Workshop Discussion Board, click on the Personal Introductions discussion thread, and add a post. Please do not start a new thread – simply add to the thread that is there. The URL for the discussion threads
Before the first online workshop session on Wednesday the 26th at 11 am EDT, please read through all of the introductory posts so that you can meet your fellow participants.