Read the assigned texts thoroughly and take notes. Reflect on the ways the assigned reading either inform or are informed by your professional experience. Apply this to participation in the online forum discussion and completing the study questions.
Online Discussions and Study Questions involve informed participation in a series of graded online forum discussions throughout the course. Discussion topics and study questions are the same. The questions are first discussed in the forum and then candidates prepare a formal, written response to each to be submitted to the instructor. Discussions for each module end at the same time the study questions are due.
Online Discussions are semi-formal exchanges of ideas, more similar to class discussions than chat room discourse. (Write in complete sentences.) The object of these discussions is engage each of the topics in a thoughtful and scholarly manner. Candidates read all of the posts of fellow students and respond to both the assigned discussion prompts and the comments of other students. To receive full credit for this activity, participation should be frequent and engaged. Contributions to the discussion and study question answers should both be related explicitlyt o the text and to personal experience and reveal thoughtful reflection..
The Book Report invites in-depth inquiry on an issue or trend of particular interest to the candidate.
Using the text as a guide to appropriate topics, candidates select a book that addresses a teaching or learning related issue or trend and then prepare a 3-5 page formal written report that summarizes the content of the book and relate that content to their professional experience, relevant journal articles, and the online discussion.
Article Summaries inform both the online discussion and candidate's response to the study questions. Articles related should have been published in professional educational journals and are accessed through Moffett Library's EBSCO electronic database. A one page summary of the article is then prepared including an APA reference statement, a brief content summary, and a commentary that relates the article to the issue under discussion and the candidate's professional experience.
The Position Paper documents a candidate's informed position on some trend or issue of particular importance to the candidate. They are 3-5 page essays supported by at least 5 properly documented, peer reviewed sources. Candidates choose one of the many current trends or issues addressed by the course.
All written work should comply with APA rules for manuscript style and documentation. All papers and the study questions are submitted electronically in MSWord (*.doc or *.docx) format.
Late work is not accepted.
Although this is an asynchronous online course, students should participate in the discussion forums regularly.
Other Class Policies
As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled. If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled. If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.
"By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a 'limited right' in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The 'limited right' shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes." (Student Handbook)
Plagiarism is defined as claiming credit for the work of another or improper/inadequate citation and documentation of sources of information (ideas) or direct quotations. Plagiarism is a serious form of academic dishonesty. If you are found to have committed plagiarism in this class, you will be dropped from the class with an F.