For our course, we will be using Tapped In to meet as a class and to post materials, and one of your assignments is to attend a professional development opportunity at Tapped In. Therefore, you are required to:
Explanation of why you have to join a "group" for the course:
I have an "office" on Tapped In that I use to meet with students as well as other colleagues. The information in my office can get a little confusing if I have multiple things going on. Because our class will be meeting to hold actual class discussions and presentations online, it was important that we had our own space that you as students could "join" as a community. Groups (unlike offices) allows all of us to use, add, edit, and delete resources in a dedicated room of our own.
My hope is that you will help build that group space with links, files, and resources that will be of value to not only this class, but future classes. To that end, please familiarize yourself with all the tools in the CompTechBrown group room, make it one of your favorite places (or your home room), and feel free to add materials.
Instructions for Joining CompTechBrown (the online meeting room)
Before signing on and trying to join the group, please be sure to have read the orientation materials on these coursepages as well as Tapped In's introduction to the interface and Professional Code of Conduct. If you have read those and have gone through the process of registering, logging in, and finding my office (danikab's office), you should have enough of a sense of the environment to follow the instructions for joining our class group.
Once you are online and in my office (so you aren't in the reception area where people may be talking to you, which you might find distracting at this point), click on the "Tapped In" tab in the upper right corner of your screen. The view should change to offer you selections in a purple menu. From that menu, choose "Groups." A list of letters will come up of all the groups on Tapped In (you can browse those groups for anything that might interest you; notice the number of people around the world using this space for collaborating!). There is an option to "search groups." You can click on that option and enter CompTechBrown as the search criteria (alternatively, you can browse the list and find it that way). When the search returns the group, you will see a little next to the group name. Click on that link to bring up the group information page.
From the information page, you will find an option to "Join" the group. When you select that option, you will become a member of CompTechBrown! At this point, you may enter the room.
Enter the CompTechBrown group room. Use the "Favorite Places" pulldown menu and add this room as a favorite. Next, click on the ME tab at the upper right of your screen. Choose "Settings." You should see directions for setting this room as your homeroom, which I would like you to follow. Once you have made "CompTechBrown" your home room, any time you log in, you will land there (instead of the reception area).
Instructions for Finding Workshops/Meetings on Tapped In
Within the first couple weeks of the semester, you are required to attend the "Tapped In Tips and Tricks" orientation conducted by the technical experts on Tapped In. While you are logged in, click on the "TappedIn" tab and select "Calendar." Find a time you are able to attend these orientations, and log in at the right time (be sure that your time settings are set to Central Time). After you attend Tips and Tricks, send me the copy of the transcript so I can give you credit.
One of your other assignments for the semester is to attend a professional development activity on Tapped In. You are free to choose any open workshop or meeting for this assignment (except Tapped In Tips and Tricks, which is a recommended orientation, but not a professional development activity). Please be sure to begin exploring opportunities early. If you put this activity off, you will find yourself attending something less interesting/useful to you than if you choose early.
To explore the activities on Tapped In, click on the Tapped In tab. Choose "Calendar" from the purple menu. You will see a calendar that indicates the events going on everyday. If you see something interesting, click on the link to get all the information about it. Pay attention to whether you need to register for the event (if so, you will need to follow instructions to do so; most events do not require pre-registration). These events are "real time," so it would be just like going to a class or workshop on campus. If you want to attend, you will need to go to the meeting site on time. You will want to behave professionally as you interact at the event. You will want to pay attention to what is being said and to participate in a meaningful fashion.
Tapped In generates transcripts of any conversations you have while online. Your complete transcripts are emailed to your registered email address every time you log off. Your evidence of attendance for the event will be that transcript. I will be looking for some indication that you were participating and paying attention to the event. You will also write up a summary that explains what you got out of the experience.
Instructions for Online Class Meetings
At some point in the semester, we will try to meet online for class discussions. The reasons for that include allowing you to practice communicating (including "listening") in different contexts, especially that emphasize reading and writing skills. You will also be posting responses to the "Discussion Board" in the classroom.
While you are in the classroom, you may "talk" as appropriate. I encourage you to participate in discussion as much as you feel comfortable with. I expect you to be following the conversation closely, even if you are not "talking." If I am talking at length about something, giving you instructions, or if one of your classmates is presenting, I ask that you not just "talk," but that you use the "action" feature and raise your hand (to do this, simply type :raises hand in the dialogue box. The colon : makes your input an "action" rather than something you say). Aside from being "virtual," our online classes should go pretty much like any regular class, but, you will get a copy of the full transcript by email, so it's like a recorded class for your use.
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