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             Announcements        The first page displayed when any user enters a course site. Brief
                                  messages should be posted here, such as a message welcoming
                                  students to the class and messages conveying pertinent information
                                  about course assignments, updates, reminders, and exams.

              Identifying         Does the Announcements Page display the course title, course
              Information         number, section numbers, start date, and a brief description of the
                                  course?

              Welcome             Have you included a welcome message that greets students, invites
              Message             them to explore the course site, and directs them to specific information
                                  within the site? Have you made the announcement a permanent
                                  announcement, so it will be available throughout the semester? See
                                  Welcome Announcement and Online Orientation information below.
                                  Copy and paste into your Bb announcements. Make necessary
                                  changes for items in red.

                                  Welcome to (insert course id and course name). This course is taught
                                  (insert web-enhanced or online) using the Blackboard course
                                  management system. My name is (insert instructor's name) and I will
                                  be your instructor for this course. Review the online student orientation
                                  if this is the first time that you have used Blackboard.

                                  Student Blackboard Orientation: Students new to Blackboard or
                                  needing assistance log in using Username: ecsu and Password:
                                  ecsu and click on the Student Blackboard Orientation to access
                                  Blackboard help and support.




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              Navigation Cues     Have you included a permanent announcement containing a table or
                                  list defining what each of the main areas of the site contain (types of
                                  information, types of tools, etc.)? See Navigational Tips below and
                                  copy and paste in your Bb announcements:

                                  Navigation Tips

                                  How to Get Started!
                                  Guide your mouse arrow over the menu items on the left side of your
                                  screen. Explore each area by clicking on each listed heading when
                                  your arrow turns into a pointing hand. Below is a brief description of
                                  what you can find in each area.

                                  Announcements - What's happening in your class? Announcements
                                  will be posted here for your convenience. This should be checked daily.

                                  Syllabus - What are the expectations of this course? A detailed
                                  syllabus, with course outline, is available here.

                                  Instructor Information - Need to contact your Instructor/Professor?
                                  Contact information is available here along with posted office hours.

                                  Assignments - What are your assignments? An organized list with
                                  detailed instructions for all assignments are available here.

                                  Course Documents - Time to study for an exam? Study guides and
                                  quizzes are available here.

                                  Communication - Do you want to email your instructor or fellow
                                  classmates? How about participating in an online discussion group?
                                  Communications tools including email, discussion forums with threaded
                                  discussions, virtual chatting, and an online class roster are available
                                  here.

                                  Student Tools - Do you need to submit an assignment or find out your
                                  grade on a particular assignment? Student tools including a digital drop
                                  box, course calendar (with assignment due dates and test dates),
                                  assignment and test grade checking are available here.

              Updates             Have you instructed students to check announcements regularly? Are
                                  you using announcements to keep students informed and updated on
                                  important developments as the course progresses?




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             Course               Used to display general information about the course. Typically, this
             Information          area will consist of two folders, one containing a course syllabus and
                                  the other containing a course schedule.

             Syllabus

              Course Title        Is the course title the same as the title listed in the Course Catalog?

              Course Number       Is the course number the same as the course number listed in the
                                  Course Catalog? Have you included the class number (for example,
                                  01234), the subject/catalog number (for example, EDUC 207), and all
                                  relevant section numbers (for example, Section 002)?

              Credit Hours        Are credit hours listed?

              Course Start        Are dates listed for the start and end of the course? This information is
              Date and End        particularly important for online courses, for which the start and end
              Date                dates may differ from those of on-campus courses.

              Course              Does the course description contain, at a minimum, the official course
              Description         description found in the Course Catalog?

              Prerequisites       Are all prerequisites listed as they appear in the Course Catalog, such
              Defined by          as prerequisite courses or minimum test scores?
              Catalog

              Prerequisites       Are all instructor-defined prerequisites listed, such as level of computer
              Defined by          experience or access to particular software? Refer to Technology
              Instructor          Specifications on ECSU Distance Education Websites.

              Textbook            Does the syllabus list the title, author, publisher, date of publication,
              Information         cost, and ISBN? Are links to electronic bookstores provided, along with
              (Bibliographic      instructions for purchasing the textbook?
              and Purchasing)
                                  Have you included reading lists or other material related to literature
                                  used in the course? Have you included full bibliographic information
                                  and purchasing information as appropriate?

              Other Materials     Does the syllabus list all other required or recommended materials?
              Information         Are links to online stores provided, along with instructions for
                                  purchasing materials?


              Accommodation       Does the syllabus provide an Accommodation Statement? See statement
              Statement           below and copy and paste into your syllabus:

                                  Any student in this class who has a disability that may prevent full
                                  demonstration of ability should contact the instructor personally before the
                                  end of the first week of classes so that a discussion can be held regarding
                                  accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate
                                  individual educational opportunities.




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              System
                                  Does the syllabus list the minimum system requirements for
              Requirements
                                  participation in the course, including all necessary hardware and
                                  software? Are links provided for any required helper applications or
                                  plug-ins, such as PowerPoint Viewer or Adobe Acrobat Reader? Have
                                  you noted any special hardware or software required for course work
                                  (for instance, modeling or graphing software)?

                                  Technology Requirements:
                                  http://www.ecsu.edu/academics/offices/distanceeducation/techspec_fs.
                                  cfm



              Attendance          Does your syllabus provide information about the attendance policy?
              Policy for Online   See policy below and copy and paste in your syllabus:
              Courses
                                  Students are not required to attend class on-campus for online courses.
                                  The instructor may hold class sessions via other distance technologies
                                  such as interactive videoconferencing. Some online programs may
                                  have on-campus residency requirements. Please check with the
                                  program for details.

              Statement on        As members of the academic community, students are expected to
              Academic            recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity.
              Honesty             The examples and definitions given below are intended to clarify the
                                  standards by which academic honesty and academically honorable
                                  conduct are to be judged. The following list is merely illustrative and is
                                  not intended to be exhaustive.

                                  PLAGIARISM is presenting another person’s work as one’s own. It
                                  includes paraphrasing or summarizing the works of another person
                                  without acknowledgement, including submitting another student’s work
                                  as one’s own.

                                  CHEATING involves giving or receiving unauthorized assistance
                                  before, during or after an examination.

                                  UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION is submission for academic
                                  credit for a work, product or a part thereof, represented as being one’s
                                  own effort that has been developed in substantial collaboration with or
                                  without assistance from another person or source is a violation.

                                  FALSIFICATION is a violation to misrepresent material or fabricate
                                  information in an academic exercise or assignment.

                                  MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS is a violation of academic honesty to
                                  submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once
                                  without the explicit consent of the instructor(s) to whom the material is
                                  submitted for additional credit. In cases where there is a natural
                                  development of research or knowledge in a sequence of courses, use
                                  of prior work may be desirable or even required.




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              Incompletes (I)
                                  Does your syllabus provide information about Incompletes (I). See
                                  statement below and copy and paste in your syllabus:
                                  A grade of “I” indicates that the student may have maintained a passing
                                  average, but for reasons beyond his or her control, some specific
                                  performance such as an examination, a report, a notebook, or
                                  experiments has not been completed. An instructor should give a
                                  student an “I” grade ONLY for justifiable reason. An “I” graded carries
                                  no quality points and is computed in the student’s grade point average.

              Proctor             Optional: Does your syllabus provide information about test
              Information for     proctoring? Most faculty teaching online courses require their students
              Online Course       to have a proctor when taking an online exam to ensure test security.
              Exams               See proctoring link with requirements below and copy and paste into
                                  your syllabus.

                                  Proctoring Requirements:
                                  http://www.ecsu.edu/academics/offices/distanceeducation/docs/proctor.
                                  pdf


              Grading Criteria    Does the syllabus list grading criteria, including any specific criteria for
                                  individual assignments?

              Participation       Does the syllabus define expectations about participation in the online
              Criteria            class, including the frequency, timing, and quality of participation? If
                                  participation is graded, are grading criteria included?

              Schedule            Does the schedule contain due dates of all assignments, activities, and
                                  tests? Does it list class meetings and topics of discussion, where
                                  appropriate? Does it list all on-campus activities, such as labs or
                                  proctored exams? Does it note that the instructor reserves the right to
                                  make changes to the schedule and that changes will be announced on
                                  the Announcements page?

              Distance            Have you provided information about accessing the Student
              Education           Blackboard Orientation developed by the Distance Education
              Services            Department? See Student Blackboard Orientation information below
                                  and copy and paste in your syllabus:

                                  Student Blackboard Orientation: Students new to Blackboard or
                                  needing assistance log in using Username: ecsu and Password:
                                  ecsu and click on the Student Blackboard Orientation to access
                                  Blackboard help and support.

             Other ECSU           Have you provided links to other online resources provided by ECSU?
             Resources            See links below and copy and paste in your syllabus:

                                  G.R. Little Library
                                  (http://www.ecsu.edu/cs/library.cfm)
                                  ECSU Academic Calendar
                                  (http://www.ecsu.edu/publications/students/academiccalendar.pdf)
                                  Academic Computing and Network Services (email accounts)
                                  (http://www.ecsu.edu/emailhelp/emailhelp.cfm)

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             Staff Information    Contact information and biographical information about faculty and staff
                                  involved with the course.

             Biographical         Does “Staff Information” include the names and titles of faculty and staff
             Information          (for instance, department/office assistants)? Does it contain brief
                                  biographies of faculty and staff? Does it include photos of faculty and
                                  staff (optional)?

             Phone Number         Are phone numbers listed for faculty and staff?

             E-Mail Addresses     Are e-mail addresses listed for faculty and staff? Is a policy on
                                  response time provided (for example, “I try to respond to all e-mail
                                  within 24 hours”.)?

             Office Location      Is your office location listed?

             Office Hours         Are virtual office hours listed, along with an explanation of how virtual
                                  office hours are conducted (through instant messaging, Voice-over-IP
                                  technology, etc.)? Are any on-campus office hours listed? Are both
                                  types of office hours convenient for students with varied schedules?

             Course               Content-specific area containing the majority of content information
             Documents            delivered online, such as lecture materials, handouts, presentations,
                                  and related readings.


             Organization         Have you placed content in folders within the Course Documents area?
                                  Does each folder have a unique, informative name? Have you
                                  organized the folders in a logical, intuitive structure? For example, you
                                  might create folders organized chronologically (Week 01, Week 02,
                                  etc.); by module (Module 01, Module 02, etc.), by author (Updike,
                                  Bellow, Smiley, etc.), or by type of material (Handouts, Presentations,
                                  Lecture Notes, etc.).




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              Online              Have you provided an online “Getting Started” orientation for your
              Orientation         course? Remember to post an announcement that the Online
                                  Orientation is located in Course Documents.

                                  Recommended topics to include in your orientation:

                                       1. Direct students where they will find the syllabus for your course
                                          and thoroughly explain the information regarding the required
                                          text, topical outline and evaluation/grading procedure.

                                       2. Direct students where they will find your faculty information with
                                          updated contact information concerning your available office
                                          hours and times, email addresses, and telephone numbers.

                                       3. Direct students where they would find a schedule of all
                                          assignments, due dates, and the format in which they should
                                          be submitted.

                                       4. Notify students which communication features that you will be
                                          using in your Blackboard course (discussion board, chat, group
                                          pages, email).

                                       5. Notify students which tools that you will be using in your
                                          Blackboard course (calendar, grade book, task, digital drop
                                          box).

                                       6. Notify students if proctors will be required and direct them to
                                          your syllabus where proctor information will preside.

                                       7. Refer student to the Distance Education website located at
                                          www.ecsu.edu, Current Students, Distance Education.




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Assignments         Course assignments, tests, quizzes, and surveys.

Organization        Have you placed assignments in individual folders within the Assignments Area?
                    Does each folder have a unique, informative name? Have you organized the
                    folders in a logical, intuitive structure? For example, you might create folders
                    organized chronologically (Week 01, Week 02, etc.); by module (Module 01,
                    Module 02, etc.), or by author (Updike, Bellow, Smiley, etc.). Do you have your
                    items inside your assignment folder organized as follows?

                    Objectives:

                     A Learning Objective is a clear, concise and complete statement of
                      observable student behaviors that can be evaluated at the conclusion of the
                      learning activities (assignment) and contributes to reaching the goal.

                     By writing a learning objective for each assignment, you are:

                             1. Describing to the students what you value and expect them to be
                                able do (selecting content)

                             2. Specifying the desired outcomes that can be tested (developing an
                                instructional strategy)
                             3. Assessing the student’s performance and if the course instruction is
                                effective (linking to evaluation)

                     Utilize the ABCD format to write objectives. The ABCD method of writing
                      objectives is an excellent starting point for writing objectives. In this system,
                      "A" is for audience "B" is for behavior, "C" for conditions and "D" for degree of
                      mastery needed.


                             1. Audience – Who? Who are your learners?


                             2. Behavior – What? What do you expect them to be able to do? This
                                should be an overt, observable behavior, even if the actual behavior
                                is covert or mental in nature. If you can't see it, hear it, touch it, taste
                                it, or smell it, you can't be sure your audience really learned it.


                             3. Condition – How? Under what circumstances or context will the
                                learning occur? What will the student be given or already be
                                expected to know to accomplish the learning?


                             4. Degree – How much? How much will be accomplished, how well will
                                the behavior need to be performed, and to what level? Do you want
                                total mastery (100%), do you want them to respond correctly 80% of
                                the time, etc. A common (and totally non-scientific) setting is 80% of
                                the time.




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              Below is an example of an objective which includes Audience (A), Behavior (B),
              Condition (C), and Degree of Mastery (D).

              "Given examples and non-examples of constructivist activities in a college
              classroom, the student will be able to accurately identify the constructivist
              examples and explain why each example is or isn't a constructivist activity in 20
              words or less with 80% accuracy."

              Textbook Readings or Other Web Resources:

               The purpose is to select the most appropriate instructional methods, media,
                and materials to meet the learner analysis and objectives.
               Include chapters and page numbers for textbook readings.

               Create a list of internet resources.
               Supplemental resources may include PowerPoint presentations, computer
                simulations, podcast, textbook companion websites, etc.

              Assignment Requirements and Submission Instructions:
               Be specific and provide detailed information.

               Provide information for the file extensions that you will accept such as Word
                Document (.docx), Rich Text File (.rtf), PowerPoint (.pptx), Excel (.xlsx), etc.

               If you are using the Assignment Manager Feature use the following
                instructions: “To submit this assignment to your instructor, click on the link
                View/Complete Assignment below. Attach it in the place provided using the
                Browse button. Then click on the submit button.”

              Formative Evaluation Survey:

               Have you considered using a formative evaluation to survey you students for
                course activities and assignments? If you are using a survey, use the
                following instructions:
                      Evaluation of this course is very important. Formative evaluations are an
                       on-going process that enables the instructor to improve the course,
                       facilitate course and content adaptation, and identifies major gaps in the
                       course's instructional plan. I am interested in how you are doing and how
                       I can improve the course. This survey will give the students the
                       opportunity to express concerns in an anonymous setting. I will have
                       access to all feedback, however I will not know who it is from. My goal is
                       to be completely effective to maximize your learning.
                    To take the survey, click the link above titled "Name of Survey". Thank you
                       for your feedback!




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Discussion         A web-based, asynchronous communication tool that permits users to carry on a
Board              conversation without having to be available at the same time. Conversations
                   consist of messages posted by the instructor and students and are grouped into
                   forums containing threads and all related replies or responses.

Forums and         Have you created forums with unique, informative titles and useful, informative
Guidelines         descriptions? Have you organized the forums in some logical, intuitive structure?
                   For example, you might create forums organized chronologically (Week 01, Week
                   02, etc.); by module (Module 01, Module 02, etc.), or by author (Updike, Bellow,
                   Smiley, etc.). Have you provided a forum for off-topic posts that may still be of
                   interest to members of the class? Have you created a guideline for students to
                   use when responding to threads? If your students are participating in online
                   discussions see Discussion Board Guidelines below and copy and paste into your
                   assignments or course documents area:
                   Discussion Board Guidelines
                        1. We ask for your cooperation in following the guidelines listed here. This
                            will allow everyone to participate and feel comfortable.
                        2. No rudeness. We encourage differing viewpoints, but express your
                            opinions tactfully.
                        3. No profanity or vulgar language.
                        4. No attacks against other users or differing viewpoints.
                        5. No posting of multiple messages with the express intent of filling up a
                            chat page or harassing its members.
                        6. No advertisements for commercial products (by the manufacturers).
                        7. Make an effort to use proper spelling, grammar and capitalization (no
                            ALL-CAPS posts).
                        8. Be an active listener. Respect what others have to say by reading and
                            reflecting on existing posts and by giving others a chance to have their
                            say.
                        9. Do not be afraid to challenge. This is achieved by asking good questions,
                            avoiding making judgments, focusing on ideas, and refraining from
                            personal attacks.
                        10. Show sound reasoning behind statements. Cite personal experience and
                            research in order to help people understand where she/he is coming
                            from.
                        11. Stay on topic.
                        12. Name a new thread in a way that best describes the main idea.
                        13. Respond to posts to which you think you might add something substantial
                            and avoid posting the obvious or reiterating same issues/points of the
                            thread.
                   The instructor may use additional guidelines or remove guidelines that are not
                   needed for their specific forums.




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Discussion Board    Have you provided a grading rubric for your discussion board? Below is an
Rubric              example of a discussion board rubric created using Rubistar located at
                    http://rubistar.4teachers.org



                     CATEGORY 4                   3               2                                1
                     Discussion Contributes       Contributes     Contributes an        Contributes no
                     Thread     useful ideas that some ideas that idea that             ideas that
                                      demonstrate    demonstrate     demonstrate        demonstrate
                                      connections    connections     connections        connections
                                      between the    between the     between the        between the
                                      assignment and assignment and assignment and assignment and
                                      the classroom  the classroom   the classroom      the classroom
                                      which required which           but required       and showed little
                                      thoughtful     demonstrated    little, thoughtful or no effort in
                                      efforts.       some thoughtful effort.            composing the
                                                     efforts.                           thread.
                     Meeting          Participant          Participant         Participant         Participant
                     posting          posted more          posted only the     posted the          posted only 1
                                      than the required    required 1          required 1          thread and no
                     Requirement      1 thread and 2       thread and 2        thread and only     replies OR no
                                      replies through      replies.            1 reply.            thread.
                                      revisiting the
                                      Discussion
                                      Board more than
                                      one time.
                     Contributing Contributes              Contributes 2 or    Contributes 1       Contributes no
                     Replies      many useful              3 ideas that        idea that           ideas that
                                      ideas that           demonstrate         demonstrates a      demonstrate a
                                      demonstrate          connections         connection          connection
                                      connections          between the         between the         between the
                                      between the          person's thread     person's thread     person's thread
                                      person's thread      and their reply.    and their reply.    and their reply.
                                      and their reply.     Some thought        Little thought      No thought was
                                      Much thought         was put into        was put into        put into posting
                                      was put into         posting the         posting the         the replies.
                                      posting the          replies.            replies.
                                      replies.
                     Attitude in Never critical of Rarely is critical Occasionally is Often is critical
                     Submission threads posted of threads             critical of threads of threads
                                      by others in their   posted by others    posted by others    posted by others
                                      replies. Always      in their replies.   in their replies.   in their replies.
                                      has a positive       Often has a         Sometimes has       Often has a
                                      attitude about       positive attitude   a positive          negative attitude
                                      the assignment       about the           attitude about      about the
                                      at hand.             assignment at       the assignment      assignment at
                                                           hand.               at hand.            hand.




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                    Have you provided instructions for using the Discussion Board? If your students
Discussion Board
                    are participating in online discussions see Discussion Board Instructions below
Instructions
                    and copy and paste into your assignments area:

                    Discussion Board Instructions

                    Viewing a Discussion Board Forum
                         1. On the Welcome page, click the Communication button and click
                            Discussion Board.

                         2. Click the forum name to access the forum.

                         3. Optional: To view more or less of the forum, click the Expand All or
                            Collapse All shortcut in the upper-right corner of the forum.

                         4. Optional: To view only unread messages, click the View Unread
                            Messages shortcut in the upper-left corner of the forum. Click the View
                            All Messages shortcut to display all messages again.

                         5. Optional: To sort threads, click the arrow on the Sort By box and select
                            an option from the resulting menu.

                    Creating a Discussion Thread

                         1. In the course page, click the Communication button and click Discussion
                            Board.

                         2. Click the forum name to access the forum.

                         3. Click the Add New Thread button.

                         4. Enter a subject in the Subject box.

                         5. Enter thread text in the Message box.

                         6. Optional: To add an attachment, click the Browse button, locate and
                            select the file you want to add, and click the Open button.

                         7. Click the Submit button.

                    Replying to a Thread

                         1. In the course page, click the Communication button and click the
                            Discussion Board.

                         2. Click the forum name to access the forum.

                         3. Click the thread name to open the thread.

                         4. Click the Reply button to reply to the thread.

                         5. Enter reply text in the Message box

                         6. Click the Submit button.




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Content               Have you posted thought-provoking questions or assertions that will generate
                      discussion? Where appropriate, have you steered the discussion by posing
                      additional questions or assertions? Have you provided students with guidelines
                      for participating on the Discussion Board? Have you provided students with
                      examples of appropriate and inappropriate posts?

Security              Have you carefully weighed the advantages and disadvantages of allowing
                      anonymous posts? Have you considered any potential problems, such as viruses,
                      that might be caused by allowing files to be attached to posts?

Setup                 Have you carefully considered whether students should be able to start new
                      threads? Edit or remove their posts? Upload file attachments? Post
                      anonymously? NOTE: Anonymous posts cannot be graded.

Collaboration         Synchronous tool consisting of a chat room, a whiteboard, and a question-and-
(Chat)                answer area, primarily for advance users. If you won’t be using the Collaboration,
                      you should disable it in Course Settings.

Applications          Have you considered using the Collaboration to hold "live" classroom discussions,
(Optional)            tutoring sessions, or virtual office hours? Have you considered using the
                      Collaboration to enable guest speakers and subject matter experts to
                      communicate with members of the class? Have you considered asynchronous
                      alternatives to synchronous Collaboration sessions, which require that everyone
                      participate at the same time?

Logistics
(Optional)
                      Have you informed students that they must have a Java-enabled browser to use
                      the Collaboration? Have you provided instructions for enabling Java? See
                      instructions below. Have you notified students of the start times and dates of any
                      Collaboration activities? Are the activities scheduled to accommodate working
                      students (for example, with alternative or multiple times and dates outside of work
                      hours)? Have you considered creating small groups when using the
                      Collaboration, to keep the conversation manageable and reduce confusion? If
                      you are using the collaboration feature copy and paste the instructions below into
                      your assignments or course documents area.

                      Java Plug in for Collaboration

                      Windows Users

                           1. Click the download button at
                              http://www.java.com/en/download/windows_ie.jsp.

                           2. Navigate to the saved file and double-click on it to run the Java Plug-in
                              installer.

                           3. The installer will launch.

                           4. Accept the license agreement.

                           5. Select Typical and click Next to continue.

                           6. The installer will finish.

                           7. Click OK below to launch the Chat tool.




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             Groups                Pages that allow groups of students to use collaborative tools (e-mail, virtual
                                   classroom, discussion board, and file exchange).

             Collaboration         If you have formed collaborative groups of students, have you enabled the
             Tools                 appropriate collaboration and communication tools for each group (e-mail,
             (Optional)            collaboration, discussion board, and file exchange)? Have you included the
                                   student’s name in the Group Properties? Have you provided instructions for
                                   working in online groups? If you are using groups in your online course, copy and
                                   paste the instructions below.

                                   Working With Groups in an Online Class

                                   When working with a group in an online class for this assignment, I would suggest
                                   emailing each other to set up a time to chat. You can send Email to your group
                                   members by clicking on the Group button, selecting your group name, and
                                   clicking on the send email option.

                                   My suggestions for moving through the assignment…

                                        1.   Get in touch with your group members early.

                                        2.   Establish group norms - how do you want to proceed?

                                        3.   What timetable works for each of you?

                                        4.   Increase your knowledge about the subject by reviewing the information
                                             provided in the assignment.

                                        5.   Share your thoughts with your group members in the chat.




*Excerpts taken from Boise State University
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