Syllabus: EDM510 2016 Summer


Syllabus: EDM510 2016 Summer

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General Course Information Course Information

2016 Summer EDM581 510 -

Instructor Information

  • Jay Pfaffman
  • 251-380-2861
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1–4pm and by appointment
  • 3806 UCOM (In the Professional Studies Admin suite)

Course Description:

Application of current and emerging technologies that support and enhance instruction and can be used to improve student achievement.

Course Topical Outline ## Course Topical Outline Below are weekly outlines for the course. Each section has the week's activities and a link to all of the completions of that assignment in your class. If there are no topics there, either no one has completed it yet or I got the link wrong and you should let me know. If your solution to that challenge is not on that page, then you either did not select the #edm510s16-completions category or you failed to choose the correct tag. Also, when you post your solution, you should get a badge notification indicating that you attempted it.

Not all classes progress at the same rate thus course requirements might have to be modified as circumstances dictate.

Summer school compresses a 16 week semester into 8 weeks. Consequently, this syllabus is organized into 16 “weeks.” In a regular semester, you should expect to spend about 9 hours per week on a class. If you are not prepared to do two weeks’ work (about 18 hours) every calendar week, you should drop this class now and plan to take it again when you have time.

Week 1a - Tues May 31 Classes start # Week 1a - Tues May 31-Due: June 4
Week 1b June 3 # Week 1b June 3-Due: June 7
Week 2 - June 6 # Week 2 - June 6-Due: June 10
Week 2 B - June 9 # Week 2 B - June 9-Due: June 13 - [Blogging Your Way Through the Course]( (8 hours before the end of the course) [See solutions]( - [Library Tools: Using the Library Remotely]( (1 hour) [See solutions](
Week 3 - June 13 # Week 3 - June 13-Due: June 17
Week 3B - June 16 # Week 3B - June 16-Due: June 20
Week 4 - June 20 # Week 4 - June 20-Due: June 24
Week 4 B - June 23 # Week 4 B - June 23-Due June 27
Week 5 - June 27 # Week 5 - June 27-Due July 5 - [Portable Apps]( (2 hours) [See solutions]( - [ISTE Standards]( (2 hours) [See solutions]( - [Project Check-in]( (2 hours) [See solutions](
Week 6 - July 4 # Week 6 - July 5-Due: July 9
Week 6B # Week 6B July 7-Due: July 11 - [Social Bookmarking]( (2 hours) [See solutions](
Week 7 - July 11 # Week 7 - July 11 - [Microblogging]( (3 hours) [See solutions](
Week 8 - July 18 # Week 8 - July 18 - [See solutions](
Week 9 - July 25 Last Day Classes/Projects Due # Week 9 - July 25 Last Day Classes/Projects Due [Final Project]( due July 25.

Check out everyone’s projects!

Grades Due Aug 1 # Grades Due Aug 1

Work and resubmits need to be in before this date.

Course Goals and Objectives, Materials # Course Goals and Objectives

Students will become facile with using electronic tools to create online instruction and the theories that guide it.

Course Pre-requisites

Students are expected to have basic familiarity with computers and the internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to install software and web browser extensions.

Course Materials

Students are expected to have a capable computer (no more than three years old) with camera, microphone, and speakers. Broadband internet access is a requirement for any online course.

Students will be required to have access to a Linux-based internet server. The recommended solution is provided by Reclaim Hosting and costs $25/year, or $20 using this link

See A Domain of One’s Own for more information.

Course Policies and Procedures # How This Course Works

The bulk of this course’s activity will take place using software called Discourse. My Discourse server at This site has a series of assignments, usually called “quests” or “challenges,” that you will accomplish and post your solution. On that site you will get prompt feedback from me as well as other students. You will know that you successfully completed the quest by indications that you receive there. If you are concerned about learning, is where you should focus your attention.

The part of the course that has to with grades will happen in Sakai, aka USA Online. All assignments will be presented there and will typically consist of a URL to an assignment/quest/challenge on When you have completed it to your satisfaction, you will paste into Sakai a link to your post that demonstrates that you successfully completed the quest. If you are concerned about your grade, look at Sakai.

Class Attendance Policy

Students should expect to spend nine hours per week on any 3 credit hour semester-long course (18 hours per week for a 3 credit summer school course). Regular participation in the class assignments and forums is required. You should log in to the course site (Sakai) and check the forums at least thrice weekly (at least 5x/week in a summer school course).

Posting in Public

Because this course involves learning to use tools on the internet, it will sometimes be required that you create or contributed to pages on the public internet. You will never be required to post your name or any identifying information publicly; you may instead use any moniker that you desire. You should use your judgement about what information to share. If you feel that any assignment puts you at risk, you should contact the instructor to discuss alternate activities for that assignment.

Installing Software

Because this course is about learning to use software that you are not familiar with, you will be required to install new software. Whenever possible, Free Open Source Software (OSS) solutions will be recommended, but for a variety of reasons you may prefer to install proprietary tools. Whenever you install software, you should get it from a trusted source. Though the particulars of maintaining your computer are beyond the scope of this course, good practices require that you have up-to-date virus and spyware software installed. Though sometimes legitimate and safe software may register as a false positive, if you get a warning you should take caution and ask others in the class if they had any similar problems.


There are no examinations in this course.

Your final grade will consist of 25% class participation (participation in the forums), 50% problems, and 25% final project.


With most of the work in this course it is essential that you do your work on time because your work helps other students. That is the pedagogical reason that you should do your work on time.

Starting the day after an assignment’s due date has passed, assignments turned in late will lose 10% of the assignment’s points per week (3 days in Summer School). Similarly, assignments that need to be resubmitted and re-graded will lose 10% per re-submission.

For forum discussion posts to be a discussion, they must be done during the week of the discussion. Forum posts timestamped after the discussion period is over will receive no more than half credit.

Changes in Course Requirements

Not all classes progress at the same rate thus course requirements might have to be modified as circumstances dictate. You will be given written notice if the course requirements need to be changed.


In accordance with Federal and University policies, students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for a 3 semester-hour course. For a summer course, which takes half the time on the calendar, you should expect to spend 18 hours per week. The University defines an hour as 50 minutes.


The credit hour is defined as a unit of instruction that consists of one hour of classroom direct instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week of a 15 week semester or an equivalent amount of student work in a different instructional model.

From :

Each hour of lecture usually requires two hours of outside preparation. Thus, a student carrying sixteen semester hours should be prepared to spend at least 48 hours in class and study per week.

If your schedule or life’s commitments preclude you from being able to spend the required 450 minutes per week (900 minutes per week for a summer course) you should drop this course immediately. If some circumstance beyond your control arises after the course begins and you find yourself unable to devote the necessary time to this course, you should contact the professor immediately to discuss the matter. In some instances (e.g., a medical or family emergency) the university can allow you to drop a course and refund tuition, even after the drop date.

Things That Should Not Need Explanation # Things That Should Not Need Explanation

You may find this section of the syllabus amusing. It consists of things that I would think do not need to be made explicit, but past events have proven that untrue. If anything in this section seems condescending or pedantic to you, I am glad. It was not written for you.


The University of South Alabama does not provide a definition of plagiarism, therefore, here is mine.

Plagiarism Definition:

If you include more than five (5) words from another source, you should indicate so with quotation marks. Sections of forty (40) or more words should be indicated with an indentation (or, in the case of web-based text, other clear indication that the words are not your own). Whenever you include the words or ideas of another you should provide appropriate citation of the work (e.g., a link to the source or an APA-style citation). Failure to do so will result in a zero on the assignment. If three or more assignments include evidence of such plagiarism due to malice or carelessness, students will receive an F for the course.

A good source for information about proper means for citation can be found at The Owl also includes information about plagiarism that are helpful (see, for example, and

If you re-use any image, text, or other media that you did not create yourself for this class, you must provide a link to the original source of the item, or some citation of its source. In many cases using previously produced work as part of an assignment is acceptable, though under no circumstances is an unchanged product produced for another class or your job appropriate to submit for an assignment.

No “Double Dipping”

Students may not submit for credit work completed for any other purpose. For example, you may not submit a paper or project that you wrote for another course or any materials that are or were produced for your job.

However, you are encouraged to use this course to produce materials that you may use in your professional life in the future. You may submit work you intend to use for another purpose if, and only if, the work that you create for your job is substantively different from what you would have done were you not enrolled in this course. For example, if you are a teacher or instructional designer, you may not submit work (including, but not limited to, lesson plans, instructional units, pictures, blog posts, or videos) for this course unless you (1) state clearly that the artifact you produce is to be used for this other purpose (2) the artifact or the methods used to produce it are substantively different from what you would have done in the normal course of your work, and (3) you document what you started with and how the work you have produced for the course is different as a result of what you have learned in the course.

Fair Reuse

Example: You work for the ILC and regularly use Camtasia Studio to create videos to demonstrate how to use Sakai. You may not submit Camtasia Studio videos created for your job for an assignment in this course. If you do, you will receive a zero on the assignment.

You may, however, use another tool, Jing, for example, to create, or re-create, a video for a project that you are doing for the ILC (or other employer) if you document how this new work is different from what you would otherwise have done. If you turn in work that appears to have been created for another purpose and fail to acknowledge that the work was done previously, you will receive a zero for the assignment.

How to Email A Professor

If you have a question that is likely to be useful to other students like “I don’t understand what to do for the Very Interesting Assignment,” you are invited to ask it publicly so that other people can know that they are not the only ones to be confused by the instructions. Of course, there will be times that you have questions that apply only to you like “Why did I get a zero for the Very Interesting Assignment?” If your question falls into the latter category, please be sure to include all the salient information that I need in order to quickly and effectively answer your question.

The name of the assignment

: If I have to guess what you are talking about, I have less time to give you a good answer.

What class you are asking about

: I probably know, but you certainly do. If I teach multiple sections, a section number would be appreciated.

Be specific

: If there is, for example, a URL that helps me to understand your question, please include it.

What name USA uses for you

: I prefer to know you by your preferred name, but when USA thinks your name is something else, it can be confusing to figure out how the name I know you by maps to what is in Sakai.

You do not need to put your name in the Subject line of your email. You do, however, need to include a meaningful subject.

Information Required by the University # Information Required by the University

Everything below here is required by the College of Education or the University of South Alabama. It should be in every syllabus you have seen at South. If you have read any other syllabus at this university, it is safe to ignore the rest of this document.

College of Education’s Conceptual Framework

A purpose of this course will be to prepare professional educators through teaching, research, and service to become committed to lifelong learning and to facilitate the process of building better communities.

Department of Professional Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Professional Studies is to provide highly effective learning environments and to implement the most effective techniques to stimulate life long learning in order to maximize the opportunities for the professional success of its students.

Academic Disruption Policy

The University of South Alabama’s policy regarding Academic Disruption is found in The Lowdown, the student handbook.


Disruptive academic behavior is defined as individual or group conduct that interrupts or interferes with any educational activity or environment, infringes upon the rights and privileges of others, results in or threatens the destruction of property and/or is otherwise prejudicial to the maintenance of order in an academic environment.

Students are expected to be cordial, courteous and respectful of faculty members and fellow students.

Student Academic Conduct Policy

The University of South Alabama’s policy regarding Student Academic Conduct Policy is found in The Lowdown.


Note: Though University policy requires that this URL be included in this syllabus, the link no longer points to relavent part of \emph{The Lowdown.} You can find the Academic Conduct Policy on p. 138 of the PDF of \emph{The Lowdown}: \url{}}

The University of South Alabama is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. The University is committed to supporting the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution and the Code of Alabama and to educating students relative to their responsibilities.

Assignments submitted in this course may be processed by Sections of assignments may also be searched for using Google or other search engine.

Students enrolled in online courses are expected to adhere to the Academic Conduct Policy. In particular, students are expected to complete their own coursework specifically for the course and not provide unauthorized information or materials to another student.

According to the USA Syllabus template (, “students may learn about the meaning of plagiarism and how to avoid it at the following link”:

At the time of this writing, the above link does not, in fact, yield any information about plagiarism, but redirects to the library page. To the best of my knowledge, there is no definition of plagiarism in any University document, so the definition included below will be used in this course.

Students With Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with bona fide disabilities will be afforded reasonable accommodations. The Office of Special Student Services (OSSS) will certify a disability and advise faculty members of reasonable accommodations. If you have a specific disability that qualifies you for academic accommodations, please notify the instructor/professor and provide certification from the Office of Special Student Services. OSSS is located at 5828 Old Shell Road at Jaguar Drive, (251-460-7212).

Online Writing Support

The University of South Alabama provides online writing tutoring services through SMARTHINKING, an online tutoring service. SMARTHINKING is available at Students may enter the site by logging on with their Jag number and using the last four digits of the social security number as the password. For log-on problems, technical questions and/or on-campus writing assistance, contact the USA Writing Center at 251-460-6480 or e-mail

Information about the University Writing Center and Online Writing Lab can be found online at

Note: This URL no longer includes information about writing help, but is nevertheless required by University policy.

Counseling and Testing Services

Counseling and Testing Services provides a variety of free and confidential services for students. For further information regarding this resource go to or call the office at 251-460-7051.


Because this course has no exams, there is no need for proctoring. Work that you submit to forums and assignments should be your own.

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