EXAMPLE: Your Next Steps

The Bulletin Board is a discussion area for our class outside the context of a particular course module. Just as you have the opportunity to talk or chat with each other or with the instructor when taking a conventional classroom course, you should also have the opportunity to do the same in a web course. The Bulletin Board is available only to students enrolled in this class to post and/or read messages and respond. These can include questions or comments to other students and me about course material, assignments, readings, etc. It is also a place where you can go to socialize and have open discussion on subjects of your interests.

You will find the Bulletin Board in the Class Community area of the CourseMap. I will be using this area to make announcements during the semester, so be sure to check it every time you "come to class."

Meet Your Classmates is an area for you to introduce yourself to the class and where you can go to meet the others that are in this course. Your profile will help us get to know each other and begin to build a sense of class community, so please feel free to personalize your profile and add a link to your favorite web site, or attach a digital image of yourself.

You will find my profile by clicking the Meet Your Classmates link in the Class Community area of the CourseMap. Check this area to meet the others in this course. Since profiles will be posted as people join the course for the first time, you may have to return to this area several times to see the latest entries.

As your next step, you should click on CourseMap link and then, do the following:

Click on the Bulletin Board area. Post an item to start a discussion, or read other students' responses if there are any, and make a response. If you have a question about any of the Course Information documents for the course you can ask them there.

Click on the Meet Your Classmates area and introduce yourself.

When you have completed those two tasks, you are ready to begin the first module of the course.

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