IT595 Week 1

Topic: Course Expectations, Blackboard Collaborate, Course Website, Blackboard, and Instructional/Educational Technology as a Field, and Definition of the field

  • Text: Reiser & Dempsey (Eds) (2011) Ch. 3
  • Martins, L. L., Gilson, L. L., & Maynard, M. T. (2004). Virtual Teams: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go From Here? Journal of Management, 30(6), 805–835. doi:10.1016/
  • Motteram, G., & Forrester, G. (2005). Becoming an Online Distance Learner: What can be learned from students’ experiences of induction to distance programmes? Distance Education, 26, 281–298. doi:10.1080/01587910500291330

Extra Resources Referred to in Synchronous Discussions
You are likely to be introduced to these texts in IT632 Online Learning Environments

  • Gayol, Y. (2010). Online learning research. In K. E. Rudestam & J. Schoenholtz-Read (Eds.), Handbook of Online Learning (2nd ed.) (pp. 197-225). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2nd ed.). Jossey-Bass.

The goals of this synchronous session are to (a) start getting to know each other, (b) help you become familiar with the course, and (c) set ground rules for developing an online community. These activities will help you become a successful participant of this class.


Asynchronous Activities prior to 8/23 Synchronous Class Session

  1. Welcome! Instructor and Course Introduction
    This presentation will introduce you to the instructor and the course. It was created in Adobe Captivate 5.5 and is a SWF file. It will not run on any Apple iOS device.

Synchronous Activities on 8/23 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

Discussion Material


  1. Blackboard Collaborate
    • Please join the class session in Blackboard Collaborate ready to start by 5:05pm. You can enter the session through the invitation link I sent to you through Blackboard Announcements, or by clicking the link provided in Blackboard in the Week 1 Activities folder. The session will be available at 4:30pm to make sure you have the time to optimize your computer and USB headphone/microphone settings.
  2. Introductions
  3. Syllabus and Blackboard--Course Tour on Collaborate
    • Expectations
    • Assignments
    • Schedule
  4. Participant questions
  5. Instructor lead presentation/discussion on Instructional/educational technology profession and the field and establishing ground rules for online learning communities
  6. Breakout room discussions (Discussion Activity)


Asynchronous Activities on 8/23 During Individual Work Time


Due: Prior to when you go offline in Blackboard Collaborate

  1. Individual work time and check in with Lisa, there are 3 Blackboard discussion board activities for you to participate.
  2. Introductions discussion board. Create a new thread in this forum and introduce yourself.
    Please include the following content:
    • What is your name?
    • Where are you from?
    • What is your background?
    • Why are you in this class?
    • What do you want to accomplish from this class?
    • What do you want to accomplish after graduate school?
    • Something interesting that you experienced during the break.
    • Post a picture of yourself.
    • I have posted my introduction as a sample. It will be easier for you to insert an image of yourself right into the body of your post if you turn the Text Editor on in Blackboard, and use the Attach Image tool that is the second from the left icon on the third row of icons in the Text Editor. If this does not make sense to you do not worry about it.
  3. Online Learning Experience Survey
    • Complete the survey
  4. Establishing Ground Rules for Online Learning Communities
    • To ensure the success of this online course it is best that we agree on a community ground rules. The ground rules can be a living document and evolve as we learn more about online learning environments. I have posted an initial set of ground rules based on past best practices and posted it on this discussion board. Please review the ground rules and  provide your general comments and suggestions for additions, changes, and/or enhancements.
Initial ground rules are as follows:
As a member of IT 595 we will share these ground rules of participation:
  1. Be prepared for synchronous sessions by having access to and properly set
    up computer equipment and USB headphones/microphone for each session.
  2. Be proactive about seeking help from the instructor regarding course issues and OIT for technical troubleshooting.
  3. Be open-minded and share my own ideas as well as listen to ideas that
    others share about themselves and my work even when at times they may be
    difficult advice.
  4. Be able to take the time to think before responding to others.
  5. Be responsive and communicative to other participants through email, asynchronous discussion, and synchronous discussions.
  6. Be self-disciplined and take charge of managing my own learning by making
    the time to read, participate, and reflect on course activities.
  7. Be honest, respectful, and open while interacting with other participants.

Last Updated August 23, 2012