Spring 2020 ITLS-6205-LO1 XL Syllabus

ITLS 5205/6205 Computer Applications for Instruction and Training

Instructor

Stacie Gomm
stacie.gomm@aggiemail.usu.edu

Course Description

This course takes a practical approach for using technology tools in instruction.  The course will explore various technologies and how to use technology tools to enhance student/trainee learning. The tools covered include learning management systems, classroom presentation tools, video demonstration, screen casting, video conversion, cloud computing, and many others.  Participants will develop a learning site (whether in an LMS or a website) to be used as a way to disseminate training.  Participants will learn how to implement good instructional design as attendees develop course materials and instructional videos to create their instructional/training website or course. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course,

  1. Students will demonstrate a degree of technical proficiency in various industry standard software applications that assist in the production and distribution of instructional content.
  2. Students will be able to use these tools appropriately and effectively (using best practices) in an instructional context, in ways that advance instructional objectives and improve learner experience.
  3. Learn-how-to-learn. Software packages come and go at a rapid rate, and learning how to learn new software as its comes on the market is a key design skill.

Fees

Online Course Fee: $15 per credit course fee is applied to all online courses to sustain current digital technologies and support services required for engaging and effective online learning.

If you do not have access to Adobe PhotoShop, you will need to purchase Adobe PhotoShop through Adobe.  They offer a monthly rate of $31.49.  With some planning, you "should" be able to complete the PhotoShop portion of the course in 30 days requiring only one month of purchase.

Course Schedule

Weekly pages have been created giving the layout for that week. Everything for the course is published and open for you to see. You can do any assignments or readings ahead of schedule, but not behind.  All assignments and discussions must be completed by their respective due dates.

Pay close attention to the due dates since late work is penalized.  These are all in Canvas.  Go into each page and note the due dates for the assignments. Do not rely on Canvas’ “To do” list or calendar.  They will steer you astray!

Communication Expectations

Because we do not meet face to face, communication via email is necessary.  Thus, you can expect are that I will respond quickly and, in turn, I expect you to respond quickly.  It just does not work well if replies are less frequent.

Emails to me:  I will respond to most emails within 4-6 hours, excluding Sundays.

Canvas Mail to me: I will respond within 48 hours, excluding Sundays.

Emails from me to you:  Please respond 24 hours, excluding Sundays.

Canvas from me to you: I will only send you Canvas mail when replying to one of your Canvas mails.  I will never initiate a Canvas mail message.

If you going off the grid for more than 24 hours, those arrangements will need to be communicated and discussed well ahead of time.

If a “face-to-face” conversation is needed, just let me know via email and I will send you a Google Meet link and we can meet online in real time.  :)

Course Materials and Software

This course will require participants to have a microphone on their computer which can be used to record audio recordings and screencasts.  A digital recording camera is also required to record a demonstration video and a microphone extension for that camera is strongly encouraged

Participants need to make sure they are using the most current version of their preferred browser and that a PDF add-on/extension tool is installed. MicroSoft Internet Explorer or Edge are not recommended for use with Canvas.  Online learning requires a computer and a high-speed internet connection.

Participants will be required to install various software programs on their computer.  They must have rights to do so on the computer they will be using.  Some of the software will be free of charge but Adobe PhotoShop will cost $31.49 for a month of use.  Participants will be responsible to uninstall the software so that they are not charged.

Some of the software in the course is not compatible with Mac's newest OS called Catalina.  If you are running a Mac with Catalina, you will need to find an alternative computer to use for those programs and associated assignments.  (Hopefully, it is very few!!!)

Course Expectations

As the course instructor, I will be facilitating your learning. Each week I will present learning materials on the digital tool for the week.  An online course requires more outside work than a typical face-to-face course. Online courses provide for more flexibly, but require more student responsibility. Evidence of your learning will be based upon your participation in the online discussions and the successful timely submission of assignments.

You will get out of this course what you put in! Research in online learning finds that students who fail courses, fail because they do not engage in course content (missing important due dates), do not engage in course discourse, or simply do not ask questions. Online courses require personal motivation and commitment. This semester long course is asynchronous, meaning the “weekly” schedule in the course provides for flexibility. However, the discussion and assignment due dates are deadlines, not guidelines.

There is an expectation that discussion posts and assignments will be posted/submitted on time. There are always exceptions that may be allowed in uncontrollable circumstances. Late posts and assignments will not be accepted unless a situation warrants more time and the request for more time has been received prior to the due date.

Discussion Posts

Please make insightful quality posts. Our course weekly discussion page is not a blog, a Twitter feed, or a Facebook posting space. Do not take it personally if I delete a post because it is irrelevant to the discussion. I hope everyone will meet the minimum for posting and better yet, surpass my expectations by having surprisingly insightful and thoughtful posts! You may post by typing your responses into the text box or using the video tool within Canvas. A posting should be more than a few sentences but not more than 3-4 paragraphs. Really think about what you are posting. Shallow posts that just repeat the question or that are “fluffy” will receive little or no credit. When you respond like this, it is obvious to everyone that you are not engaged and just jumping through hoops.

Late Work

Discussion posts more than a week late will not be accepted. Discussion topic are meant to be dynamic and timely.

The final paper will involve a peer review. If your project is submitted late it will not receive a peer review, nor will you be assigned a peer review. Late peer reviews are unacceptable, and will receive a zero score. This will lower the score of your final submission, depending on the point value of the peer review.

Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade Range
A 100 % to 94.0%
A- < 94.0 % to 90.0%
B+ < 90.0 % to 87.0%
B < 87.0 % to 84.0%
B- < 84.0 % to 80.0%
C+ < 80.0 % to 77.0%
C < 77.0 % to 74.0%
C- < 74.0 % to 70.0%
D+ < 70.0 % to 67.0%
D < 67.0 % to 64.0%
D- < 64.0 % to 61.0%
F < 61.0 % to 0.0%

University Policies & Procedures

Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities

Academic freedom is the right to teach, study, discuss, investigate, discover, create, and publish freely. Academic freedom protects the rights of faculty members in teaching and of students in learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Faculty members are entitled to full freedom in teaching, research, and creative activities, subject to the limitations imposed by professional responsibility. Faculty Code Policy #403 further defines academic freedom and professional responsibilities.

Academic Integrity – "The Honor System"

Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge:
"I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity."
A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge:

  • Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community;
  • Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and
  • Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University.

Academic Dishonesty

The instructor of this course will take appropriate actions in response to Academic Dishonesty, as defined the University’s Student Code.  Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: using, attempting to use, or providing others with any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or in any other academic exercise or activity.  Unauthorized assistance includes:
    • Working in a group when the instructor has designated that the quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity be done “individually;”
    • Depending on the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in taking an examination or preparing academic work;
    • Acquiring tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member, staff member, or another student without express permission;
    • Continuing to write after time has been called on a quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity;
    • Submitting substantially the same work for credit in more than one class, except with prior approval of the instructor; or engaging in any form of research fraud.
  • Falsification: altering or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise or activity.
  • Plagiarism: representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one‘s own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes using materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in the sale of term papers or other academic materials.

For additional information go to: ARTICLE VI. University Regulations Regarding Academic Integrity

Sexual Harassment/Title IX

Utah State University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination and to fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community. Title IX and USU Policy 339 address sexual harassment in the workplace and academic setting.

The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct.  Any individual may contact USU’s Office of Equity for available options and resources or clarification.  The university has established a complaint procedure to handle all types of discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment (USU Policy 305), and has designated the Office of Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator as the official responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment. 

Withdrawal Policy and "I" Grade Policy

Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the coursework because of extenuating circumstances, but not due to poor performance or to retain financial aid. The term ‘extenuating’ circumstances includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes for a minimum period of two weeks, (2) a death in the immediate family, (3) financial responsibilities requiring a student to alter a work schedule to secure employment, (4) change in work schedule as required by an employer, or (5) other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Students with Disabilities

USU welcomes students with disabilities. If you have, or suspect you may have, a physical, mental health, or learning disability that may require accommodations in this course, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early in the semester as possible (University Inn # 101, (435) 797‐2444, drc@usu.edu). All disability related accommodations must be approved by the DRC.  Once approved, the DRC will coordinate with faculty to provide accommodations.

Diversity Statement

Regardless of intent, careless or ill-informed remarks can be offensive and hurtful to others and detract from the learning climate. If you feel uncomfortable in a classroom due to offensive language or actions by an instructor or student(s) regarding ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, contact:

You can learn about your student rights by visiting:
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: https://studentconduct.usu.edu/studentcode

Grievance Process

Students who feel they have been unfairly treated may file a grievance through the channels and procedures described in the Student Code: Article VII.

Full details for USU Academic Policies and Procedures can be found at:

Emergency Procedures

In the case of a drill or real emergency, classes will be notified to evacuate the building by the sound of the fire/emergency alarm system or by a building representative. In the event of a disaster that may interfere with either notification, evacuate as the situation dictates (i.e., in an earthquake when shaking ceases or immediately when a fire is discovered). Turn off computers and take any personal items with you. Elevators should not be used; instead, use the closest stairs.

Academic Dishonesty

The instructor of this course will take appropriate actions in response to Academic Dishonesty, as defined the University’s Student Code.  Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: using, attempting to use, or providing others with any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or in any other academic exercise or activity.  Unauthorized assistance includes:
    • Working in a group when the instructor has designated that the quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity be done “individually;”
    • Depending on the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in taking an examination or preparing academic work;
    • Acquiring tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member, staff member, or another student without express permission;
    • Continuing to write after time has been called on a quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity;
    • Submitting substantially the same work for credit in more than one class, except with prior approval of the instructor; or engaging in any form of research fraud.
  • Falsification: altering or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise or activity.
  • Plagiarism: representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one‘s own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes using materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in the sale of term papers or other academic materials.

For additional information go to: ARTICLE VI. University Regulations Regarding Academic Integrity

Classroom Civility.

Utah State University supports the principle of freedom of expression for both faculty and students. The University respects the rights of faculty to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process. Disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Read Student Code Article V Section V-3 for more information.

Non-Attendance Policy

Students May Be Dropped For Nonattendance

If a student does not attend a class during the first week of the term or by the second class meeting, whichever comes first, the instructor may submit a request to have the student dropped from the course. (This does not remove responsibility from the student to drop courses which he or she does not plan to attend.) This option is typically used for classes that are full and the instructor is trying to make a seat available for another student, but may be considered for other courses.  Requests must be made during the first  20 percent of the course and will be considered on an individual student basis. Students who are dropped from courses will be notified by the Registrar's Office through their preferred e-mail account (see 2018-2019 General Catalog).

Disability Statement

USU welcomes students with disabilities. If you have, or suspect you may have, a physical, mental health, or learning disability that may require accommodations in this course, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early in the semester as possible (University Inn # 101, 435‐797‐2444, drc@usu.edu). All disability related accommodations must be approved by the DRC.  Once approved, the DRC will coordinate with faculty to provide accommodations.

Academic Integrity – "The Honor System"

Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge: 
"I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity." 
A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge:

  • Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community;
  • Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and
  • Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University.

Emergency Procedures

In the case of a drill or real emergency, classes will be notified to evacuate the building by the sound of the fire/emergency alarm system or by a building representative. In the event of a disaster that may interfere with either notification, evacuate as the situation dictates (i.e., in an earthquake when shaking ceases or immediately when a fire is discovered). Turn off computers and take any personal items with you. Elevators should not be used; instead, use the closest stairs. See Student Affairs - Emergency Procedures for more information.

Grievance Process

Students who feel they have been unfairly treated may file a grievance through the channels and procedures described in the Student Code: Article VII.

Sexual Harassment/Title IX

Utah State University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination and to fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community. Title IX and USU Policy 339 address sexual harassment in the workplace and academic setting.

The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct.  Any individual may contact USU’s Office of Equity for available options and resources or clarification.  The university has established a complaint procedure to handle all types of discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment (USU Policy 305), and has designated the Office of Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator as the official responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment. 

Withdrawal Policy and "I" Grade Policy

Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the coursework because of extenuating circumstances, but not due to poor performance or to retain financial aid. The term ‘extenuating’ circumstances includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes for a minimum period of two weeks, (2) a death in the immediate family, (3) financial responsibilities requiring a student to alter a work schedule to secure employment, (4) change in work schedule as required by an employer, or (5) other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor. See Adding and Dropping Classes for more information.