Week 1 has two main requirements: posting your introductory video and writing your first reflection. Weeks after this will have a reflection and a project but, as it’s the first week, you have a reflection and your introduction video.

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1 Post Your Introduction

This should be done immediately!


1.1 Purpose

We are more than just a collection of random people studying the same material; we are, in fact, a community! Research has shown we’re all better off in this way so let’s get to know one another! So let’s jump in straight away with something really creative that will (hopefully!) set the tone for the rest of the class.


1.2 Steps to Completion

Using the questions below (some, hopefully all!) you will create an Adobe Spark Video (not a Page or Post!) introduction of yourself and share the link in the #etcv411-social channel of our Slack team. You should be using this assignment as a means of becoming familiar with how to use Slack and its various features.

First, watch this tutorial and/or this tutorial on creating a Spark video. Keep in mind that the different options you’re given when making a video (Promote an Idea, A Hero’s Journey, etc.) simply give you prompts for scenes and have no real impact on what you can do.

Here’s a short sample of an introduction done by the director of Educational Technology at a Texas high school. Appropriate, isn’t it? And here’s a great one, if very brief.

Now, go to the Spark website and start getting creative! Also, while you’re doing this be sure to get access to the Adobe Creative Cloud now if you don’t have it already (because it’s free and how cool is that?).

Once this is done, watch your classmates’ introductions and reply to all of them. You can respond to or acknowledge something they said, or just say ‘hello’ if you know them already. Be as chatty as you like while keeping in mind the netiquette guidelines posted on D2L. This is also a good time to remark on the possibility of collaborating later in the semester.

Please be proactive in these kinds of assignments and do your best to include individuals that haven’t had responses yet. If you wait until the last day of the week to post it makes ‘dialogue’ very difficult. These timely participation/response items generally result in better outcomes for everyone. Try to include as much info about yourself as you’re comfortable sharing. Use the following questions as a guide.

  1. Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, what characterizes/identifies you, etc)
  2. Identify the general region in which you reside. Tucson? Amsterdam? The Moon?
  3. Major/minor/emphasis/speciality… what are you studying and what are you good at?
  4. Why are you taking this class?
  5. Favorite past-time/activity/hobby?
  6. Briefly explain your experience with online or hybrid classes.
  7. Give your peers a bit of friendly advice you’ve gathered on how to complete classes successfully (generally, specifically with your instructor, or both).

2 Learning Theories Reflection

Your reflection this week should be focused on the learning theories discussed in class. Some questions to get you started:

  • Which are you drawn to? Why?
  • What do you feel they’re lacking?
  • Can you think of a more complete theory of learning?

2.1 Evaluation

This rubric1 is used in reference to reflections you’ll be posting in Slack based on the readings and class discussions. Note that the different areas are graded slightly differently (with length being clearly segmented, mechanics being all-or-nothing, and the rest being fluid). Some assignments might have specific requirements that supercede these, so pay close attention.

Criteria Score (points vary from 0-2)
Length 500 words or more
Meaning Post provides explanation, explication, and examples to develop ideas.
Focus Stays on topic (or strays when appropriate), develops a clear statement or asks a clear question, written with audience in mind.
Support Provides at least two external resources to back up statements or contrast ideas. Does not mention references without citing/linking. Proper APA citations
Mechanics No grammatical or spelling errors. Proper sentence structure. Easy to read. (2 pts., all or nothing)

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