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Dr. Chamberlin's Fall 2004 Oceanography Teleweb Course Guidelines

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10. Participation Assignments

One way that college prepares students for the working world is to enhance their ability to work with and communicate with others. Such interactions are vitally important in a virtual classroom as they help create a sense of community that can provide academic and even moral support to students who may otherwise feel rather isolated behind a desk and computer. Getting to know your fellow students and reaching out to help each other can be one of the most rewarding experiences of an online course.

To promote this outcome, you will be asked to complete TEN PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENTS as part of the course requirements. Participation assignments are completed on the discussion board, which can be found on our WEBCT course site.

As shown in the Course Syllabus, the due dates for Participation Assignments are as follows:

Week
Dates
Participation
Assignments - Endless Voyage Discussion

 

 

 

1

8/23-8/29

1 - Introductions

2

8/30-9/5

2 - Learning Styles

3

9/6-9/12

3 - Episode 1-4

4

9/13-9/19

5

9/20-9/26

4 - Episode 5-8
6
9/27-10/3
7
10/4-10/10
5 - Chapter 9-12
8
10/11-10/17
9
10/18-10/24
6 - Chapter 13-16
10
10/25-10/31
11
11/1-11/7
7 - Chapter 17-20
12
11/8-11/14
13
11/15-11/21
8 - Chapter 21-24
14
11/22-11/28
15
11/29-12/5
9 - Chapter 25-26
16
12/6-12/12
17
12/13
10 - Self Assessment
Finals Begin 12/14

Like Quizzes and Exams, Participation Assignments are due by 1155PM on the Sunday of the week in which the assignment occurs. For example, your first assignment is due by 1155PM on Sunday, August 29, 2004.

Introductions: Participation Assignments 1 and 2

A description of the first two assignments can be found on the discussion board. Please follow the directions carefully.

Learning to Talk Ocean Science: Participation Assignments 3 - 9

Critical to your development as a science-literate person (see Learning Outcomes) is your ability to understand how science works. Too often our textbooks present science as a collection of facts when, in fact, science is a way of discovering knowledge. Everything that appears in your textbook resulted from a scientific study, an accumulation and interpretation of observations and experimental results. Oftentimes, those results are inconclusive or insufficient to provide a clear answer. In such cases, there may be alternative explanations or hypotheses. Further observations and experiments--and a great deal of scientific discussion--may be necessary before an "acceptable" explanation is found. However, beware! There is a great deal that we do not understand about the ocean. Some "models" presented to students as "facts" are but one version of several possible models.

To help you gain experience in understanding the nature of ocean science, its language, its process and its limitations, you will review eight (8) of the episodes for what they reveal about science as a process.

To complete the assignment, you must:

  1. pick one of the episodes listed for the assigned week
  2. view and make notes on the episode, including the names of the experts interviewed
  3. summarize the episode using the following 5-point guidelines (include all 5 points)
    1. Briefly state the main idea of this episode.
    2. List three important facts that the experts use to support their main ideas.
    3. What information or ideas discussed in the episode are also discussed in your textbook or other readings? List the textbook chapters and page numbers.
    4. List any examples of bias or faulty reasoning that you found in the episode.
    5. List any new terms/concepts that were discussed in the episode, and write a short definition
  4. E-mail me and yourself a copy of the summary. Include the name of the episiode, the time you viewed it, and three experts identified in the episode.
  5. Post your summary and analysis of the article to the discussion board
  6. respond to the posts of two other classmates by addressing their concerns and/or asking questions in no less than 100 words
  7. all parts of the assignment (e-mail, original post, two responses) must be completed to earn credit, no partial credit will be given.

Self-Assessment: Particpation Assignment 10

A description of this assignment will be found on the discussion board.

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