Getting Started

 

 

Welcome to Global Communication, an online course in cross-cultural communication.

 

Step 1

Read the section “Is an online course for me.” Answer the questions on the self-assessment and read the personal characteristics of the successful online student. If you believe that online learning is for you, proceed to step 2.

 

Step 2

Read the section “Course description and course objectives.” If this course meets your needs and desires, proceed to step 3.

 

Step 3

Read the section “Course Syllabus.” You will learn the goals of the course, the texts, and the grading criteria for your particular semester. Every item included under the grading section has it’s own link of information on this website. You will be exploring each in future steps. Please note that not all assignments listed below will be required every semester. Look at the grading criteria on your syllabus to determine which activities you will be required to complete.

 

Step 4

Read the section “Calendar of Assignments.” This page tells you what assignments are required for the particular semester that you are taking the course. It includes due dates for all class activities. You can refer to this calendar throughout the semester to keep track of your time. It is a good idea to print a copy of the “Calendar of Assignments” and keep it handy so that you know when your assignments are due. Please be aware of E-mail “subject line” requirements.

 

 

Step 5

Go to "Readings" via the hyperlink off of this website. This page tells you the text and workbook for the class along with the necessary supplemental readings.

 

Step 6

Go to "Chat Room" under the Interactive Course Components via the hyperlink off of this website.

You will find five chat rooms and a Spanish chat room. Each of these require passwords that you will be given in a class listserv e-mail before you are required to participate in a chat session. To prepare for the chat session, please read the section, "Online Discussion and Etiquette" hyper linked off of this website. Online etiquette and interaction protocol are included here as well as a schedule of time difference between the US and other participating countries.

 

Step 7

Go to "Bulletin Board" under the Interactive Course Components via the hyperlink off of this website.

You need a log on ID and a password to use the bulletin board. These will be will given to you in a class listserv e-mail before you are required to participate in a bulletin board activity. To prepare for the bulletin board session, please read the section "Bulletin board postings and e-mail." You will learn the operation of the bulletin board and get an overview of the postings you will be required to make. In your specific semester, you may be paired up with a student from another country for an e-mail exchange program. If so, you will be required to send a minimum of10 e-mails (bulletin board postings do not count as e-mails) to your partner. Note: Some semesters the Bulletin Board will not be used. Other semesters the bulletin board will be used to communicate with students from other countries rather than e-mail exchange. Please check the “Calendar of Assignments” to determine the actual activities being conducted during your particular semester. Note: This is a "Listening Test." There is a "glitch" in Bulletin Board.  When you have posted your response successfully, you will receive an "error" message indicating that the page cannot be found. Click the "back" button, the "refresh" button and then the "Cancel" button to see your posting. If you miss this "Listening Test" and keep trying to respond, you will have numerous postings of the same thing. Everyone who has read the "Listening Test" will know that you missed it!

 

Step 8

Go to "Blog" under the interactive Course Components via the hyperlink off of this website. Here you can post introductions, pictures of yourself, class comments, and question for your classmates. This public blog is moderated so you won’t see your post immediately.

 

Step 9

Go to "My Office" under the interactive Course Components via the hyperlink off of this website. Here you will find my scheduled online office hours as well as contact information.

 

Step 10

Go to your class workbook. Read the introduction on “Web Quests.” These are assignments worth varying percentages of your grade.        

 

 

Congratulations! You are now ready to begin the course!

 

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