January 6, 2003
Dear EDU 5383 students,
We are in for a new adventure. I see that you have enrolled in the Online Curriculum Design and Implementation class. This letter is to give you the information needed to access the online course.
This class will be conducted entirely in cyberspace. All of my course instructions, class discussions, and student interactiona will take place within our Web site. We will not meet "face-to-face" at all unless you schedule an appointment and come to my office on the Tarleton Stephenville or Killeen campus. Of course, we will "meet" through email, Discussion Board posts, and even real-time chat or telephone conferences.
This course is delivered through an online courseware program called WebCT. It contains my lectures, assignments, exercises, quizzes, WebCT Discussion Board, WebCT email, and other features. To access the course, you must first claim and activate your Tarleton VMS (email) account. I know most of you already have email accounts (several of them perhaps), but you will need the User Name that the Tarleton account will assign you in order to access our course site. If you already have a Tarleton email account, you already have the User Name (that ST_WHATEVER name you were assigned) you will need for accessing WebCT.
If you do not have your Tarleton email account yet, you have already paid for it through your student services fees, and you can activate this account Online without having to come to the Stephenville campus. To activate your Tarleton student account,
There are three required textbooks for this class that you will need to purchase.
These books should be in both the Stephenville and Killeen campus bookstores, and they are, of course, available online through stores like Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble, etc.
Here is a site that you might find useful for helping you access our course:
Again, please try to logon to the course as soon as possible so Iíll know youíve accessed the course and are ready to begin. Please contact me if you have any problems or questions. (email@example.com or 254.968.9933).
Welcome to this cyberspace adventure,
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
*adapted from letter by Benedda Konvicka