Step One: Your Portfolio
This is my way to keep information on who you are, what you have (technically), and how to contact you. This is a form that you will fill out online. Please do this as soon as possible (by selecting the header above). Then go on to....
Step Two: Journal Enrollment
The Journal is a web tool that allows you to post messages in a private folder (to which only you and I have access). In order to set up this Journal, you have to sign-up for the Journal area and designate a login and password for yourself. Please note that there are two parts to this process (1) Create New Account and (2) Enroll. This process is confusing to some people, but if you read the directions carefully, you should be just fine. Let me know if any part of this does not work for you. Next get to know the...........
Step Three: Course Schedule
This is the basic schedule and source of links to course activities. The Syllabus is a good way to get an overall picture of the course needs. To get into the specifics of the course, however, you need the....
Step Four: Week Instruction Pages
There is a Week Page for each week of the course (10 in all). Each Week Page gives you specific instructions and links for what needs to be accomplished that week. It is important for you to check both the syllabus and the Week Pages to know what is going on. And let's face it, computers are only human. We make mistakes, too. You may find a bad link in some places. If that happens remember that there is at least one other link to the same resource in another part of the web. So if the syllabus link is confusing, try the Week Page clarification.
Step Five: Framework Selection
InterQuest is organized around your philosophical belief system, called here Philosophical Frameworks. The framework you choose determine the readings and activities you do in the course. In the first week of the course, you must select a Philosophical Framework. Read The Week One sections on Philosophical Frameworks, then use the Framework Selection form to make your choice. When you have made that selection you are ready to get the...
Step Six: Classic readings
All of the readings for the course are on the website. Some readings are provided with versions that are meant to be printed, as it is sometimes easier to read from a printed page than from a screen. If you cannot find your reading or have doubts as to which it is, contact your instructor (using the Help! button in the course -- see the menu on the upper left or at the bottom of a page -- is a good way to get my attention fast). There is no textbook or packet to purchase.
Step Seven: Compositions
These are major graded elements in the course. It is smart to get acquainted with these assignments right away. Most of the work in this course is designed to be integrated with other parts. The four compositions overlap one another; the journals and discussion activities relate to the compositions, as do the readings. The writing you will do in this course is probably different than any you have done before. It is best to get acquainted with the ideas early on. When you complete a composition, you will need to use the...
Step Eight: Composition Submission Forms
Write your compositions using a word processor, just as you would if printing to paper. But instead of printing to paper, you will paste your work into a Composition Submission Form. Please study these forms and the requirements for using them. There is even a Try It Yourself Submission Form for you to try a sample to see how it will work. Go ahead and try it! Note that another difference from a paper essay is that the form strips out most of the formatting from your word processor. Those neat fonts and big margins don't do anything here. That's OK. I'm only interested in what you have to say anyway.
Step Nine: Communication Activity Forums
Communication Activities are assigned exchanges that you have with other students. These are accomplished by means of a discussion forum on the web. Just follow the links from any of the Week Pages and you will arrive at the appropriate Communication Activity forum.
Step Ten: Course Evaluations
A very important part of this course is the final Course Evaluation. You will judge the value of the course to you this term. We do the course evaluations in the last week of the term. You must do this evaluation to complete the last work of the course. Your evaluations will be kept strictly confidential and your instructor will not know what evaluation you gave.
Step Eleven: The Rules of Communication
You are now involved in distributed learning. Succeeding here takes some unique skills. One think you really need to be aware of is what it takes to have effective communication of your needs and ideas. You just communicate in as much and in as many ways as is required to complete your effort. Never assume that one Email or one phone call is sufficient. The completion of communication is your responsibility. See the pages on the Rules of Communication and take the Laws of Information quiz to make sure you get this crucial point.
Step Twelve: Help!
What do you do when you need help, lots of it, and right now? Hit the Help! button. Most times I get back to folks within 24 hours. Try it. (See also The Laws of Information Importance).
Well, that is pretty good for a start. If you understand all of the material referred to here, and have completed the immediately needed elements, you are ready to start the course. Take a break and a deep breath and congratulate yourself for a job well started. If anything at all in this does not make sense to you, contact me immediately and I will help.