Georgia Southern University |College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences | Communication Arts Professor: Office: Office Hours: Phone: Blog: E-mail: Peer Leaders: Barbara B. Nixon, Ph.D. (ABD) Lakeland, FL  TBA (via Skype or Wimba Live Classroom in GeorgiaVIEW) 901-BNIXON4 (Google Voice, for text or voice mail) or barbara.b.nixon on Skype Haley Higgs ( Femi Odubanjo (

From Facebook to text messages to blogs, we are an intimately connected society. In this highly interactive FYE course, you will create your own blog, contribute to a social network, learn how corporations are using the Internet to connect with consumers, and become proficient in at least one type of social media. Additionally, we will discuss how to create and protect your online reputation. Required Text None Course Blog Required Equipment Reliable Internet access Headset/mic (for interaction in class discussions) Catalog Description Thematic seminar designed to promote information literacy skills and support students’ cognitive and affective integration into the University community. Required during the first semester for all students new to the University (except for transfer students with 30 hours or more); students may not withdraw. Student Learning Outcomes for FYE 1220 Students will be able to . . . 1. Critically evaluate print and electronic information for its currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy and purpose. 2. Apply documentation guidelines for print and electronic information used in assignments. 3. Articulate what constitutes plagiarism and avoid representing the work of others as their own. 4. Examine societal rationales for supporting college education and their own personal motivations for attending college.


5. Locate Georgia Southern resources and services necessary for their academic and personal success. 6. Analyze their use of time in relation to their goals and either: 1) develop a plan to align their use of time more closely with their goals; or, 2) defend their use of time as appropriate for achieving their goals. 7. Describe and explain academic expectations in relation to their course of study. 8. Identify different learning styles, evaluate which learning styles are most effective for their academic success, and develop personal strategies for learning that take into account their preferred learning styles. 9. Examine common college-student choices and relate them to their academic and personal circumstances. Special Needs If you have a special need (a physical or learning disability) that requires special assistance, please let your professor know during the first week of class. We will work with the SDRC (Student Disability Resource Center) to meet your needs. Agreement with Syllabus By remaining a student in this class, you agree to this contract (syllabus). Please contact me with any questions. Classroom Decorum As a member of the University community you are expected to treat faculty, staff and other students with respect. You are expected to be engaged in the class discussions. It is disrespectful for you to sleep, read a newspaper or book, or to work on another course project during scheduled class time. If you do so, we will ask you to leave. During discussions, if you disagree with an issue, you may express your disagreement but you may not attack the person expressing the opinions. Georgia Southern University Honor Code and Honor Pledge “I will be academically honest in all of my course work and will not tolerate the academic dishonesty of others.” The Georgia Southern University Honor Code was proposed and jointly adopted by the Student Government Association and the Faculty Senate in 1998 to enhance the University’s academic integrity standards. “On my honor, I will be academically honest in all of my course work and will not tolerate the academic dishonesty of others. I also pledge to engage in ethical behavior on-campus and offcampus, to live an honorable lifestyle, and to create a campus environment that is characterized by individual responsibility, civility, and integrity.” Georgia Southern University Campus Honor Pledge, an expansion of the Honor Code, approved by the Student Government Association in Spring 2006 Understand that we will treat cases of academic dishonesty seriously.


E-mail E-mail is an official means of communication from the University. You are required to use your Georgia Southern e-mail address when submitting assignments or requesting assistance. It is your responsibility to check your Georgia Southern e-mail address regularly and open e-mails the University sends. It is not an excuse to say you did not receive the e-mail in time because you do not check your account. Although we will use GeorgiaVIEW extensively, when emailing us, use the Georgia Southern email address, not the email function in GeorgiaVIEW. Engagement and Participation The nature of this class makes participation essential. Since this is an online course, how will I know if you are participating? I will know through the quality and quantity of the ways you engage with me and others in this class via our class blog and in GeorgiaVIEW. Grades GeorgiaVIEW Modules Your Academic Future Time Management Learning Styles Evaluating Information Academic Research Citing Sources Blog Entries: 8 @ 50 pts each Final Exam

150 100 50 50 50 50 400 150 1000 points total

Blog Entries & Campus Events For each of the eight assignments, you’ll create a 250-word (minimum) blog posting after a class discussion, reading assignment or participating in a specific campus event. See our class blog for specifics on due dates for each entry. GeorgiaVIEW Modules The balance of the orientation assessment is comprised of several GeorgiaVIEW Modules that contain a combination of reflection exercises, quizzes and other assignments. See GeorgiaVIEW for details on the modules.


OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:  Read the description of all assignments very carefully. Some will be submitted via GeorgiaVIEW’s Assignments area, while others will be posted to your blog. Assignments turned in using “the wrong method” will have pointed deducted for failure to follow instructions, if they are even accepted at all. I do not accept e-mailed assignments. Unless otherwise specified, all assignments must be submitted using either a Microsoft Office product (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) or Adobe PDF; if I cannot open an assignment or the file is corrupt, you cannot earn credit on the assignment. To do well in this course, you need to attend class regularly, read the material, complete assignments, study and prepare to adequately discuss the information and issues in the course. Materials for exams will come from lectures, textbooks, virtual guest speakers, handouts, websites and podcasts. All written assignments must be typed, double-spaced, using 12-point font, with oneinch margins all around, unless otherwise specified. Give attention to AP Style, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and general appearance. Deadlines are given to provide each student adequate and equal time for completion. Hence, NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. For deadlines for assignments, check GeorgiaVIEW and my blog. I will also send out occasional reminders and helpful information via Twitter. Failing to not attend class without officially withdrawing will result in an F for the course: Last day to withdraw without penalty is March 8, 2010. The last day of class for Spring Semester is May 3, 2010. FINAL EXAM: The Final Exam is due on GeorgiaVIEW no later than [to be announced]

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Several years ago, a colleague shared with me this quotation by longshoreman and philosopher Eric Hoffer: “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” This quotation struck a chord with me. Put simply, my overarching goal in teaching is to ensure that our world has more learners than learned. I am fortunate to be in a role in life where I can have an impact on our future world leaders. What do I expect from my students?     Students should be fully read on all of the chapters (or other reading assignments) and to be ready to discuss any part of the readings. Students should raise questions when they are uncertain of the material we are discussing, including questions that I will have no easy (“pat”) answer for. Students should make every effort to gain the most value that they can from the class. They should want to become independent learners. Students should become aware of not only how what happens in the world (current events) impacts them, but also how what they do impacts the world. Campus is not a cocoon.

And what can my students expect from me?  Because I am aware that students learn in many different ways, I will not lecture at my students daily from behind a raised podium. Instead, I will provide instruction to them in an interactive manner, even in online courses. In a typical week, students will experience partner discussions, small group discussions, Internet scavenger hunts, and even crossword puzzles, in addition to short (less than 20 minute) lecturettes. “Death by PowerPoint” will not happen in my class. I will provide them with the most current information I have available. I stay current on topics and trends in the industry. I will stay abreast of current technology and apply it in the classroom whenever it adds to the learning experience. (Examples include current software, podcasts and blogging, to name a few.) I will make every effort to help guide students through the issues that they raise, and we will seek resolution together. I will make every effort I can to make sure that students understand the issues and concepts my courses present. When I have positive feedback to share, I will share it openly in the classroom and call attention to students by name in the process. My goal in this is to enhance or maintain the students’ selfesteem, not to break it down. There are plenty of other places in the world where their selfesteem may be diminished. Constructive criticism will still be provided to students, but not by name in front of a whole class. I expect for us to have fun in class. Laughter and learning go hand in hand in my book. If we are not enjoying ourselves in class, there’s something amiss. And perhaps most importantly, I will listen to my students so that I can learn from them, too.

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FYE 1220 Tentative Schedule of Topics and Assignments
WEEK OF OF January 11, 2010 January 18, 2010 January 25, 2010 February 1, 2010 February 8, 2010 February 15, 2010 February 22, 2010 March 1, 2010 March 8, 2010 TOPICS Welcome to Making Connections Syllabus Scavenger Hunt What is Social Media? Classroom Success Strategies Blogging 101 GeorgiaVIEW 101 Preparing for Academic Advising Twitter 101 Time Management (discussion) Library Skills Cite Sources: Avoid Plagiarism TBA [GV] Evaluating Info Quiz [GV] Citing Sources Quiz [GV] Academic Research Assignment [GV] Your Academic Future module due [Blog #3] Blog Review [Blog #4] One Week of Twitter [GV] Time Management Assignment due [Blog #2] Set up own blog @ WordPress ASSIGNMENT(S) [Blog #1] Response to BBN blog post

March 15, 2010 March 22, 2010 March 29, 2010 April 5, 2010 April 12, 2010

No Class – Spring Break!
Podcasts 101 Your Personal Brand TBA Learning Styles Resume Writing Job Interviewing LinkedIn 101 TBA Evaluation / Wrap Up [Blog #5] Podcast Review [GV] Learning Styles module due [Blog #6] Digital Dirt

April 19, 2010 April 26, 2010 FINAL EXAM

[Blog #7] Campus Event Reaction [Blog #8] Social Media Policy

Complete the Final Exam in GeorgiaVIEW before [to be announced]
NOTE 1: The above schedule and procedures are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. When possible, you will be provided at least one class day of advance notice of any changes. It’s always smart to check your e-mail before coming to class each day. NOTE 2: This schedule may not contain every assignment due date for the semester. Other short assignments will be discussed in class & listed either in the class blog or GeorgiaVIEW)


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