Turkey Center Pre-departure Online Course Report:
There will be an online, not-for-credit course for students who are enrolled in the ACS Study Abroad Program in Turkey. This online course will prepare students for their experience in Turkey and should require about 10 hours of student time for the academic component (about 1 hour reading and 30 minutes answering study questions per module). It will be designed so that students can work on it on their own time (asynchronously), but there will also be a chat room and the faculty advisors for the upcoming semester will hold online "office hours" (3-4 hours) during the 3 weeks prior to the students' arrival in Turkey.
Students will also have the opportunity to "meet" one another via this chat room. Perhaps an initial assignment could be for each student to post something about why he/she is participating in the program and what he/she expects to get out of it. Part of the material available online will be for orientation/informational purposes. Students will not be expected to turn in any written assignments on this part of the material. A second part of the material will be academic in nature. There could be two kinds of questions about each "academic" module: study questions and discussion questions. Students will be expected to turn in study questions to he ACM/GLCA/ACS faculty advisors prior to their departure for Turkey. They will be asked to post answers to discussion question to the online bulletin board, and encouraged to read and respond to the posts of other students (to the extent that this is possible, since students will not necessarily be simultaneously engaged with the material).
would determine how much weight to give the online component in the
overall course. For example, they might decide that completion of the
online course is required and that it counts as part of the grade (5
percent perhaps) in the core course. Another option would be just to
say that it is required and if students don't complete it, they don't
pass the core course. This would be analagous to the map, say, that
American history students must learn in an American history course in
order to pass it , even though completion of the test on the map doesn't
enter into the computation of the final grade. Elements of information/orientation
components of the online course (which might also be of interest to
of the academic components of the online course:
There will be articles available online and links to other sites for each topic. The next step in the development of the online course will be to locate appropriate materials, create our own materials where necessary, and to design the web page. The online course component committee requests suggestions for readings, websites, etc. and looks forward to comments on the outline above.
Rittenberg, Colorado College, LRittenberg@ColoradoCollege.edu
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