IT532 Week 1

Introduction: Course Expectations, Blackboard, Review Readings on Teaching and Learning in Online Learning Environments

  • Gayol, Y. (2010). Online learning research. In K. E. Rudestam & J. Schoenholtz-Read (Eds.), Handbook of Online Learning (2nd ed.) (pp. 197-225). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Muilenburg, L. Y., & Berge, Z. L. (2005). Student barriers to online learning: A factor analytic study. Distance Education, 26, 29-48. doi:10.1080/01587910500081269
  • Text: Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2007) Ch 1
  • Quick Notes The quick notes is my explanation of Exploratory Factor Analysis to help with the Muilenburg and Berge (2005) reading. Please note, I do not specialize in factor analysis so my explanations are at the very basic level.

Discussion Material


Synchronous Activities


  1. Blackboard Collaborate
    Please join the class session in Blackboard Collaborate ready to start by 5:05pm. You can join Collaborate clicking the link provided in the Blackboard Menu Bar when you log into the Blackboard Site. The session will be available at 4:30pm to make sure you have the time to optimize your computer and USB headphone/microphone settings.
  2. Introductions
  3. Syllabus and Blackboard--Course Tour on Collaborate
    1. Expectations
    2. Assignments
    3. Schedule
  4. Participant questions
  5. Thinking about Online Learning Environments Instructor Discussions
  6. Break
  7. Breakout Week 1 Activity
  8. Whole Group Discussion of Breakout Activity and Course Ground Rules
  9. Break

Asynchronous Activities on Blackboard


  1. Participant Introductions
  2. Establishing Course Ground Rules (Initial Ground Rules)
  3. Complete Course Survey

Last Updated January 14, 2014