LIBR 203
Online Learning: Tools and Strategies for Success (1 unit)
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Cindy Runnels
Office Hours: Available via e-mail
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Vicki Steiner
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Debbie Faires
418-A Clark Hall, SJSU
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Phone: 408-924-2498
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Enrolled students should receive course invitations via email and within Canvas on August 1, the same day the course site will become available. Preparatory information will be sent via MySJSU by July 29.

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of successful strategies in the use of new and emerging technologies found in today's online environment. It covers learning management tools, web conferencing, social software, university resources, and other topics that have been identified as being critical for new students.

Course Requirements

Schedule of Meetings
The class is taught in a totally online environment and will involve synchronous and asynchronous connectivity. The course site will become available on August 1. Students who wish to begin working on the course may do so starting on that date. We strongly advise an early start and completion for this class. Students who are unable to begin early may start the course when all other courses officially begin (August 25). The assignments for the first three units are due by September 3. All work in this course must be successfully completed by September 22.

Each student must successfully participate in a synchronous meeting held via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. Select an orientation session from the list posted on the following page:

Optional synchronous sessions will also be held for purposes of additional networking and information sharing. Information will be provided within the Canvas site for the course.

Course Calendar and Course Assignment Details
This one unit course consists of nine modules. Since this is a one unit CR/NC course, assignments consist of showing competency in various learning platforms and engaging in discussion related to readings and questions raised by the instructor. Details follow:

  • Learning Management System (supports SLO #2)
    Students will work within the Canvas learning management system and demonstrate competency by:
    • setting up personal information
    • accessing the class roster
    • using e-mail
    • working with discussion areas to post messages and replies
    • submitting an assignment
    • retrieving a graded assignment and comments
    • uploading work to their personal ePortfolio area

  • Social Networking Platforms and Principles (supports SLO #1)
    Students will learn principles of social networking and demonstrate competency by:
    • setting up a blog (use of a pseudonym/alias is acceptable)
    • identifying the link to the RSS feed for the blog
    • setting up an account on a collaborative social networking site

  • Technology Tools and Literacy (supports SLO #1)
    Students will demonstrate and verify basic technology requirements. 

  • Web Conferencing: Blackboard Collaborate (supports SLO #3)
    Students will work within the Collaborate web conferencing system and demonstrate competency by:
    • connecting to Collaborate
    • participating in a synchronous session including audio
    • using breakout rooms for small group discussion
    • using the whiteboard for collaborative interaction
    • using Blackboard IM to communicate

  • Personal Skills (supports SLO #4)
    Students will:
    • contribute to a collaborative online document
    • apply teamwork skills by collaborating with fellow students to develop a list of ground rules for group work

  • E-mail Discussion Lists (supports SLO #1)
    Students will compare using e-mail and RSS for receipt of information.

  • King Library Resources (supports SLO #4)
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of online library resources by:
    • creating a PIN for their library account
    • successfully completing the LOTSS tutorial (3 modules)
    • successfully completing the library's "Plagiarism--Graduate Level" tutorial

  • APA Style (supports SLO #4)
    Students will retrieve a scholarly article on a specified topic and properly format the appropriate reference citation in APA style.

  • MySJSU (supports SLO #4)
    Students will successfully complete an online quiz to demonstrate their understanding of the follow processes:
    • finding help for MySJSU
    • checking grades
    • checking finances
    • working with messaging
    • identifying their academic advisor

Earning Credit:
This one unit CR/NC course is required for all incoming students. In order to obtain a CR:

  • all activities listed in the course content that require a demonstration of competency must be successfully completed.
  • all reading and discussion items must be completed at the "B" level or better.
  • all assignments and activities must be completed by September 22.


In addition to the required textbook (see "Textbooks" section further down this page), online readings include:

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 203 has no prequisite requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate social networking software for collaboration with colleagues.
  2. Utilize a learning management system to organize coursework.
  3. Use the tools of web conferencing software to work synchronously with colleagues.
  4. Implement a variety of strategies to ensure success while taking coursework via an online environment.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 203 supports the following core competencies:

  1. E Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  2. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

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Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

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  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
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