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Research & Information Technology RIT Prof. Rob Bobeldyk IDIS 110h
Calvin Catalog description of IDIS 110 “ A first-year introduction to the computer and to college-level research skills, making full, but discriminating use of current electronic information technology and the resources of the Hekman Library, with a discussion of the cultural impact of computer technology and the ethical responsibilities of its users.”
What does that really mean? The ability to conduct quality college-level research using new information technologies; The ability to employ computer technology to formulate and communicate ideas; A genuine understanding of the information systems that operate in so many areas of the world and our lives.
Key Components Breakout sessions Breakout sessions Work outside of class Work outside of class Plenary sessions Plenary sessions Workshops Workshops Wrapup
Breakout Sessions This is your first breakout session. – Each breakout will start with a survey in KnightVision. This is how attendance will be taken. Discussion of plenary session and reading assignments. Hands-on & Group exercises to encourage critical thinking about information technology or to prepare for outside of class work. back back
Work Outside of Class All are available from KnightVision WebBook readings skills Tutorials simple assignments online Portfolio
Work Outside of Class: WebBook online (free!) textbook 7 chapters Each chapter relates to one of the plenary sessions. Required online quiz associated with each chapter.
Work Outside of Class: Tutorials 6 Mandatory online tutorials introducing computer skills – You must pass all 6 quizzes to pass the course. – You may take each quiz multiple times. – The sample exercises are not manditory. Operating Systems 8/10 Word Processing – Microsoft Word 16/20 Web Authoring – Macromedia Dreamweaver 16/20 Multimedia – Digital camera, scanners, sound 16/20 Presentation Software – Microsoft PowerPoint 16/20 Spreadsheets – Microsoft Excel 16/20 2 Optional Tutorials – Email – Webmail (Optional) – Web Browsing – Internet Explorer (Optional)
Work Outside of Class: Assignments Various assignments may be assigned in the breakout session. These assignments are due the next breakout session. Assignments will build upon skills and concepts introduced in RIT. Most of these will generate material for your online portfolio
Electronic Portfolio An important project for today’s college student Web-based information about you and an exhibition of your abilities: – Creating documents: introduction and resume – Presentation graphics or multimedia – Spreadsheet Update this over the course of your Calvin career. back back
6 Plenary Sessions These relate to the WebBook reading Feb. 11:The Changing Nature of Information: The Digital Library Feb. 25:Anatomy of the Computer March 11:Modeling Reality with Computers April 1: Networking April 15:Moral and Ethical Considerations May 13:Critical Evaluation of Information Technology
Plenary Sessions (cont.) Students must sit with their section at Plenary. – Seating chart will be on the screen at the first Plenary. Seating chart Sign-in sheet for this section will passed around at beginning of plenary session. – You must sign in to receive credit for attending. – Signing in for another student constitutes academic dishonesty. – Incidents will be referred to Student Life office. Online quiz on plenary must be completed by midnight of the next day. – You will not receive credit for this quiz if you did not sign in at the plenary. back back
Workshops These will be held in this classroom during your breakout time during certain plenary weeks. Two Research Workshops One Web-authoring Workshop
Workshop: Research Conducted by Hekman Library staff. Hands-on experience with digital research tools What is college level research? Use of information technology in research – Misconception: “It’s all on the WWW…” – Actually, a very small portion of quality sources is available on the free, public Web. Evaluating Sources – Is the source credible – Misconception: “It’s on the WWW; it must be true.”
Workshop: Web-Page Authoring Conducted by CIT staff. Assistance with creating web pages using Dreamweaver Being able to use Dreamweaver is the basis for your portfolio. backback
Grading Skills Tutorials: Assignments and Portfolio work WebBook and Plenary quizzes Exercises in Breakouts and Workshops: – attendance and attentiveness Email, web surfing, IMing (unless assigned by instructor) will result in an unexcused absence for the session. – in-class exercises
Help! How do I keep this all straight – Answer: KnightVision – Send email or call me if you have any questions Help is available in the “Digital Studio” in the ITC – 1 st floor of the Hekman Library – Hours are limited. See sign on the Digital Studio.
Login to KnightVision Review where material is found Take quiz Note: In all KnightVision surveys, your answers are completely anonymous even though KnightVision will give you credit for completing the survey)