|Online ESOL Endorsement for Inservice Teachers:
General Information About the On-Line ESOL Courses
The ESOL Courses utilize BlackBoard, a tool for online course management. You must have a computer with high-speed internet service, and digital video recording capabilities.
Logging onto the BlackBoard site of courses you are presently enrolled in:
- After enrolling in the course you will have access to all materials for the course through the course BlackBoard site:
- Go to: https://my.usf.edu
- You will need your USF ID. Number to register the first time.
- When logged on properly, click on the “courses” tab.
- Select the course you are enrolled in
- Check announcements on opening screen
- Explore the site to become familiar with it
If you have not activated your USF email account:
- You must have access to your USF email account in order to receive communication from your instructor and fellow students.
- From the “Welcome” page on MyUSF, click on “sign-up” and follow the directions for activating your USF Mail account.
- If you do not use your USF email account, you need to direct mail from it to the account that you are using:
- Click on your mail account
- Click on “Edit mail account options”
- Under “Change your forwarding address” check the “Forward email to the address below” and fill in the email address you use,
- Click “OK”.
- These courses utilize cooperative learning groups
- Cooperative groups help each other
- Cooperative groups provide an organizational system
- Cooperative groups model cooperative learning strategies
Individual Participation in Group discussion
- The on-line postings are your “in-class” interaction. Your participation in your group discussion board will count toward your final participation grade for this course.
- Participation requires:
- Contributing significantly to the discussion
- Responding to other students’ contributions and following the discussion threads
Course Components: Most Courses Consist of:
- 7 Readings Responses
- 7 Discussion Participation
- 3 Mini Projects
- 1 Major Project
- The reading responses theme for each section will be presented in the Section Introduction Letter.
- You will post your reading response to the proper assignment section on BlackBoard.
- Your points will be awarded based on evidence of your learning.
- A group leader will be assigned to moderate each section discussion.
- The topic of discussion for each section will be described in the Section Intro. Letter
- You are expected to give meaningful input and respond to others’ input
- Participation should be on-going: Last minute postings do not constitute true participation in the discussion.
- Deadline for assignments not to be late is midnight of the due date (usually Sundays)
- Follow directions in assignment description for submission.
- Submit electronic copy: .rtf file to proper “Assignments” location on Blackboard
- Print out my response and your assignment
- Keep a copy of all assignments and feedback in a binder
If you have any questions, please contact:
Dr. Phil Smith
Phone: (813) 974-1113
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