Intellectual Property and Copyright
Multimedia Writing and Technical Communication
Course Guidelines and Policies
- TWC494/598 is an online course.
We will not meet in-person in a classroom.
- Course documents, schedule
information, assignments, readings, and other course information will
be posted or linked from Blackboard.
- The Discussion Forum in
Blackboard will be used for class discussions.
- TWC494/598 is a 3-credit course; it is expected that you will dedicate an equivalent amount of time as you would an in-person 3-credit course. However, unlike an in-person course, you are completely responsible for planning and scheduling your time so that coursework is understood and exercises/assignments are completed on time. If you have never taken an online course, you may want to take the Online Learning Readiness Quiz to see if it's right for you.
- You will also be working as part of a team during this course. It is expected that you will participate fully in your group and that you will complete group work on time.
- Some of the work we will do this semester will ask that you participate in discussions using the Discussion Board in Blackboard (and possibly the virtual classroom). You should think of these as the equivalent of in-class discussion and participation except it is taking place online.
In the online environment, we lose visual cues indicating how others’ are responding to our words—there is no eye contact, facial or body expressions to guide us. Consider what you are writing and how someone may react to it before you post it. We will be learning about and discussing topics which many of you will have knowledge and strong opinions about and which may be controversial or provoke strong reactions. Each of you bring unique knowledge and experience of and perspectives to the class and discussions. Contribute, challenge, and be challenged in return. But at all times, you should be polite, thoughtful, and show respect for one another. This is non-negotiable --flaming will not be tolerated and will be considered grounds for a 0 for the week's work. Please read “Core Rules of Netiquette.”
- The schedule for each week will
be posted in the Weekly Schedule area in Blackboard. Schedule information
will be posted prior to the beginning of the week and will include readings
and activities/assignments. A table on the "Schedule
at a Glance" page gives a snapshot of the course with readings
and activities/assignments due each week.
- All activities and assignments
are to be completed and submitted by the posted due date. Late
assignments will not be accepted for any reason other than family or medical
- Access to a computer with Internet
access and an email account are required for this course. As a student in this course, you are responsible for ensuring that you have access to a working computer with Internet access and email.
- If you are using an email
account other than your ASU account, be sure to set mail forwarding
through the Electronic
Post Office. I use the Blackboard email links to send grades and other
course information; if you do not set mail forwarding, you will not receive
- Be sure that your email
account permits file attachments to be sent and received.
- Many free email accounts
have limits on disk space and message size. Be sure to check your quota
so that mail does not bounce. Disruption in
service by your provider is not an excuse for late work.
- Online classes are dependent
on the proper and efficient running of technology. Network problems occur
and can interfere with coursework. We will deal with these on a case-by-case
basis if and when they happen. ASU maintains a systems
outage page listing current network problems. Keep in mind that
Blackboard is shut down for maintenance every Friday at 9:00pm.
- Email Protocol:
- When sending email for
this class, use TWC494 or TWC598 in the subject line along with the topic.
For example: "TWC494: confused about reading" is a message
from a student indicating confusion about a reading assignment.
- I use the subject line to filter email. If the course number does not
appear in the subject line, you may not receive a prompt reply.
- Communication is key. Don't wait for a small problem to become a crisis. If you
have questions, concerns, or other issues come up, contact me immediately.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 480-727-1160
- Office: Sutton Hall, Rm 301P
- Yahoo IM ID: barb_dangelo
- You are expected to do your
own work for each exercise and assignment. Read ASU’s policy on Academic
Integrity. If you have questions about your writing or when/how to document
sources, contact me or consult with the ASU East Learning Center.
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last modified: 15 August 2005