We will cover about half of the topic modules. As the semester progresses, the list of topic modules we have covered and the list of corresponding assignments will grow.
Each topic module is focused on a small group of related concepts or skills and contains an original, annotated PowerPoint presentation. The modules also contain links to relevant assignments and prerequisite topic modules, and many have interactive narrated videos of the presentation and Word transcripts.
Every presentation has the same format -- a two-slide header followed by the body of the presentation and a three-slide footer. The header slides list the skills and concepts covered in the presentation and show its place in the class outline. The footer slides are a summary of the presentation, self-study questions and links to external resources.
The assignments are the second part of our electronic text. Nearly every topic module has one or more assignments. Each assignment has a link back to the topic module or modules covering the assignment material.
The modular approach allows us to create an entire, custom designed course or to select one or a few related modules to supplement a course with a standard textbook. For example, this collection of topic modules focuses on writing for the Internet.
I have talked about the way the electronic text works, but what about the course content? We will cover the IT skills and concepts you need for success as a student and after graduation as a professional and citizen. This is our class outline:
- Internet concepts
- Internet skills
- Application development
- Content creation
- User skills
You can see more about the structure and intent of the e-text here.