Chapter 2 Resources

Being Positive

Positive Words, Powerful Results: Simple Ways to Honor, Affirm, and Celebrate Life by Hal Urban

Example 2 Things  Welcome Message:

Subject Line: 3 Ways to Succeed in this Course

I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you this semester, and I’m excited about the prospect of seeing you succeed.
And on that note, I’d like to share you the three things you can do to succeed in this online course.

1 – Set a regular time. Decide on a regular place and time where you will do your work for this class. This may seem obvious and overly simplistic, but it’s really important. Without the rhythm of coming to a physical classroom each week, it’s easy for an online class to get put on the back burner. I’ve witnessed brilliant students tank in an online course simply because they forgot about it. I’d recommend accessing the course site every Monday, on Wednesdays, then again on Friday. This is because I send out an important weekly message each week that will help you organize your work and review what is due. Your discussions will follow a Wednesday/Friday posting date requirement–so that’s why I recommend this routine.

2 – Get to know your team. We’ll be working in collaborative teams most of the semester. In fact 40% of your work in the class will be team-based work. The teams that do best in this course on the assignments are not necessarily the “smartest” but the teams that really get to know one another, agree on how they will work together–processes–and who commit to follow that agreement. You’ll find resources in week 1 of the course site for getting to know your team and crafting your processes. I’d recommend beginning with this article. Groupwork Article #1

3 – The students who are most successful in this course regularly do one more thing: they keep in communication with me and with their team. I want you to feel free to email me anytime. Why? Because this is part of the learning process. I respond to emails within 48 hours, usually within 12, but you can always count on me getting back to you by two days at the very latest. I regularly participate in the online discussions, so feel free to ask me questions there, or share your insights. And it’s important to know that when I ask you a question via email or in a discussion, that I’m not just throwing it out into cyberspace, I really want to hear what you think. I learn just as much from you, as you learn from me and your peers. So, let’s all make this class a highly interactive experience by engaging one another.

Finally, you’ll notice that I’ve set up a class introductions discussion on the course site (provide direct link to make it easy for them to access). The questions may seem silly, but my hope is that they will ignite some great discussion. I’m looking forward to reading your responses.

It’s going to be a great semester!

Mr. Johnson