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Indiana University Bloomington, School of Education

I. Course Information

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II. Instructor Information


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III. Course Description

Official Course Description
Education [...] is an introduction for beginning graduate students to the purpose and means of the various practices of educational research. This course will acquaint you with the language of social science research, with different understandings of the purpose and use of research, with various ways of framing research questions and designing studies, and with generally accepted procedures for generating, analyzing and interpreting data.

My Vision of the Course
I think that....

Course Objectives
After taking this course, students (usually K-12 teachers or librarians, from preservice to master teacher level) will have accomplished the following objectives:

  • Objective 1

  • Objective 2

  • Objective 3

  • Objective 4

IV. Course Materials & Resources

The required course readings are:

  • Book #1

  • Book #2

  • Course Reading Packet

You can order your readings from either the IU Bookstore or TIS Bookstore.

  • You can now order your books online from the IU Bookstore. Just go to http://www.iubookstore.com, and click on "Textbooks" and then choose "Textbook Search." IU's World Wide Web payment authorization system accepts VISA, MasterCard, or Discover as payment. You can also order over the phone by calling 1-800-553-6471--from the menu, choose option 1, ask for Brenda Young and state that you are a Distance Education student and provide your class number(s)--or you can send an email to bkstext@indiana.edu. If you are in Bloomington, you can purchase the books and course packets at the Bookstore in the Indiana Memorial Union.

  • To order your readings from TIS Bookstore, call 1-800-238-1229 or (812) 332-3306, extension 211, or send an email to Jackson Wright at jackson@tisbook.com. If you are in Bloomington, you can purchase the books at TIS Bookstore, 1302 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47401. They are shelved with the other Education course texts.

Some readings are available in the IU School of Education Library Electronic Reserves.

Web Resources

  • We will be using Oncourse to extend class discussion, provide access to the online gradebook, and to submit assignments.  You will need to use your IU network ID to login to Oncourse. If you do not have an IU Network ID, go to the IU Network Accounts Website to get one.

V. Curricular & Other Student Requirements

The prerequisite courses (courses you should have taken before this one) are:

  • Course 1

  • Course 2

  • Course 3

You should be familiar with the following concepts before you take this course:

  • Concept 1

  • Concept 2

  • Concept 3

You'll need the following technology to participate in this course:

  • Regular access to a computer with Windows XP, 2000, ME or 98, or Mac OS 9 or X.

  • An Internet browser, with the most current version: Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Safari (Mac)

  • An email program, or an account on a web-based email system.  IU email can be accessed through the web via the Webmail system.

  • An IU Network ID

  • Virus protection for your computer in this day and age is a must!  Norton Antivirus for Windows and Mac can be purchased from the IU Bookstore computer center or downloaded from IUWare.

Answers to your computing questions can be found in the IU Knowledge Base.

VI. Teaching & Learning Environment

a. Teacher and Student Roles in this Course.

b. My Philosophy of Teaching. 

c. Types of Learning Activities in this Course.

VII. Course Policies

a.  Attendance

It is assumed that students will attend each class session, although attendance will not be formally taken in class. It is also assumed that over the course of the semester, all students will have conflicts that may prevent their class attendance (flat tires, illnesses, jury duty, jail, etc. happen!). Rather than place myself in the role of the judge, I have structured the course so that every student has the same leeway in class attendance via the dropped daily assignment grade(s). Students who miss an exam with a reasonable, officially documented excuse will take an incomplete in the course. Students with sick or frail relatives should read  "The Dead Grandmother/Exam Syndrome and the Potential Downfall Of American Society".

b.  Communication In & Outside of Class

I will regularly use Oncourse to make announcements, distribute assignments, give feedback on assignments, and to communicate other important information to the class. Oncourse email will be the preferred email in this course. It is your responsibility to check your Oncourse email daily.

E-mail is appropriate, when used to schedule an appointment, notify me of an absence or tardiness, or for short questions clarifying class assignments or specific items from the lecture.
Please do not email me the following:
  • Messages that use inappropriate language or violate basic principles of "Netiquette", see http://www.udel.edu/interlit/chapter5.html#Netiquette%20

  • Any kind of internet jokes, chain letters, junk email, etc.

  • Requests for my lecture notes when you miss class. It is your responsibility to attend class and take notes on the lecture there, or obtain them from a student colleague.

  • Any requests if you “missed anything” or “anything happened” on a day you missed class!  (Believe it or not, I get one of these every semester!)

  • Anything else you would not be willing to communicate to me in person

  • Messages with attached files.  Because of the many destructive viruses that come as files attached to email messages, I will immediately delete any message with an attached file.  Instead, if you submit work via email, cut and paste the text into the email message.

Email, however, is not a substitute for meeting with me. Office visits are the best place to ask questions about the material, to discuss issues relating to the class, and to discuss any other special concerns pertaining to your class performance.

c.  Late Assignments.

c.  Make-ups.

d.  Exams and Quizzes

e.  Extra Credit

f.   Extensions

g.  Civility (Acceptable classroom behavior).

There are certain basic standards of classroom civility that should be adhered to, particularly in a communication course. Civility does not eliminate appropriate humor, enjoyment, or other features of a comfortable and pleasant classroom community. Classroom civility does, however, include the following:
  • Displaying respect for all members of the classroom community, both your instructor and fellow students.

  • Attentiveness to and participation in lectures, group activities, workshops, and other classroom exercises.

  • Avoidance of unnecessary disruptions during class such as private conversations, reading campus newspapers, ringing cell phones, and doing work for other classes.

  • Avoidance of racist, sexist, homophobic, or other negative language that may unnecessarily exclude members of our campus and classroom community.

These features of classroom civility do not comprise an exhaustive list. Rather, they represent the minimal sort of behaviors that help to make the classroom a pleasant place for all concerned. Those students who do not behave in a civil fashion will be asked to leave class.

h. Grading Policy

There will be four major components that determine your grade in this course.

Daily AssignmentsThis is a course that will emphasize class discussion. Students are expected to attend class and to be prepared to discuss the associated readings (in other words, you must have done the assigned readings for the day). There will be a variety of small group discussions and whole class discussions, which will generally result in written work that will be handed in at the end of most classes or may be done online. Lectures, discussions, and in-class activities have been designed to accompany, not replace, reading the text. Some daily assignments will be larger in scope than others, and may even carry over to more than one class session. These assignments will carry more weight than the others and students will be notified of this. 

NOTE:  Daily assignments are not “attendance” grades, even though they may not be “made-up”at a later date. At least one (and more likely two) daily assignment grade(s) will be dropped before the final grading, which fairly allows all students the same consideration for missing class.

First Exam, Second Exam and Final Exam Exams will be essay format that require more than memorization of facts, but also will necessitate a thoughtful synthesis of the class material. One week prior to each exam, I will pass out a set of four essay questions. The exam will consist of two of those questions. In the week preceding the exam, students may prepare on an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper an outline to list important facts and help organize their essays. They may bring that sheet to the exam. 

Daily Assignments
First Exam
Second Exam
Final Exam

i.  Incomplete Policy

This course is designed to be highly interactive and to include regular dialogue between student and instructor and between students. Because of this, I need students to participate regularly, and to keep up with the course readings and assignments. If a student does not complete a course within a given semester, it is the student's responsibility to makearrangements with his/her instructor regarding how and on what timeline they will finish up the course. Students should not assume that they will automatically be granted an Incomplete grade at the end of the semester.

If a student has not completed the course requirements for the course by the end of the semester, the instructor will give the following grade that is most appropriate:
  • FN (failed for non-attendance) should be used to indicate that the failing grade was earned because the student failed to participate in the course or stopped participating, rather than for poor performance. Participation in an online course consists of communication with the instructor and other students, turning in assigned work on time, etc.. A student that has ceased communication with his/her instructor may receive this grade.

  • I (Incomplete) may be used to indicate that the work done is satisfactory as of the end of the semester, but has not been completed; This usually means that the majority of assignments have been done and only a fraction remain. The student also needs to make specific arrangements with his/her instructor regarding how and when the rest of the required work will be submitted. The maximum time allowed for the removal of an Incomplete grade is one calendar year, but most incompletes should extend for only a few weeks or months. After 12 months, the university automatically converts an Incomplete to a grade of F.

  • If a student has completed some, but not all, of the required coursework, and has not made arrangements with the instructor to complete the rest of the requirements, the instructor may give a grade that reflects the graded coursework up to that point.

ii.  Expectations for group work & sharing work

VIII . University Policies

a. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offense at IU, with very real consequences.  See the Student Code of Conduct for details: http://www.dsa.indiana.edu/Code/index1.html. There is a very useful interactive tutorial about what is and what is not plagiarism at http://www.indiana.edu/~istd/:

b. Religious Holidays

We are proud of the rich mixture of religious and ethnic groups that make up our Indiana University population. To ensure freedom of religious observance throughout our increasingly diverse population, policies have been established to enable all students their religious observation with minimal disruption to the academic mission of the university. Important guidelines follow:

Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of their religious beliefs (his/her) must be given the opportunity to make up the work which was missed, provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon Indiana University. Upon request and timely notice, students shall be provided reasonable accommodation.

  • The University will not levy fees or charges of any kind when allowing for the student to make up missed work. In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects should result to students because they have made use of these provisions.

  • Attendance policies allowing for a specific number of dates to be missed without impact on a student’s grade should not count within that number absences for religious observance.

  • Making accommodations requires faculty and students to find suitable accommodation to cover the material from the course and complete all required work, including exams. It is not an appropriate accommodation to permit a student to not complete a portion of material from the course, or to miss an exam, and simply reduce that student’s grade.

  • Students are not required to prove attendance at religious services or events in order to obtain an accommodation for religious observance under IU policy. The students are requested to give notice early in the semester.

However, faculty do not have to offer accommodations for the purpose of allowing students to travel away from Bloomington for a religious observance. It is the responsibility of the student to inform their instructors, well IN ADVANCE, of a conflict based on religious observance and to cooperate with accommodations provided thereof. Students are expected to make up work either prior to the absence or at the earliest possible time afterward.

A calendar of religious holidays recognized by Indiana University can be accessed at the following site:
The Accommodation Request form that students can complete to request accommodations can be accessed at: http://www.indiana.edu/~deanfac/download/rel_obs.html#holreq

IX . Other Course Requirements

As part of the course requirements, students are expected to participate in:

  • Study groups, group work

  • Labs, field trips

  • Outside research

  • Student presentations to class

To complete the course requirements, students are will need to purchase:

  • Required supplies and materials

X. Schedule

See Schedule page.

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