Accessing the Course Web Site(s)
C2C
Quercus
Additional Tools

Connect to Create (C2C)

When class begins, July 2, we will be using a program called Connect to Create (C2C) To access it, you first enter your portal account and Quercus.  I recommend the latest version of Firefox. Internet Explorer does not function well. You can have more than one browser on your computer.  I also like using SeaMonkey as it has a built-in web editor. Start up your web browser and type in https://q.utoronto.ca There is the link to C2C on your Quercus course navigational menu on the left when you open CTL1799. If you have bookmarked (or put in favourites) the course information site and the links you need for the course are there. (http://astralsite.com/5011) When you arrive at the C2C site, you have entered the main conferencing program for this course.

We do NOT have to all be in C2C at the same time. C2C had a chat program however it is not working so we will be using other chat programs for planning team and partner work. If you have any trouble getting into C2C, please send me an email at selia.karsten@utoronto.ca in case your name has not been entered correctly. I will check it out and reply as soon as possible.  When you get into C2C, you will find all discussion forums (topics or headings) are already set up.

WELCOME- This forum is to introduce each participant. I ask each of you to post a note there telling about yourself. It is helpful to know what brings you to this course, for example, if you are teaching, what subjects and what age groups. What is your focus at OISE? Is this your first online course? What experience do you bring related to holistic concepts and/or using computer technology?  You will be sending me a survey so that I can help you to better reach your objectives. This survey is a warm-up to the Welcome - Introduction Forum. The information you share will be helpful in determining learning partnerships and teams. Teams and partnerships will be announced at the beginning of Week Two. You are asked to upload a small digital picture of yourself or at least, an image that you wish to be identified with. This is your avatar. Please make sure I have the correct information on the Class Chart. I need to know where you are located this summer to determine your time zone for chats.

If you have questions, please ask!  Anyone in class can answer. More advanced users will please act as mentors to those new to technology. You'll note that each member of the class has the level of expertise and what platform (MAC or PC) by their name in the class chart.

Forums:
There are Forums for discussions of the readings and for commenting on the weekly discussion topics. You are not required to comment on EVERY single posting!  One thoughtful response to each topic is expected though you may get more involved in topics that you are particularly interested in. It is important to keep up with postings as the volume can be quite overwhelming if you are not vigilant. Note where you have unread messages. As you read messages, note the name of author and subject line for postings you plan to respond to later. The forums for this summer may vary slightly from last summer as I update and change the assignments.

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Quercus and the U of T Portal

This course also uses the Quercus Learning Management system. Although the main focus is on Forums in C2C, a few of the course activities will be done with this system so that you can become familiar with the way it works.  For Quercus, as well as the C2C access, you will need to have a utor account- this is part of your registration process. If you have an active utor account you can easily log in to your course with your user name and password. Please go to this page - http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ec/getting_access.php to read about Getting Connected.  Here you will find information about the T card and on your utor ID and Quercus.

Step-by-step instructions to create a UTORid to access Blackboard are available
                                        at: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ec/academic_computing/bb_get_started.php



Additional Tools

PDF Files - From time to time during the course, you will go to specific sites on the Web or do exploring for sites. I may also post some files for you to look at and read.  Some files may be in a format called PDF. If you are an Ontario teacher and have visited the Ministry of Education site for curriculum or other documents, you are likely familiar with this format. These files cannot be read by regular word processors and you need a PDF file reader. This program is called an Adobe Reader and is available free of charge in many places (including the Ministry site). If you do not have the Adobe reader and wish to get it, you can also go to Adobe Reader on the web and download it free of charge.

Chat - In this course, it is necessary to be able to "chat" in real time, synchronously. This can be a challenge if you and your learning partner or members of your team live in another time zone.  With careful planning, you can schedule your chats so all can participate as needed. It is important to be able to save your chat as a doc. and upload that file to your C2C account so it can be posted to the appropriate forum in C2C.  Some students have found What's App is a good tool for chatting. Otherwise, the Team can use GoogleDocs and post a summary in C2C.

Web 2.0 Resources
We may be exploring Web 2.0 tools and social networking programs such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Holistech2019 Pages in Quercus  (NOTE) This is the first time the course has used Quercus so the following plans may change.

Blog Page will be for posting your Blog assignment in week one.

Pages in Quercus may be created for the following:

CafePage - a place to visit with each other, talk about things that are not course related.  It's a place where we can be informal and kick back and talk about anything we would like (usual rules of propriety of course).
Tech and Tips Page - where questions and answers related to computer technology will go, monitored by mentors with more advanced skills.
This is also where ideas and tips for doing things can be posted.
ResourcesPage - for sharing URLs for useful sites or for downloading software or links to helpful articles. You are required to post at least one resource to this subconference giving an annotation as to why this resource is useful.

Partners collaboration will be on Quercus with the Reading 5 project (when completed) will be posted in C2C.



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