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INFS 1100 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

INFS 1100 - Technology for Teachers

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course explores terminology and procedures related to the integration of technology across the curriculum for multiple disciplines and grade levels. 

Course Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between computer, information and integration literacy

  • Define technological terminology that relates to computers and other devices used to enhance classroom instruction

  • Demonstrate communication skills by creating and editing documents using a word processing program

  • Demonstrate logical thinking and mathematical skills by creating and editing worksheets using a computer spreadsheet program

  • Demonstrate effective presentation skills by creating and editing presentations using presentation software

  • Identify current classroom technologies by reading and researching specifications, uses and costs of various technologies included but not limited to classroom computers and computer peripherals Recognize computer, audio-visual, office and other technical equipment presented in the textbook by touring a school and interviewing teachers or technology coordinators Synthesize and combine reading, research, and computer skills by participating in a multi-functional group project to connect the course objectives with a real- life application 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None

Course Topics:
  • Computer terminology and concepts
  • Windows Operating System
  • Internet browsing
  • Word Processing using MS Word
  • Spreadsheets using MS Excel
  • Presentation Software using PowerPoint 
Specific Course Requirements:

Students should be competent in the use of Internet browsers, search engines. They must be familiar with or willing to learn a variety of internet tools. ​

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

All tests will be taken on-line or submitted on-line. All tests are OPEN Book. 

Tests submitted through Assessments:

Ch 1-3 Test
Ch 4-6 Test 

Grading Procedures:

Assignments (16 see detailed list below) 20% of final grade
Tests and projects (5 projects and 2 multiple choice tests see detailed list below) 80% of final grade 

Grading Scale:
95-100A
85-94B
75-84C
65-74D
Below 65F

 

Assignments and Projects:

Assignments: (Grades averaged, that average will comprise 20% of the final average).

Introduction
Website
Word 1
Chapter 1
Word 2
Word 3
Chapter 2
PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Excel 1
Excel 2
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Discussion Grade (You will have many opportunities for discussion during the semester. You are required to participate in 10 discussions by posting 10 discussion messages. If you post 10 discussions the instructor will enter a 100 for this grade, 9 discussions will equal a grade of 90 and so forth.)

Assignments will be graded based on a percentage complete or correct. These grades will be averaged and that average will make up 20% of your final grade. All assignments except the discussion will be submitted using the dropbox. You will be required to complete at least 10 discussion postings to receive full credit for the discussion grade. 

Projects submitted through dropbox:

Word Test
Excel Test
WebQuest Test
PowerPoint Test
Field Trip Test 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to communicate using email and the course bulletin board with other students in the course. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and are expected to check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements and other pertinent material. 

Late Policy:

To receive full credit, assignments must be handed in on time. The instructor reserves the right to deduct 10% of the score for each week an assignment or project is late. Only the exam will be accepted after that date. Be sure to check in Assessments to determine the last date for completing the final exam.

Students who are only able to work on class assignments in the evenings should make plans to complete assignments on the evening before the day of the deadline. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussions:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.


Last Revised on April 28, 2017