Revised -- sep.5, july.20, june 14,
june 13, 2004,
Starting week2. Establishing a "digital presence" gives you an
advantage in a business situation: having a business card with
your photo, cell#, address, email, and possibly homepage address
speaks a lot about your seriousness! Do you agree?
Thus, we will do it this week, and until we finish. The format for
a bus. Card (2" x 3.5") is at
my erstwhile ta last year, developed an outstanding card -- here is
a snapshot -- that works very well!
(herlin transferred to usc, still drops by.)
These cards are especially nice on glossy photo paper which can
usually be purchased at fry's electronics, 20 sheets for $2 -- great
price! Bring your own special paper.
Print out this document to study later. Click the "submit button"
at the bottom. You must respond to every a-gram. -- in fact, the
more that you respond, the more your name shows up on my website,
and the better for you!
Skip the items below until you have time to read them.
Be sure that you have submitted a-gram0.html. Out.
(1) 213.763.7268 every day to see if there are any new recorded
messages. Also check the website for new a-grams.
http://auciello.tripod.com/intro.html -- read, study, respond
to a-gram0 -- of course.
email@example.com with your:
City, st, zip
Email address #1
Email address #2
(5) Enter the above in the atten/partic (a/p) form as 100email1
check that it was entered correctly. If not re-enter. Keep count of
(6) Submit this form (25a-gram1).
(7) Find GRADE.DOC
-- download it. Let's talk about this very ambitious schedule! Try
to follow it, review it every day for projects that you can do /
have learned to do. You may skip around this list -- you do not
have to follow it sequentially -- this is for the 'sequential
learners' -- use it as a 'guideline / table of contents' to find
projects and points! Of course, print out your work, in a crisp,
world-class presentation quality level, sign it, and put in your
(8) the '701 start disk' (get it from me) contains 83 quizzes at 25
points each, so you can 'score' over 2000 points. Runs on any IBM
compatible system, any version of windows or dos. Does not require
internet, so this is an "anytime, anywhere point builder."
(9) "we are just talking here ..." this is my way of beginning a
'brainstorming dialogue' with you! Frankly, i am concerned that
the amount of instructor contact will be cut down -- i am only on
campus every mon-tues morning -- and since i know that progress in
learning is dependent on the magnitude of the communication
bandwidth between instructor and student, we both must do all that
we can to communicate effectively, efficiently, vigilantly, and
diligently! For example, you must sign in every class day (mon-thurs),
must keep a valid email connection (keep your inbox clean), must
read all of the a-grams. In fact, read everything on my website.
Collect points by printing them out, signing them, putting them into
the project viewbinder notebook (where indicated).
Get immersed. Have this website and your mind mutually-"invade"
each other! There is so much to learn. Back to my being "worried"
-- if i can teach you how to think your way thru computer problems,
then we both "win the game." learning the techniques, the tricks,
the tips on using the computer will go a long way toward giving you
"information compentency"! = think critically and innovatively,
how to find answers, develop a problem-solving and pro-active
"attitude". There are (3) ways to relate to computers and internet,
9.1 -- Bbecome a "power user" and make it part of your financial and
career life; "zen your computer." this is the ultimate goal!
Empowerment with technology -- use technology to optimize
9.2 -- Use it as an "information appliance" turning it on for email
and web research;
9.3 -- Turning it off which puts you out of touch with this
information and automation century. Come in to k302, sometime, and
talk w. Me, and i will talk w. You about ways to use the internet to
for personal and professional optimization!
10. My first email address was and is
firstname.lastname@example.org -- with the help and vision of my
associates, we foresaw the power of the internet for
communication. Therefore, i take teaching and online activities
very, very seriously. Specifically, that means that in addition to
class time, i will communicate with you by email, and you will
respond by reading and submitting the form, like this one, which
builds a database of your performance, "puts points in the data
bank" for you, and, as part of the learning contract that i make
with you, guarantees you a grade based on your verified points.
Several new items:
11. Always put "CIS" followed by your name in the subject line. 10
extra credit points. Record it on the extra credit sheet
12. Don't email me your assignments. Put them in your
project notebook, and show me your notebook about every 2 weeks,
and bring it in for final grading during finals. (another 10 points
if you know what a lot of attachments will do to an inbox.)
13. I get about 100,000 hits per year on this page -- i pay an
extra bandwidth charge. I have written, transmitted, and been
awarded grants over the internet, and i am currently programming an
online stock trading service that will go up summer '04. I spend
at least 5 hours each day, almost every day online, and i need you
understand the power, the glory, the immediacy, the
knowledge-is-power concept of the internet. We can not take it
lightly! Online activities will be part of your future life; it
will become as popular as tv and necessary as a phone.
14. Speaking of everyone moving ahead -- there are new lessons on
mous on this web site. Find them, download them, start working on
15. While you are at, go all over this web site. "get" the tqm
and learning community philosophy, "catch" the excitement, the
"sizzle" of the multi-media stuff, stay, play and study in this
website. My website reflects my teaching curriculum which reflects
my mission in life! Learn all that you can from me, zoom past me,
then come back and see me!
16. We live in a less-than-idealistic world. But, knowing that,
keep yourself, your work, your career, yourself at the highest
levels. "do the right thing, always" -- regardless of the actions
of others who do not act on the highest levels. You do the "right
thing", or as it is called -- "the right stuff" -- for yourself,
and others on that level will recognize it and reward it. In the
context of this class, learn the TQM, understand its place as part
of the high performance workplace, and do your projects at the world
class presentation quality level.
17. Attendance / participation
You are 'active' if your name is all over the
'attendance-participation' form that is listed on the main page of
-- go find it now!
If, at this point, you still don't know how to do the attendance,
then i am very worried. Everyone is/was supposed to come in for an
18.to be in the class you must have done the following:
18.1. Buy book -- about $14 -- bookstore. 2. Get 701 start disk
from me 4. Do attendance. 5. Download
http://auciello.tripod.com/grade.doc which is a list of
assignments and a course outline.
18.2 please click
http://auciello.tripod.com/critcheck.doc for a complete
checklist! We also have to meet, face-to-face.
... Both you and me have to perform at a high quality level --
especially, when i am going to hold you to high standards of
So, when you find the correct attend/partic form, give yourself
"100-profa" points (figure out how to do this). While you are
there, give yourself '100-email' points if you have an email
address. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and check that your
entry is there.
19. The critical issue is -- attendance and points -- shortly i will
look at the attend/partic forms (you should have found them by now)
and if your name is not there or you don't have at least 100 points
listed. Communicate w. Me! Lest you get lost in cyberspace!
20 you should by now by running the '701 start disk' give yourself
25-ec points if you can run it. (i plan to pass this out during
21. Should also be doing some, if not all, of the projects listed
on the 1st page of
22. In a worst case scenario, if you can't get anything working, see
me asap! Next worst case, just do any project that you can on 'grade.doc'.
Another solution is to take the quizzes, the word quiz, the excel
quiz (they are hard), and the 701 quizzes that you can find on 'page
2'. Run quizzes from the start disk to build up points! Score
points -- that is what it is all about. Put points on the
scoreboard (attendance form). This course is 'performance-based'!
Another solution is to read the '701 master help' file and/or find a
study partner. Once you get started, it becomes a little easier.
I am here to help you, especially if i see that you are sweating and
straining to get it.
23. Read all of the form. Print it out, memorize it if you have to.
At the bottom press 'submit' so that i have a record of your reading
this. Give yourself '100agram1' for reading this!
In closing, i am a computer instructor with very good online
skills, who believes in the power of technology to transform lives,
and a believer in learning community where we all work together
toward success. I expect you to help your classmates out. Also if
there are any mistakes, errors, omissions, email them to me, and
give yourself 10ec (10 extra credit) points for each one. If there
is a discrepancy about points, use the lower number for now, thank
Saying it again. Get book, cd, 701-start-disk. Get 'grade.doc' ..
Start putting points on the scoreboard! Email me --
email@example.com for help. Communication forces clear
thinking ... Right?
24. Survival tips for prof. Auciello's classes:
24.1. Must know how to check-in, using the atten/partic form (which
is at the top of the main column on
24.2 cis 701 dist educ = 7965 initially should come in every
mon-tues at 8:00 - 9. To get checked out.
25. Books / lesson materials.
I have all of my curriculum on my web site. They are listed by
classes -- 701 projects, 757 projects. 701 has grade.doc which
lists all projects. Working on the same for 757. The book for 701
is in the bookstore -- cis 701 distance education -- prof. Auciello
-- ask for it. See me if there is a problem.
26. Quality of work.
Ever since i wrote the principles of total quality management, i
have been consumed with absolute quality (which actually i never
reach), so this whole course will be done in a quality way. Perfect
assignments, perfect presentation quality. Everything to a
world-class standard! It pays off. See me for some stories.
I also, especially, must hit world-class quality. Help me make
these great courses even better by your participation and
suggestions for improvement!
Find and read the "Principles of Total Quality Management" on the
web site for 50 points.
27. Explanation of my programs: just talking here... I am a
programmer, i modify and create programs to fit the need of
"tracking" positively what students did, so i modified most of the
forms and quizzes to provide name, time, date, ip address of the
user. I use a program (ftp) to look at the activity on my website,
and i am able to view who is doing what when. Of course, you know
you have (2) obligations -- (1) to check in 4 times per week, and
(2) produce a min of 400 pts per week. I am able to see those
results from my office at home.
Some of you will be 'putting points' on the 'scoreboard', others
will be headed for the 'abyss' of mediocre grades, based on your
performance. You select your grade by your performance. You are in
charge. Say 'empowerment.'
28. Let me put it another way. "once there was this computer
professor who dreamt of making his course accessible anywhere
anytime. He worked and worked to develop his lessons, quizzes, and
the necessary tracking systems, and he endeavored to provide "high
bandwidth information" to the students, he even used "peer learning"
in the form of bulletin boards to help them understand as well as
creating quizzes for them to test themselves at each step. He
created a lot of assignments, and quizzes, even putting them on cds
and floppy disks. Being a laker fan, he set up the course on a
"scoreboard" model. Points win the game and earn the good grades --
performance-based -- perform this and you get that! The computer
became the referee, and called the shots and recorded them. Some
liked this system, and took off scoring lots of points. Others --
perhaps thinking "out of sight, out of mind!" -- dropped the ball,
and had low or no scoreboard.
The professor's had idealistically thought that since he loved the
subject, that everyone else would do too, and that they naturally
would get excited and get "game." .... "maybe," he thought, "if i
write from the heart, it will help ..." so he wrote this lesson
about understanding the rules.
29. A (4000), B (3000), c (2500). Work creates points which =
30. When you email me, use both addresses for reliability:
Put cis 701 in the subject line.
If you want to talk by phone, send me your number.
31. 701: you can learn a lot from reading and typing in
32. Since the goal of education is to develop "critical thinking"
skills, work on the following: 701-final projects, computer
inventory skills, and look up definitions for 701-glossary (you
should be able to find these lessons, let me know).
33. When you have finished reading this, type yes in the box
below, and press the submit button. You must do this assignment.
Give yourself 25-agram1 points for doing it.