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SEPT.18.2003- #1

THIS IS GREAT.  I AM USING A FORM I DEVELOPED TO TRY SOOO HARD TO COMMUNICATE W. YOU!    IDEALLY, THIS REPRESENTS 'TECHNOLOGY OPTIMIZES PERFORMANCE."  AND IS A HIGH-PERFORMANCE WAY TO COMMUNICATE W. YOU.

I NEED TO TALK W. YOU,  SO HERE GOES ...

A.  ATTENDANCE / CENSUS TAKING

SINCE I MUST TURN IN A LIST OF ACTIVE STUDENTS BY NEXT TUESDAY, I HAVE TO KNOW WHO IS ACTIVE, RIGHT?   YOU ARE 'ACTIVE' IF YOUR NAME IS ALL OVER THE 'ATTENDANCE-PARTICIPATION' FORM THAT IS LISTED ON THE MAIN PAGE OF   http://auciello.tripod.com

IF, AT THIS POINT, YOU STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THE ATTENDANCE,  THEN I AM VERY WORRIED.  EVERYONE WAS SUPPOSED TO COME IN FOR AN ORIENTATION, RIGHT?  

TO BE IN THE CLASS YOU MUST HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:

BUY BOOK -- $6.00 -- BOOKSTORE. GET CD AND 701 START DISK FROM ME IN K302 - MON-THURS 7:30-11:30AM.  DO ATTENDANCE. DOWNLOAD http://auciello.tripod.com/GRADE.DOC  which is a list of assignments AND A COURSE OUTLINE.   We also have to meet, face-to-face.

So are you worried, Prof. A?   Yes.  And it is mostly my fault.  Here is why:  I teach and preach Quality and yet it took me 3 weeks to get this level of information to you!   There are reasons for the delay.  But I am going to take full responsibility for the delay.  Whatever the reasons for not building the email list, I as the INSTRUCTOR HAVE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY -- especially, when I am going to hold you to HIGH STANDARDS OF QUALITY.  OUCH!

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.

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 400 POINTS LISTED,  I WILL PROBABLY DROP YOU.   SO TALK TO ME!  SEE ME!  COMMUNICATE W. ME!  LEST YOU GET LOST IN CYBERSPACE!

MORE ISSUES ARE:  YOU SHOULD BY NOW BY RUNNING THE '701 START DISK'  GIVE YOURSELF 25-EC POINTS IF YOU CAN RUN IT.

YOU SHOULD ALSO BE DOING SOME, IF NOT ALL, OF THE PROJECTS LISTED ON THE 1ST PAGE OF  GRADE.DOC  --  I HAVE 2 INCLASS 701 CLASSES AND 1 ONLINE 701 CLASS.   THOSE IN THE ONLINE CLASS CAN COME IN TO THE INCLASS CLASSES, AND GET EXTRA HELP.  THE INCLASS CLASSES ARE DOING BUSINESS CARDS, AND NEXT THEY WILL START  http://auciello.tripod.com/701virtual.xls

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.

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 '100-AGRAM' FOR READING THIS!

SAYING IT AGAIN.  GET BOOK, CD, 701-START-DISK.  GET 'GRADE.DOC' .. START PUTTING POINTS ON THE SCOREBOARD!   EMAIL ME -- PROFA@AUCIELLO.NET  FOR HELP.   AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY IN COMMUNICATIONS.  COMMUNICATION FORCES CLEAR THINKING ... RIGHT?

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SURVIVAL TIPS FOR PROF.  AUCIELLO'S CLASSES:

1, Must know how to check-in, using the ATTEN/PARTIC FORM (which is at the top of the MAIN Column on http://auciello.tripod.com ).

Here are your section numbers:

           7-9          9-11

MW  701-0156   757-0171

TTH  701-0160   701-0157

CIS 701 DIST EDUC = 0160 INITIALLY WILL MEET EVERY TUES-THURS AT 7 - 9. TO HELP STUDENTS WITH ONLINE PROJECTS.

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2.  BOOKS / LESSON MATERIALS.

I have all of my curriculum on my web site.  They are listed by Classess -- 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.

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3. QUALITY OF WORK.

Ever since I wrote the Principles of Total Quality Management, I have been consumed with absolute quality (which usually 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.

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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 2 times per week, and (2) produce a min of 200 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'.

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. It really hurt the Professor's feelings because he idealistically thought since he loved the subject, that everyone else would do too, and that they naturally would get excited and get "game."  It hurt him so much to assign low grades, that he wrote a story about it ... "Maybe," he thought, "they could try again when they understand the rules better ...".   Yes, there was hope.  So he wrote this lesson about understanding the Rules.

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A (4000),  B (3500),  C (3000). Work creates points which = grades.  .

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cyberprof@hotmail.com

Put CIS 701 or CIS 757 in the subject line. 

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701:  You can learn a lot from reading and typing in

http://auciello.tripod.com/701word03.doc

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).

 

 
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