Create your SALSA!
CIDI 1010 | Fall 2019

Contact Information

Instructor

Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Class

Welcome to CIDI 1010! I have been teaching this course for four years now, and I learn something new each semester. While this class is focused on creating a learning services agreement for teaching in higher education, I think you will find the principles will apply to many instructional contexts. I would like each student to create his or her own learning experience within the framework I have developed, so if you have ideas-- let's talk.

Please take the time to review this learning services agreement thoroughly. It has all the information you need to be successful in this course. After you have read this document, if any part of the course is unclear, please email me.

Course Description

This accelerated online course will provide students with opportunities to learn the components of a SALSA: a Styled & Accessible Learning Services Agreement. Students will explore their instructional strengths and weaknesses as indicated by an inventory of their personal beliefs, knowledge and practices. Students will create a SALSA that identifies course: Information, Outcomes, Resources, Activities, Policies and Grades. To conclude the course, each student will conduct an evaluation of another student's SALSA.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Identify the basic components of a higher education SALSA
  • Conduct a Personal Resources Inventory
  • Develop a course communication strategy
  • Identify strategies for learner success
  • Construct a SALSA that demonstrates the proceeding outcomes
  • Evaluate another student's SALSA

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Course Resources

Canvas

Canvas is the Learning Management System that we will use for our course. You can login to Canvas at http://canvas.usu.edu. Login with your A-Number and strong password (the same credentials you use for Access or AggieMail). You will find a number of Student Tutorials for Canvas on this login page.

Technical Support

For any technical problems with your computer related to accessing Canvas, please contact the IT Service Desk at 435.797.HELP(4357). There is a "Live Chat" feature, hours of availability and email information on the http://canvas.usu.edu page.

Software

All documents in this course are HTML files. For offline viewing, download the file to your computer and open it in your browser. The recommended browser is Google Chrome.

Textbook & Reading Materials

The text for this class will be The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach by O'brein, Millis & Cohen, second edition, published by Jossey-Bass, ISDN#047019617. You may purchase this book at the bookstore or online. Make sure you get the second edition!

Readings will be taken from peer-reviewed journals and education magazines. Most readings will be available in Canvas as PDF files. Other readings will be available online, with a hyperlink provided in Canvas.

Video Presentations

Weekly online presentations will be posted in Canvas. Instructor presentations will be viewed on an embedded player (you will not need to have a media player installed on your machine). The presentation slides will be provided as a PDF file which can be viewed on your computer, downloaded and printed.

All other videos will be available on YouTube.

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Learning Activities

Readings

We will read approximately one chapter from the textbook and one or two Additional Readings each week. Assignments related to the readings will alternate between a weekly quiz and a weekly discussion.

Video Presentations

Most weeks there will be an Instructor presentation related to the readings. You are expected to complete all readings before viewing the presentation. The presentation will be focused more on synthesis and expansion of the reading materials, so it is your responsibility to gain a basic understanding of the reading materials first.

Quizzes

You will be required to complete four "No-pressure Quizzes". These quizzes will consist of approximately ten multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching and/or true/false questions based on the readings and presentations. You are expected to complete all readings and view the presentation before you take the quiz. You must get ALL the quiz questions correct to receive ANY quiz points, but you may RETAKE the quiz as many times as you would like.

Discussions

You will participate in four Discussions on Canvas (one introduction and three regular). In order to earn the Discussion Points, you must post one message and two replies (where you reply to someone else's message) for each Discussion Topic.

Assignments

There will be six Assignments for this course: Personal Resources Inventory, Learning Service Agreements, Communication Strategies, Student Learning Strategies, Course SALSA and SALSA Evaluation. Complete information on these activities is available on Canvas. Please refer to the "Grading" section for the Assignment point values.

Assignments will posted in Canvas using the Assignments tool (see the "Canvas Orientation for Students" in the "Support" section for instructions on using this tool). Students will use the Assignment tool to download the Assignment instructions file and submit the completed Assignments. You are responsible for knowing how to use the Assignment tool. Late submissions due to improper usage of the Assignment tool will not be accepted.

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Course Policies

Instructor Feedback/Communication

I will be reading Discussions and replying to messages occasionally. You will receive specific feedback on your Assignments in the form of text comments appended to your electronic submissions.

I will use the Announcements tool in Canvas to communicate changes to the course and other course information. I will contact individual students through the Canvas messaging tool.

Student Feedback/Communication

I welcome all feedback on the course. My preferred method of communication with individual students is through the Canvas Conversations tool, which forwards to my USU email account: caroline.baker@usu.edu. I will respond to messages within two week days (Monday – Friday).

If you experience a legitimate emergency (according to my standards) that will prevent you from completing required coursework on time, I expect you to communicate with me at the earliest reasonable opportunity. Please state the nature of the emergency, and when you expect to turn in the coursework.

SALSA Changes

I have made every effort to present accurate and complete information, but this SALSA is subject to changes. I will notify the class regarding all changes.

In the event of any discrepancy between information in this SALSA and on Canvas, the information in CANVAS WILL TAKE PRECENDENCE.

Submitting Electronic Files

All electronic files for Assignments must be submitted through the text editor in Canvas.

Course Fees

There are no course fees associated with this course.

Late Work

Late work due to procrastination will not be accepted. Late work due to legitimate emergency may be accepted.

The due date and time associated with each quiz, discussion, exam and assignment are stated clearly in Canvas and on the Course Schedule.

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University Policies

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act states: "Reasonable accommodation will be provided for all persons with disabilities in order to ensure equal participation within the program. If a student has a disability that will likely require some accommodation by the instructor, the student must contact the instructor and document the disability through the Disability Resource Center (797-2444), preferably during the first week of the course. Any request for special consideration relating to attendance, pedagogy, taking of examinations, etc., must be discussed with and approved by the instructor. In cooperation with the Disability Resource Center, course materials can be provided in alternative format, large print, audio, diskette, or Braille."

Honor Pledge

Students will be held accountable to the Honor Pledge which they have agreed to: "I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity."

Academic Honesty

The Instructor of this course will take appropriate actions in response to Academic Dishonesty, as defined by the University's Student Code:

Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: (1) using or attempting to use or providing others with any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or in any other academic exercise or activity, including working in a group when the instructor has designated that the quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity be done "individually"; (2) depending on the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in taking an examination or preparing academic work; (4) acquiring tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member, staff member, or another student without express permission; (5) continuing to write after time has been called on a quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity; (6) submitting substantially the same work for credit in more than one class, except with prior approval of the instructor; or (7) engaging in any form of research fraud.
  • Falsification: altering or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise or activity.
  • Plagiarism: representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one's own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes using materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in the sale of term papers or other academic materials.

The complete Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University can be viewed at: http://www.usu.edu/studentservices/studentcode/.

Incomplete Policy

Executive Memorandum 79-15

A student who has been unable to complete the work of course assignments, examinations, or reports due to extenuating circumstances such as illness, death in the family, etc. - but not due to poor performance of his/her work - and who has completed most of the coursework, may petition the instructor of the course for time beyond the end of the quarter to finish the work. If the instructor agrees, the instructor will place two grades on the final grade list for the student, an "I" and a letter grade for the course computed as if the missing work were zero. The student is then required to complete the work in the manner and by the time agreed upon with the instructor, but, in any case, within 12 months of the end of the quarter in which the "I" was given. When the grade change is submitted by the instructor within the prescribed time, both the "I" and the grade submitted with the "I" will be removed from the student's record, the new grade placed on the record, and the GPA adjusted accordingly. If no change of grade is submitted by the instructor within the prescribed period, the "I" will be removed and the grade submitted with the "I" will remain as the permanent grade for the course. Research and thesis courses taken for graduate work are exempted from this policy.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined by the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as any "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature." If you feel you are a victim of sexual harassment, you may talk to or file a complaint with the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Office located in Old Main, Room 161, or call the AA/EEO Office at 797-1266.

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Course Schedule

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Grades

Your grade will be based on the following:

ItemsPoints
Total Points1000
Quizzes (4 @ 25)100
Discussions (4 @ 25)100
Personal Resources Inventory50
Draft Learning Service Agreement50
Communication Strategies50
Student Learning Strategies100
Course SALSA300
SALSA Evaluation250

You will have the opportunity to earn Extra Credit:

ItemsPoints
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Your grade will be calculated with this scale:

GradePercentagePoints
A 92 - 100 920 - 1000
A- 88 - 91 880 - 919
B+ 86 - 87 860 - 879
B 83 - 85 830 - 859
B- 80 - 82 800 - 829
C+ 77 - 79 770 - 799
C 73 - 76 730 - 769
C- 70 - 72 700 - 729
D+ 67 - 69 670 - 699
D 60 - 66 600 - 669
F 0 - 59 0 - 599