COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND THE INTERNET
ED 401; THREE SEMESTER CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Frank Odasz
3125 Flynn Lane
Dillon, MT 59725
PHONE: 406-683-6270 FAX: 406-683-7493
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This three credit course will address
experientially the Internet's best features for building local
geographically-based communities as well as online virtual
communities of interest.
This course will specifically offer hands-on experience with
the ten dominent collaborative tools on the Internet as well
as the eight dominent multimedia levels of web-based cultural
expression. The vocational potential for remote youth to
deliver quality collaborative instructional services will be
explored via an optional fourth credit opportunity.
How the world's 15,000 cultures may benefit, or be at risk, by
the information sharing capabilities of the Internet will be
discussed by students online during an eight week online
A collaborative constructivist approach will allow students to
come to their own conclusions about the benefits and risks
Internet access and Internet collaborative options hold for
their communities and cultures.
COST: (To be determined.)
Students will master the vocabulary and basic awareness
related to use of web browsers, search engines, the ten
dominent Internet collaborative tools and eight dominent
Internet multimedia levels of self-expression.
Students will demonstrate hands-on mastery of the basic
operation of three or more of the ten dominent collaborative
tools on the Internet along with the ability to find hands-on
opportunities for the other collaborative capabilities.
Students will demonstrate mastery of basic techniques of
online community building by participating in an eight week
online discussion related to Internet issues relevant to their
cultures and local communities.
Students will host a community presentation to raise awareness
about the potential positive and negative impacts of Internet
access, both economically and culturally.
Students will have the opportunity to teach multimedia
capabilities to 2-5 other students using the software and
lessons provided through this course while earning an optional
PREREQUISITES AND REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Students should have basic computer skills, and access to a
Pentium-class computer with Internet access. Laptop leasing
programs are recommended for those without convenient access
to a personal computer!
The strongly recommended minimum level of access being 33,000
baud with a Pentium-class computer running a standard browser
(Netscape 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0 recommended, and
By special permission, students with lesser access can access
the World Wide Web at the minimum Lynx text-based level (2400
baud is suitable.) Students at this minimal access level will
learn about, but not experience directly, the same
capabilities as those with high speed access (33,000 baud.)
Videotapes may be used to provide visual examples of these
high bandwidth capabilities.
Students are required to spend 15 hours directly on course
activities per credit received with an additional 15 hours per
credit on related activities such as skill development.
FOR THE FIRST CREDIT:
Participation in the full 'Internet Style of Learning'
workshop is required along with submitting a personal web page
with their photograph, text (300 word minium) and a minimum of
three relevant hyperlinks.
FOR THE SECOND CREDIT:
Student and teacher teams will use software provided by the
instructor to create and conduct a 'Community Teleliteracy
1. Creation of a Community web site representing the
culture and citizens of their community
2. Host a community Internet awareness presentation
demonstrating what benefit, and perhaps cultural risks,
the Internet brings to their community
3. Demonstrate the use of a minium of three multimedia
capabilities in marketing local products and sharing the
local culture with the world. Teach the elders to use
FOR THE THIRD CREDIT:
Participate in an eight week online activity - building an
online community of communities for the Yukon-Koyukuk Regional
Students will participate in online discussions related to
Internet issues relevant to their cultures and local
communities. The online online discussions will last eight
consecutive weeks with a new topic specifically introduced
every two weeks and weekly assessments of the success of this
group activity will be posted by the Instructor as well as
All students much catch-up reading new discussion messages a
minimum of three times per week and must contribute a minimum
of one thoughtful posted message per week. Students will be
invited to self-assess the quality of the discussions and
issues related to online interaction.
FOUR TOPICS WITH WEEKLY INSTRUCTOR/SELF ASSESSMENTS:
WEEKS 1-2: Potential Economic Benefits or Risks of Local
WEEKS 3-4: Potential Cultural Benefits or Risks of Local
WEEKS 5-6: Vocational Potential of Cross-Cultural Mentoring
WEEKS 7-8: Local and Global Community Building
OPTIONAL FOURTH CREDIT:
Students have the option to earn a fourth credit by teaching
any four multimedia capabilities online to 2-5 other students
using the software and 'how-to' lessons used for this course.
Students are invited to customize these lessons.
Students must participate in 80% of the 'Internet
Style of Learning' workshop sessions, conduct the above
"Community Teleliteracy Project" (Minimum of 80% participation
as reported by their peers and local teachers) and by posting
thoughtful weekly contributions to the online discussions.
100 points will be given for submission of a personal web page
with personal photo, relevant text (300 word minimum) and at
least 3 relevant hyperlinks to web resources.
100 points will be given for conducting a community
presentation showcasing a community web site reflecting use of
at least three multimedia capabilities used for marketing local
products and teaching the world about the local culture.
(Software to be provided by the instructor for both Mac/PC.)
80 points will be given for weekly participation (10 points per
week) in the eight week 'community of communities' online
280 points total. Grading will follow the traditional formula;
A = 90%-100, B = 80%-89%, C = 70%-79%, D = 60%-69%