Video 4: Website tour

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The course website address is hst271.tdh.bergbuilds.domains. You can explore here in detail the syllabus (we will do so later this week), which includes details of the assignments, and the breakdown of the grade.

At the top of the web page, the navigation menu shows a drop-down menu with the weekly schedule. If you want to work a bit ahead, you can. But remember that some assignments, like providing feedback on each other's work, depend on other students having completed their blog post first, so you won't be able to finish up the course before the end of the semester, no matter how hard you try!

An important tab is this first one: Daily Course Announcements. It will take you to a blog where I announce daily what's up for each of my courses. You can find it in multiple locations: it is also on the course's Canvas Homepage, and it is the first tab in the Cloud Lounge menu bar at the top. You can also receive the Daily Course Announcement in your email inbox, if you subscribe on the Announcements website itself (I'll include instructions in one of the announcements in the first week).

There is one announcement per day, Monday through Friday (the weekends are for catching up!), and in the announcement you will find information for all three courses. At the top is important information that is college-wide, or goes for all three courses, for instance if I need to reschedule my drop-in tutorials, or if there is a change in college policy, or an event that would be of interest to all three courses. Underneath, you will see a table with three different colors. Each course has its own color for the entire semester, so I hope that helps to keep you in the right course. Underneath the colored table, I provide additional information and fun and interesting stuff I found around the internet, and that may include your blog posts.

The daily announcements exist to help you find a rhythm, and provide reminders of tasks that are due. In my experience with remote learning, it's good to have a daily reminder, and it's good to have some fun things to look through, too.

I hope these videos gave you a better idea of the course contents, goals, tools and structure. Next you will set up the three main tools we use this semester, in the assignments for week 1.