and Welcome To
This step off into
cyberspace is an exciting new adventure for many of you. And
certainly, our "virtual classroom" will differ in many ways from
the face-to-face classroom to which you have become accustomed. There are
no lectures here. I am no longer your "teacher." I am here
to help you organize your learning, to facilitate the process, and to
provide activities that promote your understanding of the material, but I
will not be "teaching" you. You will teach yourself with
my help and with the help of the other members of our learning community,
also known as your cyber classmates.
Your success in this course is directly
related to how much time you are willing to invest in doing the course
work and establishing relationships within our learning community.
You will find your classmates to be important resources from whom you can
learn and who, in turn, will rely on you to help them learn. During
the first week of class, we will be doing exercises especially designed to
help you establish a network of people with whom you can interact
throughout the semester.
And certainly, I expect to be a primary
resource. I am here to help you, shore you up, encourage you,
throw you a lifeline and get you back on track when needed. I will
not leave you stranded and floating in the outer reaches of space. I
check e-mail and logon to the system daily.
Let's get started....
Specific information for each online course I teach is
given on the course home page. If you are enrolled in MGT 162, click
on MGT 162 from the navigation bar on the left.
There are some helpful preparations you can do
immediately to ensure
that your voyage is as smooth as possible:
1. You must be organized. Each week
you must complete the chapter assignments in the Course Document section
2. Read "Survival
Tips for Online Students" to give you an idea of what is expected
of an online student.
3. The orientation letter has important information for how to login
4. Read the Syllabus
for this course.
5. After August 27, 2001, you will be able to
login to our Blackboard
course. You will find login directions for Blackboard on the Distance
Learning Web page.
Good luck and best wishes for a successful
Professor Robert Wiedefeld