Welcome to the San Jose State University SLIS (School of Library and Information Science) program! I will tell you up front, this program is not easy, it takes discipline and focus but it is worth it. You are bound to make lasting friendships and enjoy what you learn and yes you will learn lots of information. Don’t fear trying our courses that sound interesting, in fact I recommend it!
When I started this program in Fall 2011, I was very anxious and concerned that the lack of physical classroom attendance would keep me from doing me work. Fortunately, SJSU does a fabulous job at making sure you stay involved and participate. I was fortunate enough to be able to blow through the Libr203 course in the first 3 weeks, if you have the time and are able I highly recommend this for a couple of reasons.
1. You gain familiarity with the tools you will be using in the rest of your courses
2. You finish the class and don’t have to focus on it for the rest of the semester
3. [I don’t have a third reason…..]
Discussion Boards: Overwhelming?
Yes, the discussion boards can get overwhelming, especially as more students enter the class site and posts go up and the interaction starts building. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by email notifications, you may want to unsubscribe yourself from the boards. Note that if you do so, though, you will need to check the various boards regularly to see if important information is added.
The amount of discussion in LIBR 203 can tend to be a bit more voluminous than your other classes, since we’re a bit more informal and a big part of the discussion activity is intended to help students meet their classmates, acclimate themselves to networking in an online environment, and so forth. As a result, when you start your other classes, it would be a good idea for you to at least initially subscribe to the discussion forums in those classes, since your specific posts–both original and responses–may be graded by the instructor.
One of the many great things about LIBR 203 is that it affords students the opportunity to experiment with how they interact with the learning management system. So feel free to take advantage of the time in this class before the semester starts to play around with your notification settings and see what works best for you.
I look forward to getting to know you better over the next two months and hope you will feel comfortable dropping me a line or two or three after the course so that I know how you are getting along!