Course Forum - Registration

Dear Students,

I'm glad you are registering for my custom course forum. I've spent many years developing online teaching methods to help you more meaningfully engage with this particular course material i.e. digital media production. It is required for all my courses and soon you will be able to access a powerful knowledgebase for your course. Keep in mind, once you register, I will manually send you a confirmation, so be patient. It may take a few hours. Generally I approve your registration right away.

My pedagogy requires that your information and data remains private. I do not own any data you post, digital artifacts you leave behind, or contributions you make to this course forum. You own it and you control it, solely. Nor do I allow any outside company or entity to 'data mine' in the forum. It's as private and secure as I can make it.

Further, the media, or any 'works of authorship' and/or data artifacts you submit or leave in this forum are YOUR intellectual property. Similarly, what I create or author is mine. Your data or 'works of authorship' will never be mined, harvested or evaluated by anyone or any algorithm in this forum for purposes other than assigning course credit or furthering this learning communities understanding of the subject matter. Further, your work in this forum will never be sold or leveraged as part of any contract agreement that intends profit.

This forum and your course are private and secure i.e. there is no public access. Your connections are secure and encrypted with the highest professional standards and practices.

I alone will be evaluating and grading your coursework submitted to this forum as your instructor of record. This course forum is separate from the "learning management system" your college makes available.

This forum is part of my teaching methodology (pedagogy) and is an assertion of your professor's 'academic freedom' to challenge you and promote your process of discovery and learning. The structure and organization of the forum has been developed over the past 20 years, and if you haven't worked with an internet forum before, it's highly likely that at some point in your process 'lifelong learning' you will come in contact with an internet forum dedicated to your specific interests, whether for a career, profession, academic pursuit, or entertainment.

You agree to abide by the 'code of conduct' and policies put forth in the student handbook of your institution. Further, you agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws, class decorum....or the 'code of conduct.'

I, as your instructor of record, will do my best to make sure that you are engaged and I will challenge you to improve as a student and as a community member of this learning forum.

(Forum Sage)