Course Forum - Registration

Dear Students,

I'm glad you are registering for my course forum. I've spent many years creating and refining online teaching methods intended to engage and immerse students in courses emphasizing digital media production. Much of what you experience, i.e. the "user experience," I designed and developed, with the help of student feedback. The course forum is your online classroom.

In the field of digital media production, professionals join discussion boards and forum communities to learn, build relationships and stay current with within their field. Professionals utilize discussion forums to develop new techniques, debate, problem solve, seek and offer tech support, exchange ideas and build a base of knowledge to support the community. In my courses, we will do the same. As a student you will become acclimated to a powerful learning platform that is ubiquitous across the many areas of digital media production.

My pedagogy requires that your information and data remain 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 private and secure, meant to support our interactions centering around instruction and learning.

The digital 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 and 'works of authorship' are only for the purposes of instruction of students within my courses.

This forum, sometimes referred to as a discussion board, and your course are private and secure i.e. there is no public access. Your connections and the data 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 professor. 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 choose the best and most relevant methods to challenge you as a student of digital media.

Using this forum, 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 professor, will do my best to make sure that you are engaged and challenged to improve as a student and as a community member of this learning forum.

This course forum is required for all my courses. Keep in mind, once you register, I will manually send you an email confirmation that you account is activated, so be patient. It may take a few hours. Generally I approve your registration right away.

(Forum Sage)