Virtual Advisory Center
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on an on-line student
This course is designed to provide students
with work experience in community settings. Students plan and participate in
activities that address community needs and develop their academic, program,
and core ability skills. Students will log and journal experiences to
reflect their learning and may develop a portfolio to document skill
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Course Number: 10-105-176
Credits: 1 - 3 credits and are based on the number of
project/community service hours, 1 credit = 54 hours, 2 credits =
108 hours and 3 credits = 162 hours.
Instructor: Mike Bark
Required Texts and Materials: There is no textbook required
for this class. However, students will need to maintain a portfolio in a
digital file and a 3-ring binder/folder for all course materials, Learning
Plan, contract, assignments, etc
HOW TO PROGRESS IN THIS COURSE:
As an Work-based Learning and on-line student it is critical that you
are fully aware that you are responsible for your learning and musadjust
your personal schedule to accomplish your Work-Based Learning Project and other
class requirements at a pace to complete all 8 Competencies and
Learning hours within the semester (16 week) time-frame of the
semester in which you registered for this course. Thus, to be able
to accommodate your schedule and meet our school semester limitations, it
is critical that you develop a timeline and personal schedule which will
allow you to complete all course competencies and requirements within this
To help you to get started, I would like you
to engage in your learning as soon as possible thru Blackboard in
the discussion board, by completing and submitting your Assignments or
e-mail correspondence. If you have not done so yet, please take the time to
look thru our course Backboard site and take the Class Orientation
Survey/Quiz (found on the Class Information page) before starting
- Before starting your Work-Based Learning
Project read and obtain appropriate endorsement for your project and
Community-Student-WITC Service Learning Partnership Agreement.
- When competing Assignment/Competency
Assessments 1-8 in Blackboard, save copies of all of your work prior to
- Keep track of all the things which you
learn or do, during your Service Learning Project by maintaining a
portfolio, taking pictures (if possible) and working closely with your
work-site/agency Supervisor (if you have one).
- Document your hours which you have
completed and the reflection of your learning (from an Appreciative
Learning Perspective) are important things to keep records of. I suggest
that you maintain some form of a diary, log or journal. For your reference
a student academic calendar is available at the WITC web site
www.witc.edu and is also in the WITC
- Do not hesitate to contact me if you ever
have any questions or problems.
You may contact Mike Bark using any of the
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 715-682-4591 Extension 3177 or
toll free 1-800-243-witc Extension 3177.
- The Blackboard
campus in Ashland
during office hours or by appointment.
Office: Room 113
Office Hours: By Arrangement.
To assure a prompt response, please include
your course name (Work-Based Learning) in the subject section of your
email. Include your full name on all assignments and Service Learning
Project Activities by title, etc in all correspondence with the
instructor. Make sure to provide adequate detail in your completed
assignments and/or message.
are no other class prerequisites required to enroll in this class. However,
it is recommended that students know how to use the Windows operating
system, Web browsers, and Email. It is strongly encouraged that students
have some keyboarding skills and/or be enrolled in a keyboarding course
concurrently. It is expected that the
student will have basic knowledge of the use of a microcomputer as well as a
basic understanding of Web/Internet navigation skills.
Windows 95 or higher must be installed on your computer. This course
assumes a complete installation of a Web browser software and its
components, and that you have an existing e-mail account and an Internet
An Internet connection is required to work
with this course on-line. If doing these exercises from home, you will need
to be connected through an ISP. Most schools and businesses will have a
live connection to the Internet available at all times which negates the
need to dial the ISP. If you are using America On-line as their ISP, you
can use IE or Netscape as their browser when connected through AOL as some
Web pages appear best when viewed through IE or
Core abilities address broad knowledge or
skills that are transferable and go beyond the context of a specific
course. Developing core abilities and applying them while you do your
project will help you increase the likelihood of career success. The core
abilities which you will be evaluated on for this class will be assessed
by using the WITC Service Learning Core Abilities Rubric in
Assignment/Competency #5. Your assessment will be based on your skills in
regards to being able to:
1. Act responsibly.
2. Think critically and creatively.
3. Communicate clearly.
4. Learn effectively.
5. Work cooperatively.
6. Work productively.
completion of this course, the student in accordance with the grading
standards will be able to:
Identify a community
service/work-based learning need in the local geographical area.
Plan a project for
the chosen work site.
Collaborate with WITC
and agency/work site staff to refine individual learning plan.
Present Self as a
ability skills: acting responsibly, communicating clearly, learning
effectively, thinking creatively and critically, working cooperatively
Document learning in
an organized work-based learning portfolio.
ethical and social issues related to career goals and the agency/work
experiences in oral and written formats.
Students interested in requesting advanced standing for
this course should contact me (Mike Bark) or the WITC Student Success
Technician at the campus closest to you (Ashland, Rice Lake, New Richmond,
Superior, Hayward or Ladysmith).
Grades will be
determined by your completing the pre-determined required project hours,
course competencies and assignments: Learning Plan, Placement Agreement,
Discussion Board Participation, assessment activities and portfolio. As
well as completing the class core abilities assessment rubric by both
yourself and work-site/project supervisor. Final grades will be based on
the following criteria:
Based on successful completion of the Student's Learning Plan,
Placement Agreement, Assessment Activities and all Blackboard Assignments.
25% Portfolio (with all required course content,
note that all required hours for your Work-Based Learning Project
must be documented and validated. Your final grade will be adjusted
accordingly if you do not successfully complete the required hours and
complete all 8 Competencies for this course.
also encouraged to refer to the current WITC Student Handbook regarding
grading criteria (also see chart below) and other important course
communications regarding your course assessment, school policies and
WITC Grading Scale:
Students who want to drop or audit the class
should contact the Registration office and their Instructor. Students who
audit the class may choose to participate in all class assignments
& activities, but do not receive a grade.
Please refer to the College Academic Calendar
for important dates for changing status or withdrawing from a class as well
dates for competing all course requirements.
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important! For it reflects your responsibility and dependability. It is
critical that you maintain a log or journal which identifies your project
work schedule and activities which you completed. All hours as required
for this course must be documented and approved by your project
supervisor. Because you are enrolled in a web-based course and
a Work-based Learning educational delivery method, attendance can not
be directly observed as compared to a traditional class situation.
However, I would like you to keep in contact with me on a weekly basis. It
is your responsibility to maintain a pace/work schedule that will allow
you to successfully complete this class within the semester you
WITC semesters are 16 weeks in length. If you register at the beginning of
the semester you will then have 16 weeks to complete all the required
hours, paperwork and class activities for this course. If you register
later in the semester, you must realize that you will have to work that
much harder to complete the required course content by the end of the
semester. While on the other hand, if your work hard and complete all the
course requirements, you are officially done with the class when you
finish all class requirements.
If I do not receive assignments or communication from you on a regular
basis I will contact you by e-mail or refer your name to a counselor to
contact you to see if there is anything we can do to help you with any
personal issues and help you succeed by getting you on-track and able to
complete the course within the established timeline.
Please Remember : ALL
ASSIGNMENTS, ASSESSMENTS, PORTFOLIO AND VALIDATED PROJECT HOURS MUST BE SUBMITTED
PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER IN WHICH YOU REGISTERED FOR THE
Other dates of interest may be found on the
A grade of Incomplete "I" will not
be given for this course. If a student has made significant progress, and
extenuating circumstances prevent course completion, the student should
notify me so other arrangements may be made.
Policies and Information
Special Needs Services
If you feel that you
would like help, need a tutor, or may have a question or concern, please
contact me as soon as possible.
If it is convenient and you live close to the WITC Ashland campus, visit
me in person on campus. Otherwise call me at (715) 682-4591 ext 3177 or
1-800-243-witc ext 3177. If I am not at my desk, please leave a message.
As you know, you can also send me an e-mail message at
WITC Equal Opportunity Statement
WITC is an equal
opportunity employer/educator functioning under an affirmative action plan
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin,
sex, disability, or any other legislated categories in its services,
employment programs and/or educational programs and activities. This
includes but is not limited to admissions, treatment, and access. The
following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding
nondiscriminatory, Title IX, Section 504 and Title VII policies:
Contact the WITC Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX, Section
504 & Title VII Coordinator WITC Administrative Office 505 Pine Ridge
Drive Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-2815 ext 2225.
WITC Accommodations for Persons with
accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made to ensure access
to academic programs, activities, services and employment in accordance
with 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With
Disabilities Act of 1990 Standards.
Persons requiring accommodation should contact a WITC campus Student
Services Center or Ms. Sandra Sutter, Affirmative Action Officer at least
14 days in advance of needed assistance.
Please view WITC's services for
Please be extremely
careful and safety conscious when doing your Service Learning Project. If
you or anyone you may be working has an accident or is injured, contact
your site supervisor and myself immediately! Also be aware that the
internet is not a closed communication system and that not all data may be
correct. Be cautious about giving out personal information when visiting
sites and surfing the "net" whether you are doing an activity as a part of
this class, for business, or leisure.
Characteristics of an on-line student
Is web-based education for you?
Distance learning is NOT for everyone. To see if you have the tools for
success is this virtual environment for learning, by taking the: Is
Web-Based Education for You assessment.
The very nature of higher education requires
that students adhere to accepted standards of academic integrity.
Therefore, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has adopted a Student
Code of Conduct and an Acceptable Internet Use Agreement. These may be
found in the WITC Student Catalog and Handbook. Among the violations of
academic integrity are: cheating, plagiarism, falsification and
fabrication, abuse of academic materials, complicity in academic
dishonesty, falsification of records and official documents, personal
misrepresentation and proxy, and bribes, favors, and threats.
Prior to your participating in the
Discussion Board Assignment/Activities please read and always apply the
identified Discussion Board Ground Rules. It is your responsibility to be
aware of behaviors that constitute academic dishonesty. Pursuant to the
due process guarantees contained in the Policy and Procedures on Student
Users of the college's and/or your worksite
technology facilities and resources are expected to use these resources
responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other users and
respecting all contractual and license agreements.
Copying software is in violation of Federal
law and College policies. You do not have the right to make copies
of software for yourself or others and receive and use unauthorized copies
The WITC software and computer use policies
are set forth in the WITC Student Catalog and Handbook. You are
responsible for reading and following the rules as stated in the Catalog
and Handbook. For your convenience, WITC has links providing
assistance to students on technology matters. They are
WITC's Helpful Web Links and WITC Technology Tips.
WITC provides technical support help desk at
1-800-243-witc extension 7300 or for
other On-line questions or problems contact Ms. Mary Hansen. She can be
reached by email at
email@example.com or by calling
800-243-witc extension 2204.
Typical issues include:
- Forgotten password
- Difficulties logging in
- Unable to access pages
- Server errors
If you have problems and can't get help,
please contact me immediately.
WITC's web policy requires a link to the
WITC's Web Site.
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When you leave WITC's web space to visit other
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