are the prerequisites?
and a willingness to play are
needed for this course. Some computer
skills, in word processing, graphics,
and/or web page making will be
helpful. You will need to have
access to the the World Wide Web
and to email, both of which you
will be using extensively throughout
the course. Any background that
you may have in any of the sciences
will be useful. Artists, gardeners,
and animal lovers are needed too.
You will be working in groups,
so will be able to combine your
talents. Come as you are -- there
is work for all!
will I know what to do?
and models will be provided to
help you to get started. There
will be templates for your assignments,
and examples for how to lay out
your work and do the small amount
of math necessary. These examples
will be the foundation of what
you will do. You may enlarge on
them and embellish them to your
I create my planet by myself?
a planet is a lot of work.
Two people have made planets individually:
their worlds are Qui and Germarc.
If you want to do a planet by
yourself, consider that you may
need to take an incomplete on
this course hard?
course is an intense learning
experience. It is a lot
of fun, and you will learn a
it will take time. All the
information that you need is available
on the web site in easy-to-understand
about working with partners?
will be working closely with your
partners, and so should be prepared
to talk on the phone, use email,
meet in the chat rooms, and meet
in person to organize and share
your material. The
groups have tended to work out
very well. This course attracts
imaginative, playful people, and
much does this course cost?
you take this course through the
open university, the cost is $625
for five units of credit.
don't have any problems with giving
incompletes, but students who
are working in Master's programs
need to think about scheduling.
I will work with you to minimize
and prevent problems.
if I have no artistic talent?
is not a problem. Sketch
out your animals and plants as
best you can. No one else
has ever been to your planet,
so who can argue with the accuracy
of your sketches? Enjoy
the talents that you have, and
don't worry. When you visit
other planets on our site you
will see many ways of drawing
plants and animals. I have
enjoyed all the pictures, and
i think that you will. too!
send your additional questions
Viau via e-mail.
2004. Elizabeth Anne
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