Keeping in Touch

Keeping in Touch

This is a distance course

This is Good:

You can work on the course at home with your own computer.
You can fit the course work into your schedule.

Possible Problems:

There is a temptation to push the work of a distance course aside when you have assignments in other courses to do.
Resolving computer problems may be more difficult with no direct demonstrations.  We'll see how this goes.

What You Need to Do:

Be sure to meet with your group each week.  Allow about four hours for this meeting and see how it goes.  This is important: you need to plan together or you will have BIG problems with your planet.  Use email and the phone to keep in touch with your group members.  Once you get your project going you can blend phoning, emailing, chat, and face to face meetings.  However, face to face is important if at all possible.

Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the group.  Help each other with making the web pages and sending files. Proof read each other's pages.  When you strengthen each other, your group gains strength.

Check your email every day.

Meet electronically with Dr Viau every week.  We will set up a time for each group and will meet over the web, probably using Yahoo Messenger.  Dr Viau may also phone you.  Email her if you need to talk about a problem or have a question.  Communication is important!

1996. 2002, 2004.  Elizabeth Anne Viau. This material may be used freely for instructional purposes but not sold for a price beyond the cost of reproduction. Please e-mail me at if you use this material. I'd be interested to know how it works for you!