Teaching And Learning

Teaching and learning is a collaborative enterprise. All who participate in a learning environment have responsibility for its success. That responsibility demands that everyone bring their best efforts to the experience, engage fully by having prepared in advance and being ready to challenge and be challenged.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move to a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous, or not, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We are increasingly working remotely in order to accomplish our work. That remote modality demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc. it is important that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets and others as well as any random noise. Please review the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

My approach to teaching and learning is certainly not unique. All of us who teach, I believe, seek to create challenging learning environments for our students, help them to better understand difficult subject matter, consider the ethical challenges raised by that subject matter and, finally, help them to evolve into productive citizens who contribute to their communities.

I am not an “easy” professor. I am a challenging teacher who, while maintaining rigorous standards, is also readily available to help students meet those challenges. I create, with your assistance,  learning environments that will raise the bar on your performance expectations.

I invest a great deal of time developing methodologies that integrate both standard and cutting edge information technologies into my courses. I have migrated all of my courses to digital platforms that allow me to introduce alternative delivery methods for assignments, communication, teamwork and subject matter delivery. Since 2004, the digital platforms I have integrated include wikis, discussion boards, digital journals, videoconferencing, text messaging, eReaders and a variety of mobile platforms. This effort supports my commitment to integrating applied and experiential approaches with the theoretical.

Finally, I fully expect that we’ll have some laughs along the way.

Communication

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Teams

I use Teams as the primary communications platform for all of our course communications. When you enroll in one of my courses you will join the Teams workspace team before our class Microsoft Teams logomeets for the first time. Teams is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite. If you are unfamiliar with Teams, it is an online platform that allows for text-based discussion, video conferencing and/or audio calls. Teams is associated with your SHU-issued account and authenticates via your SHU network credentials.

It is important that you update your O365 profile before we begin. Please visit here for help updating your profile with current information, including your profile picture. Download the apps for desktop and mobile for a much better experience. When you have installed the apps please leave them active on your desktops (as you do with Outlook) so that you will receive course notifications. If you have never used Teams before, visit the Microsoft Teams for Education – Quick Start Guide and video training for Teams.

Etiquette

Respect is essential in our various forms of communication. If you are participating in my course then I expect that you will do so with enthusiasm but always with proper decorum. Slang, Etiquettecursing, texting – style acronyms are inappropriate in any interactions in our course. Proper grammar and spelling must be used at all times. Please also use appropriate grammar in all communications and always specify the course and subject matter in the subject line, e.g., “BLAW2301 / Discussion Board #2” or “Smith vs. Jones”, not “yo!” or “hey prof”. For further information on Seton Hall University’s code of conduct, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

ALL electronic devices must be must be silenced during class meetings, either F2F or virtual.

Parent & Guardian Inquiries/Communication

If I receive any inquiries from parents/guardians regarding your performance in this course, I will first discuss the matter with you, the student. I will not engage in any discussion with parents/guardians until I have done so and received your permission, in writing, to respond to the inquiry.

Before We Begin

There are several deliverables that you must complete before our course begins. You will find them below. Please complete them as required in ShannonWeb.

Teams

We will use Teams to support our course communications needs. Teams is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite. If you are unfamiliar with Teams, it is an online platform that allows for text-based discussion, video conferencing, and/or audio calls. Teams is associated with your SHU-issued account and authenticate via your SHU network credentials. You must Microsoft Teams Logoupdate your O365 profile before we begin. Please visit here for help updating your profile with current information, including your profile picture.

We have all experienced lost emails, misplaced documents, and other organizational disruptions when using email to support a team working on a project. Having everything in one place helps us work together, rather than jumping around between emails, IMs, texts, and other programs. Everything you share in Teams is automatically indexed and archived, creating a searchable archive of our work. I have used Teams to support communications (text, audio, video, file sharing, etc.) in my courses and have learned that it is a terrific communication tool that helps everyone be more productive.

Please complete the following steps in Teams no later than 48 hours before our class begins:
  • Update your O365 profile and include a profile picture that is easily recognizable as you.
  • Download the apps for desktop and mobile for a much better experience. When you have installed the apps, please leave them active on your desktops (as you do with Outlook) so that you will receive course notifications.
  • If you have never used Teams, visit the Microsoft Teams for Education – Quick Start Guide and video training for Teams.

Since Microsoft Edge plays poorly with Canvas or this site, and Google uses Chrome to track everything you do on the web, I suggest using Firefox or Safari for all your coursework.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move to a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous or unsynchronous, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We are increasingly working remotely to accomplish our work. That remote modality demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement, and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc., it is essential that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking, we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets, and others, and random noise. Please review the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

Please install and test Teams as required in ShannonWeb.

Slack: DT&L

We will use Slack as our communications and collaboration platform in Disruption, Technology & Law. You should use Slack when engaging with DT&L issues, including Introduction, Learning Contract, Gretzky, Projects, etc.

Introduce Yourself

Complete this deliverable by posting to the Introductions channel in our Teams workspace.

Introduce yourself to your classmates in the Introductions channel in Teams. In your post, please address the following topics or anything about yourself that you Keep Calm and Wave Hellowould like to share with the class so that we can get to know you better.

  • What degree and concentration are you pursuing?
  • When do you anticipate completing your degree?
  • What are your professional affiliation(s)?
  • Hobbies and interests?

Post your Introduction in the appropriate channel in our Teams workspace as required in ShannonWeb.

Learning Contract

Complete this deliverable by posting to the Learning Contract channel in our Teams workspace.

Student Learning ContractsPlease read through the materials included in this site, including your course syllabus, my Course Policies, and the Plagiarism page. Once you have completed your review, post in the Learning Contract channel in Teams that you have reviewed and understand the Course Policies, including your course’s requirements and the plagiarism policy, as well as the Seton Hall pledge and your agreement to act in accord with those policies, requirements, and the pledge, while enrolled in our course.

Please post your agreement to the terms of the Learning Contract in the appropriate channel in our Teams workspace as required in ShannonWeb.

Media Test

You will work with various file types while working in our course. Please test the files below to view a sample video (with sound) and open a .PDF file.

Sample video/sound | Leadership Flyer

If neither works, you will need to install the appropriate software. Click these links to find downloads for VLC Video Player and Adobe Reader.

Seton Hall Pledge

As a member of the Seton Hall community, we have a shared responsibility to recognize the special and vital role we play in sustaining the health and well-being of ourselves, others, and our community. Providing a healthy and safe environment and limiting the spread of COVID-19 depends in large part, on our shared commitment and dedication to the tenets in this Pledge.

I Will Protect Myself By

  • Completing a Seton Hall University COVID-19 daily checklist and reporting to a medical professional if I have a temperature 100.3F or higher, fatigue, cough, muscle aches or chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, nausea or diarrhea, and/or sore throat.
  • Washing my hands often, using soap, for at least twenty seconds.
  • Following all medical directions regarding isolation/quarantine if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or in close and prolonged contact with someone whom I know has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Getting a fall flu vaccine if recommended by my medical provider.

I Will Protect Others By

  • Maintaining appropriate physical distancing in all settings, both on and off campuses.
  • Wearing an appropriate face mask in public settings on and off campus, classrooms, hallways, campus pathways, common workspaces, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces. Face masks are not required in private offices or student’s individual residential rooms, as long as the doors are closed.
  • Staying home when I do not feel well or, when appropriate, after learning that I have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Being sensitive, caring, and respectful to others.

I Will Protect Our Community By

  • Carefully observing all directional, instructional, and informational signage.
  • Keeping shared common spaces clean.
  • Participating in contact tracing and testing.
  • Making proper use of and taking care of face masks, coverings, and protective equipment.
  • Being responsible for informing my guests or visitors who come on campus of the Pledge and community expectations.
  • Abiding by all state regulations and Seton Hall University policies established for physical distancing and promoting the health and safety of our community.
  • Adjusting my actions and behavior as needed in response to any changes in guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.