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 at least 48 hours before our course launches.

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 authenticates via your SHU network credentials. It is important that you 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 to work together, rather than jumping around between emails, IMs, texts and a bunch of other programs. Everything you share in Teams is automatically indexed and archived, creating a searchable archive of all 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 be sure to 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 before, visit the Microsoft Teams for Education – Quick Start Guide and video training for Teams.

Since Internet Explorer does not play well with Blackboard or this site and Google uses Chrome to track everything you do on the web, I suggest that you use either Firefox or Safari as your browser for all of 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 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.

Please install and test Teams no later than 48 hours before our course launches.

Slack: DT&L

We will use Slack as our communications and collaboration platform in Disruption, Technology & Law. Slack is the platform you should use 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 anticipate completing your degree?
  • What are your professional affiliation(s)?
  • Hobbies and interests?

Post your Introduction in the appropriate channel in our Teams workspace no later than 48 hours before our course launches.

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.

Post your agreement to the terms of the Learning Contract in the appropriate channel in our Teams workspace no later than 48 hours before our course launches.

Media Test

You will work with a variety of different 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 work, you will need to install the appropriate software. Click theses 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.