Welcome to the class everyone.
This is sample post to help ease your concerns about posting here. Basically you can’t mess up the technology, so please hit the “+ New” button towards the top of the page and post your test blog entry (this one doesn’t count towards your final tally of blog entries). Then feel free to comment on your classmates’ entries as a test of that as well as you will need to make comments throughout the course as well.
For your actually posts for the semester (You’ll need to complete 4 entries and also 4 comments) you will need to directly apply a course concept or two to something relevant to a topic we are discussing in class such as a specific country or region or skill or competency.
This is a slightly less formal assignment, and it should also be fun. But remember that it is a class assignment, so you will need to demonstrate your learning by applying a course concept by explaining the idea and using it to analyze your example or idea (and citing and referencing), it shouldn’t just be a personal journal.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have about this assignment: firstname.lastname@example.org
As for who I am, my name is Brian Redmond, and I’ll be your instructor for the semester. I’m from a lot of places. I was born in Upstate New York near the Canadian border, but spent most of my early life in Vermont. I went to New York City for graduate school and lived both there and in New Jersey. I spent a year back in Upstate New York before moving to Arizona for my first full-time teaching job. From there I moved to Pennsylvania back in 2008 to work here at Penn State. I work for the World Campus because I love online education. I’ve been teaching online since 2004 and made the switch to full-time online faculty in 2008, so I’ve worked with a lot of great students from all over the world in the over 100 sections I’ve now taught. For hobbies, I am a sci-fi fan and baseball fan. All sorts of baseball. It is a family tradition to go to the Little League World Series at least once each year. We also try to go to several minor league games each year and we are lucky enough that the State College Spikes play here in town.
I look forward to working with you all and having a very productive semester.