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DeAnza - Catalyst, Syllabus

Learning Literacies

  • develop skills for using technology, specifically, the DeAnza Catalyst course management system, study skills and learning practices to be successful lifelong learners and digital citizens.

We will be using Catalyst - the DeAnza course management system for most of the work, so you will also be learning to learn in this online environment.

  • learn the main functions of the Catalyst course management system and how they are used in relation to course assignments
  • access the course in Catalyst and establish a personal profile

Study notes

  • What are the main functions of the Catalyst system? How are they used?
  • What are the types of submissions that can be made to the Catalyst assignments function?
  • What are the Catalyst functions that can be used for assessment – providing grades and feedback?
  • How can the discussion posting display be altered for individual preferences?
  • What types of questions may appear in a Catalyst quiz?
  • What Catalyst functions are provided for contacting the instructor and other students?

Welcome to the DeAnza Learning Literacies!

I am looking forward to working with you and sharing this exciting learning experience.

  • The course starts right now. Begin work on the course modules immediately. You can work on the assignments in any order. Or you can start with Use it.
  • Check for notices and information at the top of the main Learning Literacies page in Catalyst and in the course Notes forum.
  • Discussion dates are listed. These are all text so you can post and reply anytime within the discussion period. But you must participate for credit.
  • If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know. This course is all about you - helping you to be a successful learner academically and lifelong.

Your responses to this and all other assignments will be graded for college-level writing. Spelling and grammar errors will result in deductions. Late submissions are accepted but points will be deducted for late submissions, unless you get an extension from the instructor prior to the due date. Complete and thoughtful replies that demonstrate original thinking and personal experience must be demonstrated for full credit.

  1. Read the Syllabus - Learning Literacies. There is a lot of important information in the syllabus.

  2. Read Learning Literacies - Overview. This page describes how the class works in detail and answers many questions that you might have about the course structure, participation requirements and requesting help.

  3. Catalyst tour - Read the Introduction to CATALYST (aka Moodle) and look through the course information. Learn about the functions with Catalyst and how they will be used for the course. Try out the options and become familiar with the links. Find where your grades are recorded so you can check to see how you are doing. Be sure to review the section on managing emails from discussions.
    We use discussions a lot, so learn to control the display of post in discussions. Look for the little "?" links throughout Catalyst - they indicate that helpful information is available and will appear in a popup window. Learn to use the features NOW.

  4. Review the Discussion participation notes as there will be ongoing discussions associated with the course topics. For each discussion, during the discussion period, read the discussion topic, post your thoughts and respond to the posts of 3 other students. Check the schedule for discussion dates.

  5. Complete the Pre-Course Survey - DeAnza College is very interested in learning more about our students, especially students like you who are enrolled in the Learning Literacies course. At the end of the course there is another survey, so we can learn more about your Learning Literacies course experience.

The course starts NOW! Please start working immediately.

  • Check in frequently. You will get the most from this course if you login and work on the activities every day.
  • Contact me if you have questions. Look forward to working with you.

Have a great trip through the learning activities and discussions.