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                     COUN 507:  Theology and Spirituality in Counseling 
Dr. Brian Campbell
(Introductory Email)

 

Welcome Everyone!  I am looking forward to our class on the integration of psychology and theology.  Over the next several weeks, I will be communicating with you by means of the internet as well as posting on the Announcement board that forms part of your Blackboard course.  I will also be posting to the discussion boards.

The policies presented below are meant to supplement the “Welcome Announcement” that you already received.  I realize there are some redundancies; these were intentional.  It might be wise for you to print this document.  Please read carefully, and let me know if you have any questions.

Begin by visiting the Course Content, found on the left-hand menu on our course’s homepage in Blackboard.  There you will find the Syllabus, Assignment Instructions, and many helpful documents.  Please make special note of the content labeled:  “Optional/Supplemental Materials.”  I will describe this link below 

Time Management:                          

 

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Remember, the whole idea of distance learning is to allow busy students to take advantage of quality education, while managing their own schedule. 

For folks with predictable military commitments, I trust you’ve already gauged your ability to successfully accomplish the course.  This means securing internet access, computer resources, and time.

We’re together for a “short” 8 weeks, and we move along at a fast pace!  Please manage your time wisely. 

Due date extensions are very rare and are only appropriate for unique circumstances (debilitating illness, ER, death in the immediate family, catastrophic event, etc.).  Due date extensions must be requested in advance.  Requests for due date extensions after the original due date are almost never granted.  (See below for further details).

In this respect, treat your role as a student like you treat your role as an employee.  For instance, if illness is precluding your course progress, make sure you email me so we can discuss the situation.

An important note:  Please don’t assume that just informing me of a circumstance is the same as requesting a due date extension.  You and I must agree on specific due date extensions

Back Up Your Work:

Did you know that Liberty students have access to 25 gigabytes of free storage space on Microsoft’s cloud, called OneDrive?  What is a “cloud?”  It’s basically storage space for your computer files on someone else’s server; in this case, Microsoft’s.  Then, your files can be accessed anywhere there is internet capability, on virtually any computer.  That means, if your computer completely crashes, all of your data files are perfectly safe! 

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I encourage you to avail yourself of this great benefit.  Here’s the link:

http://www.liberty.edu/informationtechnology/index.cfm?PID=24600

It’s very easy.  I use it as a backup for my Liberty files, too.

I also use external hard drives, and I encourage you to use these media, too. 

 

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I can’t overemphasize the importance of continually backing up your work!  Always have a Plan B…and a Plan C.

By the way, please note that Microsoft Office 365 is now available for free to all students at LU.  Office 365.

Assignment Format: 

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All assignments (except Discussion Board posts) must be submitted as attachments in Microsoft Word format.  Pasting the text of your assignment into the assignment submission box is not adequate.  The assignment will be considered late until it’s submitted in a properly-formatted Word document.  If you have any questions about how to do this, please contact me!

Please compose your Discussion Board posts in Microsoft Word.  Make sure you turn on Microsoft Word’s “Proofing” function (you can find instructions on how to do this in the “Optional/Supplemental Materials”).  By turning on this function, you will avoid spelling errors and many grammatical errors.  Please use Times New Roman Font, 12 point.  After carefully proofreading your document in Word, please copy and paste your document into Blackboard.

Course Management:

It is your responsibility to…

-       Have continuous access to a reliable Internet provider, even when traveling.

-       Check your Liberty email often (I recommend daily).

-       Be proficient on Blackboard.

Discussion Boards:

The intent of our Discussion Board (DB) assignments is to replicate class discussion.  Another intent is to spread these discussions over time. 

Generally, our DBs have 2 due dates.  It is expected that you will post on or before the respective due dates and that your required inputs fall on at least 2 separate days.  In other words, students should spread their posts throughout the week and not “dump” all required posts at one time.

Some expectations for full credit

-       Carry on the discussion in the thread you create.

-       Reply to at least two other students in the thread he or she creates.

-       Respond to any professor queries.

Note:  Remember, you must reply to the primary thread of at least two other students.  In addition, you must respond to any question/s I (the professor) may ask of you.  Any response to my question/s does not count/substitute as a reply to a fellow student.  At a minimum, you must make at least 3 posts.  Ideally, you will make more than three posts when you get interested in the ongoing discussion.

Remember, there is no grace period for DB participation.

Email Communication:  Feel free to email me at any time that you need help.  I will try to respond to you within 24 hours.  I will check my university email each day to see if you have written.  My LU email is:  bcampbell63@liberty.edu

Telephone Communication:  If you need to contact me by telephone, please call: 407-322-6868, and leave a message.  If you would prefer, you can email me and leave your telephone number and I will return your call as soon as possible 

Blackboard Help:   Your course is being presented via Blackboard.  If you need help utilizing Blackboard, tutorial help is available at the following address: 

Blackboard Help

Announcements:   Each week, and throughout the course, I will be posting Announcements on Blackboard.  Please be sure to check the announcements on a regular basis.  The Announcements will also be emailed to you.

Course Spreadsheet: A special spreadsheet has been developed to help you progress through the course.  This spreadsheet provides an overview of the eight course modules, including all assignments and a recommended day-to-day schedule for successfully progressing through the coursework.   The entire course is available on Blackboard.  The Course Spreadsheet is an “add-on” feature that was designed as an aid and supplement to the Blackboard presentation.

The Course Spreadsheet is available for download.

Late Assignment Policy:

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

1.       Late assignments submitted within one week of the due date will receive a 10% deduction.

2.      Assignments submitted more than one week late will receive a 20% deduction.

3.      Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted.

4.      Late Discussion Board threads or replies will not be accepted.

Note:  Special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, personal health issues) will be reviewed by the instructor on a case-by-case basis.  Extensions are rarely granted and, when granted, they are for genuine medical emergencies or the death of a close family member.  Please do not write to request an extension for any other reason, as your request will not be granted.  Please arrange your life to take into account non-medical emergencies and other contingencies.  Prepare in advance, and anticipate life’s little “emergencies.”

Tests/Exams:

1.       For timed tests/exams students are required to complete the exam within the assigned time. For students who exceed this time limit a penalty of 5% will be deducted for each minute they exceed the assigned time limit. 

2.      Students must take the exam during the assigned module. A 5 % deduction from the tests final grade will be assigned for each day the test is late.

3.      No test will be accepted seven (7) days after original due date without written approval from the professor. This approval must be sought prior to tests due date.

Blessings,

Dr. Campbell