Before Our Course Begins

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.


We will be using Slack as our primary communications platform for all of our course communications as well as several assignments. If you have any questions about Slack please visit their support page.

slack_logos_02If you are unfamiliar with Slack, it is a messaging app that a team uses to work together, share files and discuss issues related to the project.  It also connects with other tools we already use, like Dropbox, OneDrive, and a variety of Google platforms.  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 Slack is automatically indexed and archived, creating a searchable archive of all of our work. I have used Slack to support communications (text, video, file sharing, etc.) in all of my courses and have learned that it is a terrific communication tool that helps everyone be more productive.

I will send you an invitation to join our Slack team before our first class. Please use your SHU email and your full name as your screen name when you create your Slack profile and join the course team. Be sure to complete your profile by adding all of the required information including name, mobile#, email address, Skype userid and a recent head shot (photo). I strongly recommend that you enable two-factor authentication when you set up your Slack profile. When your Slack profile is confirmed, please visit our team site and poke around a bit. Also, please post your responses to the Introductions and Learning Contract channels.

Please complete the following steps in Slack no later than 48 hours before our class begins:
  • Fill out your profile and be sure to include your full name, your role, etc. and upload a photo 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 the alerts. If you have general questions about Slack, their Help Center is a great resource.
  • If you’ve never used Slack before, visit the video guides page and watch the “What is Slack?” video at the top.

Take a look at the other short videos on

  • sending messages (3:01) … @mention someone in a channel, then try a direct message,
  • using channels (2:32) … check out the channel’s purpose and add your comments,
  • using search (2:45) … search for a message using modifiers (type “+” in the search bar to see the full list).

Finally, you can access Slack from any browser (mobile or desktop) and via the Slack apps for either either type of device. Please download and install the Slack apps to your Mac, PC and mobile devices (iOS and Android versions are available) before we meet for our first class. You will need to keep your Slack access live on all of your devices so that we can fully integrate the platform into our learning environment.

If you have questions, please post them in the appropriate channel in Slack. Someone on the team will point you to the answer.

Join the course Slack no later than 48 hours before we begin.

Introduce yourself

Complete this deliverable by posting to the Introductions channel in Slack.

Wave HelloIntroduce yourself to your classmates in the Introductions channel in Slack. In your post, please address the following topics or anything about yourself that you would 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 to Slack no later than 48 hours before we begin.

Learning Contract

Complete this deliverable by posting to the Learning Contract channel in Slack.

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

Post your agreement to the terms of the Learning Contract in Slack no later than 48 hours before we begin.

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 | ePirate 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.


Google+ Profile

We will use the video conferencing facility supported by Google+ to support our communications needs throughout the course. You will need to establish a G+ profile before class begins. In order to gain access to Google+, please complete the following steps no later than 48 hours before we begin.

Select a personal Google Account to use such as your personal Gmail address. (If you do not have a Google account please click here to create a free Google account)

  • Create your Google+ profile completely including a picture and noting that you are attending Seton Hall. This will assure that we find the right person when we search for members of the class.
  • Search for, and install, the Google+ Hangout plugin so that your laptop mic, speakers and webcam work with G+.
  • Test your laptop mic, speakers and webcam to be certain that they work before you need them.
  • Always use earbuds, preferably with an in-line mic, when you are in a video call. That will prevent the feedback loop between your laptop’s mic and speakers when on the call.

My Gmail address is jhs AT jhshannon DOT net. Add my G+ profile (see below for a screenshot) to a “circle” in your G+ account. I will add all of the course’s participants to a G+ “circle” and then share that circle with everyone. We will then have access to the Google tool set as a group.G+ Profile

Please create your G+ profile no later than 48 hours before we begin.