Fermilab LInC Online

Fermilab LInC Course Plan for

Summer 2002
Team: New Mexico State University

LInC Online Course

Start date:


Monday-June 17, 2002 
8:30 am to 3:30 pm M-F.


Five day LInC Online Summer Seminar. We have chosen to offer our first course as a Summer Institute for in-service teachers. This allows time in the spring for enrolling participants and making sure all tools and materials are ready. We will coordinate with our facilitator for all dates and times for the summer 2002 plan. We will have continued guidance from our current facilitator (Chris). 
End date: July 31, 2002 Final Presentations (Via Video conferencing with Fermi Lab)
Test chat date: June 24, 2002 (Monday, 6:00 pm) This is a test! This is really a dress rehearsal for the real thing which is June 26th (Wed.). 
Chat meeting day: June 26, Wednesday 
6:00-8:00 pm MST
For the next 6 weeks we will hold our weekly chats that is typically 2 hours.
Chat start/end time: 5:00-7:00 PM CST
6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
Time of day our chats will be held, include time zone - Typically at least 2 hours weekly is needed.
Chat De-briefs 

Weekly staff meetings day/time:


Wednesdays after chat (15-30 min online). 

Thursday afternoon Staff Meetings from 1:00-3:00 pm MST

This is just time for staff to distill the discussion. 

Online Staff Meetings to plan for the following week. 

Audience: First year: K-12 in-service teachers (GISD and LCPS) including district technology coordinators/trainers and perhaps some NMSU professors.  Gadsden teachers are in need of a PDS (Professional Development Schools). Las Cruces PDS teachers can benefit as well. This course offers the opportunity for teachers and professors to learn how to develop Engaged Learning projects incorporating technology's best practices. These teachers will go on to be mentors for pre-service teachers and trainers for in-service teachers which will fulfill the PDS component and district needs.
Number of participants: Three facilitators with an average of 3-5 participants each.
(Michele Stafford-Levy, Shirley Davis, and Albert Ortiz)
12-15 is the suggested number for a first course. Please do not exceed 15. Typically each facilitator works with 3-5 participants (1-3 project-teams).
Course modification (optional): We would like to have 5 face to face meetings (week of June 17, 2002) as a summer institute in the College of Education's Learning Resource Center's (LRC) lab with Chris Marszalek visiting from Fermi. Next will follow 6 weeks of online coursework. We will teach this course using WebCT which has a bulletin board and chat environment as part of the course tools.  This course (summer 2002) will be offered as a summer institute for credit hours through NMSU's Distance Education Program. The following summer (2003) the Leadership Academy (3 more credit hours) provides training for NM Fermi teachers to learn how to train both pre-service and in-service teachers in an online Engaged Learning Project (EL). Here is where the student teachers will have an opportunity to get training and actually teach an EL project during their practicum. 
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Course Enrollment

Coordinator: Michele Stafford-Levy
5025 Yucca Place
El Paso, Texas 79932
Will be taking the lead for organizing this aspect. 
Announcement date: Summer Institute will be announced in the spring of 2002. Applications due on March 15 Will start announcing the course to others. Typically this needs to be started 4 months before our course starts.
  • E-mail relevant listservs (RETA, former La Clave teachers, Maxima teachers) such as state listserv for library media specialists, technology coordinators listserv, staff developers listserv, ... 
  • Arrange for WebCT to create a course for the Fermi 
  • ProjectAnnounce at local or state meetings such as a county/district meeting of technology coordinators. 
  • Announce in a university course schedule or a brochure published by New Mexico State University. 
  • Announce in Gadsden schools and Las Cruces schools through fliers and the office of C and I. 
These are the steps we will take to let prospective participants know about our course. 
  • 4 graduate credits at $25 per credit hour (Summer 2002)
  • 3 graduate credits at $100 per credit hour (Leadership Academy Summer 2003)
  • Web editor and chat software 
  • Opportunity to teach an online course when done
  • Opportunity to mentor a pre-service teacher in an EL project
Some incentives we can provide our course participants.
  • New Mexico State University collaborating academic partners program 
  • Fill out a "flimsy" for a new course number
  • Agencies must fill out forms to become a partner 
  • New course requests must be made 60 days in advance and include a syllabus and a new course request form
This is how we will arrange to have credits for this course. This is the process for getting a new course approved. These are the deadlines are involved.
Screening: Online application with questions about technical prerequisites, vision for effective use of technology, availability for program commitments; committee of 2 facilitators and head of Learning Technologies to review applications. Both GISD and LCPS have a talent pool to tap. We will work the the respective district's technology trainers for possible candidates and personally recruit teachers and encourage them to fill out the online application.  This is how we will make sure our applicants have the qualifications needed to be successful for this course.
Leadership: Online application with questions about support needed and past staff development experience; support letter from key administrator listing the needed support items We will make sure our applicants have the administrative support and capabilities needed to provide leadership and offer staff development in their schools/district after the course.

Technical Issues and Support

Technical Support: Note: It is recommended this be a different person than your course coordinator.

Kalle Jorgensen

This is who will set up the communication tools for our course and provide support on technical issues. Please include contact information (e-mail, phone, and address).
Clerical Support: Note: It is recommended this be a different person than your course coordinator.

Distance Ed

Web/FTP Server: NMSU Web C-T
Electronic Bulletin Board: NMSU Web C-T
Chat tool: Web C-T  

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Michele Stafford-Levy
School: New Mexico State University
Created: Updated: March 18, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/nmsuwet/staffdev.html