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Class Introductions

For this assignment, you will create a Discussion Board posting in the Week 1: Class Introductions area. As part of this assignment, you will learn how to include a link in a discussion board posting, and how to include an image. You can also create an audio file to include as well if you want to do that! Then, after you have put your own post in the Discussion Board, you will reply to the introductions of three other students in the class.

Create Your Introduction

Text. Think about what you want to say in your introduction to the class, 150-250 words in length. An easy way to keep track of the length of what you are typing is to use the little online form at spellcheck.net. Go ahead and tell something about yourself just as you might do in class introductions in a regular classroom. One thing you should include: please tell how you spent the summer months!

Link. You should also include a link to at least one favorite website, so locate that website in a browser window.

Image. You will also want to include an image, and this will need to be an image that is already published on a webpage somewhere, so in another browser window find the webpage that displays the image you want to include in your introduction.

Desire2Learn Discussion Board. Here is how you add your post to the Discussion Board:


1 Open another browser window and go to the Desire2Learn Discussion Board area called Week 1: Class Introductions. Click on the button that says Add Message.

2. Give your message a fun and distinctive Subject line (it is very important to think about the Subject line for your messages on the discussion board - having good subject lines makes the board more fun and useful for everybody).

3. Next, click on the HTML Editor icon. This will cause a pop-up window to appear.

4. Now cut-and-paste the text of your introduction (150-250 words) in the box.

5. Now you are going to add a link to your posting. To add a link, position your cursor where you want the link to go. Then click on the Create Link icon. You will need to type some text for the link (this is the underlined text that can be clicked) and then you also need to include the address. You should cut-and-paste the address from the browser window you already have open! Do not ever try to type the http:// address by hand, since it is so easy to make mistakes. Then click New Window from the "Open In" list, and click Insert.

6. Now you will add the image. To do this, you need the address of the image. Go to the browser window you have open that shows the image you want to include. Right-mouse click on the image, and choose Properties. Then highlight and copy the Image Address (it will begin with http:// just like a webpage address).

7. To insert the image into your discussion board post, position your cursor where you want the image to appear and click on the Add Image icon. Paste the address into the box provided, and click the Insert button. You should see your image displayed in the post area.

8. Now that you are back in the HTML Editor screen, click Insert to post your text, link, and image to the Discussion Board. (And if you want to attach an audio file, now is the time to do that - just click on the Browse button in the Attach File area, as you did when you attached an audio file in the earlier audio assignment). And don't forget to click Submit. Your work will not be posted until you click the Submit button.

Reply to Three Other Students

In addition to posting your own Introduction, you will need to reply to the introductions of three other students. In order to make sure everybody gets some replies, here are some guidelines for choosing which students to reply to. Please make sure you follow these guidelines so that everybody can be included in the discussion!

Threaded View . First, make sure you are viewing the discussion board in "Threaded" mode. This is the View box at the top of the list of posts.

Scan the posts. Scan through the posts, looking for any post that has no replies or only one reply. Keep on scanning down through the list to see if you can find any posts that have only one reply or no reply. When you find a post with no reply or just one reply, you should reply to that one! If you scan through the whole list, and all the posts already have at least two replies, then you can choose to reply to whichever post you want.

Create your reply. To reply to a post, click on the post and read it. Then click on dropdown menu to choose Without Message (this will help reduce clutter on the discussion board), and then click the Reply button. You can keep the Subject line the same, or you can change it. When you make your reply, you can simply type in the box, or you can invoke the HTML editor like you did before (you will want to use the HTML editor if your reply is going to contain links or images). When you are done, make sure you click the Submit button. Your reply will not be posted until you click the Submit button.

If you are one of the first people to post to the discussion board, you may not find three other students you can reply to yet. If that is the case, check back at the discussion board later.

Do the Declaration for this assignment

Discussion Board Introductions (2 points). Here is the text of the Declaration that you will find in Desire2Learn:

True or False: I have posted my introduction at the discussion board, 150-250 words in length, with a clickable link to a website and an image.

True or False: I have replied to at least THREE other students, replying to posts with no replies or just one reply (if possible).


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