Thursday, April 18. 2013
Thursday, March 21. 2013
Friday, December 7. 2012
Tuesday, November 27. 2012
Even though the Cheating/Plagiarism policy is clearly posted in the Student Handbook your received upon enrollment in your Welcome Packet email, we want to reinforce to ALL students that plagiarism IS CHEATING and will NOT BE ALLOWED OR TOLERATED. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to plagiarize is "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source." Your homework assignments and research exam answers MUST be your own work and in your own words when written in an assignment. It is ok to quote something OCCASIONALLY but only if it is referenced or credited to the proper source, and a series of copy and paste statements to answer a question will also not be accepted even if they are credited properly. Effective immediately, if an instructor is able to verify or prove within a reasonable doubt that a student didn't do his/her own work and/or plagiarized from another (whether a literary source or a fellow student), he/she will be dropped from the program for cheating and a report filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services as per the policy in the Student Handbook.
We are very sorry we have to post this and realize that MOST students in our program are professionals who do their own work because they want to become solid, honest and responsible EMS professionals and because it is morally and ethically the right thing to do your own work. But apparently not everyone thinks that way so this post has become necessary as a reminder. Thank you to all of you out there in our program who work so hard to achieve even though being in an online course requires so much more of you than sitting in a classroom and being spoonfed by the instructor. YOU will be the ones out there who will be the most competent and solid professionals caring for our public.
Tuesday, October 30. 2012
Thursday, September 6. 2012
We are having trouble with students who either aren't meeting their mandatory participation requirements or they are submitting things to their instructor or participating in chat rooms but there is no way for administration to track that the students are participating because they are not logging into their courses. Effective immediately, roll call will be managed each week by a mandatory log into the course. If you are not planning on doing any work in the course that week or you have downloaded material to work on that doesn't require that you log in, do it anyway. Just log in and log out, and it will make an entry in the tracker portion of the program to indicate the date and time you logged in and out. This is JUST LIKE SHOWING UP FOR CLASS. If we are doing a roster date or deadline check and note that you have not logged in in over a week, you will receive one warning for missing class. If you do not reply by the stated deadline OR you continue to "miss class", you may be dropped from the program without further notice. This is just like sitting in class at a college, folks. If you miss classes, you are dropped. The difference is that YOU choose when to show up for your PERCOM class each week, and that is ok. Please understand this is a MANDATORY issue.
Also, each of you received a course access email that states how long you have from that date to complete the course. You need to figure out from that email what your deadline is and if you are getting close to that deadline and cannot complete due to personal problems or issues, you may be allowed one extension as long as you are in good standing in the course (have been making progress toward completion and meeting the mandatory participation requirements). You must email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an extension ONE TIME but you will need to state a specific "reasonable" date by which you WILL be done with the course and you will be held to that date. Thank you.
Thursday, June 28. 2012
Here is a wonderful link that should help you all grasp the basics of what constitutes Learning Domains. It would benefit you all greatly to review this material as a supplement to what you are learning in the course and will help you understand how to write good lesson plans and knowledge objectives.
Saturday, January 21. 2012
There seems to be much confusion on the final project and what should be included in the project. You will need to do a one hour presentation/lecture that is videotaped. You should include all of the documents that were used in the presentation including a student evaluation of your class, after teaching the class you should view the video and write your on evaluation on your performance, all documents should be in a electronic format. You will need a skills video in which you teach the skill to a student and then the student performs that skill and your evaluation of their performance. Before sending the projects in you should complete the final exam and the course evaluation form and include them in a electronic format as well. ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN A ELECTRONIC FORMAT. When you have all of the electronic documents and videos ready mail them to me at:
159 Cresthill Circle
Valley Mills, Texas 76689
After mailing please send me a e-mail so I will know to watch for your packet and I will notify you that I have received it with a return e-mail.
Wednesday, January 18. 2012
Tuesday, November 8. 2011
You should mail the DVD/CD of your final work projects, final exam, etc to your instructor at the following address:
159 Cresthill Circle
Valley Mills Texas 76689
Please do NOT mail them to the PERCOM office as mentioned inside your course and do NOT send them fedex. We do recommend priority mail or some method with tracking but preferably NOT return signature, as sometimes no one is present at that address to sign. Thank you.
Wednesday, September 21. 2011
Please welcome Mr. Kenneth Harris as your new EMS Instructor course Lead Instructor. PERCOM has been BOOMING lately, so the duties of the Program Director, Mrs. Dinsmore, have expanded greatly. This has unfortunately created delays in answering and grading emails from the Instructor students. So we have hired a new seasoned educator to fill this role so that you, as students, can receive more timely service. It will not change our normal grading and response policy as posted in the "Welcome Page" inside your course. However, it should help avoid any unnecessary delays and may help speed things up for you.
Mr. Harris has been an educator and EMS Coordinator for many years. He just retired from Navarro College as their EMS Program Director. He is very knowledgeable and interesting as well as a fine educator. I think you will all enjoy him. Please send him an email to welcome him to the program. His email address is email@example.com. Be sure to get the correct address from him to mail your course completion packets directly to him.
All outstanding emails and homework assignments have been forwarded on to his mailbox but please give him a few days to plow through it and catch it all up for any of you who have been waiting a few extra days. Thank you all for your patience.
Wednesday, November 24. 2010
Thursday, October 28. 2010
To clarify, these two projects are SEPARATE projects. The Skills Project is in two parts - developing your own skills criteria and checksheet that is not a predeveloped one already in existence and then video'ing yourself, teaching, testing and critiquing that skill on a mock student. The Final CE Project is the 1 hour CE presentation just like you were really teaching a CE class. It requires development of a syllabus, knowledge objectives, lesson plan, handouts (if needed), presentation (powerpoint preferred), quiz, key, and your own version of a course evaluation for for your student(s) to use to evaluate you as well as a 50 minute lecture presentation that must be video'd and an essay of 750-1000 words critiquing your own performance after YOU watch your video.
You can send the skills criteria and checksheet to me in advance by email attachment or fax. All other items including both skills and CE video and all the development and delivery items mentioned above should be saved in electronic format (pdf or Word, for example) on a CD or DVD and mailed to the instructor all at one time. Please do not email them individually and electronic copy is preferred on the disk because otherwise we have to scan each individual page up for your student e-file. So please send them all on the disk together.