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Week 2 Lab Report
Anxiety!
Day One
Syllabus
Surprise
E-mail

Week 3 Lab Report
Creating Files
Navigation
Another Surprise
Linking
Not Finishing
Browsing

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Week 4 Lab Report
Information
Ease
The Weekly Comments File
Kicked Out!
Pessimism
Fighting Pessimism
Depression
Macintosh
Advice

Week 5 Lab Report
Erin Sabado's Reports
His Accomplishments
His state of mind
What I learned
Suggestions

Week 6 Lab Report
Traffic Links
Webcrawler
San Diego Traffic Report
York Traffic Web
Real-Time Traffic
Reactions

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Week 7 Lab Report
Student Comments
My Opinions
Comments on Pessimism
Taxonomic Inventory
Weekly Discussions
Getting Personal

Week 8 Lab Report
Psy 459 Students
Interesting Comments
Help!
Relationships
Tips
At Home
Books
Awards
I've Been There

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Week 9 Lab Report
Socialization Files
Topics
Professors
Poor Students
Participation
Cyberspace
Article

Week 10 Lab Report
Samples
Navigation Choices
Different Pages
My Alternate Home Pages

Week 11 Lab Report
Kuhlthau
Chapter Three
Understanding
Picking a Topic
Our Class Discussion

Week 12 Lab Report
Shocked
Achievements
My Feelings
Affect

Week 13 Lab Report
Week 14 Lab Report
Names
My Own Names
Other People's Names
Anchors and Subheadings
Keeping Track
HREF File Names
My Suggestions

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Week 15 Lab Report
What I Have Accomplished
Advice to the Instructor
My Future on the Web
Suggestions for Future Students
Final Word


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Anxiety!

This is the most difficult thing I think that I have ever attempted during my college career. See it @ smith The first day of class really scared me. I took two pages of notes that day and when I was sitting in class I felt really anxious.

Day One

Immediately after class, I went to the CLIC lab and started my work. I could not do much yet because I had not gotten my unix account yet, so I went ahead and checked out netscape. I found the instructor's home page and read over the syllabus. I was very scared but I was not the only one. See what Allison has to say.

Syllabus!
Reading over the syllabus made me even more nervous because I had never heard of a lot of the words or seen many of the symbols. The syllabus was very easy to understand and gave me a good idea of what to expect from this course. Hence, the nervousness.

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Surprise!

The next time that I went to the lab, I had gotten my unix account in order. This time I was to complete the homework given which was to send e-mail to the professor. It sounded easy the way Prof. James explained it, but when I tried it out, I found it very difficult.
I followed the directions and clicked on Netscape. I tried to find some way that I could send e-mail through this system but there was not one. I tried the help files which implied that I would be able to send mail but I couldn't figure out how to do it. After about an hour of going through different instructions and trying various addresses, I finally realized that I must be doing something wrong. I was extremely frustrated at this point and was desperate for help. I decided to ask one of the attendents to help me out.

E-mail

I managed to find an available attendent and asked him to help me send some e-mail. He was very nice and explained it to me step by step. Needless to say, I felt very stupid when I found out that I was totally doing the wrong thing. I did not realize that I had to go through telnet to send e-mail. After that was told to me, I had no problem finishing my homework. I wish that Carol Alamares had done her lab report before this because she gives great instructions!

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Week 3 Lab Report

Creating Files

This week I got the e-mail addresses of everyone in the class so I really intended to create an address book for myself but I never got around to it because of the homework. This week I had to create my own home page, type my first lab report, and create a glossary file. Leaving class that day, I was overwhelmed. After I had had so much trouble trying to figure out something as easy as e-mail, how was I going to complete everything else?

Navigation

I went to the CLIC lab immediately after class (again!) and started this new task. Needless to say I got totally confused within the first few minutes. I was having problems figuring out how to navigate through all of the files. Sometimes I would find myself opening files that I did not even need! I did not get anything accomplished that day so I decided to just quit and try again some other time.

Another Surprise

The next time I went to the lab I was feeling a bit more confident. For whatever reason, I do not know. I sat down at the computer and realized that I was able to move around just by entering smith.html. I had been entering the wrong file names before and I was never able to access my own home page. Therefore, I was finally able to create a home page for myself. After that, I created a glossary file and a lab report file. I knew that I still had a lot to do with links and everything but I felt really great just being able to do the small amount that I did.

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Linking

Now it was time to start trying to link my files together. This is where I got really confused. I was trying to put anchors into my files and then trying to link on to those. I did not realize at the time that anchors could not be put in my own file to link it to my own file. Does that make sense? Anyways, it took me a long time to figure this out. I finally had to go to someone else's report, namely Beauchemin's home page (Thank you, you are a lifesaver!) to figure out what I was doing. To be honest, I did not feel comfortable doing this because I felt like I was copying her work. I just kept in mind that the purpose of this class was to learn together and help each other out. Carol Alamares has something to say about this as well. See it!

Not Finishing

I did not have time to complete the homework for that week which also upset me. The day that I had planned to do it, I could not get into the system. I tried for about twenty minutes and finally gave up. I felt terrible going to class the next day without having finished my homework. I mean, it is not like I could say the dog ate it! I have realized that I am not always going to be able to do things the way I want to in this class because so much of it is beyond my control. Alison Asahina agrees with me on this one. I hope I can deal with this.

Browsing

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In between the times that I was actually doing my homework, I decided to browse around the World Wide Web. My father is in the Air Force so I wanted to see if he had an E-mail address. There is a listing of most of the Air Force addresses in the Government files on Netscape. I saw many names but my father's was not there. These addresses were only for those people who worked on Hickam and my father works on Camp Smith so that explains why I could not find his address. I was quite amazed though at all of the pretty personal information that one can find on these people who work for our government. It is actually kind of scary.

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Week 4 Lab Report

Information

I do not really have that much problem finding information from the course files. In fact, the first day of class, I was able to find Professor James' Home Page on Netscape. That day I figured out how to use the keys to click back and forth throughout a document. I took Professor James' advise and browsed in three different ways. First, I went page by page which is called Global Browsing. Then I tried to Navigate 1st Depth. After awhile, I just started clicking around like a madwoman. As stated earlier, I was very intimidated by the Syllabus!

Ease

At first, finding information took a little bit of time. I would have to type in the name of the document that I wanted to view and sometimes have to space bar through the entire thing to see what I wanted. This was okay but, fortunately, there is an easier way to do this. Now that I have created my own files and have started to link my files to other files, I can navigate through documents much faster and with greater ease. I have currently linked myself (that sounds a bit strange doesn't it?!?) to our Professor's Home Page, his Weekly Comments File and soon I will link to some of my classmates files. Now, whenever I want to see the homework that I am probably not going to finish, (this is just a bit of pessimism!) I just go to my home page and click to Professor James' Weekly Comments File.

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The Weekly Comments File

I usually try to browse through this file once a week. It just keeps growing and growing. This week I was surprised to see my name in the file. There was a request for me to link to that part of the file, so I did with no problem at all. I feel really good about that. Now I can just click back to that anytime I want to and so can anyone else who happens to stumble upon my files.

Kicked Out!

There is one thing that really irritates me. When I am trying to edit my own files in emacs by using the right and left arrows to move around, if I hold the keys down for too long, it just kicks me out of the whole system! It is really bizarre! It does the same thing when I hold the up and down arrows down for too long. Why does that happen? It really kills me because every time that happens, I lose whatever I have typed in without saving, and I have to do the whole log-on process again. What is really stupid about it is that I know that this is going to happen but I still hold the keys down for too long anyway! I guess I just get impatient sometimes.

Pessimism

I am a pessimist in my every day life which is something I have always struggled with. I am constantly trying to catch myself and prevent it from happening. I have gotten better at controlling it now that I am older but I must say that this class really pushes it! I always feel like I am never going to catch up with the rest of the class in terms of homework. There are so many times when I get stuck on one thing that takes up all of my time. Consequently, I start to wonder if I am going to graduate. I feel really pressured because all of my family is coming from the mainland to see me get my diploma and I am not so sure that I am. I find myself thinking that I only have to get a C in this class and I can make it. This really bums me out because I have never thought like this in any other class. I usually strive for an A.

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Fighting Pessimism

The only thing I can do to fight my pessimism is keep going to the lab and working on my files. Usually, after a lot of trying and work, I can figure out what I am doing. This gives me a great feeling of accomplishment which, unfortunately, lasts only until I try the next task. I hate to say this but going to class also helps me because it is comforting to know that other people are having problems too. Some people have bigger problems than I have. I also have to look back on my life and realize that I have come very far. I have conquered many problems and one college class is not going to stop me from accomplishing my goals.

Depression

The only thing that makes me really depressed is the thought that I might not graduate because I can not always complete my homework on time for this clas. I have never had this problem before. If I got a poor grade in any other class it was because I really just did not get what was going on. I was always able to finish homework and felt like I was trying my hardest. I feel that way in this class too but it just seems like I should have grasped things by now. I have to a certain degree but I want more! Fighting my depression is accomplished by not working on my files at all for a period of time. I know that is probably not the best way, but for now that is how I deal with it.

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Macintosh

Another thing that made me depressed was trying to work on a Macintosh computer. I always work on the IBM but sometimes at the CLIC lab there is a waiting list for those computers. So instead of waiting for one, I decided to try to work on a Macintosh. I was feeling pretty daring that day I guess. So I sat down and I had to ask the guy next to me about how to turn the thing on. Then I sat there for about 45 minutes trying to figure out how to get onto telnet. Eventually I figured it out but I had to go to my next class. I could not figure out how to turn the computer off! I had to go ask the lab monitor to do it for me. I was totally disgusted with myself that day. I thought, how am I going to figure out the internet if I cannot even work on a different type of computer. Anyways, I decided to try it again and then again and at this very moment, I am working on a Macintosh computer and writing my labreport! Needlass to say that bout of depression has been conquered and I feel much more confident. It is nice to know that if there is ever a waiting list for IBM that I can go ahead and switch to Mac.

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Advice

There is much to say about this course. The most important thing though is that whatever you do, you should try to look at things in a positive way. Keep believing that you will get through this and keep pushing yourself. I know that it is really hard to stay motivated when you have no idea what you are doing but you just have to hang in there. Beverly Diaz concurs with me on that one. Realize that you are very lucky to have the oppurtunity to learn about the internet. It will be a very important tool in the future and you will have an advantage over many people who do not or will not know anything aboout it.

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Week 5 Lab Report

Erin Sabado's Reports

I read one student's lab reports from the psychology 409 class of last semester. His name was Erin Sabado and one interesting thing was that while I was reading the reports, I thought the student was a girl. In fact, I thought this until I did my oral report and Kevin Bogan told me she was a he! Anyways, needless to say I was very intimidated by what I read. This person had to teach himself how to use a computer first and then tried to figure out how to use the internet. I had an advantage over him because I know how to use an IBM computer which I'm sure has made this whole ordeal much easier for me.

His Accomplishments

I read the reports from the last half of the class. I think by this time he was well on his way to figuring out some of the bugs in the way he was doing things. He was able to teach someone else how to use the internet which shows that he was somewhat knowledgable, even if he did not think so. He was able to get information about jobs on Maui and also some business information from that island. I think that towards the end he might have been frustrated still because he had not mastered the internet (which is pretty impossible) but I think that he learned a lot about it. Not only about the internet itself but I think he learned some things about himself. If he truly set his mind to something than he could accomplish a lot. Feelings of frustration could be worked through in order to gain the desired end to the problem. These are things that are useful not matter what you are attempting to do. Additionally, writing about them can help you to work them out. Overall, I think he learned many important things that he will be able to use in areas beyond Psychology 409.

His state of mind

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Erin's state of mind varied depending on what he was doing. When he was doing things just for himself, there was not as much pressure so he was able to deal with failure better. When he was trying to accomplish an assignment, he became more upset when he could not finish. I think that this is where he really got stressed out. He would try to start things with an open mind and if he could not be successful he would take a little break. I think that he was very eager to learn but sometimes his emotions would get in the way. Overall he was positive with occasional pessimism.

What I learned

I was very impressed with the accomplishments that Erin made. Unfortunately, I was not able to read the reports from the beginning of the class so I was not able to see his success on a full scale. As I stated earlier, I was very intimidated by these reports when I first got them. They were long, full of information, and took a long time to read. I got some helpful hints from Erin though. After reading, I decided to try to start my work each day with a positive attitude and try not to let failure bring me down. There were not many hints on actual commands to use for certain tools but I could figure those out for myself. I just looked at his state of mind during the three weeks that I read about and took from that what I could get.

Suggestions

If anyone else was to read those reports, I would definitely have to say "Keep an open mind!" Just because one student had trouble does not mean that you are going to be just as bad off. Sometimes, it is possible to learn from others how to cope with things and reading these reports will help you. It is nice to know that someone is having trouble as well, even if it is not on the same things. The internet is a complicated thing. I do not think that even its creators have figured everything out yet. Do not get discouraged. Keep an UP attitude and do not procrastinate!

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Week 6 Lab Report

Traffic Links

I was a bit confused by the instructions for finding traffice links. I wondered why we needed to do this since we are not in the Traffic Psychology course. However, after I tryed using the search tools that Prof. James' gave us, I could see that it was a test to see if we could find anything. I had a very hard time.

Webcrawler

I chose to use the Webcrawler when searching for my traffic documents. As a search word I picked traffic and typed that in. Soon after hitting return a list of about twenty five documents related to traffic was displayed on the screen. I decided to check out a few to decide if any of them appealed to me and if I wanted to link them to my home page. Clicking through the documents, I was very confused at some of the things I read. I did not know that traffic also referred to the traffic on the internet. So I just kept clicking until I found one that I liked.

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San Diego Traffic Report

I found the San Diego Traffic Report. This document is full of good information if you live pretty much anywhere in California. There are maps that will show you areas of congestion during rush-hour traffic. There is also a list of closures on the freeways. This is helpful in case you might be driving somewhere and you could possibly change your route if you checked this out. There is information for travelers who might be on their way to Sacramento. The best thing I thought was the list of accidents. This could be really helpful in avoiding big backups in traffic! In fact, something like this could be helpful in Hawaii if they do not already have one.

York Traffic Web

The next document I found was the York Traffic Web. I did this by typing rush hour into the search space on the Webcrawler. This document comes from England. The York Traffic Web is a group of four members who have come together to help others figure out how to stop traffic congestion. They are all professionals with some kind of experience with defeating traffic in urban areas. This would be helpful if you worked in a big city on traffic. The information they have is there for the taking by anyone who needs it.

Real-Time Traffic

The last document I found was the Real-Time Traffic Report. This document is very similar to the San Diego Traffic Report except that it concentrates on L.A. It tells you about the areas of congestion in areas like L.A., Orange County, Sacramento, and San Diego. In fact, you can even click onto the San Diego Traffic Report from here. There is a list of images of places that have high congestion but for some reason I could not click onto these.

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I was not to fond of this assignment. It was really interesting to see all of the information available to people about the traffic but I would have preferred to search for something that applied to me directly. Is that selfish? Anyways, this assignment did help me to get the chance to use the Webcrawler, which I had never had the oppurtunity to do before. Now I know how to find the things that interest me on the internet, or at least some of them! Rebecca Ross seems to agree.

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This weeks assignment is to check out some other lab reports and make some comments on them. I really enjoyed this one because it gave me a chance to finally sit down and do something relaxing. Reading about other people's problems is quite satisfying! HA! HA! Barry Kwock mentions this in his report. (please make a link to this paragraph The one area in everyone's files that I concentrated on was Pessimism. This is the area that I have had the most trouble with. I thought it would be good to link these comments to my file so that later, I could go back quickly and know that I am not the only one!

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The first week was very frustrating for everyone. However, I think that Beverly Diaz (please make a link here) expressed herself well. In one of her first paragraphs she talks about how the first week really got to her and it kept getting worse. I could really relate to this. I had a really hard time getting started as well.

I also had problems dealing with not being able to finish my homework and keeping up with the rest of the class. Grant Harada (please make a link here) had the same types of feelings. Apparently, he missed a class and felt really bad that he was not ahead of the game. Read about it.

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Comments on Pessimism

There were three lab reports that I read that contained information about how they handled pessimism. As stated earlier, this is very interesting to me because I have had many problems with this throughout the semester. Ryan Higa (please make a link here) wrote a really good paragraph about how he copes with depression. He talked about how he had to keep things in perspectice. Trudy Moore (please make a link here) said the same thing in her report. For more informative ideas about pessimism read Cheryl Renata's lab report.

Taxonomic Inventory

I really enjoyed reading Professor James' article titled Taxonomic Inventory of Affective and Cognitive Behaviors While Learning the Internet. It was really interesting to see how he is using the things that he learns from this class to help him with the Internet. I have taken one of Professor James' classes before and I had to write a Self-Witnessing report. This was a great tool for me to get to know a little bit more about myself. I also agree that writing for this particular class is also very helpful. Especially in that we are writing it for future generations. When I know that someone else is going to read this because they might need my help, it is much easier to write about how I feel and let them know that others have experienced the hell that they are now going through!

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Weekly Discussions

Later on in his paper, Professor James discusses the weekly discussions that his class has and how they are beneficial for the students. I totally agree with this. See it! When I am sitting alone at the computer, trying to figure out what I am doing, I start to feel a bit lonely. However, going to class every week reminds me that there are other people in class who are having the same feelings that I have. It brings a sense of oneness to the class. We are all going through the same thing.

Getting Personal

I liked what one of the students said about getting personal. IT is really great searching the net when you can look for things that you want to see. I prefer things about music and travel. In fact, I have linked my home page with a few spots that I think are very interesting.

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Week 8 Lab Report

Psy 459 Students

I feel really sorry for the psychology 459 students. Not only do they have to learn about psychology and how it relates to traffic, but they also have to learn the Internet! I am so glad that I took this course instead! Good luck to all of you 459ers!

Interesting Comments

One of the first lab reports that I read was done by Jo Allen (please make a link here). In the first paragraph, she (I hope she is a girl!) talks about the molestation of minors on the Internet. I had never heard this story before and I was quite shocked when I read about it. I am also very glad to hear about the existence of the Internet Police. I guess that just goes to show that you have to be careful no matter where you are, even in Cyberspace.

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Help!

I could really relate to Shane Akagi (Please make a link here) when he said that the instructions he had for working with emacs were very vague. I totally agree with this statement. I had a really hard time with E-mail the first day because I did not have the right instructions. Luckily, one of the lab attendents knew how to do it so he helped me out.

Relationships

Jae Isa (please make a link here) asked some really good questions about how people present themselves ont he Internet. Do people try to make themselves look better on the Internet. I think that they do to a degree. I mean we all try to do it when we walk out of the house with certain clothes on or with makeup on. We are all disguising ourselves in one way or another. Being on a computer cannot stop that.

Tips

Joleen Lai (please make a link here) had a really great tip on how to edit your files. Doea anyone know how to move through lynx quickly without getting Kicked Out! of the system?

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At Home

Michelle Ota (please make a link here) gave some good advice to future class members. She suggested trying your best to work at home. I would have really benefitted this semester by having a computer at home. I would have been able to keep up with my work a lot easier.

Books

Terri Slaughter (please make a link here) said some funny things about the frustrtion level. It was also mentioned that he had checked out some books from the library that really did not help him at all. I have done the exact same thing. I checked out Unix for Dummies. I did not understand anything in that book. Maybe they should write a book called Unix for the Morons who did not get the first book!

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Awards

I was going through Professor James' Weekly Comments file and I came across those of you in the class who have won awards. I would like to personally congratulate you for doing so well in your work. Have you guys had experience with computers before? I got a chance to look through some of your lab reports and they are really good. I hope I can catch up with you at some point in the semester.

I've been there

Professor James has his Weekly Comments File linked to Cheryl Remata's lab report because she felt like smashing the computer. I can totally understand how she feels. I have never attempted to work on PACX before but I remember at the beginning of the semester when I would come into the lab and all of the IBM computers would be taken. I sometimes waited but once I tried a Macintosh. Boy was I sorry! I had no idea what I was doing. However, after working on it a few more times I got it wired. Those cute little computers are totally smashable, aren't they!?!

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Week 9 Lab Report

Socialization Files

I really enjoyed reading this file. At first, when I saw how many pages it was, I was dreading reading the whole thing. In fact, I put it off for a week during spring break. However, once I sat down and started reading, I was surprised at how quickly I got through the file. I found myself wondering how this file was started and how people came to know about it. I am not too familiar with the PLATO system so I was confused about how all of these people were aware that they could repsond. Later I realized that some of them were in Prof. James' class and then I understood. I felt knid of sorry for these students who felt that they were bogged down with the work on Plato. I'll comment on that more later.

Topics

I was very interested in the topics that these students were writing about. I liked one of the first ones about multiple choice questions. I agreed with the girl who wrote the first note. I agree that essay tests are much more reliable than multiple choice tests. I feel that multiple choice tests are simply requesting a regurgitating of information. I never really feel like I have learned anything after I have taken an MC. In fact, I do not usually study for a multiple choice test because I know that if I have attended class and read the material at least once during the semester, I will be able to figure out which one of four answers is right on a question. As soon as I have finished taking the test, I forget everything that I have learned that semester. I agree that when a class is very large it is very difficult to do anything besides multiple choice tests and in these cases I think they are necessary. I would not want a professor who has already read 50 papers to read mine. Obviously he/she will be very tired and will not be able to be as objective about my paper. I am glad that that once you move into upper-level classes the number of students decreases because that is where I feel I have learned the most about my major Psychology.

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Professors

There was another topic that really interested me. This was the one called "spitting info." This person stated that it felt like some professors were just spitting info at you and didn't care whether you understood it or not. I have felt like that myself. I took a Psychobiology class one semester and I had a professor like that. Psychobiology is a very hard topic to grasp and a student needs to be taught not just talked to about the subject. This professor would stand up there and go through a chapter an hour just running off about the material. Most of us were just sitting there in a total daze wondering what the heck he was talking about. Most people stopped coming to class because it was easier to just sit down alone and try to figure the book out for yourself. Another thing that he did was not show up for class about five times and he would have his wife come in and substitute for him. I think that this is okay maybe a couple of times during the semester, but five times is too much in my opinion. It was really obvious that he really didn't care about the class. I suspect that he was only teaching to get the federal grants that a professor can get only if he is teaching. I totally disagree with the person who said that students do not seem to care. I do not think that this is true, however, whether it is or is not, students pay to go to school. They should be able to take on the attitude that they want as long as it does not interfere directly with the professor's teaching. On the other hand, a professor is taught to teach and that is exactly what he should do. Even if it seems that most of the students do not care, I am sure that there are at least a few who do so why not concentrate on those? I really wish that I could have commented on this topic!

Poor Students

Prof. James asked for the reactions of the students on how they liked the Plato system. The reactions were mixed, but I saw many students who complained about there being too much work. I thought Prof. James' response was really funny when he asked them if they would rather have another paper. Anyways, my personal feeling is that these students should have felt greatful that they were given the oppurtunity to work with computers like that. It is very improtant in today's job market that you have at least a little bit of experience with them. Sometimes I feel that I have too much work in this class, but that is only when I cannot figure something out and I am stuck. I do feel really lucky that I got to take this class, especially since I am graduating this semester. I just made it!

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Participation

I wish that I could have participated actively in this discussion group. I am sure some of the students would have liked to respond to my last paragraph. I have had some experience with this type of forum on the Prodigy system. I really enjoyed it. I used to talk with others about the music that I liked and I was able to get a lot of useful informatin from them. One topic that was especially fun to talk about was the abortion issue. Everyone gets so emotional about this subject that it is hard to talk face to face and get a word in. On that computer, I could write what I had to say and not worry about being interrupted. That is one thing I think is good about computers is that they are not too personal. That can be bad as well, but sometimes it is better when emotional issues are discussed without too much emotion. Does that make sense? Things can be more easily understood when they are on a computer screen. That is my personal opinion anyway, and I can type this without really worrying about what others are going to think about it.

Cyberspace

I think that this type of forum should continue to be built in Cyberspace. I have watched talk shows where people have met on the computer and falled inlove. I do not know personally if that is possible, but I think that it is a good thing and it is due to they ways people interact in Cyberspace. I am not really sure what type of experimental design I would create. I would think that a kind of Dear Abby file would be good. We can already do something like that with E-mail but not everyone can see it. If we could get people to write in and ask questions or describe their situations we could get a Cyberspace talk show going. In fact, I think that I would call it Tina Talk. It would be done in that regular talk show format starting with someone speaking about there problems followed by questions and comments by the audience. It would all be done live so that reactions could be given immediately. I think that it would work out really well if it could be done in an orderly manner. We could even get sponsors who flash their screens occasionally as commercials to pay for the whole thing. This would be good because someone could sreen out all of the personal remarks that people make on regular talk shows. Also, people might be more honest knowing that noone could see them. Who knows. I guess it is an idea!

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After reading the article Prof. James wrote about the Socializing files it was easy to understand why he included Plato in his course requirements. I understood some fo the reason before, knowing that computers are an important part of our future. I did not realize before that these students were given a training session. I wonder if they realize how lucky they were. If they had to take this class where there is no training session unless you need special help, they would have appreciated that part of their course more. I agree with the part about student's needing secret names. That kind of goes along the same lines that I stated earlier. People are more likely to be honest on a computer if they know noone will know who they are. These students probably found it easier to make comments under a secret name. Additionally, I agree that affective education is important. It gives a student that extra edge that others do not have. I feel very lucky to have taken this course because I am better able to understand the emotional aspect of working in Cyberspace. My dad asked me how computers and emotions relate and I was able to tell him that it is very easy to become emotional when working ona computer. For example, when things do not go your way, you get angry. It is important to be able to understand why this occurs. Realize that it is just a reaction you are having to an object and that it will go away soon. After I explained that, he understood the connection between psychology and the internet. Even if I do not get a job in the field of Psychology, I have gotten a lot of experience with computers from this class!

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Week 10 Lab Report

Samples

I looked at many of the home pages using netscape. I would say I have probably seen around 50, maybe more. There are so many that have interesting titles and subjects that it is hard to stick with just one, especially when there are links to everything else. I liked to stick with the more simple ones though because I think that when there are too many pictures and images it is hard to concentrate on what you are reading or trying to look for. Additionally, that is just my own personal taste, I like to keep things organized and simple. I did not only look through the sample pages that the professor recommended to us. I searched with the Webcrawler for a few pages that I thought would interest me. For instance, I found the home page of my favorite musical band. There wer lots of great pictures on those pages. I also looked at a few that the Webmaster recommended. I even copied a few things from the art page. I didn't want to take any of the pictures because I felt kind of like that was stealing, but I copied a blue bar onto my artistic home page. I really enjoyed creating the artisitc home page. It looks so much better than the normal one. The only thing is that the font is so much bigger. It looks a little bit too big, but it still looks organized and interesting.

Navigation Choices

As I was browsing thorugh the home pages, I tried to choose links that sounded interesting. I really know what Professor James was talking about when he said that titles and names are important on the web. Sometimes I would pick something that sounded really cool, but when I got there it was a total disappointment. Sometimes I think that people should not try to be so goofy when they pick names, unless the subjects are truly goofy. If one page looked really interesting, I assumed that the pages linked to that would be too. That was generally true.

Different Pages

Most of the pages that I saw should be considered artistic pages. There were lots of pistures and icons that added to the organization and looks of the pages. I really liked the pages with pictures that you could click on to. Sometimes they pictures were really small but after you clicked, it would give a really big version of that same picture. I thought that was really cool, especially if it was a picture of a place and you could see things much better. I took a tour through Portland and each picture could be enlarged if you clicked on it. I was pretty happy because I am planning on moving there next year and I've only been there once. I got to see some of the things that I missed on my trip. Some of the pages were just standard pages that were pretty much for eudcational purposes. The home pages like these were okay, but unless you had an interest in what they were about, they were not very fun to look at. I hated getting to these types of pages because it would be hard to get back to something interesting. They are usually linked to other boring things as well. The ones I liked the most were the home pages with pictures of people on them. Home pages for bands usually have that and they also have pictures of album covers. I have to admit that I have pretty much concentrated on music home pages. I like to read and see things concerning the music that I like. There are a lot of these pages too so I was happy about that.

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My Alternate Home Pages

I haven't got the slightest idea what I am going to do with my new home pages. I want the artistic one to look nice, but I don't want it to look too busy. I think I might just stick with the bars and bullets that I have on there now. It looks colorful but organized and it is easy to read (especially since the font is so huge!). The standard one is going to be pretty easy to do however, the indexical is going to take a long time because there are so many different things to type in. I am not sure that I really understand all of the different types of links , but I think as I go along I will get it. I just have to keep linking everything together. I want everything to look neat and organized. There is nothing I hate more than looking at a home page that is messy. It is hard enough to look at a computer screen for long periods of time. I think a person should work to to keep cyberspace user-friendly. It is kind of like the theory behind earth day but apply it to cyberspace.

Week 11 Lab Report

Kuhlthau

The Kuhlthau book was pretty interesting. I am not really sure how it related to this class though. I mean I understand that information is the key to the Internet and so was the book, but I would have preferred a book that addressed computer issues. This book is about finding information seeking and the various issues related to it. The first Chpater is about the affective and cognitive processes that people go through when they have to find information. The uncertainty principle was discussed and I could really relate to that. I looked at the uncertainty principle as the feelings that I get right when I find out that I have to do simething tha entails information seeking. I get nervous about what I am going to look for and how I am going to find it. It is kinf of like the feelings I got when I was creating files. I think that a lot of people experience this. Chapter 2 discussed the learning process from three different perspectives. This part of the book was kind of technical and I didn't really relate to it that much.

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Chapter Three

After reading Chapter three though, I felt kind of relieved. I was starting to be able to really relate to this book and it didn't seem as boring. The researchers were starting to find a model that fit for information searching. They divided it in to 7 stages and I understood each one, especially the three middle stages where a person at first feels confused, but as they work along things become more clear. Later, after they did more research, they cut the stages down to six, ending them with search closure. I know exactly what they meant by search closure. I have been feeling those feelings and thinking those thoughts for the past few days. I have had to do a couple of research papers for the end of the semester, and I feel really great now that they are all finished. That feeling relates to this class alot. See what I wrote in my Another Surprise paragraph.

Understanding

As a matter of fact, I started to do these papers after our class had finished going over the Kuhlthau book. My particular part of the book was the last part of Chapter three where the researchers outlined their final model. I had kept this in mind after I did my report because I felt that I knew what they were talking about. When I went to do my papers, I kept the model in the back of my mind and I felt much better. As it is with anything, it is better to know that you are not alone when you are feeling insecure. I hate it when a professor assigns a research paper because I always get this feeling of dread. I tend to be a little bit pessimistic. Then, after I have chosen my topic I feel a little bit better. I get confused again though because I am not always able to find pertinent information on the topic that I chose so I start to doubt it.

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Picking a Topic

Additionally, sometimes I pick a topic and then I don't even use it. I did this for my English paper. I had to turn in a topic before I did the paper so I chose "The revolutionary politics of Henrik Ibsen and how they manifested in the character Hedda from the play Hedda Gabler." I started doing research and I couldn't find hardly anything tha had to do with politics and Henrik Ibsen. This was one of the topics that our professor gave us to pick from so I was sure when I picked it that there had to be information somewhere. I just found the general area of the library where they had put the books that had to do with Henrik Ibsen. Then I picked up each book that was there and looked through the table of contents and the index and found four books that had interrelated topics. This whole process took forever because there were a lot of books and I couldn't always remember what each one contained. Global Browsing would have come in handy here. Searching on the computer is much easier. See it! It is kind of like going through some of the files on the net. See it! Eventually, I narrowed it down and my ultimate thesis was "Ibsen's beliefs about society, the emancipation of women, and the individual are relfected in the character of Hedda Gabler." I was pretty disappointed because that is not nearly as controversial as the other topic would have been. But I got the paper done and handed it in so I am happy about that.

Our Class Discussion

I do not want to end this lab report without addressing the discussion our class had about the librarians. It was suggested that the librarians should be able to help us more than they do. I agree to a certain degree because I have been frustrated by the lack of knowledge of the individuals who work inthe library. I have to say though that it seemed as if some people expected librarians to select a topic for them. I think that is asking a little bit much. I have found that usually when I ask a bonafide librarian (not a student helper) I am able to find what I want. I agreed with Professor J. when he said that librarians should be eduated in other fields to be able to help more. I do not think that this is very realistic though because it would cost more money to hire people like that and obviously the university does not care because, otherwise, they wouldn't be cutting the funds for student services. One thing I am glad about is that Ia m graduating and I do not have to deal with this topic anymore, that is until I go to Graduate or Law school. I would really like it if the Professors could offer help but that is not always an option. See it!

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Week 12 Lab Report

Shocked

I do not know what I expected from the Swedenborg Discussion Files for Psychology and Theology, but it certainly wasn't that! I hated it! I am not a religious person at all. In fact, I question religion all the time. I certainly did not expect to read the opinions of a bunch of people who do not really know what they are talking about! Some of those people are total weirdo, religious, funky people. The basic topics of the conversation were good vs. evil, God, and homosexuality. I found myself wondering why these people were discussing such boring topics. They were just exchanging basically the same ideas back and forth and did not realize it I think. I think that these people must have known each other because names kept on coming into the picture. Sometimes these people were just downright insulting to each other. Some of the things some people wrote wer rational. If you raead them and believed them, they made sense. But others were not quite so articulate. They just started blabbing on about god and evil and all of that stuff. I do not think that any of these people got anywhere. They sure did not convince me.

Achievements

I do not think that these people accomplished anything. I am sure some of them were able to get their feelings out, but to me the whole religion thing is useless to talk about because there is no way to prove anything until one dies. I suppose talking about his issue over the computer is better because everyone can feel like they can say whatever they want without being persecuted. Also, there is noone around to interrupt you and you can get your whole point across. I think in this way talking over the computer can be a very positive thing. I would have liked to participate in something similar with a better topic. I thought it was intersting how some people took on a very serious attitude about heir topic. They tried to be intelligent about what they were saying and did not resrot to personal insults. Others were probably just participating to get a rise out of someone else. The sad thing is that they usually succedded. You could see it because usually the really short comments would be smart remarks and they were typically followed by long responses. I thought that was pretty funny. Who was this satan person anyway? I couldn't figure out which side he was trying to persuade. Was he supposed to be god? I don't know. That was the problem with the whole thing.

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My Feelings

I really did not get too much out of this reading. I learned how truly ignorant some people can be and are. I wish that it could have been on another topic, then I would have been more interested in it. I can't stand discussing religion because I do not practice one and I don't like people trying to persuade me otherwise. I don't believe in God either. At least I don't think so. I don't know, but I have to find out for myself. I think that the forum was pretty good. As I stated earlier, I really like that one could say anything and not be interrupted or immediately attacked. Myabe they should try somethinglike this for Politicians. We could all just hook up our computer during election time and browse through what the candidates have to say until we come to something that we are interested in or that pertains to us directly. Mayber we could avoid having to hear all of the nasty things the candidates have to say about each other and all of the dirty laundry campaigns. It's just a thought. Or should I say a dream?

Affect

This really did not have too much of an affect on me. I was kind of disugusted by the remarks about homosexuality. I thought that we had gotten over that stupid issue already. These people are human beings just like anyone else, and they should have the right to get married if they want to. I was surprised to see how many people are still living in the Dark Ages. This is a really big world and there is enough room for everyone. I hope people start to realize that soon. I don't want to be searching the Web 20 years from now and read that kind of stuff. I really don't want to read about religion and god either but I am sure that topic won't go away. I did wonder what this had to do with psychology. I understood the theology part, but not the psych part. I guess it was supposed to be kind of like this class. Learning to express your feelings about god on the internet! HA!HA! I bet in the future we will have support groups and stuff like that on here. The possibilities are endless!

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Week 13 Lab Report

This week we were just supposed to clean up our files. I had to make sure that all of my links worked and that my files looked organized and neat. So far, I think they look okay, but there are two more lab reports so read on!

Week 14 Lab Report

Names

I must admit that I am very excited that I am at the next to the last homework assignment. This week I am to discuss the naming of the various files and documents that there are on the Web. Relating to titles and file names can be easy or difficult depending on the person. Some people really know how to name their files well. I expect the name of a file to tell me what I can expect to be in it. For example, I named my lab report file labreport.html because that is exactly what it contains, lab reports. My glossary is named gloassary.html because it is a glossary. As I have been srufing the net, I have taken note of the names of the places that I look at. Sometimes the names of the files are accurate. Other times I wonder how these people came up with these names. I really do not mind what people name their files, but it is easier to remember an address if it has something to do with what the file is about. For instance, if I am looking for a picture of someone, I think that the person's name and the fact that it is a picture should be included in the address. That way, I do not always have to go back and check the address, I can remember it.

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My Own Names

When I create names for my files I try to be fairly accurate about naming them. Sometimes it is difficult to come up with a name becaue there are so many different things in the files. As stated earlier, lab reports and glossaries are easy because that is exactly what they are. Home pages are easy too. However, if I was to name a file where there were a lot of ideas in it, I would pick the main idea and name the file according to that. Hopefully, I would be able to relate my ideas in the title. I would want other people to be interested in it. When I search with Webcrawler, it gives me a list of file names. I usually pick the names that interest me. If my address or file name came up on that list some day, I would want someone to be curious about it based on the name. I think that a file should be named so that it says exactly what it is and it is interesting.

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Other People's Names

When I see other people's names and addresses, I expect them to signify what the file is about. Sometimes I get really upset because the names are deceiving. Some people try to come up with these really exciting names when their files are totally boring. That really ticks me off because sometimes it takes a very long time (in computer time anyway) to get to a place. If I am disappointed with the file, I feel betrayed and I will not go back to that file again. I think that other people should try to be accurate about their file names and be honest. Mayber some of these people are just in really wierd moods or something. Anyways, it kind of upsets me. I really appreciate it when someone names their file responsibly though. Then I know whether I want to visit that file or not.

Anchors and Subheadings

When I am naming my anchors and subheadings, I try to be accurate about them. In my lab reports, I do not think that it is a big deal . I usually name them according to how I feel about what I have written. If I feel quirky that day, then I'll have typed a lot of weird things so I can name the title in the same manner. If I am serious that day, I will name it in that manner. Lab reports are kind of a confessional and they are mine so I can name the according to how I feel. I try to be accurate, as always.

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Keeping Track

It is easy for me to keep track of things. I have written everything down in my daily planner. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I have not been able to record all of this information on to a file or in my address book. At the begininng of the semester, I got the e-mail addresses of everyone in the class. I honestly meant to put them all in an address book on Pine, but I never got around to it. That was a very stressful time because I was trying to create all of these beautiful files that I now have. I never got around to making a bookmark file either for the same reason. Hoever, I will try to do so in the future. I plan to keep these files and create some others when I get my own computer and unix account. There are so many things that I wanted to do, but I never had the chance. This is going to puch me finally into getting a computer.

HREF File Names

One very handy tip that I learned over the semester was to hit the equal sign and the backslash. When I hit the equal sign, I could get the totall address of the file that I had encountered. I usually wrote this down, in hopes that I would create a bookmark file, but anyways.... This was a really great feature when I was creating links to certain documents. It took the pressure off to try to keep track of where I was. All I had to do was hit the equal sign and I had all of the information that I needed. Another handy tool was the backslash. If I wanted to link to something within a document, all I had to do was hit the backslash ans I could get the name of the anchor that I needed. This was also very handy when I needed help doing something. I could look at a person's file who had accomlished everything that I wanted to and get help in dong my own. I took advantage of this at the beginning of the semester when I was creating my files.

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My Suggestions

I think that most people should take the advice that I ahve given earlier. Be very careful about how you name your files because they are important. A name can tell one many things about a doucment and it should grab the viewer. Do you want people to read your files? If so, try to make your titles interesting and true to the informtion comtained in the dcoument. Make use of the equal and backslash keys because when you are creating files, they can be extremely helpful. Try to have fun with everything. I also suggest that you read the article that my professor has written about titles and addresses. To check it out go go here.

Week 15 Lab Report

What I Have Accomplished

I started out in this class with just your basic knowledge about word processing on the computer. I had heard about the Internet and I took this class because I saw it as an oppurtunity to learn more about it. Boy, was I right. I learned a lot from this class and I am do glad that I took it. I started out with nothing on the World Wide Web. Now I ahve many different files that I have created all by myself, with a little help from other great students. I feel that I have been very lucky to take this class because I have acquired skills that I might have missed out on had I graduated one semester earlier. This skill on the Internet is going to be very important when I go out looking for a job. I think that compared to others in the class, I was ble to accomplish a lot. I am very proud of myself for having the motivation to come to the computer lab everyday and sit down and work for hours at a time on this project that I was given. It took a lot of patience to learn and create everything that I have. There were times when I thought that the end would never come and I was not going to graduate because I couldn't finish my work. Here I am at the end of the semester having completed all of the work assigned to me and learning in the process. I feel that I have acomplished a great goal by getting through this class. Computers no longer intimidate me. I have learned to work on a Macintosh computer, something I would never have attempted before. Additionally, I have learned not to be afraid to ask for help. I am very proud of myself for having gotten through this class.

Advice to the Instructor

One thing that I would suggest is that a textbook be chosen that relates to computers. I think something that contains the html formatting codes would be very helpful to future generations. I bought my own book but it would have been nice if I could've had it related to this course. I definetely recommend that you continue building cyberspace with future students. They only have to gain from this endeavor, there is nothing to lose (except of course all of your files!). I am very appreciative of the fact that I got to take this class and that it was related to psychology. At first I did not understand that. Now I do. There is a whole realm of different ways that the internet relates to psychology. I got to learn about this and on a personal level. I was one of the guinea pigs. Thank you Dr. James for giving me the oppurtunity to take this class and teaching me vital lessons that I can use in the future!

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My Future on the Web

I feel very strongly that I want to continue with these files that I hae created. If I am not able to do that, then I will go out and buy a computer and create some new ones. I have never gotten around to buying a computer but now that I have experienced surfing the net, I want one right away. I had not idea how much information can be found. There is information there that I cannot find anywhere else unless I become a world traveler. But I can do this from my own home. I am going to create a file for my husband and I so that it can be kept up and updated throughout the future. Kind of like a family home page as Dr. James suggested in class. I can't wait to ge started, again!

Suggestions for Future Students

The future students who take this class should consider themselves very lucky. They will gain skilld from this class that will be very valuable to them in the future. They should learn to be patient and that motivation is important. Do not procrastinate when doing your homework. Be sure that you keep up with the weekly assignments so that you can put in all that you want to. If you wait, you will find that at the end of the semester, you will have to cram a lot of thought into a small amount of time. Also, do not get stressed out if you cannot understand something. Look to your fellow students for help and also Professor James. It is really easy to do, just e-mail any questions that you have. Also, be sure that you save your documents, you never know what is going to happen with your files. Most importantly, look at this as fun. You are creating something that is very important. Professor James allows you the freedom to express yourself in the way that you want to. Do not be afraid to let your personalites shine through. This will reflect itself in your files. Other people will be veiwing them so be sure that they are neat and organized. Try to enjoy yourself and do not get too stressed!

Final Word

I am finally finished! Thank you for this oppurtunity and happy Net Surfing!

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