GO TO WEEK 1(WELCOME, ARE YOU READY FOR THE RIDE?) WHY I TOOK THIS CLASS THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS LOGGING ON SENDING E-MAIL
GO TO WEEK 2(THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS) KEEPING A PMA FINDING THE RIGHT LAB FIRST REAL SIGN OF ANGER CLASS DISCUSSION / EMACS CREATING THREE FILES IN EMACS VIEWING DUMMY HOME PAGE FILES PSY 409a/gustie.html
GO TO WEEK 3(DO NOT MISS CLASS) LEARNING AN IMPORTANT LESSON PRUE FRUSTRATION THANK GOD FOR CLASSMATES LEARNING PICO THANKS TO DIANE AND TRUDY
GO TO WEEK 4(NAVIGATING, DO I NEED A LICENSE?) FINDING SOMETHING SPECIFIC WHERE AM I WHERE DO I WANT TO GO NAVIGATION FIGHTING PESSIMISTIC FEELINGS THIS IS ONLY A CLASS DR. JAMES IS UNDERSTANDING SUMMER SCHOOL FEELINGS OF DEPRESSION
GO TO WEEK 5(DOES THE CLASS STRUCTURE WORK?) WHAT I LEARNED FROM G.R. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
GO TO WEEK 6(CYBERSPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER...) FIRST EXPLORATION TRAFFIC FINDINGS 1 DAY 2 OF THE WEB CRAWLER TRAFFIC FINDINGS 2 TRAFFIC FINDINGS 3
GO TO WEEK 7(BORING, BORING, BORING) STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3 STUDENT 4 STUDENT 5 STUDENT 6 CONCLUSION
GO TO WEEK 8(NO COMMENT!)
GO TO WEEK 9(PLATO: NO, NOT THE DISNEY CHARACTER) PLATO
GO TO WEEK 10(MORE HOME PAGES -MORE LINKS, THAT'S ALL) THE ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK WAS TO CREATE THREE ALTERNATIVE HOME PAGES TRAVEL HOME PAGE MY MUSIC HOME PAGE MY ANIMAL LOVER HOME PAGE
GO TO WEEK 11(YUCK) KUHLTHAU OVERVIEW KUHLTHAU CHAPTER 2
GO TO WEEK 12(CAN'T TOUCH THIS...) SOCIAL CONTEXT PARTICIPANTS USEFULNESS
GO TO WEEK 13(NICE AND CLEAN) CLEAN UP
GO TO WEEK 14(SORRY I HAD TO COPY) WHAT'S IN A TITLE
GO TO WEEK 15(HOME PLATE, SCORE) RECOMENDATIONS WHAT I LEARNED OTHER HOMEPAGES WHAT TO DO WITH THE REPORTS WAS IT WORTH IT
As the first day of class rolled around, I found myself excited to learn more about computers. I was especially happy because computer literacy was not a prerequisit for this class. When I reached our classroom I was ready to listen, take notes, and learn.
THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
As class began, I listened closely to what Dr. James had to say. I found myself somewhat confused, but I didn't panic. As class progressed we walked over to the computer lab in Keller Hall. This expedition turned out to be frustrating because I didn't have my own code to access the computer. Therefore, I worked with Trudy and Barry.
Trudy, Barry, and myself tried to logon under Barry's code. We ran across some problems. These problems included using the wrong password and taking too long to type in Barry's logon name. Eventually we overcame these problems and were able to logon. We took so long trying to logon that we had to logout as soon as we were in.
Our first assingment was to send Dr. James e-mail. Thus, I made plans with Trudy Moore to meet at the Critique Lab in Kuykendal Hall. We were given an account for this particular lab, which took a while. Soon Trudy and I accesed Pine via Windows and with the help of the attendent. I then sent my first e-mail to Dr. James. Sending e-mail in pine was easy and very user-friendly.
KEEPING A PMA
As we entered week two, I managed to keep a Positive Mental Attitude, PMA. I felt o.k. at this point because I was able to send e-mail and brouse though Dr. James' Home Page.
FINDING THE RIGHT LAB
Part of our next assignment was to resend e-mail, due to some technical problem experienced with the first assignment, to Dr. James and Kevin Bogan. I proceeded to the Critique Lab to accomplish this task. However, the system was having problems. Thus, after waiting twenty minites, I decided to walk over to the Lab in Keller. When I reached Keller, I discovered that all the computers were being used. I hiked back to the Critique Lab.
FIRST REAL SIGN OF ANGER
At this time I was beginning to get angry. I thought to myself, "I don't have time for all this crap." By now the system was up and running so I sent my e-mail to Dr. James and Kevin. I began to cool down until I discovered that I couldn't access the CSS server from the Critique Lab, which was part of our week two assignment. I logged out and left the Critique Lab feeling somewhat irritated. I went home to vent off some of my frustration and to let my head clear. I then attempted the Keller Lab to finish my assignments at a later time.
CLASS DISCUSSION / EMACS
In class we discussed how to create three files in emacs. These files were to include our Home Page, Lab Report, and Glossary. Dr. James explained in class that he had created dummy files under Gustie and Kwock for the class to view. I was excited because Dr. James made my Home Page file and I didn't have to make it. However, I had to make the other two files by myself.
CREATING THREE FILES IN EMACS
Thus, in the Keller Lab I began to create my files in Emacs. I first made my way to the "www$" prompt. From this point, I typed, "emacs labreport.html," to name my file. I then proceeded to type "control x," and "control c." To save my newly created file, I typed "Y" for yes. I also created my Glossary and my new Home Page file. I was happy that everythig was going pretty smooth.
VIEWING DUMMY HOME PAGE FILES
Part three of our assinment was to view the dummy Home Pages of Gustie and Kwock. We were istructed to type "../../psy409/gustie.html." This is where all my problems and frustration really began. I could not access my Home Page and the computer froze. The screen showed, "loading." However, none of the commands would work. I had to call the attendent. I felt so stupid because I couldn't even explain what program I was in because I didn't know. So she tried to unlock the computer but nothing happened. I even confused the Lab attendent. Eventually she turned the computer off or logged out or something but I was so upset I went home.
Feeling like a fool, I consulted Trudy on the matter. She said that she had encountered a similar problem but had found a solution. We needed to type "../../psy409a/gustie.html. All this comotion over a little "a" after 409. From this point, I was able to access my Home Page.
LEARNING AN IMPORTANT LESSON
I learned a valuable lesson this week. I missed one day of class and when I returned I felt like I was in the wrong class. When I returned to class I was so clueless as to what we were all discussing, like I was in a foriegn language class for the first time. I assume that this week we learned how to make links and anchors. The most important lesson I have learned thus far is that missing class is a big no-no and that you should attend even if you are on your death bed.
From this point on I have had negative feelings towards this class because I feel like a stupid fool. At first I didn't even understand what a link or an anchor was so I began to feel frustrated. As class continued everybody discussed their problems, I could feel my blood pressure rise. All I could think about was Graduation, was I going to graduate with this class in my schedule. The longer I sat in class the more irritated I got which made me want to literally cry.
THANK GOD FOR CLASSMATES
Feeling dumb and stupid, I quickly contacted Diane for a crash course in links. Diane was most helpful. I have noticed that other classmates have been rendering aide as did Jill for Kyle. Anyways, Diane explained that a link was a connection between two or more files. Diane even showed me how to make a link. I began to feel like a human again. I finally got the entire picture of what was to be done and why. From this point I went into all three files and made links, anchors, and began my homework. I think it is important to note that I did take a break to fully comprehend all the new information before attempting to actually sit down at the computer to work.
Trudy introduced me to pico which is easier than using emacs as a word processor. The pico program displays a menu at the bottom of the screen which makes word processing much easier and user friendly. Thus, Trudy was of much service to me.
THANK YOU DIANE AND TRUDY
THANK YOU MS. DIANE BEAUCHEMIN (hey, I can spell your name) for catching me up on what was going on. THANK YOU MRS. TRUDY MOORE for making my life much easier.
FINDING SOMETHING SPECIFIC
Finding something specific in a hypertext environment can be somewhat tricky. To begin your journey you must know two things. First, you must know where you are in terms of the computer program / system. Then you must know where you want to go to.
WHERE AM I
Understanding whare you are in relation to the program / system is important because this will determine which commands you will use. For example, to view one of my files I just have to type in the name of the file; gustie.html. However, if I wanted to view a class mates home page I would have to first type in commands that take me out of my directory; ../../, before I could move on.
WHERE DO I WANT TO GO
It is also important to know where you want to go in a program / system because specific information my be needed to reach that particular destination. For example, if I wanted to send e-mail right now to Dr. James, I would need to exit out of pico by typing "control x" for exit and "y" for yes. Then I would need to type "pine" to enter the program for sending e-mial. Thus it is important to know where you are and where you want to go in a program / system when looking for something specific in a hypertext environment.
Navigating around through course files can be fun. This is true because it is easy. In order for me to navigate around I made links to the Instructor's Home Page, Other Student's Home Page, and to Other Student's Lab Report files. In turn, these people have created links to other files which allows me to jump from one file to another.
FIGHTING PESSIMISTIC FEELINGS
Keeping a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is not easy when learning in a hypertext environment. When pessimistic feelings kick in and I begin to feel like I hate this class and want to withdrawl, I consider three notions; this is only a class, Dr. James is understanding, and summer school.
THIS IS ONLY A CLASS
When I start pulling my hair out and foaming at the mouth, I remind myself that this is only a class and that I have conqured much greater feats in my life time. My attitude is very similar to that of Trudy Moore when considering the fact that this is only a class,.
DR. JAMES IS UNDERSTANDING
Another techinique I use when I begin to feel pissimistic is to repeatidly tell myself that Dr. James is understaning. I think about the fact the Dr. James knows that we are novice-novices and are trying to beat his challenge. I also tell myself that Dr. James will be especially understanding to our class because we are his very first class of this fully loaded hypertext class. Thus, we will work out the bugs together.
When all else fails and I feel like breaking the computer, I repeat the words "Summer School." These words lead me to think, what's the difference if I graduate in May of '95 or in August of '95 it will still be considered summer! The idea of summer school keeps me from feeling totally pessimistic (and hating the world).
FEELINGS OF DEPRESSION
Feelings of depression do not really affect me. I keep three notions in mind when fighting pessimistic feelings. Thus, I have not hit a state of depression when considering PSY 409a. My life is too short to get depressed over a class. I also fight feeling of depression because I just say no, it is not an acceptable state when it comes to school, boyfriend problems are another story! You just have to be strong and take breaks when you begin to feel depressed.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM G.R.
NOTE: This is my second version because I got kicked off the system.
The sudents in Psychology 409 in the Spring semester of '94 learned how to use a hypertext setting from scratch. They were introduced to programs such as "pine," "gopher," and "veronica." They learned to assces a ton of information like government document, information on sex, and how to send e-mail. The students seemed as though they were somewhat cyberspace literate by the end of the semester. The majority of the students felt proud of what they had learned. Their state of mind during this great challenge was to be expected; depression, frustration, confusion, and irritation. I felt like I could relate to their emothins even though we didn't do the exact same things. I also saw that their is light at the end of the tunnle by reading their sense of accomplishment towards the end of the semester.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
I suggest that you get an account at Keller Hall on day one of this class or prior to the first day. Having this account right away will allow you to log on within the first week. i suggest that you attend every class because missing just one class can leave you completely and thuroughly lost. While in class, take very detained notes on WHO, HOW, WHY, WHERE, and WHEN. Good notes will help you when you enter the lab. When in the Lab, keep notes on what's going on; Affective, Cognitive, and Sensory Motor (ACS). To better understand the point of this class, read the information from past generations right away. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, it is too hard making up work. It is also important to ask questions right away because this class has a building block structure and once you are stuck, nothing else makes any sense.
Our home work assingment is to find three entries on the subject of traffic. Thus to do so, we are forced to explor the internet. I began my exploration by following Dr. James' links which eventually took me the Web Crawler. In the beginning I was nervous because I din't know what to expect, this would be my first experience in internet exploration. I didn't want to get kicked off the system (I'm working from home) and not be able to access uhunix for a while. This created some of my anxious feelings. However, I was successful in my attempt at using the Web Crawler. The first thing I searched for was "traffic" and found some stuff, then I realized I was capable of looking for all kinds of information. Note: This is how I found my three traffic discoveries. So, I quickly exited out of the traffic search and began looking up all kinds of topics; sex information, receipes, and Samoa. I found this to quite interesting, therefore, I called my roommates over to see what I had discovered. After approximately one hour of play, I decided to get back to Psy 409 by creating a link to the Web Crawler. I now have the Web Crawler on my Home Page!
TRAFFIC FINDINGS 1
The first topic I found was under San Diego Traffic Report. This report had an index from which I chose "Real-Time Traffic Reports" and then I narrowed it down to "California Road Conditions-Synopsis." This was detailed report about current road information. For example, "In the San Francisco bay area will close Barrett Ave./ in Richmond / to San Pablo Dam Rd / in San Pablo (Contra Costa Co) from 2300 hrs on 3/15/95 to 0600 hrs on 3/16/95 -construction Detour Available." I think it is a great idea to put such information on-line because a large number of people can access this information which will cut down on traffic jams. This particular report was up-to-date it containd information on tommorws traffic situations. I enjoyed reading this report because I think it is great source information and can serve the public in a positive manner. For further information on traffic conditions in California, see Trudy's report and Jason's lab report.
DAY 2 OF THE WEB CRAWLER
Well today is a different day and I have not had much success on the Web Crawler. I am going to use Dr. James' old bookmark file to look for more traffic related information so I can complete this assignment.
TRAFFIC FINDINGS 2
I hit the jack pot, I found two entries in Dr.james' old bookmark file. The first one was found under "Traffic Watch." From here I was able to select information on various geographical area around the world. I chose the category, "Any Where Else." From this point, I was able to access information on traffic conditions which were generated from people out in the cyberspace world. I found infromation on road conditions in Seattle, Bangkok, and North Carolina. I believe that this method of communication is great because it allows people to check traffic conditions in operators local area, 24 hours a day. This will cut down on traffic jams and will save people from the frustration of sitting in a car in traffic. For further stories with respect to traffic information via lynx, see Barry Kowck's findings.
TRAFFIC FINDINGS 3
The third discovery, with regaurds to traffic, was also through the us of Dr. James' old bookmark file. The file I chose to investigate was titled,"See the USA In Your Virtual Cheverolet." Then I was able to select the topic, "Route 66." This was a journal of a trip from Chicago to Santa Monica, which takes you along the entire route. First, I was able to read facts about route 66. For example, route 66 is 2,448 miles and crosses eight states. Their is an index which allows you to select which state you want join in on from. Another cool thing about this file is that it is forever growing. You can send additional infromation to make the journey more complete. This file even has pictures of various areas around route 66 . However, I was not able to view them becaues of the computer I was working on.
This weeks assignment includes viewing, commenting, and linking on six Lab Report entries of fellow students. The first Victim is the lucky Carol Almares. Her report was about her first encounter with pine and email. I especially liked the fact that her entry was a step-by-step account of what to do inorder to send email. This will be especially helpful for future generations because they can use this information to send or view email.
The next Lab Report entry I read was that of Diane Beauchemin when she wrote about netsacpe. In netscape Diane was able to access information that I found to be interesting. I was somewhat enlightened because someone actually found that was appealing to me. I felt a sense of hope for this class, like I might begin to like it. I wanted a little more detail so I could access these files too. i alos appreciat Diane's sense of humor throughout all this @#$%.
Dellia Badua's files were the next files I chose to read. In her entry she talks about using the Web Crawler for the first time. I could especially relate to the fact that she couldn't really find traffic related entries but had a fun time exploring the Web. When I first got on the Web Crawler, I started with traffic but then quicky changed my search to more interesting topics like sex and Samoa. time went by quickly as I looked at things I liked. from this I gained a new respect for the world wide Web.
I also had a chance to explore the files of Ryan Higa. I had fun in his files. I began reading an entry about music. Within this paragraph he had made a link to hi bookmark file which allowed me to acces the funkapolis file. This file was all about music. You can access information on all types of bands. I am finding great pleasure reading the files of classmates because I am finding great information. This makes me happy and it also make me want to share my findings with others. I think everyone should be internet literate. I am finding that all the frustration, stress, and suffering form this class is worth it (well maybe).
Still working on homework 7, I just viewed the entries in Jason Raad's Lab Report. I am finding that the homework assignment for week six was the frustration break everybody needed. This is evident in Jason's report as well as the report of the other four students I just investigated. I think we needed to spend some time surfing the internet. I feel that everyone is beginning to gain some confidence now and is not so scared to attempt various new tasks. Although I am tired, I am happy because everyone is doing o.k..
Last but not least, is Linda Wong and her notes about finging enough time to get all her work done. I could totally relate to what she had to say about time. It seem like by the time you log on, figure out what you need to do, and by the time you get there, an hour has elapsed and you have only just begun. I often get frustrated sitting in the one place for hours at a time, especially when the Labs are so cold. I didn't expect this class would take up so much of my time. However, now that I am somewhat internet literate, I will not have to spend as much time on-line. I think I will save time by keeping up on weekly assignmants.
In conclusion, I enjoyed reading the Lab Reports of my class mates. However, i think that our weekly assignments are a bit much. Now I have read and write about something in Dr. James' files.
This weeks aggingment was to enter the world of cyberspace via 1991 course Intergrated Online Files. I found this concept to be very interesting. However, as was our class discussion on this matter 5/2/95, you still need the human face-to-face ineraction (FTF) for that feeling of warmth that we give to oneanother as human beings. This form of communicating should not take the place of human FTF interactions. Like I said in class, we give off a particular orra that people pick up on, like air-waves. This humanly characteristic is what we call chemistry when to people click or hit it off. I enjoyed looking and reading the files on class room situations and the structure of classes. Tehnology is great, interesting, efficitne, and sometimes necessary but computers and machinery cannot replace the warmth of a human being. WEEK 10
SORRY I CREATED THREE HOME PAGES, TO VIEW THE PRESS THE ENTER BUTTON:
TRAVEL HOME PAGE MUSIC HOME PAGE ANIMAL LOVERS HOME PAGE WEEK 11
I began reading Kuhlthau's book in the beginning of the semester and found it very hard to read. This book contained so much detailed information that I found it hard to follow. I was not sure which information was important and what was trival. Thus, I put the book down. Then one day Dr. James decides that we have to read particular chapter and present them to the class. Overall, the few messages I got from the book were helpful, like you will feel anxiety at first until you fine tune a research topic. However, I do not reccomend this book because I this class requires so much work that I never had time or the interest to finish reading this book. Wow, after reading Beverly Diaz sums up the book very well in the section What's it about. She goes on into further detail in the paragraphs entitled Selection and Formulation.
My opinion of this book is very different than that of Trudy Moore. However, I do agree with her comments on how our calss worked up such tension among our class members especially Carol, the great debater. For further information of the contence, see Ms Smith's comments.
KUHLTHAU CHAPTER 2
Chapter two was about the Constructive Theory of research and learning. Theorist Jerome Bruner discusses three factors that help us learn. First, their is the interpretive task. He believes that construction involves hypothesis generation which he views as a process of interpreting / creating. We move along in the process of construction by suspending disbelief in order to consider possible worlds. Interpreting involves creating. The interpretive taks of, "Going beyond the information given," is a central concept. This mysterious capacity to interpret and create is at the core of what it means to be human.
The next factor is interplay of thinking, feeling, and acting. The process of construction is not a systematic, orderly procedure, but rather it is the confusing, uncertain, threatening process. Stages of reflective thinking and phases of construction which incorporate feelings with thoughts and action.
The third factor addresses uniqueness and redundency. All new information is not treated equally in the constructive process of learning. There is a tension between the uniqueness and the redundancy of the information encountered within a new experience. Humans have a limited capacity for an overabundance of either the new or familiar. The basic principle of human ability is important for understanding the interplay of affective experience with cognition and action in the process of construction.
NOTE: This information is taken from my notes, which may the exact words of Kuhllthau or Bruner. WEEK 12
This piece of work, Swedenborg Discussion Files on Psychology & Theology, can be considered a controvercial piece in a social context. Many people do not want to discuss their feelings on such private and personal issues like religion (SEE BEAUCHEMIN'S COMMENTS. On the other hand, their are individuals who feel stongly about their religious views ans choose to share the thoughts and feelings on this matter. I believe that this issue is controversial.
I feel that the participants had mixed feelings on the matter. I liked the fact that I could read what others had to say. It was a form of open communication.
By working my way through cyberspace I was able to locate the needed document, which gave me practice in using logical thinking. Because I had to log on to the internet once again, I had more reinforcement in remembering my logon codes. I also got to read someone's perspective on theology. Therefore, the lessons learned in this week's exercise were usefull.
I went through my files and cleaned the up. This precess was tedious and boring. I basically took out all the brackets in all the titles.
WHAT'S IN A TITLE
NOTE: WHEN TRYING TO GET INT DR. JAMES' WEEKLY COMMENTS I WAS UNABLE TO ACCESS WEEK 14 SO I WENT INTO CYBERSPACE TO SEE WHAT OTHER STUDENTS DID -I GUESS THIS IS A SIMPLE CASE OF CHEATING!
A title is a complete summary of the context of the information it preceeds. It can help the reader decifer if they want to read the folling information or if they want to disregard it. Creating a title takes much effot because a title need to be interesting and logical.
The first thing I reccomend is that this class require a lab. I would break the two and a half hour class period into two periods, one being a lecture and one being a lab. This will help the students get their work done in the lab because most times the labs are full or are hosting another class.
I would make a prerequisit for this class. I would make all students report to the first class with an uhunix account. This would make the first day easier.
I have taken several writing intensive classes and have found that this class requires too much work. I understood that this class required 10 hours per week worth of work but that is not the case. By the time you logon, figure out what you want to do, and solve some minor problems, four hours have lapsed and the assignment hasn't even been touched. When I took the 459 class we only had an assingmnet due every two weeks, i think this would bee good for this class.
WHAT I LEARNED
I believe that I have come a long way in the world of cyber space. I began this class feeling confused and hopeless. Thus, I got off to a bad start and began to put this class off. Then I was able to comprehend what was going on thanks to fellow classmates. I have discovered that the world of cyberspace is endless and can be fun to view. The internet contains so much information from all around the world. This makes communication possibilities endless. I never thought that I would have gotten this far. I feel like I am on top of things inturn of techonolgy because the intenet is the newest and hotest item on the market. I have brodened my horrisens by taking this class. I wish I had more time to play on the internet. I also learned that I can accomplish things even if I don't like what I'm doing. I can overcome challanges.
My home page is homely compared to other student's work. To see the home pages of other students. I have not had much time being that I am a graduating senior and have no time. I wish I could have gotten into the cyberspace scene more but I just ran out of time.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE REPORTS
I would like to see these reports in cyberspace foreve, hwever we know that cannot happen. I think the files shold be put on disk so they can be stored forver. I know that I will not be looking at my files in the near future. I also think the files should be printed out on hard copy incas their is a world wide cyberspace virus or if the electricity runs out.
WAS IT WORTH IT
I have spent many hours working on my school work and have learned different lessons but I wish we didn't have so much school work so I could have spent more time in cyberspace. I guess it was worth it because I did learn and anytime you learn, it is worth it.
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