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Tips for Teaching Online
My Introduction

Subject: Introductions
Article No. 3: posted by Colleen Bell on Sun, Mar. 28, 1999, 22:50

Welcome to Contours of Cyberspace. I'd like to begin these introductions by telling you a little bit about myself. I hope you'll do the same by responding to this message.

My name is Colleen Bell (you can call me by my first or last name, whichever is more comfortable for you), and I have been at the University of Oregon since October 1996. I work for the UO Library System as the Library Instruction Coordinator. I am a librarian — I have a master's degree in library science — but I also hold the rank of Assistant Professor. You can get all the boring details about my job, my academic background, and my life as a librarian from my web page: [put url here].

I'm Canadian, born and raised in British Columbia, and lived there until 1994, when I moved to La Grande, OR to work at Eastern Oregon University. I moved to the US for economic reasons — too many librarians in Canada, not enough jobs, and no vacant jobs for someone with my interests and skills.

I have been using the Internet forever, it seems. I sent my first email message in 1988, transfered my first file using FTP in 1989 (even though I didn't have a clue about what I was doing or why I would want to do it), and built my first web site in 1993, just after Mosaic, the first graphical web browser, was released. My claim to fame is that my first web site was one of the first 1,000 web sites in the world, one of the first 100 in Canada, and among the first — maybe even the first — bilingual web sites (English and French). The site has changed so much over the years that not much of the original remains, but there are still little pockets of it here and there.

I have been teaching, reading, thinking, and writing about the Internet since 1993. I think that the Internet is one of the most rapid examples of evolution ever, with tremendous implications for the way we live, the way we think, and our future, which is why I'm teaching this course. This is my second time teaching this course, but my first time teaching an online course (and using this WebCT software).

I see my role as more of a facilitator and participant in this course than as a "teacher," whatever you take that to mean. I expect to learn as much from you as you do from me and each other.

That's it. See you in cyberspace. ;-)

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