How to Learn with Your iPod

Class Information

Class Number ITEC 0299
Semester / Year Fall 2014
Class Title How to Learn with Your iPod
Class Description How to identify your learning preferences and styles, create learning strategies to improve and augment learning, and use a variety of learning aides and devices to support learning. E-learning aids to include Podcasts, web searches, electronic note-taking, cell phones, blog and wikis, intelligent tutors, etc.
Instructor Kevin Kelly
Office BH 163 (ITEC office)
Phone (415) 338-1509

Teaching Assistants

Name Email
Arwa Alghamdi

Learning outcomes

Examine yourself as a learner

Describe what makes you the most effective learner, drawing from prior learning experiences, knowledge of how learning works, and vocabulary related to learning preferences

Investigate how you affect your own learning

Examine the relationships between your body, mind, and network, and your ability to learn

Try different learning strategies

Research and use learning strategies designed to improve learning

Use different technologies for learning

Research and use different technologies specifically for learning, even if those technologies were not originally designed to be used for learning

Contribute to real-world discussions

Share the student perspective about using technology for learning

Synthesize your experience

Synthesize how modifying your physiological (body), psychological (mind) and social (network) behaviors; using specific learning strategies; and employing various technologies affect your own learning

Project about your future learning experiences

Describe how you will pursue your own self-development for life-long learning and personal transformation in the future, based on what you have learned in this class and what you still want to investigate.


About the class

This class investigates in depth how you learn and how to apply that towards working with technology, and I mean you personally…yes, you! Your foremost responsibility in this class is to learn how to improve your own learning with technology.   This course is conducted fully online, which means that all of the face-to-face class meetings are replaced with online, or virtual, activities. The online learning environment (iLearn) is a safe place.  Class discussions provide opportunities to try out ideas or to gain new knowledge or skills.  You can ask any question at any time. Don't hold back, even if you think what you may say might be silly or trivial.

Although it is online, ITEC 299 is a hands-on class where you will learn by doing as much as possible, so get ready to work!   From week to week, you might do any or all of the following:

  • Participate in several small group and individual activities;
  • Review mini-lectures provided in different multimedia formats;
  • Analyze and use (when possible) technologies to learn;
  • Participate in a culminating large group activity and more!

Course format

The class behaves more like a learning game than a class! As you proceed through the course, you will follow this pattern:

  1. Choose a Learning Pathway -- Choose a goal for what you want to get out of the class (see Learning Pathways for more information)
  2. Complete Learning Quests
    1. Select the level of difficulty to show what you know about the topic
    2. More difficult levels offer more points
    3. Some Learning Quests can be done in groups
  3. Help Others -- help fellow students by providing feedback and advice about technologies or learning with technologies
  4. Synthesize Your Learning -- Put it all together in an individual or group project
The course is broken up into modules, or Quests. Each Quest has open and close dates, with due dates for assignments. You can work at your own pace on a module until the due dates listed in each Quest.

The amount of work for this class is equivalent to roughly 3-5 hours per week.   You will receive all instructional materials via iLearn.

Points (Final Grade Determination)

You have the opportunity to gain over 2500 points in this class. You may do this by completing Learning Quests and helping other Learners. Bonus points are awarded for outstanding contributions that benefit the entire class or another Learner.   No matter which Learning Pathway you choose, Achievement Levels are the same for all three:
  • Grand Master
    • A+ 1250 points or higher
  • Master
    • A 1163 to 1249 points
    • A- 1125 to 1162 points
  • Journeyman/Journeywoman
    • B+ 1088 to 1124 points
    • B 1038 to 1087 points
    • B- 1000 to 1037 points
  • Apprentice
    • C+ 963 to 999 points
    • C 913 to 962 points
    • C- 875 to 912 points
  • Lower Apprentice
    • D+ 838 to 874 points
    • D 788 to 837 points
    • D- 750 to 787 points
  • Underachievement
    • F 749 points or fewer

NOTE: If you are taking the class as Credit/No Credit (CR/NC), you must earn at least 875 points (C- or better) to get Credit.


Date Notes Due

First day of instruction


Due date for Introduction Quest

What's due:

  • all Introduction Quest activities (value: up to 70 points)

More details:



Due date for all activities from

  • Metacognition Quest - Learning Overview
  • Metacognition Quest - Learning Strategies

Due date for Level 3 Plans from

  • Metacognition Quest - Learning & Your Body
  • Metacognition Quest - Learning & Your Mind
  • Metacognition Quest - Learning & Your Network
  • All 9 Technology Quests

What's due:

  • all Metacognition Quest activities listed on this webpage for Learning Overview and Learning Strategies (value: up to 155 points)
  • any and all Level 3 Plans you want to submit for any Metacognition or Technology Quests (maximum submissions allowed: 3 Plans total; value: up to 150 points)

More details:



Due date for all remaining activities from

  • Metacognition Quests x 3
  • Technology Quests x 9

What's due:

  • all remaining Metacognition and Technology Quest activities (value: up to 1100 points)

More details:


Due date for Student Perspective Quest

What's due:

  • all Student Perspective Quest activities (value: up to 350 points)

More details:


Due date for Synthesis Quest

What's due:

  • all Synthesis Quest activities (value: up to 375 points)

More details:


Title Required Notes
All materials provided via iLearn (Moodle) Optional

All materials for this fully online class are provided in the online course environment in iLearn (Moodle)


Assignment Value Notes
Learning Quests (Activities) 2500

To complete your Learning Pathway (Objectives), you must complete activities in the various Learning Quests. You choose which activities to complete based on

  • a) the learning outcomes for the class (what I want you to get out of this experience) and
  • b) your personal goals (what you want to get out of this experience)

Review a complete list of possible activities in each Quest on this webpage


SFSU OFFICIAL - Disability Access Statement

Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process. The DPRC is located in the Student Service Building and can be reached by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472) or by email (


If you do not complete the course requirements by the end of the semester, and you do not have a prior agreement with me, you may be given an “INC” grade (Incomplete). You will have two months from the last day of classes to complete your work. After I receive your completed work, you will receive the appropriate grade. Please complete your work by the end of the semester to avoid an Incomplete. You are responsible for getting your completed work (i.e., papers, exams, peer assessments, etc.) to me and for following up to make sure a grade change has been processed. You must complete at least 75% of the coursework (938 points or more) to qualify for an Incomplete.

Withdrawal from the course

Withdrawal from individual class(es) after the Drop Deadline must be petitioned using the withdrawal petition at (pdf document). Individual withdrawals must be approved by Instructor and Chair. Complete semester withdrawals can be forwarded to the Registrar's Office without instructor/chair signatures. You will receive a "W" on your record for withdrawals. Withdrawal period for Spring after the Drop Deadline.

Academic integrity and plagiarism

Academic Integrity refers to the “integral” quality of the search for knowledge that a student undertakes. The work a student produces, therefore, ought to be wholly his or hers; it should result completely from the student’s own efforts. A student will be guilty of violating Academic Integrity if he/she a) knowingly represents work of others as his/her own, b) uses or obtains unauthorized assistance in the execution of any academic work, or c) gives fraudulent assistance to another student.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating or fraud; it occurs when a student misrepresents the work of another as his or her own. Plagiarism may consist of using the ideas, sentences, paragraphs, or the whole text of another without appropriate acknowledgment, but it also includes employing or allowing another person to write or substantially alter work that a student then submits as his or her own. Any assignment found to be plagiarized will be given an "F" grade. Instances of plagiarism in this class may be reported to the Dean of the College, and may be reported to the University Judicial Affairs Officer for further action.

Late or missed assignments

Because there are more points available than you need to complete the class, late assignments are not accepted. Through the numerous class activities, you should be able to complete another assignment to make up those points. Under extreme circumstances only, contact the instructor(s) for this course by email to request an exception.

Citing your sources

All sources for your written work, both paper and online, must be cited using American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. The following links are helpful resources for APA protocols:

It is also important to give credit for any images you use for this class. There are many images with a "Creative Commons" or CC license (e.g., you can filter for CC images on Flickr), which means you can use the image for free as long as you follow the artist's requests. Here's a link to a helpful infographic that describes CC licenses and how to give credit for CC images:

Your responsibilities in the online environment

Instructors will use iLearn (QuickMail and forums) as the primary method to communicate class-related messages. You are responsible for reading all messages and making sure that the correct e-mail address is attached to your iLearn account throughout the semester. Students who forward SF State e-mails are responsible for maintaining their e-mail boxes so that class-related messages do not bounce.

We will use the "Core Rules of Netiquette"  ( as guidelines for online interaction.

Changes to the syllabus

The syllabus is subject to change throughout the semester, as the instructor(s) may slightly modify the course to meet Learners' needs. I will notify you of any possible changes to the syllabus as soon as they have been made.