The Essentials

Dates

The course runs from August 31 through December 16. 

D2L and the Class Team will open on August 26. There is an introduction Flipgrid due at 11:59 pm on September 1, and other introduction assignments due at 11:59 pm on September 2.

Fall break is October 24 – October 25.

Thanksgiving break is November 24 – November 25

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Required Textbook

Neuroscience. Sixth Edition. Editors: Purves, Augustine, Fitzpatrick, Hall, LaMantia, White. Sinauer Associates, Inc. 2018.

Course Structure

This course is designed as a paced, asynchronous course, meaning there are scheduled due dates, but there are no schedule meeting times.

Required Technology

Students will need access to a laptop or tablet and reliable internet. A phone or tablet camera or webcam is recommended for video discussions.

We will use three technologies for learning in NEU 841: Microsoft Class Teams, Flipgrid, and Desire 2 Learn (D2L). Learn more about each technology

Within Microsoft Class Teams, we will be using Microsoft Word documents. You can edit documents directly within Teams, and they will be saved automatically. You can also download and edit them. If you use this route, please make sure you have installed Word through spartan365.msu.edu. I also recommend saving all course documents in Microsoft OneDrive to avoid any accidental loss of work due to computer issues.

Communication

Instead of communicating by email, I ask all students to ask me questions via the Chat tool in the Class Teams. Only you and I can see the content in a private chat.

Learn about more communication options

Webcam Policies

I would love to see your face in your videos this semester. I believe it helps create a stronger sense of community in our digital learning environment. However, no one is required to record their face for any video submitted in this course. Want to always record your face? Great. Want to record your face some weeks and not others? Cool. Want to never record you face? No problem. Other video options are discussed in the first Flipgrid assignment.