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LibraryThing: OU History of Science Collections HSCI 3013 - section 995 - Spring 2014

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Desire2Learn (D2L) is a "course management system" (sometimes abbreviated "CMS," like Blackboard or WebCT). For this course, you will use Desire2Learn mainly for taking quizzes and checking grades. The most important thing to notice about the course home page shown below is the grey navigation bar beneath the University of Oklahoma logo. This navigation bar contains links to the Quizzes and Grades areas of D2L.


Log-on: To access Desire2Learn, click the link at the top of each page in this course website, or go to http://learn.ou.edu. Your username is your OUNet ID (your "4x4") and your password is either your OU ID# or your birthdate in MM/DD/YYYY format. Please change your password as soon as you log on to the system, for security reasons.

Help: If you are having any trouble accessing or using Desire2Learn, check the OLR website, or submit a request for help at the IT Support Center, http://support.ou.edu. If you forget your password later, just click on the "Forgot Password?" link on the log-on screen, and the system will send your password to your OU email address.

Courses: After you have logged on to Desire2Learn, just click on the link that says HSCI.3013 HSCI to Newton, located under "My Courses." This link will take you to the screen shown above, from which you can access materials for this course.

Note on Chat and Instant Messaging: D2L Chat and instant messaging are not used in this course. Students are not required to log onto the Internet simultaneously. See tips for creating your own weekly schedule.

Error: When you use the Desire2Learn link at the top of any course web page, it may give you an unclear error message (see image below) when you haven't previously logged in from that computer at that location, or after a certain length of time has expired. The link to "return to Home" is not clear to ordinary folks, but it's just geek-speak for returning to the home login screen for D2L, because for security reasons it won't let you go straight to the class site within D2L. Just click "Please return to Home" and then you will be able to log in.


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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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Many thanks to the pedagogical model developed in Mythology and Folklore and other online courses by Laura Gibbs, which have been an inspiration for this course.

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This course is currently undergoing major reconstruction to bring it into alignment with the new version of the course at Janux