Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I print out the text for classroom use?; Can I download the material onto our school server?
A: These are the most often asked questions and, from a legal and contractual standpoint important. We have made legal agreements that limit the use of the materials to a direct Internet connection from CyberCollege.com or InternetCampus.com. Violating these agreements will jeopardize the continued availability of these materials. For these reasons, I would appreciate your bringing any instance of copyright violation to my attention. I have created a separate link to explain things.
Q: What desktop computer specifications are needed to use the cybertext modules?
A: In order to see the intended layout of the pages a monitor setting of 800X600 or greater should be used at 256 colors or more. Anything less than these minimums will prove less than satisfactory. A True Color setting of 1024X768 or 1280X1024 is highly recommended.
For the interactive tests, the matching quizzes, and the e-mail links you need a browser that "does" Java. Information on browsers for the Windows and Mac operating systems is available here.
There are now more than 2,000 illustrations associated with the readings on this site. If you are using a standard dial-up modem you may occasionally find that an illustration does not load. The missing illustration(s) can generally be loaded by clicking on the page reload button at the top of the browser.
Q: I wonder about "free" services. Who is behind CyberCollege® and the InternetCampus®?
A: I understand a certain amount of suspicion about "free" Internet services, but in this case a no-strings-attached grant was used to establish the site and there is no commercial "hidden agenda" behind the instructional materials.
If you see any type of Internet advertising attached to the instructional materials it is without our approval and we urge you to not to respond. We are not selling anything.
However, some of the writers at these sites offer their opinions on topics. The Forum and "Fog's columns may be controversial and, thus, lend themselves to classroom discussion and debate. This is explained at the beginning of the Forum and in more detail in the confidential instructor information.
As a service to our users, CyberCollege and the InternetCampus carry links to external sites. We have no commercial ties to any company, we derive no income from any of these external services, and we are therefore not indebted to them. We have no control over the content or policies of these external services and we can in no way assume any responsibility for their content.
Q: If I start using these materials in my classes, and with all the "dot-coms" going under, how can I be sure that the materials will continue to be available?
A Since the CyberCollege and the InternetCampus sites do not depend upon advertising, they are not subject to the economic issues related to advertising revenue. The financing of these sites is largely based on trust funds that are insulated from economic fluctuations. These funds in no way dictate or influence content.
Q: Is there any kind of college credit or completion certificate for successfully completing the TV Production course?
A: We don't award credit; that's up to the institutions that chose to use the materials. However, there is a "Certificate of Completion" that teachers can download from the instructors' section of the site after writing the author.
Q: How do you know that the people who use the TV Production cybertext will actually "pay" for it in the way suggested in Module 70?
A: We don't. But, even if they don't, possibly by going through the modules and associated readings students will brush with the need to use the medium in a responsible way.
Q: Why do you have the statement that the materials can only be used directly from the Internet and only directly from CyberCollege or the InternetCampus?
A: Our legal agreements on the use of some of the materials require it. To violate these agreements would mean to jeopardize the continued availability of the materials.
Q: Why don't you expand on the topic of.....[many suggestions here].
A: Needs are different, and striking a balance between too simple and too detailed is always a problem.
We've found that users range all the way from public and private high schools and universities to government institutions. Individuals using the materials range from employees of TV stations to people simply wanting to create high-quality personal videos.
In an effort to tailor the materials to a wide range of users, a color coding system is used for links to try to serve the following needs:
Links that are not marked with a colored square are considered self-explanatory. More information on this can be found on this at the end of Module 1.
Q: Why do you have photos and hyperlinks to things not directly related to TV Production?
A: We feel that just having a knowledge of "how to do it" leaves a major gap in some rather important areas. To be effective, television producers and directors must be sensitive to social realities—and maybe even sensitive to some social responsibilities.
Q: I see a lot of animation, movie clips, Java, Flash and Active X effects on web pages. Wouldn't the site be more interesting if you had more of this?
A: Yes, it would, but some schools and individual users block these options, so we think it's best to not include these as part of the basic instructional materials.
Q: The Mass Media modules have a lot of graphs and statistics, but you don't have any references. Where does this information come from?
A: At the beginning of this project it was decided not to clutter things up with a lot of footnotes or in-line references. Most of the data is from standard sources associated with the specific topic. Where the information might be controversial a source is generally cited.
Q: Why don't you make the answers to the tests, crossword puzzles, etc. available on the site?
A: Many instructors use the interactive tests and even the crossword puzzles as graded assignments. Instructors can get information on the tests and extensive teaching notes by writing the author.
Q: I sent you e-mail but didn't get a response. Why?
A: We use some pretty heavy spam software, so use a FROM CYBERCOLLEGE subject line. Most e-mail is answered within a few days. Occasionally, we make out-of-town trips, which may delay things. However, if you don't hear from us within a few days, things may have gone astray. Please write again. We definitely encourage your comments.
Ron Whittaker, Ph.D.
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Numerous people have put considerable work into this Internet project, creating new materials specifically for this online application. In particular, we would like to thank Marc Levine, Karen Ann McNall, and the P.M. Smith Foundation. Because of legal agreements with individuals and companies the materials on these sites carry copyright clearance that limits their use to direct, online Internet use from the authorized CyberCollege and InternetCampus servers.
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