Week 1 Assignment Worksheet
This assignment has two parts:
- Write a 200-300 word reflection on your use of technology.
- Complete the Technology Backup Plan worksheet.
PART 1: Tech NO or Tech KNOW? Your comfort with technology.
In this part of the assignment, you will identify the degree to which you are a “tool using” being and reflect upon your current levels of technology use.
- Complete the ‘Check Your Tech’ Home Technology Inventory worksheet found in the Week 1 Resources area. You do not need to turn this in.
- Reflect on your findings during the exercise.
- Write 200-300 words summarizing your findings while answering the following questions.
What surprised you about your use of technology and the kinds of technology you use?
Which, if any, of the technologies have more to do with your professional life than your private life?
What does your technology and the way you use it say about you as a person?
Type directly into the box below. Make sure to respond to each question above. Please proof read and spell check your work.
Continue to the next page.
PART 2: Technology Back-Up Plan
Unfortunately, computers crash and Internet connections fail—usually at the most inconvenient times. It is important to have a plan in place, just in case. After all, instructors expect assignments to be turned in on time, regardless of technical difficulties.
Fortunately, there is lots of help available if you know where to look for it. Completing this worksheet and printing it out will provide you with essential information when you most need it.
- Update this information each time you revise your plan.
- Contact your Instructor immediately if you have a technology emergency, such as if your computer crashes.
Walden Website Addresses
If your computer is not working, you may need to access your online courses and other university services from a different computer. Usually, we do not memorize these addresses as they are bookmarked on the computer. You will need this information if you lose your bookmarks.
Walden website address: ________________________________
Website address for accessing online courses (at Walden, this is through your myWalden portal page): _________________________________
Two Alternative Computers
Identify a minimum of two alternative computers that you could use at any time throughout the term in case your primary computer is not working. If your home computer is your primary computer, then you will need to list two more.
Alternative Computer 1
Alternative Computer 2
File Backup System
Backup or save your course files weekly to an external drive (recommended), recordable CD or DVD, Flash or USB drive, or a cloud service. or other data storage device. This ensures you will have access to important files even if you cannot access your computer.
I will backup files to this item, device, or place: __________________________
File Backup Schedule
It is important to back up your files regularly. A best practice is to select a time and day each week to complete this task, then write it on your weekly calendar.
I will backup files on this day each week: ____________________________
It is important to have contact information printed out for reference in case of a technology failure.
Tip: Contact your Instructor immediately when you have a technology emergency, such as if your computer crashes. Check the spelling of the instructor’s name in the email address. A typo in an email address means the email won’t get through.
Technology Support Services:
Student Support Team: Technical Support