Tech Skills Needed
Almost 20 years' experience with email has shown us that students need to have the following skills. Students cannot rely on other family members to perform the following actions (because others -- Dad, Mom, Big Brother/Sister, etc. -- cannot guarantee availability on all assignment due dates).
If student has web-based email and storage space for emails is limited, student must be able to save messages from their instructor and from instructor supervisors, JHU administrators, etc., on their hard drive (and on their back up CD/USB stick) to prevent ISP email services such as AOL, MSN, Hotmail, yahoo, etc, from deleting their messages before the course ends.
Instructors receive student essays in this form, and students may receive instructor comments in this form.
Copy & Paste
To save instructor comments, etc. Most email programs do this automatically and save to the same directory/folder each time.
Some assignments require students to revise a file from a previous assignment. Students should always preserve original files from a previous assignment. Using Save as... students can create a new file with a different name. Example: rename "benreynoldsassignment1.doc" by changing the file name to "benreynoldsassignment3.doc."