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Pre-semester checklist for students taking courses online at SC State.

Pre-semester checklist for students taking courses online at SC State.

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  • 1. Are you ready? Things You Should Do Before Your Course Starts Angela Shaw-Thornburg Last Updated December 29, 2009
  • 2. Register. Go to Banner in Bulldog Connection or to the Registrar’s Office to sign up officially for the course. Help Links Bulldog Connection Registrar’s Office
  • 3. Know Your Stuff. Make sure you have a valid username and password to open your SCSU accounts (e-mail, Banner, Blackboard, and Bulldog Connection). A single username/password works for all accounts. Help Links University Computing FAQ Network ID Lookup
  • 4. Check your e-mail. All course communications, including the welcome message containing access instructions, will be sent to your account before classes begin. Check it regularly to stay in the loop.
  • 5. Contact your instructor. Although most instructors will send a welcome message to your e-mail account, be proactive: make first contact before classes begin on January 11. Students who don’t make contact within the first week and a half may be dropped. Help Link | S2010 Hybrid/Online English & Spanish Instructors
  • 6. Buy your book now. Books are in the University Bookstore (Crawford-Zimmerman) or can be purchased online at retailers like Amazon. Check your syllabus or talk with your professor for specifics. Help Link| University Bookstore
  • 7. Get computer and internet access. Web-enhanced, hybrid (online and classroom), and fully online classes require regular access to a computer and the internet. If you don’t have access, take a face-to-face class.
  • 8. Give your computer a tune-up. Download the latest versions of Windows Media Player, Adobe Reader, PowerPoint Viewer, Adobe Flash, and a Microsoft Word-compatible word processing program. Visit the plug-in gallery or look online for common free programs. Use anti-virus software to protect your computer, and download at your own risk.
  • 9. You are ready. Log on. Go to on January 12, 2009 to begin your course, or talk to your professor if you need additional assistance.
  • 10. Links to Plug-Ins and Applications
    • Windows Media Player
    • iTunes
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Adobe Reader
    • Microsoft Word Viewer
    • Microsoft Service Packs
    • Microsoft Office Suite ($)
    • PowerPoint Viewer
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  • 11. Spring 2010 Hybrid & Online English & Spanish Courses Back to slide show Course Contact Instructor S102-45 WWW S102-46 WWW [email_address] 536-8794 Chris Thornburg E151-45 WWW [email_address] 536-7944 Angela Shaw-Thornburg E150-07 Hybrid [email_address] 516-4751 Carlana Kohn-Davis E250-45 WWW [email_address] 536-8356 Janice Hawes E151-09 Hybrid E251-03 Hybrid [email_address] 536-7026 Valerie Goodwin
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