Upon Completion of this Orientation, youShould Be Able To:1. Understand the expectations of this Online course2. Acquire knowledge of expectations for Online courses in general3. Feel comfortable that this is the format for you4. Understand the difference between WebAdvisor and Blackboard5. Understand how to set up your computer to use the Blackboard platform6. Understand enough Blackboard basics to begin this course7. Familiarize yourself with the course materials and requirements8. Locate the syllabus, textbooks, and weekly assignments with due dates9. Understand how to communicate via email, blogs, and discussion forum10. Know how to submit assignments with attachments11. Avoid frustration and be ready to learn on the first day of class!
Part 1: Are You Readyfor Online Learning? Check out the self-evaluation quizzes on thenext slide to find out more!
Self-EvaluationCheck out both the websites below. • Copy and paste the URLs into the address bar of your Internet browser. • Record your answers and results. http://www.greatdegree.com/online-education-are-you-ready.html http://www.yourcallla.org/SORT/sort/html/tool.html Note: To access the readiness test on the “yourcalla.org” site, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Look for the box with the text, “Use the Student Online Readiness Tool,” and click on the yellow box “Get Started.”
Role of Online InstructorsOnline instructors have arather different role in Onlineclasses versus a traditionalclassroom. They are no longerlecturers standing in the frontof the classroom, they are in avirtual world.“Instructors are no longersages on the stage, but theybecome guides by your side”!
Online Etiquette Online courses are based on the premise that students learn best in a community. However, some things don’t change: the practices of courtesy and respect that apply in the ordinary classroom also apply Online and require even more attention. •Therefore, please use common courtesy and socially acceptable behavior in all communications, including email, chat, Discussion Boards, and blogs.
Etiquette GuidelinesParticipate to create a Avoid SHOUTING and Be polite, respectful, sense of community flaming. Think before and honest. (and to get points!). you respond. Write clear posts and Be present. Don’t journals. Communicate forget to log in at least with your classmates 3-4 times a week! and your instructor
To Learn Online or Not to Learn Online… Online classes are NOT easier than traditional classes. They require at least as much time as on-campus courses and sometimes more. Self-motivation, self-discipline, time management, communication and organizational skills, and patience are all necessary traits to be successful in any Online class. In this regard, please plan to participate fully and give this class the amount of time and attention needed to learn the material and to be a successful Online student!
Academic Honesty You must abide by Napa Valley College’s Academic Honesty Policy (S6330 Napa Valley College 2010-2012 Catalog p.41): All work for this course must be done by you specifically for this course. Plagiarism involves passing off someone else’s work as your own, either by failing to acknowledge others’ words or ideas or by having someone else write any part of your paper. Know the consequences for plagiarizing: An essay or other writing assignment that is plagiarized or that contains plagiarism will receive a failing grade, and multiple offenses will result in a failing grade in the course.
Watch the embedded video on thenext page about online education atNapa Valley College. The video wascreated and narrated by ProfessorCathy Gillis, who provides trainingand support for our online instructorsat Napa Valley College
How to Use BlackboardClick on the link below to view thevideo:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irWKsCUX_0s&feature=youtu.be*Be sure to bookmark NVC’sOnline Education page and theBlackboard Login page if youhaven’t already.
Blackboard Versus WebAdvisor:What is the Difference? Blackboard WebAdvisor is where you register foris the hosting platform for the admission to the college and college’s Online classes. thereby enroll in classes. NOTE: You will have different User names and Passwords for both WebAdvisor and Blackboard.
Before Logging in You Will Need: • Your Student ID number. This can be found on your registration receipt or in WebAdvisor. • Access to a PC or Mac computer with: Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007 Internet Explorer 7 or later; Mozilla Firefox 3.0X or later; Apple Safari 2 or later with Mac OS 10.4 or 10.5 Java 1.5.0 or later All pop-up blockers disabled. • An good Internet connection • Good computer skills • An environment where you can focus on your school work.
Logging On - Step 1 Open your Browser and type in the Napa Valley College Website Address: http://www.napavalley.edu/. Click on “Online Education”.
Logging Into Your Class – Step 2Click on “Log-In To Your Class Here”.
Logging Into Your Class – Step 3Log in to the BlackboardLogin PageYour User name was created using thefirst two letters of your first name,followed by the first two letters of yourlast name, followed by the last fourdigits of your Napa Valley Collegestudent ID number (WebAdvisornumber).For example, if your name is JohnSmith and your ID number is 2341343,your User name would be JOSM1343(letters in all CAPS. If you do not knowyour student ID number, check yourregistration receipt or log-in toWebAdvisor.The default password is STUDENT(in ALLCAPS).
Logging Into Class - Step 4IMPORTANT! NOW CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY!Be sure to change your password to something easy for you to remember, but hard forsomeone else to guess.You can change your password in Personal Information on the My Institution Page.
Logging Into Your Class - Step 5To access your Online class, click the underlined title to enter the course(s).
Let’s Get Started!Always start at the Course Home Page. Here you can view what’s due aswell as course announcements.Use the buttons on the left side of the page to navigate through theBlackboard website.“Course Content” will take you to the weekly assignment folders.There are also buttons for the syllabus, the Required Texts, Email,Discussion Boards, Blogs, and other resources.Check your email and the course announcements regularly.
Congratulations!You Have Successfully Logged into your Online Course Problems?If you have questions, or need additional help, please check theFAQs/videos on the online education page:http://www.napavalley.edu/Academics/OnlineEd/Pages/welcome.aspx.Use the link “Student Services” on the left side of the Blackboard pageto get there.Also, check out the Q & A Discussion Board in Blackboard to see ifyour questions have already been addressed. Or post your questionsthere. And answer others’ questions.Email me if you need further assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When You Have SuccessfullyCompleted This class, You Will Be Able To: Utilize critical thinking skills to observe, describe, discuss, and analyze topics Format research papers according to MLA format requirements Demonstrate research techniques, including selecting, excerpting, integrating, citing, and documenting sources Demonstrate keen critical thinking and analytical skills Avoid plagiarism. Regardless of your major or career goal, it will always be important to communicate intelligently and clearly. Despite how smart you may be, if you send out a resume and cover letter or a company email with errors in it, these errors will affect the way people judge your competence. As part of this course, you will learn to edit your work and others’ for content and structure as well as to find and proofread errors in grammar by practicing peer and self review.
Step 1 – Familiarize Yourself With OurOnline Class You will find each week’s assignments on the Course Content page. They will be posted by the end of the day on Sunday at the beginning of the week. New weeks appear on top of old ones, but you will always be able to access previous weeks’ folders. Feel free to click on everything to familiarize yourself with the course. There are buttons to the left you’ll want to get to know, including one for the syllabus, the required textbooks, the photocopied reader, email, the Discussion Forum, and links to CompClass, online grammar help, and Turnitin.com, etc.
Step 2 – Under “Course Content” Click on the WeekOne Folder To Get Started You will see the outside cover of week ones folder. Read the cover then click on the title. (Week 1 & the date) to open the folder and see the week’s assignment. Inside the folder, you will see a table of contents of all the assignments due that week. Each assignment will be on its own page. Complete assignments in order and by the deadline dates (usually the following Sunday at the end of the day).
Click on the Email Link on the Left-handSide of your ScreenNOTE: You must have a correct email address on file. Be aware that although I maywrite an email to you from this class, it will go to your email account on file as well.Your email will be in the class and in your account.•To send an e-mail, click on the email link on the left side ofthe Blackboard page.•Click on Create Message.•To select a recipient, click on “TO.” Then highlight the namesyou want to include, and click the arrow to move them over tothe “recipients” box. If you want to email everyone in theclass, click on “select all,” and then click on the arrow.•Type the message, and click Submit.•Be sure to place a subject in the Subject box.•To attach files, click Add Attachments, browse for the file youwant to attach, select it, and click Open. Pop-up blockers mustbe turned off and Java must be on!!
How to Upload AssignmentsUpload assignments on the Blackboard page where theywere assigned. Some assignments allow you to type orcopy & paste responses directly into the assignmentwindow. However, others, including essays, must beuploaded as File Attachments (MS-Word files in mostcases). Some assignments are only complete and ontime if they are submitted in multiple places. So pleaseread and follow instructions carefully.If asked to email an assignment, email it insideBlackboard.For full instructions on how to upload an assignment &how to attach a file, watch the video available on theNVC Online Education home page, or use the followinglink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =brV3cYYQX3o&lr=1&feature=m hum
Class Time Commitment You will need to log on to the Website at least three to four times weekly to check for any important messages on the Course Content page, Announcements, Emails, and to read and participate in Online Discussions and/or Blogs. Approximately twelve hours per week of course work and computer use are recommended for successful completion of course requirements. Each week’s assignments are due typically at the end of the week (by the end of the day on Sunday), and the next week’s assignment list will be up by Sunday at the end of the day at the latest. All assignments must be completed in order to satisfactorily fulfill the requirements of this course.
Review Our Class SyllabusRead the syllabus Understand the coursefrom top to objectives, evaluation, and grading:bottom: • Catalog Description• Contact • Student Learning Information/Office Hours Outcomes• The required textbooks & • List of Graded Assignments other materials • Grading Standards & Policy• Requirements of the course What to do when • Missing & Late Assignment your computer or Policies & Consequences connection doesn’t work • Academic Honesty Policy & Consequences of Academic• A schedule of all Dishonesty assignments. • Withdrawal Dates