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GCIP/GCMW190

 

GCIP 190 & GCMW 190 Online Orientation / FAQ

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Does everyone in the class have to be on the computer at the same time?

What are my passwords?

What books do we need?

What is the class site?

How do we get the assignments?

When are assignments due?

What are our reading assignments?

How do we send in our homework?

What if we have a question?

What is Blackboard?

What if I don't have a computer or my computer crashes during the semester?

When is open lab? Can I use open lab when I am in an online class?

What are the important URLs we need to know in this course?

I think I may have too many obligations and won't be able to finish the course. What should I do?

What's "netiquette?"

 

Does everyone in the class have to be on the computer at the same time?

This online course is "asynchronous," meaning, everyone can do the course at their own pace (within the confines of a semester schedule) at their own convenience. Everyone will get and do the tutorials per their own timetable, independent of other students. (We still need to complete the course by the due date, so you are urged to keep up with the discussions and topics so this couse is enjoyable.)
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What are my passwords?

There are two sets of passwords in this course.

Blackboard: Tutorials

On the Internet, go to:
http://palomar.blackboard
.com

Your logon name is your 9-digit student ID#.

Your password is your e-Services password.

Your tutorials, discussion board, virtual classroom (chat), grades, etc. are there. Take time to explore this classroom. You can't break it, so click on all the buttons.
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What books do we need?

No texts are required for this course. Books and other resources will be recommended throughout the semester. You will be able to check out relevant resources (such as case studies, contracts, agreements, etc.) from the Reserve Desk at the Palomar Campus Library.

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What is the class site?

http://www2.palomar.edu/users/lpayn/190

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How do we get the assignments?

Please go to the Blackboard section by clicking on the "Tutorial" button on the class site, or type in your browser location field:

http://palomar.blackboard.com

Access the tutorials in the "Assignments" button. If the tutorial appears in a frame, remember you can press your mouse button within the frame (Right mouse click or Control key) to open that frame within its new, whole window for easier sizing, viewing and printing. Some browsers let you scale the page for printing, to use less paper and ink.

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When are assignments due?

Please see the syllabus. The assignments are due at midnight Pacific time on the Saturday night for each module. The due date is also stated within the tutorial itself. Assignments need to be posted in Blackboard.
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What are our reading assignments?

Links to readings on the Internet are listed in the Resource section of each tutorial. Also, you might find useful readings in the corresponding topics of the suggested texts. The assignments are listed in the syllabus.

Go to syllabus button for the reading assignments, dates, point values of the assignments and all other administrative stuff. Or the tutorial button for exact assignments and projects and grade book, etc. It is password protected (Blackboard virtual classroom).

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How do we send in our homework?

You will post your assignments in the corresponding Discussion Forum in Blackboard.

Most likely it will be enough to cut and paste from a MS Word file to the Blackboard Discussion field (recommended rather than typing directly in BB... to avoid freezes, crashes, and also the ability to spell check). Note that there is a "mashup tool" for MS Word in the Blackboard Discussion Board extended formatting panel; this will remove the funky coding that MS Word sends with the text when you cut/copy and paste.

The final position paper should be attached as a .PDF file. You might want to do a site for the position paper, which you can post to a Web server.

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What if we have a question?

Questions of a personal nature should be addressed to the instructor by phone or e-mail. (Or you can make an appointment.)

Questions about the class or course content should be posted to the Discussion Board in Blackboard. Class members should answer each other's questions and help each other. (Just like a traditional face-to-face class.) The more we share, the more we learn from each other, and affirm what we ourselves have learned.

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What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is the repository for all your class information: announcements, syllabus, instructor information (office hours, phone, e-mail, etc.), course files, assignments, grades, student lists. It is password protected and not open to the public, and is open 24/7. It is a "Course Management System" licensed by Palomar College.

It is also the conference area (i.e., forum, listserv, etc.), under the Discussion Board button, where you post your questions, and answers, about the class and course content. It also has a "Chat" feature - Virtual Classroom - where you can have discussions with the instructor or other students.

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What if I don't have a computer or my computer crashes during the semester? and

When is open lab? Can I use open lab when I am in an online class?

Please check the door to the labs for the latest schedules. There are labs in MD building GC classrooms (MD 133, 134, 134, and 119). The Library Lower Level has a well-equipped computer lab available for your use on an extended schedule.

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What are the important URLs we need to know in this course?

GCIP & GCMW 190 class site with links to the syllabus and Black Board tutorials (Virtual Classroom)
http://www2.palomar.edu/users/lpayn/190

Syllabus http://www2.palomar.edu/users/lpayn/190/syllabus.pdf

Black Board Virtual Classroom, tutorials, etc. http://palomar.blackboard.com

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I think I may have too many obligations and won't be able to finish the course. What should I do?

Since "Incompletes" are discouraged except in the most dire emergencies, you might consider changing your status to P/NP, so you can relax and learn the materials, without the stress of a letter grade. Try this rather than dropping the course. Be sure to find out the exact last day that you are allowed to change your status or drop the course, since special paperwork is required for both of these.

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What's "netiquette?"

To promote a harmonious learning environment in which everyone feels safe to learn and explore our subject, let's plan to be on the same page:

  1. No flaming. Collegial discussions are encouraged, and certainly it is acceptable to disagree or challenge ideas and opinions (but not the person).

  2. Professional conduct and language and attitude are required in our classes and lists. Success in the business world requires mature and thoughtful and respectful conduct. Our department is conducted in a professional manner, which is preparing you for success in our industry. So, please harmonize with the group and match the professional style that I seek to establish in my classes.

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