Dear BIO3 Students:
Welcome to the world of “Biology”!
My name is Par Mohammadian (students call me Dr. Par).
The “Introduction to Biology” hybrid class (online lecture and on-campus labs) is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. I will; however, open the online class earlier for you to prepare before the semester starts. The class will end on December 20th, 2014, which is the day of your final exam.
- How to start and where to go first?
We will be using the course management system “Etudes”. You can log into Etudes by clicking on this link: http://missiononline.pbworks.com/w/page/61823645/etudes-help
Scroll down and then follow the login instructions:
Login ID: Your Student ID (e.g. 881234567) - no dashes - no spaces; password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Example: Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411
Once you log into Etudes you will see a list of courses that you are enrolled in. Look for my name and this course and you are in!
- I am logged in now. What do I do next?
You will find the navigation bar on the left side. Familiarize yourself with the site; you will not ruin anything! Explore it!
1) Under Module: Watch my online orientation video that describes the step-by-step process.
2) Under Syllabus: Read the syllabus and make sure that you mark the important dates in your calendar.
3) Under Discussion: Introduce yourself on the Discussion/Class Discussion. Share with the class what type of a learner you are and how you could contribute to the class and help classmates.
4) Use the “Modules” to follow your weekly assignments. (I will include more step-by-step instructions here).
5) Use “Assignments, Tests, and surveys” to complete your weekly quizzes. Open the “quiz” only when you are ready to complete it. Once submitted you cannot return to the quiz and the grade will be recorded.
- How does a hybrid course work & How many hours am I required to study every week?
This is a hybrid class, which means that lectures will be online and the lab will meet every Saturday (section #0128) from 8:30-11:40 am OR Saturday (section #0129) 1:00-4:10 pm in the laboratory (room: CMS110). Your quizzes will be online; however, two midterm exams, lab and lecture final exams will be on campus. The dates and location of these exams are posted on the syllabus. Please make sure that you mark them in your calendar now.
To be successful in this course you are required to study at least nine hours per week. Also, you are required to log into Etudes frequently and participate in the online discussions. Make sure that you stay positive and motivated throughout the semester! Don’t fall behind! Any problems, communicate right away! We all can help!
- What do I do if I have problems with Etudes? Who do I contact you?
If you have technical problems (problems with log into Etudes), please contact our help desk 818-415-2015 or log into this website http://missiononline.pbworks.com/w/page/61823645/etudes-help
If you have questions about the course, please use Etudes/Discussion/Q&A section to post your question. This way, if other students have the same question, they will have access to the information. If it is a private matter, you are welcome to email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or use Etudes private messaging.
I will communicate with you through the “Announcement” in Etudes, which will also send you an email addressed to your LACCD emails. Please make sure that you check it on a daily basis.
- What services do you offer to disabled students?
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Programs & Services (http://www.lamission.edu/dsps/: DSPS) to find out what services and accommodations are available. If any accommodations are required, please contact me ASAP.
- How do I know if I am ready for a hybrid course?
I strongly encourage you to take a short self-assessment quiz to see if you are ready for an online class. Take one of the quizzes listed below:
- Where do I find information on campus services/offices?
A link to the offices including tutoring, bookstore, library, counseling, financial aid, admissions, and business office is posted on Etudes under Resources.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! I look forward to meeting you all in person.
Have a great semester everyone!
More Tips for Succeeding in an Online Class
1. Have Reliable Internet Access -- Would you enroll in a face-to-face class without a way to get to campus? Hopefully, not. You need to think about your Internet connection as your transportation to class. When your connection doesn’t work, you are unable to come to class and you will not learn. You are encouraged to have regular access to an Internet connection and identify a back-up plan. Talk to people you know to identify an alternative connection to use if yours fails. And research the availability of the campus computer labs for your learning needs, as well.
2. Read Carefully – Classes held on campus rely very heavily on instructor verbal directions and presentations. For some classes, students can get by with just skimming over reading assignments. In an online/hybrid class, reading every word of online directions and assignments is essential.
3. Get Organized! -- Successful online students stress the importance of buying a calendar to record all major due dates and class schedule information. If you are enrolled in more than one online class, consider using a different color for each class. One online student suggests, “making appointments with yourself” to ensure you dedicate time in your schedule to complete course assignments.
4. Polish Your Computer Skills – For online courses, computer and Internet skills are obviously a requirement. Online instructors will assume that students are computer literate, which generally means that the student is expected to be acquainted with various standard software packages and their operation, load new programs if necessary and handle any hardware needs as they arise. DO NOT expect the instructor to extend due dates because of problems you are having with your computer.
5. Participate – Because of the reduced amount of verbal interactions between students and the instructor found in traditional on-campus courses, online “discussion” is often accomplished through discussion boards, email, and/or chat rooms. Students should be comfortable communicating online and should be aware of accepted standards in “netiquette”. In fact, there is a direct correlation between a student’s success in an online course and that student’s participation. DO NOT underestimate the importance of contributing to online discussions.
6. Log-In Regularly: Successful online students recommend logging in several times a week to check for instructor announcements and stay connected to/participate in discussion board conversations.
7. DO NOT Procrastinate! When you are relying heavily on technology, expect failures and connection challenges. Waiting until the last minute increases these risks and puts your grades in jeopardy. Additionally, you will never fully understand how long an assignment or project will take until you do it. Waiting until the last day/hour/minute is poor planning and reduces your chances at learning successfully and performing well on assessments.