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Instructions for Getting Started in Your Course


Online Blackboard Course: BI-103-30, General Biology
Instructor: Jonathan Christie; jonc@clackamas.edu  503-657-6958, ext. 2927         

Course Description:
This is an Online Distance Learning Course using Blackboard course delivery software. Students are not required to come to campus to participate in this class. This is a laboratory course for non-science majors. Emphasizes an evolutionary approach to plants and ecosystems. Labs are completed at home using a kit available from the CCC Bookstore. Maximum refund for opened kit (with official withdrawal from the class during the first 2 weeks of the term) is $70.00.  Maximum refund for opened kits after this time is $55.00. BI-101, 102 and103 meet the science sequence for the AAOT degree. Prerequisite: Pass BI-101. Fully transferable to most universities. Satisfies non-majors and nursing biology sequence requirements.

Textbooks and Materials: Textbooks, course materials and some software may be purchased either in the Clackamas Bookstore or online at www.cccbooks.com

Computer Requirements: To participate in this course, students should have the following technology:

Technical Skills Required: To participate in this course, students should be able to:

Readiness and Recommended Preparation: Students can attend free, non-credit "Blackboard Introduction" workshops to prepare for online classes. Workshop dates and times can be found on the Distance Learning Web page at http://dl.clackamas.cc.or.us/DemoClasses.

How an Online Class Works: When students take an online class, they access their course materials over the Internet. Here's a list of things a student might do for an online class:

  1. Register for the course using Clackamas registration procedures and make arrangements to pay tuition and fees.

  2. Create a Blackboard account, giving access to the course Web site.

  3. Purchase textbooks and other materials from the college bookstore.

  4. Login to the course Web site on the first day of class.

  5. Complete assignments and readings.

  6. Submit assignments using e-mail or Blackboard's Student Drop Box.

  7. Communicate electronically with the instructor and classmates through Blackboard's Discussion Board, Virtual Classroom and E-Mail tools.

  8. Take quizzes and tests online in Blackboard.

  9. View grades using Blackboard's Check Grades feature.

How to Get Started in Class: Students who have read all the information in this Course Packet are ready to create a Blackboard account, as described below. Students should follow the directions for creating a Blackboard account exactly as they are given. Every step must be completed!

Create Blackboard Account:

Find Course in Blackboard:

Technical Difficulties? Students who have technical difficulties while participating in an online course should send an e-mail to the course instructor right away and describe the problem. Here are the most frequently occurring technical problems, the cause, and how to correct them:

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Frequently Asked Questions