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Orientation Packet

Instructions for Getting Started in Your Course


Online Course: GS-107: Astronomy
Course Link:  http://clackamas.blackboard.com (link may be unavailable until first day of term)
Credits: 4
Instructor: James Dickinson; jamesd@clackamas.edu; 503-657-6958, ext. 2532      
Course Start Date: 
Distance Learning classes start on the first day of the term.
Orientation: This class has a on-campus orientation on March 31st at 6 p.m. in P-132

Course Description: This is an Online Distance Learning Course. Except for orientation, students are not required to come to campus to participate in this course. Survey of astronomy for non-science majors. Discusses the history of astronomy, the earth and its moon, and the other planets in our solar system, along with asteroids, meteors, and comets.

Textbook 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 workshops to prepare for online classes. Workshop dates and times can be found in the quarterly Schedule of Classes or on the Distance Learning Web page at http://dl.clackamas.edu/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