Suggested Software Requirements:
You should have, and know how to use, a word processing
program. I primarily use Microsoft Office, but can also accept documents from
any word processing software. However, if
you are using a program other than MS Word to create documents, you must save
your document in the plain text (.txt), Portable Document Format (pdf), or html
format, otherwise I may not be able to open them or they may convert incorrectly;
I am not responsible for any document that is missing information or incorrect
due to the conversion process. I
recommend that you have Adobe Reader and Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your
computer. While I create my lectures (and lecture notes) in PowerPoint, these
presentations are usually embedded into the course via Youtube or a link to the
video presentation. The notes are
generally posted in PDF format.
Students enrolled in online classes at Irvine Valley College
are supported by the campus office of Technical Services. If you are having
technical issues with your computer, student email, or the Blackboard course
website, the information on the Student Technical Support http://academics.ivc.edu/de/Pages/default.aspx
page will answer most of your questions. For assistance with logging in to
Canvas, Mysite, etc, please access the Saddleback/IVC Login FAQ. http://www.socccd.edu/help/login.htm
If this information does not answer your questions or solve your
problems, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canvas Course Website
****YOUR CANVAS COURSE WILL BE PUBLISHED
AND MADE AVAILABLE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER!!****
AS OF THE BEGINNING OF
THE SPRING 2018 SEMESTER, IVC WILL NOT LONGER UTILIZE BLACKBOARD FOR ONLINE/HYBRID
online/hybrid classes will utilize the CANVAS Learning Management System as of
1/1/2018. (Canvas is optimized for, and works best with, the Google CHROME browser!!). Canvas also has mobil apps (Canvas Student) available for IOS and Android devices, however I cannot verify the validity and accuracy of the work completed on any of the mobil apps.
If you are not familiar with Canvas, please take the time to review
the Canvas Guides https://guides.instructure.com/s/2204,
which will provide basic information on accessing and navigating your Canvas
Course. You have two options to log into the Canvas course website. The easiest
and most convenient is to use the IVC Canvas Login link https://ivc.instructure.com/login/ldap. You may also access Canvas from the link at
the top of the IVC homepage http://www.ivc.edu/pages/default.aspx.
Your Canvas user name and password is the
same as you would use to access MySite (this information should have been
provided to you when you registered at the school). Once you log into Canvas, you
should see your course (or a list of courses) Once you log into Canvas, you
should see your course (or a list of courses).
Click the link for your course and you will be directed to the home page
of the course. Once you access the homepage, you will see a list of
navigational links on the left side of the page. These links will get you to
the different areas you will need to be successful in the course.
There are several important areas to pay attention to in the
Canvas course. First and foremost is the link to your Syllabus, which is your
directory for the entire semester. The syllabus contains all of the important
information for the class, specifically the class description and important
contact information, ground rules and policies for the class, including
academic honesty, participation, and attendance, textbook information, learning
objectives, grading information, and an overview of typical weekly assignments,
including how to complete assignments, and dates of assignments, tests/quizzes,
and weekly reading assignments. If after
reading the syllabus and you still have questions, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Other key areas of importance are found in the MODULES link. I would highly suggest
starting your class by reviewing all of the information in both the Student Canvas Guides, Tutorials, and
Technical Support Module (General information and navigation for Canvas)
and the Course Documents Module (for
help with email and library access).
Each week, there will be a MODULE
for your weekly tasks and assignments along with links for submitting your
weekly work. The weekly modules will
also contain access to weekly lectures, tests/quizzes, Discussions, and any
other supplemental reading or handouts. Discussions are used weekly to supplant
any topics that we would generally discuss in the classroom setting. There will
usually be a discussion each week, and your input is mandatory!! More
information will be provided in the syllabus under Discussion
participation. The Weekly External Links Module will contain
links to outside websites that relate to and enhance the weekly topic. You will
be required to access these links each week (I do track access to the external
links) and you can usually find information in these links to assist with your
assignments, discussions, and tests!!
IVC/Saddleback Off-campus Library Access
At times, you will be required to access library databases
in order to read articles that will supplement the text readings and the weekly
material. Both IVC and Saddleback offer off-campus access to their libraries
for registered students. Please review the directions for accessing the
Off-campus material for both the IVC and Saddleback College libraries at
the Off-Campus Library Access page http://academics.ivc.edu/sbs/aoj/Pages/OffCampusLibraryAccess.aspx.
The Canvas course website will be our primary mode of
communication. Canvas allows the sending of email from within the software
itself. However, the only email address that Canvas recognizes is your IVC
student provided email account. In order to receive emails from me about class
information, material, and assignments, you will need to check your IVC email
frequently. There is a way around this by forwarding your IVC email account to
your favorite email that you check regularly. Please refer to http://academics.ivc.edu/sbs/aoj/Pages/Email-Forwarding.aspx
on how to forward your IVC email account.
TYPICAL WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS:
Each week, the student will be required to complete the
tasks listed in the Weekly Module in Canvas. This is an example of a typical
weekly list of tasks:
the assigned chapter from the textbook
the online lecture for the assigned chapter
the websites listed for the week in the External Links Module, and utilize
this information when completing the assignments and discussions.
in the weekly Discussion. Your participation includes an original response
to the question(s) asked. This
response must be posted by 11:59 PM on Friday (This is a discussion, not a posting board, so that is the reason
for the earlier deadline for this task).
to at least two other
student’s original posts to the weekly question(s). Your replies to other student original
posts must be completed by 11:59 PM on Sunday night.
it is not required, it would be courteous to respond to anyone student who
has posted a reply to your original post.
online reading and research assignments
*****Weekly assignments start on Monday and all work must
be submitted by 11:59 PM the following Sunday or you will not receive credit
for the work!!
Please pay attention to these deadlines! Students have a
tendency to wait to the last minute to complete assignments and discussion posts
and that is when most students in my classes run into problems, as other things
come up, computers don't work, or the internet goes down. These are not
acceptable excuses for late work so do not bother even asking! Also, Canvas
issues or outages, or local internet and/or computer issues, are NOT an
acceptable excuse for late work, unless the outage is several days long and
effects all students. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your assignment
Yes I do use textbooks in my classes and the majority of
material in the class is taken from the textbook. All of my tests and quizzes
are based upon specific information that is taken from the course textbooks.
Many students attempt to complete these classes without textbooks while using
the Internet as the sole source for information. Just so you know, many of
these students end up failing my class and having to repeat the class in a
future semester. Don't see yourself short by trying to get by without a
textbook. Textbooks are available for immediate purchase at the IVC Bookstore
on campus. Books may be purchased online from the Online IVC bookstore https://www.bkstr.com/irvinevalleystore/home/en.
You may purchase/rent your textbooks wherever you find them the cheapest (yes, the IVC bookstore WILL price match,
even online sites), but just be careful with delivery times when purchasing
at other than the IVC bookstore. I really do not care how you obtain your
textbook as long as you have it for the first day of class and slow delivery is
not an excuse for not completing your assignments!!
If you have any questions after reviewing this orientation
information, please do not hesitate to contact me: