Hello Online Principles of Geography 100 Student,
Welcome to online learning. If this is your first online class, get ready for a very different type of learning experience. If you are an experienced pro, I hope you enjoy this class and participate fully to help make this semester a great experience for everyone. This letter will give you an overview of online learning and a general idea of how this class will work.
Online classes are constantly in flux as new things are tried or tweaked. If you create and keep to a weekly work schedule the class should run smoothly, but be prepared for a bump or two as you get accustomed to the work load and how this particular class runs. The online platform we use is called Moodle (https://moodle.stchas.edu/). If you are new to Moodle, it will take a little time to get used to it. You will need to get an ID and set a password to log in. When you go to the Moodle front page there are links to help you get started. The tech team has also created several videos and detailed how-to pages to help you navigate the software.
The online course format requires a large commitment on your part to maintain a high level of self-discipline and motivation to succeed. You will need to check the course Moodle webpage frequently (several times each week) to conduct your work and make sure you are aware of all class assignments and any changes that may occur.
If you are new to online course work or new to Moodle, go to the SCC website at www.stchas.edu and follow the link for Moodle at the very top of the page then to “Welcome” and “Student Help” to learn more. Moodle works best in Chrome. If you need a password go to the SCC Connection link from the SCC main page and follow the directions to get an iConnect login ID.
Internet Access and Computer Requirements
All online students must have reliable access to the Internet. In addition, having a fast hook-up will make your life much easier. The course will have several very large files as map images take up a lot of computer space and all of the lectures are on PowerPoint slides. If you have a slow connection this will potentially take hours, not a good use of your time. If you do not have a fast connection at your home try a local library, the SCC campus library or computer lab.
Due dates will be posted throughout the semester for various assignments and unless there is an area wide power issue, computer problems will not be an accepted reason for late work, nor will extensions be granted. With this in mind, I encourage you to work far enough ahead of the deadline that if you run into a problem there is time to correct it before the chapter closes for the week.
You will need access to various computer programs for assignments for this class. These include (but you may need others as assignments are added): QuickTime, Real Player, Adobe Acrobat, Java, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Chrome. If you do not have these programs, some are available for free from the manufacturer. Contact the individual manufacturer’s website or the SCC technical assistance staff for more information.
General Requirements of the Course
This course is not an independent study style course in which you can work at your own pace. There are weekly due dates for assignments and quizzes. You will need to watch your calendar very closely because once a time slot for an assignment passes anything submitted will not be granted credit.
The course will consist of several weekly graded components including:
The textbook can be purchased in the SCC bookstore or from another bookseller. If you use a previous edition textbook keep in mind that the information could be out of date and the page numbers and image numbers will not match the directions provided for assignments. We will use Introduction to Geography by Arthur Getis, et al.
Because of the nature of the class we will need to look at a lot of images of maps. Many of these images will be in the textbook so I encourage that you keep it close by when you do your work for this class as you may need to refer to it as we learn about the different ideas they present.
One of the ways that this course will be different from a face to face course is in how we communicate. You can reach me in any of the following ways:
I will do my best to get back to any missed communication that day, but be patient if you have sent a communication late in the day as it may take until the next day to respond. If you have a problem and need more immediate assistance, the Office Coordinator in the Social Science Building is Margaret O’Dea, she can be reached at 636-922-8398. If you are having technical issues, contact the help desk 636-922-8555 or email@example.com.
This letter should provide you with the basic information about the class, however you will need to read the additional orientation material provided on the Moodle course page and the course syllabus to get more detail. There will be an orientation quiz during the first week of class covering this page, the orientation material and the syllabus on the course Moodle site.
With that basic introduction, I hope you enjoy this class and format. If I could ask for a little patience and sense of humor, I hope this will be a relatively painless experience and you might even learn something!
Principles of Geography Online Course Instructor
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9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Manager: Gayle Palmer, 636-922-8378