Cybernauts Mailing List postings

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Welcome! There are still quite a few people who need to sign up on the mailing list so I will make this short but I want to clarify a few things.

First, you do NOT need to watch all the movies and videos, post to the discussion board and do all the hands-on assignments. PLEASE read carefully the course guidelines. You have a choice over how to earn your 400 participation points. There are 97 possible ways to earn these points and you only need to do 40 of them. So pick and choose and don't be confused!

Second, the WebBoard requires that you create a new user account. When you do so a password will be sent to you. At the moment, this password e-mail function is not working properly (since our host, the CVC3, upgraded their server Monday). When it is working, I will let you know through the mailing list.

Third, we will NOT use WebCT for anything except exams. In a couple weeks, I will give you access to that web site.

I can not stress enough the importance of READING VERY CAREFULLY everything in the Course Guidelines. If you do not, you run the risk of missing out on very important details about what is expected of you in this course.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me or post them on the mailing list for your classmates to answer.

More l8r...

I'm looking forward to a great semester.

Sean

Okay, the WebBoard is now working properly.

Go to http://cvc3.ccc.cccd.edu:82/~fullOceanography and click on New User. Fill out the form (write down your username!) and almost instantly your password will be sent to you.

Go back to the board and sign in with your username (the one you created) and new password. You can change your password using Edit Profile.

Hope to see all of you there soon!

Sean

Greetings!

Participation Assignments: If you have decided to complete any of the first
participation assignments (Who are Ya, Matey?, Units Exchange, 20K-Great
Books video, 20K Under the Sea), they are all due by 1159PM tonight. If you
have not decided to do them, then don't sweat it. There are 93 more left
after today.

Remember, YOU choose which of the 97 assignments you want to do (but you
don't choose when they are due). See the Summary of Due Dates linked on the
Student Home page and circle the assignments and due dates that you want to
do. You will need to complete 40 assignments by the end of the semester.

WebBoard: The WebBoard link on the Student Home page was erroneous. If you
tried to link to the WebBoard using that link previously, you may have had
problems. The correct link is now available. Or you can find it at
http://cvc3.ccc.cccd.edu:82/~fullOceanography

When you go to the WebBoard, create a new user account and a password will
be sent to you. WRITE down your username and password and put them somewhere
that you will always have them. If you forget them, you'll have to creat a
new user.

Right now, (until the due date tonight), you can earn 10 participation
points just by introducing yourself. They are probably the easiest points
you can earn this semester. So why not go to the WebBoard now, crete a
username, check your e-mail and get a password, and post a message to Who
Are You, Matey? You'll be glad you did.

AND don't forget to submit your student-teacher contract of understanding by
1159PM Thursday, Jan 31, or you may be dropped!

Good luck with your studies this week. More later...

Sean

PLEASE always get in the habit of REFRESHING or RELOADING your pages on our web site when you go to them. Some of you are storing old pages in your browser. Set your cache to ZERO and clear the pages history and this won't happen.

Some of you are trying to log in to the erroneous WebBoard site that was listed on the Student Home Page until this afternoon.

Go here: http://cvc3.ccc.cccd.edu:82/~fullOceanography

Create a single-word, new user ID and a password will be sent to you. DO NOT INCLUDE SPACES IN YOUR USERNAME.

Thanks

Sean

A new VIRUS, the Party Photo Virus, is on the rampage.

DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS EVER from me or from anyone else unless you call them on the phone and know for certain that they sent you an attachment.

In any case, do not open the party photo attachment.

BE CAREFUL. And make sure you haven the latest virus DATs for detecting the latest viruses.

Thanks

Sean

When answering questions in the WebBoard, make positively sure that you are answering the correct TOPIC.

Some of you posted to READ THIS FIRST and not WHO ARE YOU, MATEY? In the future, you will not get points for posting to the wrong topic.

Also, never type in ALL CAPS. It's called screaming in cyberspace and it immediately identifies you as a newbie. =}

The Who are You Matey topic deadline has passed. You may now read the postings but you cannot respond to them. The next topics include study questions for the first three chapters of 20K. They are due next Monday night at 1159PM, as indicated in the Course Guidelines.

I do not accept WebBoard assignments via e-mail so don't send them. They will be deleted.

You have 47 more chances to earn points on the WebBoard, more than enough to earn your 400 participation points (and you wouldn't even have to see a movie or video or complete an assignment!)

Thanks to ALL of you who posted in the WebBoard this week, more than 320 postings! Great work!

Sean

Please note that VIDEO AND MOVIE assignments MUST be e-mailed to me. Copy and paste the questions into a word processing program, fill out the answers and then copy and paste that into an e-mail.

HANDS-ON ASSIGNMENTS must be PRINTED and turned in to me in class or MAILED via US Mail or Campus Mail.

WebBoard assignments must be posted on the WebBoard.

Please refer to the Course Guidelines, Participation Assignments, for more information.

Thanks

Sean

When answering questions in the WebBoard, make positively sure that you are answering the correct TOPIC.

Some of you posted to READ THIS FIRST and not WHO ARE YOU, MATEY? In the future, you will not get points for posting to the wrong topic.

Also, never type in ALL CAPS. It's called screaming in cyberspace and it immediately identifies you as a newbie. =}

The Who are You Matey topic deadline has passed. You may now read the postings but you cannot respond to them. The next topics include study questions for the first three chapters of 20K. They are due next Monday night at 1159PM, as indicated in the Course Guidelines.

I do not accept WebBoard assignments via e-mail so don't send them. They will be deleted.

You have 47 more chances to earn points on the WebBoard, more than enough to earn your 400 participation points (and you wouldn't even have to see a movie or video or complete an assignment!)

Thanks to ALL of you who posted in the WebBoard this week, more than 320 postings! Great work!

Sean

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a theatrical version by Seattle playwright Ed Mast, will be performed in the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre on Thursday, Jan 31 through Saturday, February 2, 2002.

Shows start at 8pm on Thu, Fri and Sat. There is also a 2pm matinee on Saturday.

A study guide will be posted online and through the mailing list for these shows. There will be five study questions to answer. Questions must be typed, multiple pages must be stapled (ALWAYS) and questions submitted via campus mail, US Mail or handed to me in class. You must staple your ticket to your paper or it will not be accepted.

Tickets are limited. Call the Fullerton College Box office for more info: 714-992-7433.

Enjoy!

Sean


The study guides for the hands-on assignments and the videos and movies have been updated to include the correct place where you should submit them.

The first assignment, Units Exchange, and the first video and movie, are no longer available for points.

Please make sure you refresh (or reload) your pages when you go to our site next time.

THANKS

Sean

Here's a great way to do some service learning for the college and me! I
will accept this project for service learning as YOU can help promote our
college and what it means to be a student and especially, what it means to
take oceanography classes.

If you are interested, please call Behnoosh Armani, High School Outeach
Coordinator at (714) 992-7536.

Enjoy and earn points!

Sean

> Dear Staff,
>
> Fullerton College will have almost 600 students visiting our campus from
> Brookhurst Jr. High on Monday, March 11th. We need and appreciate all
> the help we can get. We would like to have about 30 volunteers to help
> as tour guides. For each tour guide we will have a schedule and a guide
> sheet directing you and your group to various campus sites. Each tour
> guide will need to be at the theatre no later than 9:15 a.m. and the
> tours will end at about 11:30 a.m.
>
> If interested, please call or email me.
>
> Thank You,
>
> Behnoosh Armani
> High School Outeach Coordinator
> Ext. 27536

For the study questions,

Answer ONE question for each chapter and respond to two students for each chapter.

There are THREE-FOUR chapters every week. So you will need to post 9-12 times to get your 10 points.

Hope that helps.

Sean

Please include the EXACT forms for movies/videos and hands-on assignments that I have posted on the web site. That means, copy and paste the forms EXACTLY and fill them out, either in a word processing program first (the recommended method) or into an e-mail.

I want the exact headers (name___, date viewed ____, etc) AND the questions. It helps enormously to have this information rather than me trying to figure out what you are answering and what you did.

Thank you!

Sean
Here's some useful advice on writing essays:

An EXPOSITORY essay is an argumentative essay. It starts with a topic sentence in the first paragraph. Then, it supports that topic sentence with three examples. It concludes by re-stating the topic sentence.

Your topic sentence needs to be well-stated and explicit. It should be a statement. It comes from a theme but it is not a theme itself. In other words, don't tell me that 20K is about man versus man. That's not a topic sentence, it's one of the themes. What you should tell me is that 20K shows that man is good (a good topic sentence) or 20K provides compelling evidence for the evil of man. (another good topic sentence)

Also, your examples must be OCEANOGRAPHIC ones and they must support the topic sentence. For example, if we were to choose the theme of man versus nature, our topic sentence might be "20K demonstrates that men will always destroy nature when given the chance." You could use the example of the monster in the beginning, the example of the shark and the example of the squid to support your argument that man is always after nature.

YES, this is a writing class. ALL college courses in CA are mandated by the state to require writing assignments. And with my BA in English and years of experience as an editor and writer, I'm not going to let you slide on these assignments! =}

So write well and liberate your mind and passions! Express yourself intelligently.

Please take some time to familarize yourself with expository writing if you are not familiar with it. The following web site offers excellent help for writing. I also suggest that you use the Writing Center if you are not a good writer and /or want help with your writing.

Study Guides and Strategies
http://www.iss.stthomas.edu/studyguides/
A tremendous resource for all kinds of things: learning to learn, effective study habits. setting goals, managing stress, thinking like a genius, motivating yourself, reading, writing, taking tests and tons more! If you're going to check out one link to help you study, check out this one.


Student Learning Center at Berkeley
http://students.berkeley.edu/slc/

Hey, if it works for Berkeley students, imagine what it can do for you! All kinds of study resources and more.

Study Strategies for Writing Students
http://www.utep.edu/tlc/writss.htm
This site provides a checklist of things to do and watch for when preparing a writing assignment. These helpful hints are compiled into an easy-to-print, couple of pages that will give you a good start on organizing your writing.

Center for Advancement of Learning: Learning Strategies Database
http://muskingum.edu/~cal/database/genpurpose.html
Like the first site mentioned above, this site provides a wealth of resources for improving your skills. Topics include memory, test anxiety, note taking, motivation, questioning, problem solving and critical thinking and more.

Study Skills Resources from Chemeketa Community College in Oregon
http://studyweb.chemek.cc.or.us/resources.htm
This one-stop shop for study skills resources covers a wide range of tools that should be part of every student’s repertoire. They even provide a list of study guides for specific subjects, like Accounting, Biology, English and more.

Academic Success Center at the University of Iowa
http://www.dso.iastate.edu/dept/asc/all/study_skills.htm
This handsome site not only covers study skills but also includes resources for test taking and time and stress management, too.

Study Skills Survey
http://www.d.umn.edu/student/cgi/embp.cgi/student/embp/study_skills.htm
Go ahead. Rate your study skills. You may be better than you thought…or not.

Online Learning Center at Utah State University
http://www.usu.edu/~acaserv/center/other/Links.htm
This site combines study skills resources with health and wellness resources, a vital link if there ever was one. In addition, they offer resources for students with learning disabilities. Math and science help are also featured.


Sean

END CYBERNAUTS: Feb 4, 2002, 22:29