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Dr. Chamberlin's Summer 2003 Online Course Guidelines

This page last updated: Friday, May 16, 2003 10:02 PM

5. Course Web Sites & Online Tools

To achieve our learning goals for this course, we use online tools designed to help us learn and better understand the course materials. In addition, these tools enable us to better communicate with each other and develop the sense of community that supports our learning. Finally, these tools provide a means for assessing our knowledge and understanding and providing feedback to each other and the instructor such that our knowledge and understanding continuously improves.

The Remarkable Ocean World (http://www.oceansonline.com), our course web site, site serves as the primary source of course information (course guidelines and syllabus) and course content (lecture notes). Make sure you subscribe to the mailing list (see the section that follows) or you will miss important course announcements and opportunities.

Among the online tools we use on the Remarkable Ocean World web site are:

Quizzes, exams and surveys must be completed on Fullerton College's WebCT course site at http://webct.fullcoll.edu:8900. You will not be able to access WebCT until June 2, 2003. However you do it, you must learn how to navigate and use WebCT within the first two days of classes or you will be dropped. WebCT can be daunting at first but hang in there. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be fine. Just pay close attention to the details, read the instructions through several times and move slowly. Again, if you just pay attention, be patient and make sure you have all the details covered, you'll be fine.

Now, to get started in WebCT, I suggest that you browse on over to my online WebCT guide called What the Heck is WebCT? You can find it at http://staffwww.fullcoll.edu/schamberlin/title_page.htm. Check out these sections: Stuff You'll Need and Getting Started. The first section will explain how to set up your browser for WebCT (Java must be enabled) and the second section will explain the WebCT ID (username) and password that you'll need to log in to the WebCT portion of our course.

Your username (known as your WebCT ID) is composed of the first two initials of your first name (in ALL CAPS), the first two initials of your last name (in ALL CAPS) and the last four digits of your Student PIN (the one that starts with the @ symbol). For example, if your name is Otto Rocket and your student ID# is @12345678, then your WebCT ID would be OTRO5678. Everyone's initial password is STUDENT. Change it immediately after logging in.

When you have successfully logged in, you will come to a page called MyWebCT, which lists all the courses using WebCT in which you are enrolled. Click on ESC130 F Intro. to Oceanography (Online), Summer 2003- S. Chamberlin. You'll come to our home page that has two icons:

Make sure you properly understand the navigation features of WebCT (i.e., using the breadcrumbs, not your forward and back buttons) and make sure you understand how to post to the discussion board and how to take exams. It's essential you get up and running ASAP because ALL of your points are earned on the WebCT site.

If you find WebCT confusing, go back to What the Heck is WebCT? and check out the sections called Navigating WebCT and Evaluation and Assessment.

For heaven's sake, don't read everything! Make sure you know how to use the breadcrumbs to get around WebCT and make sure you know how to take a quiz. Please, start early in your attempts to log in to WebCT. If you have difficulty and can't log in, don't despair. Just contact me immediately. If you get logged in but things don't quite look right or they don't work right, then contact me immediately.

Among the online tools we use on the Fullerton College WebCT web site are:

More information on these tools is provided in the sections that follow. Since you're already reading these course guidelines on our course web site, little additional explanation should necessary. However, if you have questions about how to access specific portions of this web site (and you have read all twenty sections of these course guidelines), please e-mail me, drc@oceansonline.com.

You may also want to refer to I Will Survive...(my online course) A Guide for Students Enrolled in Online, Hybrid and Web-Enhanced Courses, which will give you a better idea of what's expected in online courses.

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