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Ocea-112: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


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Is this an online course?

  • This class is a blended, or hybrid, face-to-face (in class) course with online elements.

What’s the difference?

  • You will as scheduled,  in the classroom. While in class, students will be actively involved with the course objectives, as they would in any classroom situation.
  • However, quizzes, exams and graded discussion groups will be held, and evaluated online.
  • Students will also be able to access their grades online.
  • Does this mean I don’t have to come to class?

    • No, students must attend the class sessions since that is where the substance of the course will be taught.
    • The online segment is only for taking quizzes, actively participating in graded, discussion groups, and accessing ones grades.

    What do I need for this class?

  • All online, or partial online, courses require access to the Internet (56k modem or better).
  • Students must have their own Internet Service Provider, or may access the courses by using one of the college's computer labs.
  • You will need:
  • Access to a fairly new computer.
  • Internet Explorer (5.0 or higher) or Netscape (4.7.3 or higher).
  • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word of Word Perfect
  • Required Textbook: Oceanography, An Invitation to Marine Science, Tom Garrison, 5th edition, Brooks/Cole, 2005.
  • Highly recommended: Goode’s World Atlas, Hudson and Espenshade, editors; 21st edition, Rand McNally.
  • How do get a WebCT account?

    • You don’t have to do anything to get an account; I will upload your names by the following day of the first class. (Note: you will not have access until I let you know that the upload has been successful.)
    • To access your account, use: WebCT Login  Do not click on "create my WebCT."  Fill in the

    WebCT ID = firstnamelastname (no spaces between the two) (Ex: janedoe)

    Password = birth date (mmddyy) (Ex: 031785 [for Mar. 17, 1985])

    What Technical Requirements are there?

  • You should have access to the Internet using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or through the College’s computer labs.
  • You should be proficient in the following:
  • - Using a web browser

    - sending and receiving e-mail

    - using a word processing program

    - sending attachments via e-mail (in Word or other           formats)

    - downloading software and/or documents

    Further Online Help May Be Found Here

    The student help desk line for WebCT questions
    is available from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. at




    Updated: July 23, 2014