BOT Online Instructors
This orientation will introduce you to the course content
and expectations for BOT 101A & 101B online. You'll also have a chance to make sure everything is set
up and ready to go. Your first quiz (to be taken after this orientation)
will include questions about information found on this web page,
the course syllabus, and Blackboard. Please review all items carefully. While you
work through this orientation, jot down any questions you might have and
post them to our course Help discussion board. I recommend that you
print this page, and check each item off as you complete it. Don't
forget to take the 20-point quiz to complete this orientation. The Orientation quiz is found in
Blackboard at the "exams" link. If you score less than 20 points, please
take it again. You are allowed multiple attempts until you successfully
score 18 out of 20 points.
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What to do for this assignment
- Print this page
and mark each item as you
- Enroll in the course. You enroll for this
online course the same way you enroll in any other Cuyamaca College
course. You will need to be enrolled in the course before you can
access the course Blackboard site.
- Buy the textbook and install
the required software. You can buy the
book kit at the campus bookstore, or from another source.
You will need them on the first day of class. In the textbook bundle you will find
a textbook and an access code for the SNAP Online Lab keyboarding software. This course teaches
keyboarding and document processing in Microsoft Word 2013. If you already have Word
2013 on your computer, you're ready. You absolutely must use Word 2013
for this class because older versions of Word will not work with the
GDP keyboarding software. (See below for
more details about the required course materials.)
As a student enrolled in an online class,
you are responsible to login and begin working on the day class starts.
- BOT 101A, Section 9686 begins on
August 18, 2014 -- covers first half of book
- BOT 101A, Section
9804 begins on October 13, 2014 -- covers
first half of book
101B, Section 9805
begins on October 13, 2014 -- covers second half of book
Login to Blackboard. One
day before class
begins, those who have enrolled will be entered into the Blackboard
system. If you enrolled successfully in the class, you
should now be able to access the class. If
you register for the class less than one week prior to class starting, you must contact me to be entered into
the Blackboard system. If you want to add the class after the start
date, you need to
contact me for an add code. As an student enrolled in this
class, you are responsible to access the course when it is
available in Blackboard.
- How to login to Blackboard
(available one day before class begins)
A. Go to
http://gcccd.blackboard.com (click on this link or the
Blackboard Login link in the web page navigation at the left side of this
B. Click the Login button
C. For Username enter your name as firstname.lastname
D. For Password enter your birthday (mmddyy)
E. If you cannot login successfully the first time, try it again.
Your login information is the same as when you login to any computer
on campus. If you still have trouble logging in, STOP and contact me
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Do not panic, we'll get it fixed. Do not click
the create an account
button as this will only complicate
matters and delay your first login.
- Successful login! Now that you have logged in,
welcome to the course. Read the Welcome announcement. This
announcement contains helpful information on how the course works and
where to start.
- Update your personal information.
I regularly send class announcements and email through Blackboard. It is
very important you keep your email address current in order to receive
these communications. Please login to WebAdvisor, click on STUDENTS,
then UPDATE PERSONAL INFORMATION and list your preferred email address
and the telephone number where I can reach you if needed. WebAdvisor
updates BlackBoard nightly, so it's important to keep current
information in WebAdvisor.
- Print the syllabus.
The syllabus will be available on my website
before the course begins. Once the course begins, you can locate the
syllabus in the Blackboard course
site by clicking on the Course Information
button. Click on the
syllabus link. Print the syllabus and keep it with your textbook. You
may need to save the syllabus and then open it to print it. READ
the whole syllabus (you will need to answer questions on the quiz).
- Familiarize yourself with the course web site by
clicking on all of the links in the course navigation on the left side of the
There are also several links on the web pages that display. Browse through
them thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the entire course
- Install the SNAP Online Lab keyboarding software.
instructions in the SNAP Online Lab access card that came with your
- Install Word 2013 software.
In week 7 of the class, you will need Word 2013
to create documents. SNAP will automatically
launch Word when it is needed.
- Take the online orientation quiz.
completing the steps above, you can take the quiz (worth 20
points and due by Wed the first week of class).
Login to Blackboard, click on the Exams
link, and click on the
Orientation Quiz. The quiz will cover information from the
syllabus and Blackboard.
- Begin on the course assignments. Turn to page
5 in your syllabus and begin on the assignments in the order they are
listed. You can turn in assignments early. The due dates for each assignment are listed in the
syllabus. Most assignments are due by midnight on Saturday, but be sure
to check the syllabus. The weeks of the midterm and final
exams, I need your work earlier (by Wed) so that I can grade everything and return feedback before you
take the exam.
- If you still have
questions AFTER completing all of the items above,
email me at
and tell me exactly what you need help with. Be very
specific with your question. I will ask you if you completed
the orientation items listed above. Include the COURSE AND
SECTION NUMBERS in the Subject Line of your email, as email
can get filtered as junk and this will help me to recognize
your email message.
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Course textbook and software
NOTE: If a book
is listed, you will need all components included in the bundle. If
you purchase your book online other than the Cuyamaca Bookstore, you may not
receive all items in the required bundle. Also, you should verify that access
codes are valid if you purchase your book online from another seller. Read information carefully below.
As an online student, you must provide your own computer
with the required minimum specifications prior to the class start date.
The textbook kit including the GDP11 software is available in the
College Bookstore or online at
- Paradigm Keyboarding & Applications 1,
Using Microsoft Word 2013, Sessions 1-60, 6th Edition
- ISBN: 978-0763855994
by William Mitchell, Audrey Roggenkamp, Patricia
King, and Ronald Kapper, with SNAP Online Lab access code. (Bundle includes textbook
and SNAP Online Lab access code)
- Also requires Microsoft Word 2013 (available separately).
Older versions of Word will not work with the SNAP Online Lab keyboarding
You can purchase
Office 2013 from http://www.collegebuys.com at an educational discount
-- $40 Direct Download (no media), $10 additional for CD.
- Access to a PC/Windows computer with the following requirements:
1 gigahertz (GHz) processor or higher
1 GB of RAM (32 bit) or 2 GB
of RAM (64 bit)
- Hard disk:
3 GB of available hard-disk space
1024 x 576 minimum screen
resolution (or 1366 x 768 to use Windows Snap feature)
- Operating system:
Windows 7 or 8
- Broadband Internet access with minimum connection speed
of 128 kpbs: Internet Explorer
or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher, Chrome 11 or higher
- Sorry, no Macintosh as the Office 2013 program is very different on a
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Advice from BOT online students
- Keep up with the class. The biggest problem online students
have is gradually falling behind. You lose points when assignments are
late, and you may be dropped from the class if you get behind. This
class is only 8 weeks in length and all work must be completed by
the class end date.
- Schedule at least 10 hours per week to focus on the class.
Some students may need more or less time, so you can make adjustments
based on your skill level.
- Don't wait until the last minute to start an assignment. If you run
into a problem, it may take time to get help.
- Contact your instructor
as soon as you begin to have problems
or if you decide to drop.
- Attend the
BOT Flex Lab
for in-person help whenever the lab is open, if
- Check e-mail and online discussion several times a week.
- Have a
back-up plan in case your computer crashes. You can
always use the
BOT Flex Lab
in E-120 during
Good luck and let's have fun!!!
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