BOT Online Instructors
This orientation will introduce you to the course content
and expectations for BOT 104 online. You'll also have a chance to make sure everything is set
up and ready to go. 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.
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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. You can buy the book
and access code at the campus bookstore, or from the publisher (see
options below). You will need them on the
first day of class. This course
teaches Filing & Records Management.
- Login to Blackboard.
The first day of class is January 27, 2015. If you enrolled successfully in the class, you
should now be able to access the class. If you want to add the class after the start
date, you need to
contact the instructor for an add code.
- 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 page)
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. In the Blackboard course
site, click 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 (buttons) 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
- Begin on the course assignments. Turn to
the Assignments page in your syllabus and begin on the assignments in the order they are
listed. You can turn in assignments early, but please submit an entire
chapter at one time. See instructions for submitting assignments on
page 3 of the syllabus. The due dates for each assignment are listed
in the syllabus.
- 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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NOTE: If a book kit
is listed, you will need all components included in the kit. If
you purchase your book online other than the Cuyamaca Bookstore, you may not
receive all items in the required kit. 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 is available in the
College Bookstore or online at
- Records Management, 9th
by Judy Read & Mary Lea Ginn (Printed Book with CourseMaster Instant
Access Code). ISBN:
textbook kit is available in the
Cuyamaca College Bookstore
- As another option, you can purchase an electronic
book access code, which also includes the CourseMaster Instant Access
Code, for $102.00 from the publisher at:
- NOTE: While the kit in the bookstore
is a little more expensive, it does include a hard copy of the textbook
which is convenient to use while completing the online filing components
in CourseMaster. Previous students preferred having the actual book vs.
the electronic e-book. Email your instructor if you have questions
before purchasing your book kit.
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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. These
classes are only 5-6 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 in Word.
- 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 necessary.
- 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 during
Good luck and let's have fun!!!
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