BOT Online Instructors
This orientation will introduce you to the course content
and expectations for BOT 118 online. You'll also have a chance to make sure everything is set
up and ready to go.
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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 at
the campus bookstore, or from another source.
- Login to Blackboard.
The first day of class is April 1, 2013.
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 want to add the class after the start
date, you need to
contact me 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).
You can also download the syllabus from the instructor's website
- 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
Set up your myitlab account by
following the instructions in Blackboard.
Install Microsoft Office 2010 on your
computer if you don't already have it. You can find
purchasing information and free trial download information
posted in the Help Discussion in Blackboard.
- 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.
- 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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The textbook is available in the
College Bookstore or online at
You can also rent textbooks at
Skills for Success with Integrated Projects: Getting Started,
by Catherine Hain, Prentice Hall, 2011. Includes myitlab
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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. The Comprehensive Word 1-3 classes are scheduled in
short blocks so that you can complete all three classes in a single
semester, as requested by students.
- 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.
- 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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