Instructor Comments :
Hello! This is information for students who are considering enrolling in my online classes. Students can also go to www.sbvcpsychonline.org for information about my online classes. I will not respond to phone calls regarding online classes.
All students who are enrolled in my classes or who are on the waitlist need to read this entire web page for information on how the class is run, where to find textbook information, drop policies, etc.
My online classes require you to do the coursework each week or I will drop you from the class.
Make sure you can do the following (if you have never done any of the following on the list, you should not enroll in the online format):
1. Read and follow instructions carefully. Print out the syllabus and assignment instructions as soon as they are available on the course website.
2. Purchase and read your textbook and any other review materials on a weekly schedule.
3. Work on your own by developing and maintaining a consistent study schedule.
4. Do all work early or on time.
5. Write a 4-6 page paper using the correct grammar.
6. Submit a file as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file from your computer.
7. Take timed quizzes and exams online.
Go to the following web page for more information on how to take online classes at SBVC: http://www.valleycollege.edu/online-classes/learn-to-learn-online
All of my classes require textbooks. Textbook information is available online (normally at least 3-4 weeks before classes start) by going to the Bookstore link on the SBVC website and following the instructions on the site. Students can also go to my website (www.sbvcpsychonline.org) to find textbook information at least 2 months before classes start.
If you cannot purchase the textbook and have the textbook in your hands on the first day of class, register for a different class. I will not change any deadlines because you do not have the textbook.
Students who do not submit the required work each week will be dropped from the class. This includes the first week of classes. If you cannot submit the work required each week, do not enroll in the class.
My online classes do not require physical attendance (you do not have to come to campus), but you do need to submit required work each week as evidence of attendance. If you cannot do this, then enroll in other classes because you will be dropped from the class or you will fail the class.
After the drop date, if you do not submit required work each week, your grade will be lowered by 1 full grade.
To succeed in my online classes, you need:
1. Access to hi-speed internet and a computer (desk top, lap top, or tablet)at home, work and any other location you will be at for any length of time
2. To check the class Blackboard site at least once a day
3. To purchase the required textbook
4. To study at least 8-10 hours per week
5. To have good reading comprehension skills
6. To have good writing skills
7. To submit all required work
8. To have good planning and organization skills
Please allow students who can meet the class requirements to take the class. Do not assume online classes will be easier than regular classes, they are harder than regular classes.
Students will need a video player program such as RealPlayer or QuickTime on their computer to view online videos for this class.
Students will be required to submit papers online, take all exams and quizzes online, and communicate with me and their classmates online. Each component of the class will be clearly laid out in the syllabus. This class has no meetings.
I expect you to read all documents pertaining to the class. This will include the syllabus, assignment instructions, quiz instructions, exam instructions and Discussion Board instructions.
Students can expect to have work due each week. There will be no extensions for any work. Deadlines are clearly indicated on the syllabus and students are expected to follow them. If you cannot manage your time to meet these deadlines, you will not be successful in the class.
I expect you to communicate with me online. Once the class begins, I expect students enrolled in the class to use the Messages area (the communication system within the Blackboard site) to communicate with me. I will help you if you have questions about the course material, but you need to contact me online in a timely manner.
A message will be sent to registered students' SBCCD email accounts at least 5-6 days before the class start date with instructions on accessing the course online. All emails for students in my classes go to the students SBCCD email accounts. If you do not check your SBCCD email account to find out instructions about the class and you miss a deadline, you will be dropped from the class.
All Course Content will be visible in the class Blackboard website after 7am on the start date of the class. You are expected to know when the class starts by reading the Class Schedule when you register.
You are expected to explore the class website on your own and read all the documents contained in the areas relevant to your class once the class begins.
Waitlist students: If you are registered for the Waitlist on Web Advisor, you will need to email me (email@example.com) before 9am on the day the class starts. Do not email me before the start day of the class. Your email will be deleted. If I am able to add students, I will add students based on the order they are on the waitlist as long as they have contacted me before 9am on the day the class starts (and not before the day class starts). If you were not able to get on the Waitlist on Web Advisor, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to add the class.
Online classes can be very enjoyable if you are prepared to take them, but these type of classes also require more effort than regular classes. Please remember that this is a college class and you are expected to do college level work.