Course Orientation (in Pictures) & the Tasks You Do for Getting Started

Note started 10/22 and update 10/23

Personal note from your prof: I thought I was getting tired all weekend. Now I have a bug that has more power than I do.

I set up some changes that required new pictures in order to try to help students, but realize now that I need to go back and lie down.

The below says the tasks to do in Getting Started—including Mark Reviews.


Tasks You Do During Getting Started

The list of tasks for Getting Started is the same one in the Course Plan that you complete during Getting Started

Getting Started


Assignment (These assignments are listed in Getting Started.)



Take Syllabus Acknowledgement Quiz. (Caution: You must do it to stay in the course.)



Post your Introduction in the Discussion available from Getting Started.



Complete Your Course Plan for Your Grade and submit it in its Blackboard Assignment.



Complete the Syllabus & Success Assignment and submit it in its Blackboard Assignment.



When you encounter the Mark Review button (not counting the one under Getting Started), click on at least 10 of them. Some are in:

·         Getting Started

·         Learning Modules

·         Unit 1 (and will not be visible until the date in the List of Due Dates)

·         Shortcuts to All Graded Work


They are worth 1 each. Blackboard provides a list of who clicked on each one and when. I will collect them on the day that Getting Started ends. (Hmm. Sometimes I count points for them all as a little extra credit.)  If you cannot tell which does what (especially the 1st one, you had better ask).


 One of the reviewed items does each of these things:

1.       Is the only safe source of dates for you to start planning your work and when you submit your work. Tips: When it says 11:59 PM, Blackboard means it. If you think you do not have to plan and you just click, change now. You will find this in 2 places.

2.       Is how you can see what textbook chapters serve as a reference for which lessons?

3.       Is where you state exactly what you plan to do to make the grade you want for the course. Tip: Put this where you can see it each day so you do not forget. In an on-campus class, what the other students are doing or what the teacher reminds you of saves you. Your habits have to save yourself in a Distance Education class.

4.       Is the Getting Started activity that helps you read the Syllabus and be both successful and avoid vile risks.

5.       Is the discussion where you can ask and answer questions about the whole course. (Also read it for the questions others were smart enough to ask. No question is dumb.)

6.       Is where you will find the folder with everything you need for Unit 1’s time period.

7.       Is where you will find the folder with the instructions you must follow exactly and within the 3-week period to be able to take the Final Exam. (And history instructors are required to fail you for the whole course if you do not take it.)

8.       Is where you will find the folder for all the Evidence Quizzes and all the Required Writing on the date in the List of Due Dates.

9.       Is where you will find only the tools you use to submit work with in Blackboard
FYI: It is usually call Assignments / Tests or something like that, but I got permission from Distance Education to call them Shortcuts for Graded Work. It’s accurate and it lets me warn you of its dangers. If students want it, I will make it possible, but I will also alert you to the dangers.

10.   Is the statement explaining Cautions about shortcuts

11.   Is a list of the work you submit with in Getting Started and a caution there

12.   Is a list of the work you submit for a Unit

These things will only be visible once Unit 1 opens.

13.   Is how you can find a reminder of everything you must do in the Unit. (There is 1 for each Unit.)

14.   Is how you know what to learn to prepare for 70% of the possible questions on each Unit Exam. (There is 1 for each Unit.)

15.   Is how you can learn those 70% of the possible questions by using materials provided by your instructor. (Within a Unit, there are 3 to 4 of these, with your needing to mark reviewed on the last of the 4.)

16.   Is how you can find quizzes to teach yourself the exact questions for the other 30% of the Unit Exam. (There is 1 folder that contains all of these for each Unit. Each Unit has a folder.)

17.   Once inside, mark reviewed on the how-to-do-this information. (And also read it.)

18.   Once inside, look at the lines (----) to indicate the beginning of a quiz and then mark reviewed on the first one.



Total for this Section of the Course