Blackboard (internet classroom) will be utilized as our classroom. Students are expected to haveand utilize computer Internet access. Blackboard can be accessed through the TCC Portal athttps://my.tacomacc.net/portal/main.html Students will be required to check Blackboard daily.For problems connecting through the TCC Portal go tohttps://my.tacomacc.net/portal/main.html and click on the “Help” tab. See “HIM OnlineProgram Computer Requirements” document for specific computer hardware and softwarerequirements.
Students have all been given a TCC email address and it is
that you use thisemail address for this class. Your emails to your instructors should contain
“HIM101: myexample subject line”
In other words, we need your subject lines to let us know that yourmessage is from our class. Emails should be signed with first and last name. Please note thatany email from hotmail, yahoo, and etc. may not make it past the junk mail filter. Use your TCCemail if at all possible.
ONLINE CLASS FORMAT
This course is NOT self-paced or self-directed. each unit is considered a separate module and we will open each unit when it is time for that unit to begin. You must follow the due dates forassignments and/or quizzes/exams.
Any assignments that are due that week will be posted at the beginning of the unit and must be completed and submitted as required. The assignments may be of
various types as directed by the instructor. You should carefully review each weeks’ schedule and budget your time tocomplete the assignment. Plan your private activities with these requirements in mind.3.
Have a backup plan if something terrible happens to your working computer. The classschedule can’t stop for individual equipment problems. Network or server problems are, of course, beyond your control and allowances will be made if these occur.4.
Follow the calendar for assignment/exam due dates.5.
Units (chapters) open on Mondays and close on Sundays.6.
There may be times that you are allowed to work
in this class. See instructor for details.
There will be “virtual office hours.” We will use conferencing software to meet over ourcomputers – We can talk to each other, and I can demonstrate tasks through this software.
A list of PowerPoint lectures can be located on the Course Calendar and in the specific Units of Study. Note that for each narrated PowerPoint lecture found in Blackboard there may also a“PDF Supplement.” This supplement is available for printing and note taking. You are requiredto review/listen to the lectures before you come to class discussion sessions and be prepared fora comprehensive discussion and practical application. In order to listen to the narratedPowerPoint, you must have speaker availability on your computer (USB headphones work great).
You are required to participate in this online environment. In acampus class, there are many learning opportunities presented to you, such as class discussions, lectures, hands on activities. In theonline environment we have these activities too, but they requireinitiation by the student. In order to participate and get the fullestpossible out of the class you will need to do the following:
“We become what webehold. We shape our tools and then our toolsshape us.” – Marshall McLuhan