Welcome Letter for Strengths I and II

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Welcome to Strengths I/ II

Dear Student,

My name is Jeff Jones, and I will be your instructor in the upcoming online version of Strengths I/II (ENGR252A/ B).  This letter is to inform you of some important details prior to the commencement of this online class.  Please read this page carefully!!

Tentative Test Dates (you must clear your schedule to take the tests at these times):

Test 1(ENGR252A): Thursday 2/15/2018 at 2:30 pm Pacific Time

Test 2(ENGR252A): Thursday 3/15/2018 at 2:30 pm Pacific Time

Test 1 (ENGR252B): Thursday 4/19/2018 at 2:30 pm Pacific Time

Test 2 (ENGR252B): Thursday 5/17/2018 at 2:15 pm Pacific Time

 Time Requirement

The average student should set aside about 15 hours a week to be successful in this class.

 Book Requirements

You will not be purchasing the course materials in the bookstore but you will be required to purchase them online.  More instructions will be provided on Canvas.  Access fee: $69.

 Optional: The textbook "Mechanics of Materials, 4th ed. by Beer/Johnston" is an optional text.  You can pick up your hardcopy for the semester at the Reserve Desk in the library.  Please return it at the end of the term, otherwise you will be billed $50 for it.  This book is completely optional and nothing will be assigned from it.  This is an older edition and cannot be purchased in the bookstore.  You are free to use the reserve copies or go online to amazon.com and buy a used copy for a fraction of what the current version is selling for, about $240.

 Web Site Requirements

We will be using Canvas as this is the site that will be managing the course.  It will have the weekly activities including quizzes, videos, and homework assignments.  I will send you more information as we get closer to the start of the class.

 How to use Canvas

Canvas is an online classroom management system that this class will be using.  For more information on how to use it check out the "How-To" links here: 

https://www.cuesta.edu/about/depts/compserv/howto_materials_students.htmlLinks to an external site.

Resources for Learning

-Post questions in the class4me.com discussion forum.

-Watch the assigned video lectures online at Canvas.

-Read the book or the various links provided.

-Visit the Tutorial Center http://www.cuesta.edu/student/servs_classes/ssc/index.htmlLinks to an external site. .

-Homework and quizzes.

-Study groups.

-Disabled Student Services http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/dsps/index.htmlLinks to an external site.

Orientation/ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Online classes can be difficult to get started with so an optional on-campus orientation will take place on TUESDAY January 16 at 12:30pm room 4118.  It should last about 90 minutes.  If you took ENGR250 online with me before then you do not need to attend the orientation.  If you live out of the area and unable to attend then please contact the instructor (jjones@cuesta.edu) for permission to miss.  


Most students will be taking the exams at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA and don't need to arrange for a proctor.  Students taking the exams at remote locations using a proctor must coordinate and finalize with the instructor the required proctor information (https://cuesta.instructure.com/eportfolios/135/Proctor_Info).  Even if you are taking the exams with a proctor you will still need to take the tests at the same time as the students taking the tests at Cuesta College.  There are no provisions for anyone who misses any of these exams.  Let me know if you are having problems with anything related to the course.

Contacting the Instructor

If you have a non-private question then please post it in the class discussion forum on Canvas, this way other students can benefit from my reply.  If it is a private message then please use the messaging system from within Canvas rather than sending an email via my Cuesta account.  Using the messaging system within Canvas will allow me to have a record of our conversation associated with the class and also won't get marked as spam that may happen with the Cuesta email account.  If none of the above contact options work then you can email me at my Cuesta email account: jjones@cuesta.edu



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