Is This Class For You?
There are a few things to consider before enrolling in my class. First, this course demands that you are self-motivated. It is your responsibility to keep on top of the reading assignments, to log-on to the course site frequently, to turn in the required work on time, to take the examinations during the time period specified (you will have a 48-hour window to take exams—more on this later), and to reach out to me if you are struggling in any way with the class.
Second, this course requires a large amount of reading and a significant time commitment–expect to spend at least 9 hours per week dedicated to this course. Much of the instruction in this course will be coming to you in written form, videos, links, and through the discussions. Only you can evaluate whether this type of course is for you, but I urge you to take this self-assessmentLinks to an external site. to determine whether you have the learning style that is compatible with an online course. I am also here to support you in meeting the challenges of an online course so do not hesitate to discuss strategies with me early on that will help you succeed.
Your Professor: Katy Dittmer
Hi! There are many reasons you may need to contact me throughout the term, but in particular if you are struggling in any way with the material or need extensions on due dates, know that I want to help. I will do my best to answer all email received Monday through Friday within 24 hours, and any emails received on weekends first thing Monday morning, if not sooner.
Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email me directly through Canvas Mail (you can access this feature by clicking "Inbox" in the left-hand global navigation bar) or leave me a message on my office phone (Voice Mail: 805-592-9683)
Note: Federal law prevents me from having a discussion of your course grade via email.
Let's Meet Up!
Take advantage of the drop-in student hours over Zoom on Mondays from 9:30-10:30am, schedule a one-on-one Zoom session with me using Student Connect on Canvas, or email your questions to me email@example.com I would love to help you understand the class material better or talk to you in more detail about preparing for our class exams. This is also a great chance for us to get to know each other a little better.
I want you to be successful in this course. Each week (or most weeks) you will have some combination of the following: reading, discussion boards, and practice quizzes to complete. You will struggle on the exams and the homework if you put off studying or completing the coursework. So do your best to stay on schedule and on top of your course reading. However, I do understand that life happens, so please reach out if you fall behind.
Specifically, my policy is to accept late work within a section module up until the exam closes for that section. But please communicate with me about the situation so we can find ways of alleviating the root of the issue and get you back on schedule.
This course has NO mandatory on-campus or Zoom meetings, however, I expect you to log in to the course on the first day of the class and to log in at least once a week thereafter. Students who fail to log in on the first day of the course risk being dropped from the course to make room for waitlisted students. If I do not hear from you and you miss an exam, you may be dropped as well. Please reach out!
Will you be dropped from the course?
I hope not! However, yes, students who fail to log in on the first day of the class or miss an exam (without contacting me) may be dropped. So please reach out if situations arise that prevent you from staying on top of these requirements. I will be flexible if you are accountable!
Please review the campus add/drop policyLinks to an external site.
NOTE: If you drop this class after the census date (see course calendar) you will receive a “W” on your transcript. Find out how to drop a courseLinks to an external site. All courses in which you earn a grade of “D”, “F”, “NP” and/or “W” are counted as “unsatisfactory” attempts to successfully complete the course. You are only allowed 3 attempts to repeat courses for which you receive an “unsatisfactory” grade. A “W” on your transcript will count as an “unsatisfactory” attempt to successfully complete the course
Authenticating student identity will be conducted through the use of the Learning Management System, Canvas. Canvas requires each student to log into the program using a secure login and password to access.
Again, I want you to be successful in this class and therefore, to make up exams you miss. If you miss an exam, you should contact me immediately with a full explanation as to why the exam was missed and a request for a make-up. However, I withhold the right to refuse a make-up.
In this course, there is a “no tolerance” policy for cheating. If you are caught cheating, it will result in an “F” for the course. You will also be reported to a Judicial Officer. For more information, see the Student Code of ConductLinks to an external site. in the General College Catalog.
What do we mean by “cheating?”
- Sharing answers with another student to complete assignments or exams
- Submitting someone else files as your own
- Submitting either your assignments or another student’s files from a previous semester
- Helping someone or receiving help on an exam
- Getting someone else to take your exams
What happens if you cheat?
- Both you and the other students involved will receive an F on the assignment, exam, and/or for the entire course.
Regular and Effective Contact Policy
Regular and effective contact between the instructor and the students will be achieved by some of the following means: 1) Weekly online discussions with appropriate instructor participation; 2) Email, phone or messaging to individual students; 3) Weekly announcements to students; 4) Weekly constructive feedback on student work; 5) Instructor office hours will be available by individual appointment; and 6) Weekly Instructor prepared lectures.
For the interactive portion of the course, it is important that you respect your classmates’ comments even if you disagree with their opinions; challenge the idea and not the person. Furthermore, in your discussions, please voice your opinions, yet be sensitive of others’ differences (race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). Please be respectful of these differences and do not say things that could be hurtful to others.
Please note that email is the best way to get in contact with me (I do not check my voicemail often!). I will make every attempt to answer your emails within 24 hours. And to preserve my sanity, I expect all email correspondence to be include the following:
The CRN for the course you are in
Address the email to me so I know it is for me; and
Send a message with punctuation and enough detail for me to help you appropriately.
Students with special needs or a disability
Students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities who require academic support services must contact DSPS for authorization. Before receiving special accommodations, I need documentation of accommodations in the form of a Student Educational Contract (SEC) from the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) at Cuesta. Please have that authorization emailed to me as soon as possible to ensure that you receive accommodations.
Contact the DSPS officeLinks to an external site. (805) 546-3148 firstname.lastname@example.org
Present documentation of disability for review by a disabilities specialist
Discuss options for support through DSPS
Present a signed DSPS authorization for accommodation to your instructor
General Campus Policies
Follow this link for General Campus Policies Links to an external site.(including: Withdrawal, Repeatability, Student Code of Conduct).