Thank you for your interest in my Distance Education class! Before you consider enrolling, please read through all of the following information and make sure that you are willing and able to make all the demands of this course.
If you enroll, I will email you (through your mycuesta email account), a few days prior to the start of the term information including the Syllabus and a calendar with all assignment and exam deadlines. (There will be NO face-to-face meetings for this class!) This class is entirely online and asynchronous. Once the term begins, I will be communicating with you primarily through Canvas so be sure to check this site on a regular basis.
You will need to login to Canvas on the first day of the course (the syllabus will include instructions on how to login). (Though you may be able to access our site before the first day of the course, the site may not be ready until the first day of the term.) If you have any problems logging in to Canvas during the first week of the term, email me immediately. (For a quick reference sheet to Canvas, click here And technical support for Canvas can be found here.)
There are a few additional 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, and to take the examinations during the time period specified (you will have a 48-hour window to take exams—more on this later). Thus, I recommend this course only to those who are well organized and self-disciplined.
Second, this course requires a large amount of reading and a significant time commitment – expect to spend at least 20 hours per week dedicated to this course (we are cramming 18 weeks into 6!). Much of the instruction in this course will be coming to you in written form, videos, links, and through the discussions. If you are a quick reader and someone who retains the material you have read, this won’t be a problem for you. However, if you are a slow reader, or don’t retain information you’ve read, this course could be quite difficult. Only you can evaluate whether this type of course is for you, but I urge you to take this self-assessment to determine whether you have the learning style that is compatible with an online course. If that self-assessment survey does NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.
Instructor: Katy Dittmer (previously Neidhardt)
Voice Mail: 546-3100 Ext 2683
Computer and Class Requirements:
- You must have access to a computer
- Email account
- Reliable Internet connection. You will also need to have a backup plan in case your internet provider or computer goes down.
- It is also essential that you understand the basic concepts of email, web navigation and online communication to succeed in this course.
- Must obtain the following textbooks prior to the first day of class.
Grison, S. & Gazzaniga, M. (2019). Psychology in your life (3rd Ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
You can purchase a used version of this text on Amazon for really cheap--you do NOT need access with your book. An older edition of the text is also okay.