LIBT212 Spring 2019 Welcome Letter

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Welcome Letter
LIBT 212 Spring 2019: Research Skills / CRN 30631

Welcome to Distance Education at Cuesta College! The purpose of this letter is to welcome you to the online course, LIBT 212: Research Skills, taught by Jenna Severson. Please read this letter thoroughly and take note of important details so you can be prepared prior to the start of the course.



Jenna Severson


Contact Information

Email Address:

Office Location/ Hours: By appointment only / Monday: NCC Library 9am-1pm, Wednesday: NCC Library 1pm-8pm, Friday: SLO Campus Library, 8am-11am.

Instructor Contact Expectations: The best and quickest way to contact me is through email. I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours, with an increase to 48 hours during busy times of the semester. Office hours are by appointment only. Please schedule office hours with me at least 24 hours in advance of the time you’d like to meet.


Course Environment

This online course will be using the Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course, including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: Prior to the first day of class [March 25, 2019], you will receive an email in your inbox that will serve as a reminder that class will be starting soon, and provide you with Canvas log in procedures. You can access Canvas by typing the Canvas address ( into your browser address bar, or by clicking the Canvas link at the top of the to an external site. homepage. You will be able to fully access this course beginning on March 25. Tip: Do not bookmark or favorite the canvas site after you login or you will receive an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the Canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into Canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed to where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page. 

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance, please email me or technical support at this email address:


Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.

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Regular Effective Contact Policy

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through: weekly instructor-initiated threaded discussion forums, weekly announcements to students, timely and effective feedback on student assignments, email, phone or messaging to individuals, and virtual or in-person office hours.

Because this class is conducted completely online, with no required face-to-face meetings, it is your responsibility to check the class website at least twice a week for announcements and to keep track of assignment due dates.


Course Description

An information literacy course for students wishing to improve their research skills. This course will prepare students to effectively address different information questions, problems or issues by providing them with the skills to locate, interpret, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and communicate information.


Student Learning Outcomes  

  1. Conceptualize and communicate a research topic or information need.
  2. Locate, use, and evaluate library and information resources relevant to research topic or personal information need.
  3. Synthesize material and evaluate whether research topic or information need has been successfully satisfied.


Text Book and Materials

Required textbook: Badke, William. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog. 6th ed. iUniverse, 2017.

(Textbook ISBN: 9781462010172. Available for purchase at or


Computer Requirements

  • Current web browser: Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer (Mac or Windows)
  • Computer Specs: Power Mac or Windows (Pentium) computer with at least a 200 Mhz processor speed and a minimum of 64 MB of system RAM (memory).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin. This is a free plugin that enables you to read the course readings. If you do not already have this plugin, you can download it at: Adobe Products.Links to an external site.


Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specifications.Links to an external site.



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations such as extended time on exams or other resources, please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services).Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148.


College & Course Policies

Academic Honesty Policy: All students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of Conduct.Links to an external site.

Add / Drop Policy: Please review the following Cuesta policies:

Waitlist Policy: Please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructions.Links to an external site.

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