Letter & Frequently Asked Questions
Dear Online Student,
Hi! I'm your instructor for online Ant 213.
The following information help
will get you started on the
course. It is a list of the most frequently asked questions about this
online course. Simply click on the question to jump to its
However, I am sure you will come up with questions I have not
thought to answer. If so, call me (301 32-0548) or email me.
I look forward to working with you to make your online learning experience
go as smoothly as possible.
Good luck in the course,
Andrew Habermacher, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
1. Course Registration?
- If you have not yet registered for
the course, please stop and do it now. You will need to do it so your name can be entered into the
online course roster which gives you access to the Blackboard online class
- If you have already registered through Prince
George's Community College or any of the other participating Maryland
community colleges (e.g., Montgomery College, Hagerstown C.C.,
Harford. C. C., etc.), please login
to Blackboard (the online course classroom) as indicated below.
|2. What if you are not registering at Prince George's Community College?
If you are NOT registered for the course at P. G. C. C. and you ARE registering for
this course through another college (Montgomery, Harford, Garrett, Hagerstown, etc.), then you must email me at
with ALL the following information:
- your full name,
- your birth date (Mo/day/yr),
- your student number or social
- your email address,
- your phone numbers (home & work),
- your (snail) mail address.
receive this information, I can enroll you into the Blackboard online
classroom and you will be able to login as indicated above.
| 3. What books do
I have to buy for this course?
- Click the the Ant
213 Syllabus link on the right for the books for this
4. How do you login to the Blackboard Online Course Classroom?
- Go online and browse to Prince George's Community College's Blackboard
site at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
- Then, click on the button labeled <Login>.
- Next, you will see a dialogue box that asks you to enter your user name
5. What are your Blackboard login
user name and password?
- Your user name will be the first initial of your first name, the first 3
letters of your last name, your birth month expressed as two digits (for
example if your birthday is in March, it would
be entered as 03) and your birth date expressed as two digits (for example
if your birth
date is on the first of the month, it would be entered as 01).
- Use only
to enter your username and use no spaces.
- For example, if your name is Tyrone Shoelace and your birthday is April 8,
then your user name will be tsho0408
- Your password will be: your full
9-digit Social Security Number (no spaces
- For example, Tyrone Shoelace's password will be
6. How do you change your Blackboard password!
- You should immediately change your password. To
Blackboard password, follow these steps.
- Login to Blackboard using your given username
- From YOUR Blackboard Welcome page (you will see WELCOME, <Your name
be shown here>! in bold letters at the top of this page), click on
in the Tools Box on the left side of the page.
- Click on Change Password and fill in the requested information. You can
change your password to any combination of numbers and letters (lower case only).
- Make a note of and REMEMBER your new password.
- Click the Submit button in the lower right corner.
- Very Important: You will have only one username and one password for Blackboard
regardless of how many Blackboard courses you may be taking.
login is successful, you will see the Blackboard Welcome screen and links
courses will be listed in the box labeled "My Courses."
7. When can you get into the Blackboard online classroom?
- Just prior to the class start date, registration information for all
students who have registered for the course through Prince George's
Community College will be uploaded into Blackboard. This upload will
create a registered student's username and password AND add the student to
all classes in which the student is registered at that time.
- Every few days
thereafter uploads will occur to add newly registered students.
8. Who teaches me to how to use the Blackboard online classroom?
You are expected to teach it to yourself. You must be proactive and take
to learn it. It is not difficult.
- Students registering
for online classes will be maild a CD with orientation
information about online courses at PGCC and the Blackboard
online classroom. View it carefully.
- You can get some very helpful pointers if you attend
the scheduled orientation for online students at PGCC.
- Also, the instructor will
provide some pointers,
especially in the beginning of the semester.
9. How does Blackboard work?
- Locate and read the Blackboard Student Manual which can be accessed via the PGCC
Learning website at http://www.pgcconline.com/FAQsOnline.htm
- The Blackboard student manual is also accessible from Student Tools
Blackboard online course classroom.
- After you read the manual, if you still have questions about some
function in Blackboard,
then contact DistanceLearn@pgcc.edu
10. How do you get started with this online course?
- Login (see above)
and add your preferred email address to Blackboard:
- Login to Blackboard using your given username & password.
- From your Blackboard Welcome page (you will see WELCOME, <your name
here>! in bold letters at the top of the page), click on Personal
Information in the Tools Box on the left side of the page.
- Click on Edit Personal Information and fill in your Personal
Information. While you're there, fill in all the other information as
- Next, go to the
Blackboard COMMUNICATION area (it is a button on the left) and send
me an email. (Disregard this instruction if you have previously provided
me with this info.) This email should include your
- full name
- mailing address
- date of birth (month
and day only)
- social security number
- day & evening phone numbers
- preferred email address
- Carefully read the materials posted in the following
Bb button areas: Announcements, Syllabus,
- The course assignments are organized in weekly units called modules.
course work, follow the instructions in the Welcome Announcement and go to
Assignments area, find Module 01 and do as it instructs.
- Purchase your textbooks at the College Bookstore or through any
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me at 301 322-0548 with any
concerns. Except for weekends, I will respond to emails and phone calls
within 48 hours.
11. How will you submit written work in
my online course?
- Essays and other written assignments must be submitted as MS Word .doc
files to the
Digital Drop Box area in the Communications area. Your grade will be
placed in the Bb online grade book. If necessary comments on you written
work will be returned to your Digital Drop Box.
- Essays and other written work will be graded and returned within ten
(10) days of the due
date for the assignment.
12. Do you ever have to do any work on campus?
- Yes, the comprehensive examination is a proctored exam which you must
take on campus.
You will be told more about this during the semester.
- Also, you may need to visit a library to complete some of your course
13. How do you communicate with the instructor and other class members?
- Once you login to Blackboard, go to the Communications area and
you will find a list of
everyone's email addresses. (That is why it is critical everyone enters
and keeps their email address current.)
- We will also be communicating using the Discussion Board (a.k.a.
discussions) in Blackboard. In addition to module assignments requiring
participation in graded Discussions, there is a special forum called "The Culture
Cafe" where students may introduce themselves, ask questions and
share information and thoughts. It is not graded and runs the entire
- The Virtual Classroom is the chat area of Blackboard. From time to time
I will schedule
and announce optional 30 minute chats. Chats are not graded and not
required; they serve as online "office hours" between the
instructor and the students who attend them.
14. How often do you need to login to Blackboard for this course?
At least every other day
(every 48 hours), you should visit the Blackboard
online classroom for
this course to:
read new announcements posted since your last visit,
check any new entries to the course calendar,
read and post messages to the Discussion Board assignments,
submit written assignments to the Digital Drop Box,
check your grades in the online grade book (in the Tools area of
I will respond to email within 48 hours and I expect all students to
respond to my email messages or Bb postings within 48 hours.
15. How important are Discussion Board assignments? Do I really
have to do them?
Discussion assignments are graded. They are conversations about
material you are reading.
Online students are required to participate
in them. (See the course
syllabus for their exact percentage of the semester grade .)
Discussion Board assignments must be completed within the time period
indicated in the assignment. Generally they close ten (10) days after the
date they begin. (This may be shorter during summer school, however.)
16. How firm are the deadlines and due dates in this course?
- Very firm! Once a due date for any assignment has passed, it may not be
made up nor submitted late. Why? There are more than enough assignment opportunities
- more than you can actually use toward your final grade..
- There are more essay, quiz and discussion points than you can
actually use if you completed all of them. Consequently, missing a quiz, discussion
board or essay
assignment is usually not fatal to your grade - at least not at first. After
you miss a couple, then you are hurting your grade. (See the
online syllabus for details.)
- The only exception to the above deadlines policy is as follows:
- Students who have work conflicts with an assignment due date may
provide the instructor that information PRIOR to the due date to be
missed to request an extension.
- Sickness requiring a doctor or hospital visit may be eligible for an
- Proof of the visit must be submitted WITHIN A WEEK of the missed
deadline. If such timely proofs are judged by the instructor to be
acceptable reasons for having missed an assignment due date, a brief
extension of the due
date will be granted.
December 12, 2002