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Dear Online Ant 101 Students,
I am Andrew ("Drew") Habermacher, your instructor for
online Ant 101 Physical Anthropology.
Please read the following very carefully to get started. It
answers the questions most frequently asked by new students about this
online course . Click on the question (A through K) to jump to its answer.
rules of academic integrity (plagiarism, etc.) must I adhere to in this
1. Students in this
course, like all PGCC students, are bound by
the college's academic code of integrity.
2. The college's code
of academic integrity may be found at
http://www.pgcc.edu/students/academic-integrity/index.html#Academic Code of Integrity
3. You are expected to
familiarize yourself with and follow the academic code of integrity.
B. How do I logon to the Blackboard Online Course Classroom?
1. Go online and browse to Prince George's Community College's Blackboard site
2. Click on the button labeled Login.
3. You will see a dialogue box that asks you to enter your user name and
- Your user name will be : the first initial of first name +
the first 3 letters of your last name + your birth month (expressed as two
digits) + your birth day (expressed as two digits). Use only lower
letters to enter your username and use no spaces.
- Your password will be: your full 9-digit Social Security Number (no spaces and
For example, if Tyrone Shoelace's SS# is 123-45-6789, then
his password will be
- NonPGCC Students:
If you are
NOT a student at PGCC and you ARE registering for this course through another college
(such as Montgomery College, Hagerstown Community, or another community college
participating in MCCT), then you must send an email message to
with ALL following information: your full name, your birthdate
(Mo/day/yr), your student number or social security number, your email address, your phone
numbers (home & work), and your (snail)mail address. Once I receive this information,
I can enroll you into the Blackboard online classroom and you will be able to login as
4. Once you login to Blackboard, I strongly recommend that you immediately change
your password. To change your Blackboard password, follow these steps.
- Login to Blackboard using your given username password.
- From YOUR Blackboard Welcome page (you will see WELCOME, <Your name will be
shown here>! in bold letters at the top of this page), click on Personal Information in
the Tools Box on the left side of the page.
- Click on Change Password.
- Fill in the requested information. You can change your password to any
combination of numbers and letters (lower case only). Remember
your new password.
- Click the Submit button in the lower right corner.
- Write down your username and password information so you can refer to it if you
- Very Important: You will have only one username and one password for Blackboard
5 regardless of how many Blackboard courses you may be taking. If your login is
successful, you will see the Blackboard Welcome screen and links to your courses will be
listed in the box labeled "My Courses."
C. When can you access the Blackboard
1. On the day the class begins (possibly a few days earlier) information for
registered students will have been uploaded to Blackboard. This upload will create a registered
student's username and password and add the student to all Blackboard classes in which the student is
2. A few days later, a second upload will add students who registered
after the first batch of students were added to
D. How does Blackboard work? Who teaches me to use the Blackboard online classroom?
1. You are expected to teach it to yourself. You must be proactive and take the
responsibility to learn it. It is not difficult to learn. The instructor
will provide some pointers, especially in the beginning of the semester.
2. There is an optional orientation for Distance Learning students
held at P.G.C.C. (see course schedule for time & date). I highly
recommend that you attend the Distance Learning orientation. Consult the
college web page or the registration bulletin for time and place.
3. READ the Blackboard Student Manual which can be accessed via the PGCC
Distance Learning website at http://www.pgcconline.com
4. The Blackboard student manual is also accessible from Student Tools
your Blackboard online course classroom.
5. After you read the manual, if you still have questions about some function
in Blackboard, then email DistanceLearn@pgcc.edu
E. How do I get started with my online anthropology course?
your preferred email address to Blackboard (required):
- Login to to Blackboard using your given username and 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.
- Fill in your Personal Information.
- While you're here, fill in other information to help your professor and
classmates know more about you.
2. After you've added your correct email address to Blackboard, go to
the Communications button in Blackboard and send me an email. (Disregard this instruction if
you have previously provided me with this info.) This email should include:
- Your name
- Your mailing address
- Your day AND evening phone numbers
- Your preferred email address
3. Carefully read the Bb
Announcements. The first announcements
explain how to get started with the course.
4. The course assignments are organized in weekly units called
learning units. To
begin the course work, follow the instructions in the Welcome Announcement and
click the Assignments button, find Learning Unit 01 and do as it instructs.
The textbooks are:
Jurmain, Richard, L. Kilgore, W. Trevathan and H. Nelson.
2004. Essentials of Physical Anthropology. 5th Edition. Wadsworth/Thompson Learning.
Angeloni, Elvio (editor)
2004. Physical Anthropology 2004/2005. McGraw-Hill/Dushkin Annual Editions. Guilford, CT: Dushkin-McGraw-Hill.
Purchase textbook(s) at the College Bookstore,
Largo Campus or online from
6. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me at 301 322-0548 with any questions or concerns. Except for weekends, I will
respond to emails and phone calls within 48 hours.
F. How do I submit written work and receive graded
in this online course?
1. Essays and other written assignments must be submitted as
MS Word (.doc) files or
Rich Text (.rtf) files to the appropriate Bb Learning Unit.
2. Essays and other written work will be graded and returned within ten (10)
days of the due date for the assignment. By clicking going to the Bb grade
book and clicking you your essay grade, you will be able to read the
instructors comments about your essay's contents and written expression.
G. Do I ever have go to
campus for this course?
1. Yes, the comprehensive examination is a proctored exam which you must take
on your college campus. You will be told more about this during the semester.
2. Also, you will need to visit a library to complete some of your course
assignments. Depending on the type of honors project you select, you may
also need to make visits to observe social situations you have chosen to
describe and analyze.
H. How do I communicate with the instructor and other
members of the class?
1. To communicate via email, go to the Communications area and you will find
the email addresses of every student & teacher in the class.
2. We will also be communicating using the Bb Discussion Board
(aka conferences, fora or
threaded discussions). In addition to the several graded discussion board
conferences, there is a special forum called "The Culture
Cafe" where students may introduce themselves and ask questions of
one another and the instructor.
3. The chat area of Blackboard is found in the Communications
area called Collaboration. From time to time I
will schedule optional chats of 30 minutes. Not graded and not required, they
serve as the instructor's online "office hours" .
I. How often to I need to go online for this course?
1. You are expected check & read course-related email messages
at least every other day (every 48 hours) and you must respond to an email
from the instructor within 48 hours.
2. 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,
- take quizzes,
- check any new entries to the course calendar,
- read and post messages to the discussion board assignments
- submit written assignments to learning units
- check your grades in the online grade book
J. How important are the Discussion Board
(aka conference) assignments?
Do I really have to do them?
1. Discussion assignments are very
important. They are conversations about the
course material you are reading.
2. Discussions are graded and students are required to participate in them.
See the course syllabus for their exact point value.
3. Discussion Board assignments must be completed within the time period
indicated in the assignment. Generally they begin when they are posted and
close ten (10) days later.
K. How firm are the deadlines and due dates in this
1. Very firm. Once a due date for an assignment is missed, it may not be made
up nor submitted late.
2. Since there are more essay, quiz and discussion points than you can actually
use, most of the time missing a quiz, discussion or essay assignment is not fatal to your
grade. (See the online syllabus for details.)
3. The only exception to the above policy:
- 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 visit may be eligible for an extension. 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.
The foregoing should be enough information to get you
started participating. However, I am sure you will come up with questions I have not
thought to answer in this document. If so, call or email me.
I look forward to
working with you to make your online learning experience go as smoothly as possible.
Andrew Habermacher, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
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Revised July 26, 2004