|1. Course Registration?
- If you have not yet registered for ANT 103 Online Cultural
Anthropology, 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 for online Ant 103 through Prince
George's Community College or any of the other participating colleges in M.C.C.T.. (e.g., Montgomery College, Hagerstown 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.)
participating in M. C. C. T., then you must email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
- Find this information in the syllabus
for Online ANT 103 on this website.
4. How do you login to the Blackboard 5 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 username and password?
6. How do you change your Blackboard password!
You should immediately change your password. To
Blackboard password, follow these steps.
a. Login to Blackboard using your given username password.
b. 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.
c. 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).
d. Make a note of and REMEMBER your new password.
e. Click the Submit button in the lower right corner.
f. 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?
a. 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.
b. Subsequent uploads will occur every other day for about a week to add students who
8. Who teaches me to how to use the Blackboard online classroom?
a. You are expected to teach it to yourself. You must be proactive and take
to learn it. It is not difficult.
b. You can get some very helpful pointers if you attend
the scheduled orientation for online students at P. G. C. C. . Also, the instructor will
provide some pointers,
especially in the beginning of the semester.
9. How does Blackboard work?
a. The Blackboard student manual is also accessible from Student Tools
Blackboard online course classroom.
b. 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?
a. 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 other information to help
your professor and classmates know more about you.
b. 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
Your mailing address
- your date of birth (month
and day only)
- your social security number
- Your day & evening phone numbers
- Your preferred email address
c. Carefully read the materials posted in the following
Bb button areas: Announcements, Course Information, Learning Units,
Discussion Board, Quizzes.
d. The course assignments are organized in weekly units called
Learning Units. To
course work, follow the instructions in the Welcome Announcement and go to
Learning Units, find Learning Unit 01 and do as it instructs.
e. Purchase your textbooks at the College Bookstore or through any
f. Email me at email@example.com
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 this online course?
a. Essays and other written assignments must be submitted as MS Word (.doc)
files or RichText (.rtf) files to the appropriate Learning Unit in the
Assignments area found in the Bb menu area. Once your assignment's grade
appears in the Bb online grade book (found in the Tools area of the menu),
you can click on the grade and read any comments the professor may have
made about your essay.
b. 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?
a. Exams: The examinations (midsem, endsem, final pts. 1 & 2) are
normally taken online in the Blackboard online "classroom".
However, at the instructor's discression you may be required to come to
campus and take the exam in a proctored environment. This will
normally only occur if you have difficulty taking the exam online.
b. 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?
a. Once you login to Blackboard, go to the Communications area and
you will find a list of
everyone's email addresses. (This is why it is critical everyone enters
and keeps their email address current.)
b. We will also be communicating using the Discussion Board (also known as fora,
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
c. Click the Communications button in the Bb course menu to find the chat
room. 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 check your email and login to Blackboard for this course?
a. 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,
in the Assignments area,
check your grades in the online grade book (in the Tools area of
b. Email: 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. You are
expected to maintain a working email address which you enter into Bb and
which you check for messages at least every other day.
15. Are discussion board assignments important? Do I really
have to do them?
a. Discussion Board assignments (aka conferences) are required and graded. They are conversations about
material you are reading.
b. Online students are required to participate
in online conferences. (See the course
syllabus for their exact percentage of the semester grade .)
c. 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?
a. Very firm! Once a due date for an assignment has passed, it may not be
made up nor submitted late. Why? There are more assignment opportunities
and points than you can actually use.
b. Since there are more essay, quiz and discussion points than you can
actually use if you completed all of them, missing a quiz, discussion or essay
assignment is usually not fatal to your grade - at least at first. After
you miss a couple, then you are hurting your grade. (See the
online syllabus for details.)
c. 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 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.