Associate Professor Chrissie Planchak

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 Spring 2006
Math 112
Welcome Letter

Spring 2006

Dear Finite Mathematics Online Student,

Welcome to Math 112 on the Web.  Because of the nature of this course, it is important that you work daily on the course material, ask questions frequently and don't fall behind in your work.

Read this letter carefully.

This course runs from January 18 - May 15, 2006. 

There IS REQUIRED on-campus orientation scheduled the evening of Wednesday, January 18 from 6-7 pm in Marlboro 3119. Participation is required and non-attendance could result in being dropped from the course.  You should receive an orientation packet and CD in the mail from Distance Education - please review both before coming to orientation.  The only required trips to campus after orientation, are to purchase your  textbook package, take tests and the final exam.  If  you have any questions or  problems, please send me an email at cplanchak@pgcc.edu.  Your first stop should be at my home page:  http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~cplancha.

To get orientation materials and other relevant course information, from my home page, click on the "Math 112" button.

Once in Blackboard, you should begin by clicking on Personal Information and change your information.  Be sure that your email address is correct so that you will receive communication from me.

Course Materials

You will be able to access course materials beginning January 18, 2006.
The URL for this course is:  http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
If this is your first online course, you will need a Username and Password to "Log In."  Please refer to the directions below.  If this is not your first online course, use your current Username and Password to log-in.

Username:
Your user name is made up of: the first initial of your first name, the first three letters of your last name (all in lower case letters), two digit birth month and two digit birth day.
For example, if your name were Sarah Planchak and you were born on July 4, your user name would be:     spla0704

Password:   Your Social Security number (no spaces and no hyphens)

For example, if your social security number is 123-45-6789, then your initial
password is 123456789
 

Note:
If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard "Welcome" screen.  In the box labeled "My Courses", you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled.  Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.  You should change your password after you logon. Click on "Personal Information" in the Tools frame and then click on "Change Password."

Blackboard 6.0

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 6.0. Although you cannot access the course materials site until January 18, 2006, you can access information about Blackboard 6.0 and take a self-guided, self-paced tour:

1. Go to: http://www.blackboard.com

bulletFrom there, click on "Introducing Blackboard 6.0"
2. Next click on "Demo" under Infrastructure Products.
3. Then read the Demo page and click on "Click here to begin"
    Be sure that your speakers are on.
   You will able to take a self-guided, self-paced tour of Blackboard 6.0


    E-Mail Policy

    Please use the following guidelines when sending e-mail to me.

1.  In the subject area, enter  Math 112 and identify the topic of the email.  Be sure to sign your name to the email so that I know who I am communicating with.

2 . I will check my e-mail every business day (Monday through Friday) and frequently I check e-mail on weekends as well.

3. Comments on homework assignments will be returned within ten days.  I will respond as soon as possible to your e-mail and discussion board questions. 

If your question is general and not specific to you, please post the question on the Discussion Board in Blackboard.  If you email a question to me that I feel should be posted on the Discussion Board, I will ask you to post the question on the Discussion Board and answer it there.  Please send me an e-mail from the account that you will use for this course.  Send your e-mail to cplanchak@pgcc.edu  I will create an e-mail list for the class.

Have a great semester,

Chrissie Planchak, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Prince George's Community College