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Spring Welcome


Dear Online Student,

Welcome to Math 221 Statistics on the Web.  I hope you  find this course interesting and use your time in it as an opportunity to acquire both statistical insights and excel skills.  The skills learned will be useful to you well beyond the scope of this course.

Read this letter carefully. 

This course runs from August to December.

You should begin by reading this welcome page, the "Survival Tips" page, and the "Syllabus" for the course. All of the official information for the course will be in the Blackboard  site for the class.

It is sometimes difficult to know if taking  an online class is the right thing for you. If you have questions about your readiness to take an online class follow the link RightForMe

There will be an on-campus orientation and your participation is required.  The orientation will be on Wednesday January 21 from 7pm-8pm. Information about the exact room will be mailed by the continuing ed department. Much of the orientation materials are on the Internet but a face to face meeting sometimes can cover many questions you might have in a timely fashion . You will also need to come onto campus five times throughout the semester for testing.

You can get the orientation materials and other relevant course information from my home page by clicking on the Math 221 Statistics button but keep in mind that the OFFICIAL information about the course is on the Blackboard site.

If you have any questions please e-mail  me and I'll get back to you.

Course Materials on the Blackboard site

You will be able to access course materials at the Blackboard location starting on August 26, 2004.

To get into the site you will need to have an e-mail account before you enter. If you don't have one you can follow the link to hotmail or yahoo or any other provider you choose.

Once you have the mail account the URL for this course is:  http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
where you will need to create a Username and Password to "Log In."

Your username will be your first initial and your last name, all in lower case letters.
For example, if your name were Jane Lawrence, your user name would be:     jlawrence

Password:   Your password is 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

It is STRONGLY suggested that you change your password after you logged into the site. Click on "Personal Information" in the Tools frame and then click on "Change Password." Make Sure YOU Remember the New Password.

Once you get into the site:

The first thing you should do when you get into the site is to navigate to the information for the course. You should see a bar to the right of the screen with the courses you are registered for. Go into the Math221 course and navigate to the announcement tab on the left side of the screen. Read the information carefully!

 When contacting me through e-mail:

    I receive a great deal of e-mail so please use the following guidelines when sending e-mail to me.

1.  In the subject area, enter Course Math 221 Statistics in the subject of your email. This helps me identify you and the class you are taking.

2. I will check my e-mail at least once a day from Monday through Friday.

3. If you change e-mail accounts in the semester notify me IMMEDIATELY.

Have a great semester,

George Perkins Associate Professor of Mathematics
Prince George's Community College