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Welcome to Introduction to Criminal Justice on the Web!

Dear Online Student:

I hope you enjoy taking this course from the comfort of your home.  The only required trips to the Prince George's Community College campus are to purchase your textbook and, when submitting the Homework Packet and  Project, to take the Midterm and Final Examinations.  Only 3 trips!

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to call me at 1-561-734-6386 or e-mail me at chzchz@netzero.com.  (Once you are taking the course, click on STAFF INFORMATION at any time you wish to access this.)  I shall check my e-mail on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays about 12 noon and respond within a couple hours.  I shall not be available during any times the College is closed.

Read this letter carefully.

This is a regular 16-week course.


Course Materials:

You will be able to access course materials the first day of classes.  To get to the course, use the following steps.

(1)  Enter the URL for the course:  http://pgcconline.blackboard.com.

(2)  Click on "Login" when you see Blackboard 5.

(3)  Enter your User Name.  This consists of the first letter of your first name and the first 3 letters of your last name (all in lower case letters) followed by your birth month expressed as 2 digits as well as your birth date expressed as 2 digits (use no spaces).  (For example, if your name were Mary Smith and your birth month were March and your birth date were the 8th, your user name would be:  msmi0308.)

(4)  Enter your Password.  This is your full 9-digit Social Security number with no hyphens and no spaces. (For example, if your social security number were 219-45-7375, then your initial password would be:  219457375.)  Note:  It is highly recommended that you immediately  change your password after you login by following these steps:  (a) Login to Blackboard by using the original User Name and Password.  (b) From YOUR Blackboard Welcome Page (you will see WELCOME, ------! in bold letters at the top of this page), click on "Personal Information" in the Tools Box on the left side of the page.  (c) Then click on "Change Password".  You can change your password to any combination of numbers and letters.  (d) Click on the "Submit" button in the lower right corner.  Write down your User Name and Password on a sheet of paper so that you can refer to them if you forget.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember that you will have only one User Name and Password for Blackboard 5 regardless of the number of Blackboard courses you are taking.  (If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard Welcome Page with links to your courses listed in the box labeled "My Courses".)  

(5)  Click on "Login".

(6)  Click on "Introduction to Criminal Justice".

(7)  Click on ANNOUNCEMENTS located in the column to the left side of the screen and follow the directions.  (Remember to click on the tabs of view today / last 7 days / last 30 days / all if you do not see the announcements readily displayed.) At this point, you are ready to begin this course.


Blackboard 5:

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 5.  Although you cannot access the course materials until the first day of classes, you can access information about Blackboard 5 and take a self-guided, self-paced tour.

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

(2)  Click on "Introducing Blackboard 5".

(3)  Click on "Demo" under Infrastructure Products.

(4)  Read the Demo page and click on "Click here to begin".  Be sure that your speakers are turned on.


E-mail (which you can readily use under COMMUNICATION when taking the course):

Please use the following guidelines when sending me e-mail:  

(1)  In the Subject Area, enter 151online and clearly identify the topic of your e-mail.  For example: 
151online:  question about.......................................;
151online:  comment about......................................;
151online:  homework assignment...........................;
151online:  project.....................................................

(2)  Please send me an e-mail from the account that you will use for this course.  Send your e-mail to chzchz@netzero.com.  Also include your work and home telephone numbers and your home address.  Thank you.


Have a great semester!

Linda Stabile,  Professor                          

P.S.  Keep Your Classmates and Me Informed about changes in your e-mail address.  We cannot stay in touch with you or learn from you if you are not available.

        Establish an E-mail List of Classmates.  This way you can easily send messages without having to logon to the MHLA system.  Keep in touch with them and me!

        Don't Drop the Course Without Talking to Me First.  Together we may be able to find a solution to your concerns.

        Print and Keep as a Reference Any Pages of Instruction That May Be of Use to You.  This will help you avoid the frustration of having to search for the information or of having to wait for a response from your classmates or me!  If you take this course, you must begin by printing this letter.