August, 2003

Dear Psychology 203 student,

Welcome to the online version of Child Psychology. If this is your first online course or your first opportunity to use the Blackboard system, I strongly urge you to attend the distance learning orientation on Thursday evening, August 21st. The "Introduction to Online Learning Workshop" will be held in Rennie Forum in the Largo Student Center from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. and will then be repeated from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop is designed to acquaint you with Blackboard and with online courses in general. You will also learn how to login to our class. If you are already very familiar with Blackboard and the online format, attendance at one of these general sessions is NOT necessary.

New students are also urged to view the orientation CD mailed to all students registered for online courses. The CD provides information on login procedures, study tips, and technical tips. You will also find that the distance learning website (http://www.pgcconline.com)  is a very valuable resource. For more orientation information, take a look in particular at: http://www.pgcconline.com/StuOrient/index.html  If you need more help learning how to use the Blackboard system, a link to the Blackboard Level One Student Manual is available  at: http://www.pgcconline.com/FAQs.htm

You will be able to login to our class by 6 p.m. on August 21st. During the two weeks following Orientation, the names of any students registering after the 21st will be uploaded into our course daily. The login procedures have NOT changed for Fall 2003.   A copy of these procedures is available at: http://www.pgcconline.com     Please change or update your email address as soon as you login and change your password.

If you would like any assistance on the evening of the Orientation or would just like to stop by to meet me, I will be in my office in M2054 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. If you would like to find out more about what we will be doing in the course now, please take a look at the syllabus for our course.

I look forward to working with each of you this semester--both those who are new to online learning and those who are experienced distance learners--as we explore the fascinating field of Child Psychology.

Sincerely yours,

Sherry Lynn Kinslow, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology