This is an animation of gears moving. Business 65 First Week Orientation

Due Date
Assignments  Due on this Date
Before the quarter begins.
  1. Review the Syllabus to ensure that you understand the requirements of the course, the grading policies, and the materials you will need for step 2.
  2. Set up for the quarter based on what you learned in the syllabus.
    • Obtain the textbook.
    • Download any software needed to ensure that your computer works well with the course materials.
  3. Explore On-line Learning Resources  to learn about the differences between on-line courses and on campus courses.
    • Successful Online Learners - The University of Illinois has created a profile of students who are successful in online learning. Compare yourself to this list so that you can manage your personal "risk areas".
    • Online Discussions - For many people, the online environment seems very strange. I may wonder why no one seems to appreciate my joke online, or I may get angry for an insult implied in a posting by a classmate. The online environment lacks body language, facial cues and even tone of voice, which means that people have a lot less information to understand what you mean. However, among our classmates we have a wealth of experience to draw upon, and so we need to learn from each other!  So please review this article to prepare for communications in our class. (The link on Netiquette at the bottom of this resource is also very good.)
    • The Procrastination Page - Using Quicktime Videos, the students at Long Beach City College offer tips in time management, the most important skill for on-line learners. Don't miss it!
    • Study Skills - Virginia Tech has a comprehensive site containing tips on everything from taking notes to time management.
In the first week of the quarter, before midnight on Thursday, Pacific Standard Time.
  1. Log into the course and click around to see how the course is organized.  
  2. Update your profile to include an email address that you use, a current contact number, and a digital photo (to make our classroom discussions friendlier and more memorable).
  3. Click on the link for the Introduce Yourself Forum, located in the week 1 lesson.  Read some of the introductions posted by others, and reply to another student.  Then, compose your own response to the questions and post it to the forum.  (Please note that this is a graded assignment.)
Before midnight on Monday (PST) of the first week.
  1. At the top of the course home page in Catalyst, click on Textbook Web Site to familiarize yourself with what resources are available within it.
  2. In the course, click on the Instructions for Week 1 file posted in the week 1 lesson and read it, if you have not already done so.
    • Watch the assigned videos.
    • Complete the assigned reading in the textbook and on the Textbook Web Site.
    • Review the assigned PowerPoint presentation.
    • Click on the link for the Practice Quiz 1, follow the posted instructions, and submit it in Catalyst. (Please note that this is a graded written assignment.)
  3. Look ahead to the Instructions for Week 2 to see what will be due next week.