Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for ICS -D010.-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Tamika Brown
Office Hours Thursdays 1pm -7pm via cell phone and by appointment
Office Location TBA
Office Phone 408 219-6244
A Message from your Instructor

Welcome to the distance education course in African American Studies. I look forward to working with you this quarter!

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the African American experience in the United States with an emphasis on 20th and 21st Century. I hope to engage students in meaningful on-line discussions centered around historical and contemporary issues on topics ranging from slavery to the impact of the Hip Hop culture on the African American community. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or via cell phone text msg or voice mail at 408 219-6244. I will also provide regular on-line support and feedback.

Class Participation

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. For example, students must communicate with other students by actively participating in threaded online discussions. Students must also check the course board frequently for announcements.


Always include a subject line and use only basic fonts. Do not send large attachments (>200 KB) without permission.

Online Discussions

Introduce yourself to the other learners. Be polite and choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory language. Be concise in responding to others. Be constructive in your comments. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering your remarks. Try to maintain threads by using the reply button rather than starting a new topic.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Attend the on-campus first class meeting, OR complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Read the complete course syllabus. Go to and select Online Syllabi.
  • Consult the course calendar in the syllabus and complete your assignments for weeks 1 and 2.
  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to https:// Bookmark this page, then follow the instructions logging into the class.. NOTE: You will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for your account to be created.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16