HOME: Welcome College Success (LERN 50) & Successful Online Learning (LERN 55) Students!

                         
                                     

Instructor: Elizabeth Stewart 

General Contact: estewart@ccsf.edu

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 PM - 6 PM by appointment
 

COLLEGE SUCCESS: LERN 50

  • 3 unit full-term course
  • Letter grade or Credit/No Credit option is available
  • CCSF degree applicable
  • Meets CSU area A requirement
  • Meets CCSF area E requirement
  • Transferable to CSU
  • UC Transferable

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Welcome College Success (LERN 50) Students!

I am delighted to be part of your college journey. This is an invaluable course if you take the time to genuinely apply the principles and practices to your life and participate fully in the class. You can become a master student and apply what you learn to life at large.

Below, I  will explain your orientation options, how to access the course through your RAM ID Portal, and other logistics. Also, I encourage you to select the link to the LERN 50 syllabus

in the left-hand sidebar.  The syllabus covers course content, textbook information, grading policy, and course expectations, such as workload, academic integrity, online etiquette, and weekly deadlines and more.  It is important to study the syllabus right away.

ORIENTATION OPTIONS

You can take the orientation online or on campus. New or previously unsuccessful online learners are strongly encouraged to  come to campus, but all benefit from attending.

1. On-Campus

Date: Thursday, August 24

Time: 3:30 PM  – 6:30 PM

Location: R-228 and adjacent computer lab in the Learning Assistance Center on the 2nd floor of the Rosenberg library. Ask at the front desk n the computer lab if you are unsure.

2. Online Orientation

Date: Monday, August 21 at 9 am – Sunday, August 27 at 11:50 PM. Note that you will need to complete some of the Orientation sooner. 

 WHAT THE ORIENTATION ONLINE & ON-CAMPUS COVERS

Both versions of the orientation cover the same things.

Orientation Part 1 explores course resources, including the course syllabus, student learning outcomes, course policies and expectations, important course hand-outs and slideshows about goal-setting and how to be a successful online learner, and includes a quiz to help you explore and evaluate your strengths 

and weaknesses as an online learner.

Orientation Part 2 is hands-on, helping you navigate the course, which includes accessing course email, the instructor newsletter, the weekly instructions and the grade book. You will also use the major Canvas*course tools such as Discussion Forums, Assignments, Email, and Quizzes.

HOW TO LOG-IN TO THE COURSE

You will be able to log-in to LERN 50 by 9 AM on Monday, August  21. You will first need to set up your RAM ID portal unless you set it up during the summer session. (This is a new system as of Summer 2017) You should have received welcome email from the Distance Learning Department, with instructions. Here is the link to the Set Your RAM ID and Log-into Canvas Student Guide:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/

1wWx3W68hmt9YeqUGOQsBrLD5KtibSrnJjagl

0yRmTRY/edit

 Also, the RAM ID LOGIN PORTAL has instructions and a phone number to the 

Help Desk at  (415) 239-3711

Be sure to bookmark this link to the CCSF Online Course Support Center for all the important info you need regarding Canvas log-in, RAM ID, telephone contact, and other support: 

https://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/distance-learning/Online_Course_Support_Center.html

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO START ORIENTATION WEEK EARLY & FINISH BEFORE THE 11:59 PM SUNDAY DEADLINE

  • Late-add students can be added to replace you if you are a “no-show." It is easy to fall behind if you are late or miss the first week.
  • Find out if you need help so you can attend the on-campus orientation on Thursday.
  • You will need between up to 4 or 5 hours to complete the orientation Parts 1, 2, & 3, depending on your level of expertise, so if you wait until too late you will be unable to finish before the 11:59 PM Sunday deadline
  • You will be introducing yourself and responding to classmates during) the Orientation week, so you need time to post and respond to a classmate before the deadline 

PLEASE LOG-IN EARLY and start work, right away, so that I know how many spaces I have for late-add students. Also, let me know if you intend to drop, so that late add students can be added w/o delay to avoid them slipping behind.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

To get full credit and to benefit from this class, you will need to participate fully by completing the readings, exploring the course resources, posting in discussion forums and assignment uploads, and completing quizzes. You will also practice powerful techniques to combat procrastination, change habits, enhance thinking skills, and much more, as well as study skills such as text-book reading, note-taking, and test-taking.

TIME YOU WILL NEED EACH WEEK

As in a face-to-face 3-credit class, you will spend up to 9 hours per week, throughout the semester, on the course. However, this is only a rough estimate; the time you spend will vary depending on your abilities and speed.

Remember that an online course is not self-paced. You must keep up with the weekly assignments and manage your time efficiently, so that you can meet the deadlines, as you would in a face-to-face class. We will focus on these skills when we cover Time Management.

IF YOU ARE DISABLED & NEED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THIS COURSE, viisit the DSPS website to find out how you can get help:


 

INCLUSIVENESS STATEMENT

We may be at a distance from each other, but the weekly discussion forums create dynamic online community, as we represent a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

  • I am committed to the CCSF mission of providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build our online community, based on my past experience teaching this class, we will be able to
  • Share our unique experiences, values and beliefs
  • Value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner
  • Be open to the views of others
  • Honor the uniqueness of peers
  • Appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community

SUMMARY

This message has told you where to access

The LERN 50 Syllabus, which covers course topics, learning outcomes, textbook information, course 

  • policies and expectation
  • Log-in instructions
  • Access to RAM-ID, Canvas instructions, & Canvas Technical Help
  • DSPS Help

You have been given

  • On-campus and online orientation information
  • An explanation of why it’s important to complete the Orientation before the deadline
  • An explanation as to why it’s important that you start work early in the week and inform me if you are dropping the class
  • The importance of creating online community in the discussion forums and meaning of sharing with others from diverse cultures and backgrounds

I I appreciate proactive students, who ask for help, so don’t be shy.  I prefer that you email me through the course, but if you cannot access the course, use my CCSF email: 



I answer class email within 24 hours Monday – Friday.

I look forward to witnessing each of you becoming a master student by using powerful techniques to define and realize your goals, while satisfying one more requirement if you are pursuing a degree or transfer to a four-year university.

All the Best

Elizabeth Stewart
LERN 50 and LERN 55 Instructor
Office: R-230 (next to the computer in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC)
Office Hours:  Days M, W, F Time 4 – 6 PM by appointment

*Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used by CCSF and many other educational institutions. It enables instructors to deliver online courses and students to take them.

 

 


Successful Online Learning (LERN 55) 

  • Letter grade or Credit/No Credit option is available
  • CCSF degree applicable & transferable to CSU
  • 1 credit short-term 6-week course
    • LERN 55 831: 08/21-09/30
    • LERN 55 832: 10/02-11/11
    • LERN 55 833: 11/13-12/22

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Welcome Successful Online Learning (LERN 55) Students

In this class, you will go through the simple steps it takes to be a successful online learner using the a master online student, using the CCSF Canvas course management system (CMS).* Many of the strategies you will practice will also help you become a successful student,  generally, but the emphasis will be on online and independent learning. 
Below, I will explain your orientation options, how to access the course through your RAM ID Portal, and other logistics.  Also, I encourage you to select the link to the LERN 55 syllabus in the left-hand sidebar. The syllabus covers course content, textbook information, grading policy, and course expectations, such as workload, academic integrity, online etiquette, and weekly deadlines and more.  It is important to study the syllabus right away.


ORIENTATION OPTIONS

You can take the orientation online or on campus. New or 
previously unsuccessful online learners are strongly encouraged to 
come to campus, but all benefit from attending.

1. On-Campus
Date: Wednesday, August 23

Time: 3:30 PM  – 6:30 PM

Location: R-228 and adjacent computer lab in the Learning Assistance Center on the 2nd floor of the Rosenberg library. Ask at the front desk n the computer lab if you are unsure.


2. Online Orientation

Date: Monday, August 21 at 9 am – Sunday, August 27 at 11:50

PM. Note that you will need to complete some of the Orientation sooner.   


WHAT THE ORIENTATION ONLINE & ON-CAMPUS COVERS

Both versions of the orientation cover the same things.

Orientation Part 1 explores course resources, including the course syllabus, student learning outcomes, course policies and expectations, important course hand-outs and slideshows about goal-setting and how to be a successful online learner, and includes a quiz to help you explore and evaluate your strengths 

and weaknesses as an online learner.

Orientation Part 2 is hands-on, helping you navigate the course, which includes accessing course email, the instructor newsletter, the weekly instructions and the grade book. You will also use the major Canvas*course tools such as Discussion Forums, Assignments, Email, and Quizzes.

HOW TO LOG-IN TO THE COURSE
You will be able to log-in to LERN 50 by 9 AM on Monday, August  21. You will first need to set up your RAM ID portal unless you set it up during the summer session. (This is a new system as of Summer 2017) You should have received welcome email from the Distance Learning Department, with instructions. Here is the link to the Set Your RAM ID and Log-into Canvas Student Guide:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/

1wWx3W68hmt9YeqUGOQsBrLD5KtibSrnJjagl

0yRmTRY/edit


 Also, the RAM ID LOGIN PORTAL has instructions and a phone number to the 

Help Desk at  (415) 239-3711

Be sure to bookmark this link to the CCSF Online Course Support Center for all the important info you need regarding Canvas log-in, RAM ID, telephone contact, and other support: 

https://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/distance-learning/Online_Course_Support_Center.html


WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO START ORIENTATION WEEK EARLY & FINISH BEFORE THE 11:59 PM SUNDAY DEADLINE

  • Late-add students can be added to replace you if you are a “no-show." It is easy to fall behind if you are late or miss the first week.
  • Find out if you need help so you can attend the on-campus orientation on Thursday.
  • You will need between up to 4 or 5 hours to complete the orientation Parts 1, 2, & 3, depending on your level of expertise, so if you wait until too late you will be unable to finish before the 11:59 PM Sunday deadline
  • You will be introducing yourself and responding to classmates during) the Orientation week, so you need time to post and respond to a classmate before the deadline 

PLEASE LOG-IN EARLY and start work, right away, so that I know how many spaces I have for late-add students. Also, let me know if you intend to drop, so that late add students can be added w/o delay to avoid them slipping behind.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

To get full credit and to benefit from this class, you will need to participate fully by completing the readings, exploring the course resources, posting in discussion forums and assignment uploads, and completing quizzes. You will also practice powerful techniques to combat procrastination, change habits, enhance thinking skills, and much more, as well as study skills such as text-book reading, note-taking, and test-taking.


TIME YOU WILL NEED EACH WEEK

As in a face-to-face 3-credit class, you will spend up to 9 hours per week, throughout the semester, on the course. However, this is only a rough estimate; the time you spend will vary depending on your abilities and speed.

Remember that an online course is not self-paced. You must keep up with the weekly assignments and manage your time efficiently, so that you can meet the deadlines, as you would in a face-to-face class. We will focus on these skills when we cover Time Management.

IF YOU ARE DISABLED & NEED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THIS COURSE, visit  the DSPS website to find out how you can get help:


http://www.ccsf.edu/en/student-services/student-counseling/dsps.html


INCLUSIVENESS STATEMENT

We may be at a distance from each other, but the weekly discussion forums create dynamic online community, as we represent a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

  • I am committed to the CCSF mission of providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build our online community, based on my past experience teaching this class, we will be able to
  • Share our unique experiences, values and beliefs
  • Value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner
  • Be open to the views of others
  • Honor the uniqueness of peers
  • Appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community

SUMMARY

This message has told you where to access

The LERN 50 Syllabus, which covers course topics, learning outcomes, textbook information, course 

  • policies and expectation
  • Log-in instructions
  • Access to RAM-ID, Canvas instructions, & Canvas Technical Help
  • DSPS Help

You have been given

  • On-campus and online orientation information
  • An explanation of why it’s important to complete the Orientation before the deadline
  • An explanation as to why it’s important that you start work early in the week and inform me if you are dropping the class
  • The importance of creating online community in the discussion forums and meaning of sharing with others from diverse cultures and backgrounds

I appreciate proactive students, who ask for help, so don’t be shy.  I prefer that you email me through the course, but if you cannot access the course, use my CCSF email: 

I answer class email within 24 hours Monday – Friday.

I look forward to witnessing each of you becoming a master online learned by walking through the simple steps of this course. 


All the Best

Elizabeth Stewart
LERN 50 and LERN 55 Instructor
Office: R-230 (next to the computer in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC)
Office Hours:  Days M, W, F Time 4 – 6 PM by appointment

*Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used by CCSF and many other educational institutions. It enables instructors to deliver online courses and students to take them.