Psychology 134 -- Grossmont College -- Human Sexuality

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online information

Online information

Is online easier?
Is the online version of this class easier or harder than the face-to-face version?
The answer is here.

Is online easier?

Is the online version of this class easier or harder than the face-to-face version?

The answer is here.

E-mail response time

This semester, I am attempting to improve my e-mail interactions with students. So please send e-mails regarding the class using the built-in Messages system inside Blackboard (see the instructions here). I will check this e-mail every time I log on to Blackboard and will try to reply to your questions within 48 hours. This is a goal, not a guarantee, and I was successful in it last semester except for one slow two-week period in the middle of the semester. No responses on Saturdays and Sundays (although you might get lucky if I decide to check my mail then). No responses during holidays

Technical problems

Most technical problems -- accessing the course online, problems running the software, etc. -- have already been solved by other students. It’s a royal pain for the instructor to explain to you, privately, how to fix a problem after he has done so for a dozen other students. And it’s impossible for the instructor to know how you’ve set up your computer or the details of how your brand of computer works (or fails to work).

As a general rule, THE INSTRUCTOR WILL NOT HELP YOU solve a technical problem with your computer, software, setup, or Internet connection. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure your computer is working right, that it is powerful enough to view the video clips, that you know how to use it, etc. The first Learning Module in the class is designed to make sure you and your computer are able to do all the things, technically, you will need to do in the course.

Instead of asking the professor for technical help, check the “Technical problems” bulletin board inside the course in Blackboard. Check to be sure your problem isn't already answered before you post. And check the College’s online help resource at <http://www.gcccd.net/online/>. You might also need to contact the College’s help desk (619-644-7383), especially if you are using a campus computer.

If you are a student who can solve another student’s problem, post the answer on the “Technical problems” bulletin board -- you might get extra credit!

On the other hand, it IS the instructor’s responsibility to deal with the computer professionals who run the Grossmont College online course system (Blackboard). If the system is down, it is his job to talk to the people who can get it running again (although any help you can contribute here would be welcome).

Online etiquette
Students are expected to obey the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) and to show respect for everyone’s views and speech. For example, in the Discussion area, don’t call someone a moron; instead, say “I don’t understand why you believe that.” Don’t say “The Bible says that onanism is wrong, and you are an immoral onanist”; instead, say “I believe the Bible when it says that onanism is wrong.”
By the way, what is onanism?

Online etiquette

Students are expected to obey the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) and to show respect for everyone’s views and speech. For example, in the Discussion area, don’t call someone a moron; instead, say “I don’t understand why you believe that.” Don’t say “The Bible says that onanism is wrong, and you are an immoral onanist”; instead, say “I believe the Bible when it says that onanism is wrong.”

By the way, what is onanism?

Which browser?
Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are great.
If possible, do NOT use Internet Explorer version 8. If you must, then run it in “Compatibility Mode”, which is explained here.

Which browser?

Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are great.

If possible, do NOT use Internet Explorer version 8. If you must, then run it in “Compatibility Mode”, which is explained here.