As noted on the Welcome page, as of
Fall 2008 this course will be run through Blackboard.
With that in mind, the first
two steps for you are to activate your OC email account,
which you must do to use Blackboard, and log into the course
within Blackboard. From there, the first two
assignments are accessible.|
Before beginning, please note that some
of you may have already done one or both of these steps
before reading about them here. If so, well and good;
no problem. If not, then proceed below.
STEP ONE: ACTIVATE YOUR OC
You must activate your OC email
account in order to use Blackboard for this course.
Note that beginning in summer of '09,
OC uses a new student email account called "gmail." If
you have an older OC student email account, you need to
activate your new gmail account! You will do this
from the OC home page, in the upper right corner; or, even
easier, click on this link:
http://www.odessa.edu/gmail/ . Once
at the link, just follow the step-by-step instructions you
will find there. It is
crucial that you activate this account and check it
daily! If there is some problem with an assignment
you submit (wrong file format, empty or corrupted file,
etc.) then this is how I tell you. So if you do
not check this account for such messages, you would receive
a zero on that assignment.
STEP TWO: LOG IN TO
The link to Blackboard is found also
on the OC home page, just above the Student Email link in
the upper right hand corner. Or, once again, I will
give you a link, but first you should read these added
steps, which may not be obvious. You might want to
print this out.
- Either use the link below these
steps, or go to the OC home page to the same link.
- Once at the Blackboard login
site, choose user login.
- The next screen asks for your
username and password. Your
username consists of your first initial, last
initial, and your student ID #, leaving off any
beginning zeroes. Example: You are
George Regardless, and your ID# is 0000123456, so your
username is gr123456.
- Your password consists
of the letters "oc" and the last four digits of your
Social Security number. Example: oc7565.
- The next screen will show all
the various courses you are enrolled in. This
could be one or several.
You cannot enter this course until I have made the
I will do that the day before the course begins.
For late adds, the system will
continue to enroll such students once a day
throughout late registration. If you think you
are in my course and can't find the course on Blackboard
or can't get into Blackboard at all, contact me
immediately via email:
- The next screen you should see
is my Course Announcements page. Proceed from
there according to the instructions found in Blackboard.
You have several preliminary, relatively simple assignments due by
the end of Week One.
Here is the Blackboard link: