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Dr. Mark Jordan ~ ENGL 1302: Composition & Literature

Getting Started: Steps One, Two, & Three

As noted on the Welcome page, this course will be run through Blackboard.  With that in mind, the first two steps described below are for you are to activate your OC email account and log into the course within Blackboard.  From there, the first 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 so, skip to Step Three.  Once you have activated your OC email account, logged in to Blackboard, and gotten hold of the required textbook, you are all set to begin the course.


While you can get into Blackboard without an OC email account, there are two compelling reasons to activate it.  Pay special attention to the second one:

  1. Every weekday, I post a new Announcement on Blackboard for your course, containing due date reminders, assignment tips, and so forth.  With an OC email account, you get course announcements sent directly to you; you don't even have to enter Blackboard.  Web courses tend to easily become "out of sight, out of mind."  Many students fail my classes each semester simply because they stop keeping up with the course.  This is easier to avoid when course announcements come directly to you.  Of course, you still must check your email!
  2. More crucially, I insist that every submission be turned in as a file attachment saved in Rich Text format, which I will teach.  But sometimes, students forget to use Rich Text, or inadvertently send empty or corrupted files, etc.  In such a case, I email the student concerning the problem.  I send that email from within Blackboard, and so it goes to your OC email account only.  If you have not activated it or do not check it, then you never get the warning, and do not even know I have rejected your submission.  This can result in a zero which the student is not even aware of, but the fault is nobody's but the student's.

You can activate your OC email account from the OC home page, in the menu item on the left of the first screen you see, called Student Email; 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.


The link to Blackboard is found also on the OC home page, just above the Student Email link in the same menu to the left.  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.

  1. Either use the link below these steps, or go to the OC home page to the same link.
  2. Once at the Blackboard login site, choose user login. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Your password consists of the letters "oc" and the last four digits of your Social Security number.  Example:  oc7565.
  5. The next screen will show all the various courses you are enrolled in.  This could be one or several.  Note:  You cannot enter this course until I have made the course available.  I do that either on the first day of the course, or perhaps late the day before.  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:  mjordan@odessa.edu .
  6. The course you should select is ENGL 1302.WB.  
  7. The next screen you should see is my Course Announcements page.  Proceed from there according to the instructions found in Blackboard. 

Here is the Blackboard link:  http://blackboard.odessa.edu/ .


You are under no obligation to buy your textbook from the OC bookstore; textbooks may be purchased online from various sources.  However, if you do want to get yours from the campus bookstore, you may do so.  If you live locally (Odessa or nearby), it is probably easier to visit the bookstore in person.  If you need directions, their phone number is 432-335-6655.  You may also order textbooks from the bookstore online, at this URL:  http://www.odessacollegebookstore.com/home.aspxSee the Syllabus link for the required textbook.

Please realize that you cannot do the work in the course without access to the readings.  If you have a problem getting your textbook, email me at mjordan@odessa.edu .  I can't guarantee that I can help, but I will try. 

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