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Life Skills for Higher Education

2008 Summer Session



Overview of Our Class


Things You Need To Know

For those of you who may not have taken an online class before, here are some tips and pointers on the structure of our GUID 6 class.  Please know that I will be logging in frequently.  If you have questions, be sure and ask them IMMEDIATELY!  Do not wait to see if you can figure it out--best to ask just in case.  I have designed a Forum called "Ask Questions Here".  It is on the front page near the top of the webpage.  Just click on that, type in your question and someone will answer it.  This forum can be viewed by your classmates.  If someone in the class knows the answer to the question, feel free to respond.    We're all on this wild ride together--let's help each other get through it in one piece!!!

Your Schedule

The assignments for a specific section of the text will be posted. You will see the start and end dates for each assignment.  Every few days I will post the next set of assignments.   Please note that each assignment has a deadline.  After the deadline, you will not be able to submit that assignment.  In fact, you probably won't even be able to see it again.  SOOOOO, it would be a great idea if you create a schedule for yourself, and write in the due dates for the assignments, so that you can stay on track. Remember, this is a very fast paced class--we are doing 16 weeks of work in only 3 weeks.

Outline and Assignment Page

For each section of the book I will have an Outline and Assignment page.  On this page will be my thoughts on the reading material, the specific chapters to read, and at the bottom, a list of the assignments that are due.  I will not put a lot of detail in them, because on the main page of our website, each assignment will have it's own link, with the specific instructions for that assignment.  So, for example, in the Week One Outline and Assignments, you will see a Journal 1.1 assignment.  If you then look at the front page of our website, you will see a link below the Outline document, that is entitled "Journal 1.1".  You click on that link, and the details of the assignment, as well as a place for you to type in your responses will appear.




Textbook:  The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin

 Gavilan College Catalog:  (2007-2009)

Gavilan College Summer Schedule of Classes





5 Types of Assignments

1. Reading--You are expected to buy and read the textbook for this class.  The quiz and exam questions are based on the text, and most of the assignments are related to the information in the textbook.  You can expect to read approximately 70 pages a week.

2. Journals--These are short responses (2 to 3 paragraphs or so) from you about the readings.  These readings could be from the textbook, and other times they could be interesting articles online.  No one besides me can view these journals, so this is a way for you to share your thoughts and feelings in a confidential format.

3. Forums--This is a type of discussion board or non live chat room.  I will ask you to start a discussion thread regarding a particular subject.  You must also respond/reply to at least 2 other classmates for each of the forum assignments. Although this is not a live chat, it IS a great way for us to communicate with each other and hopefully we will have some lively discussions!

4. Quizzes--There are 12 quizzes (one for each chapter).  You will receive a grade for the quiz as soon as you have completed it (you must click on the 'submit' button for it to be scored). 

5.  Exams--There will be a midterm and a final exam in this class.




Questions and


Q:  Do I need to log in at a certain time each day or week?

A:  No you do not.  However, there are deadlines for all assignments.  When the deadline passes, the assignment will be locked and you will be unable to submit your work.  So,  I recommend that you log in each day to review what is due.

Q:  What do I do if I have a question?

A:  Go to the Forum called "Ask Questions Here"  and submit your question.  One of your classmates or I will respond to you as soon as we can.


Q:  What if something happens in my life and I get behind and am unable to complete the course?

A:  You have until Thurs, June 26 at 4:00 pm to withdraw from the class and not have it show up on your record.  You can drop the course until July 18 at 4:00 pm to receive a grade of "W". Please be SURE and withdraw from the course if you get behind or cannot complete it.  If you disappear and do not actually withdraw from the course, you could potentially receive a grade of "F".  You can withdraw from class on the Gavilan website, using BANNER.