Orientation
All Web Design classes have the same first five steps.

Online classes for CIMW are usually available the Sunday before the semester begins. All on line/hybrid students need to complete these five steps ASAP, in many cases by the end of the first week. You complete step 1 then step 2, everything is done systemically top down.

  1. Forward, redirect or set your student e-mail to a system you check often. You can access your student e-mail from mysite; Saddleback has forwarding instructions. When you registered, you may have already entered a home or frequently used e-mail address. The blackboard student e-mail systems is used as the basic communication mechanism for all Web classes. You should have already gotten a blackboard Welcome announcement, you will also get frequent course reminders and updates.

  2. Watch or attend Orientations...
    • Attend or watch archived recorded version of your classes specific Orientation Web-Casts:
      • cimw105 SQL 12:30PM (30 minutes after Noon) Monday 6/30/2104
      • Orientation for other Summer Classes (cimw240, cimw245, and cimp7a) are on blackboard under videos first assignment.
      • Web-casts passwords were e-mailed and are available on blackboard announcements.
    • You can jump ahead to item #3, the videos below will be updated sometime in the Summer/Fall Semester
    • Evolution of the Web - not available Fall/2013
    • Review of Evolution of Web Summarizing Key Technologies Used to Create Web Pages not available Fall/2013
    • Saddleback Web Design and Development Using Previous Course Numbering* corresponding PDF view graphs. This video covers three main points:
      1. Courses to take first
      2. Common mistakes students make
      3. Course sequences required to master creating Web pages
    • Thirty Minute Success with Online courses Web-cast, PDF View-graphs, Viewgraph w notes example. It is easy to fail in online courses the three biggest mistakes I have seen are:
      1. students lack proper preparation,
      2. they procrastinate and
      3. have not mastered note taking.

    Too many CIM students lack abilities to take notes. You can stop videos at any time and take notes. Not let me feel like Sheldon trying to teach Penny Physics. Notebooks are required for all classes. The first page of your notebook is the Blackboard welcome announcement. Second page begins with the class assignment page. Penny cannot stop Sheldon and take notes, however you should and can pause all videos and take notes. It is also typical for highly intelligent people to have a large collection of notebooks and records. In Big Bang theory, even thou Sheldon has an eidetic memory, he is still smart enough to keep detailed records and notebooks.

    Also analyze these two graphs, it clearly shows staying up with work and attending class &/or Web-Cast is the key to success.

    * These videos have not been updated to the CIMW class names. They will be updated later this semester. The new version of CIM225 PHP, CIMW245 is an easier version of PHP with CMS/Word Press added.

  3. Complete the student CIM questionnaire, make sure you enter a home e-mail address. On CIM all passwords are your five to seven digit student ID. All new students are new getting seven digit student ID's starting with the number one. Your CIM user name is your standard Saddleback user name (first initial last name optional unique number). Your student ID is listed on your class schedule on also on MySite. For help on logging in.

  4. Make sure you are in the right course. If you are taking courses such as CIMW 245 PHP, CIMW 240 CSS or CIMW 260 JavaScript you need to have experience with an IDE (integrated developers environment) CIMW 110 Dreamweaver, and basic Web page nuts and bolts CIMW 100A HTML. In all things in life, it is better to first develop the basic skills (i.e., IDE Dreamweaver, and HTML ) before trying to jump to complex technologies such as JavaScript, CSS and PHP. Concurrent enrollment in CIMW110A which teach basics of Web Design is recommended. If a class if full or you cannot add it send me an email.

    With all on-line courses you must work at a steady pace if new to on-line course you can access instructions at http://www.saddleback.edu/de/student-technical-support/. You can also take a free workshop on success with on-line classes. Is an on-line class right for you? Please take this quiz: http://www.saddleback.edu/de/DEquiz.html.

  5. Login to blackboard, take the intro blackboard quiz 0. Watch any specific blackboard videos or Web-casts for your specific class. Remember the assignment page is your detailed course guide, the blackboard Welcome announcedment, provides a high-level course outline and includes expiration dates. If you need to watch a specific course video, assiignment page will state it and the specific intro video and/or Web-cast will be listed in the blackboard video section.