All Web Design classes have the same first Five steps.

Online classes for CIMW or CIMP 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 Canvas student e-mail systems is used as the basic communication mechanism for all classes. You should have already gotten a Canvas Welcome announcement, you will also get frequent course reminders and updates.

  2. Watch or attend Orientations...
    • Attend or watch archived recorded orientation webcasts
      • Canvas does have previous orientation Web-casts under Videos.
      • Some Online Classes will have live weekly Webcasts passwords are available or will be available a blackboard announcements.
        Blackboard announcements are automatically emailed to school emails.
    • Thirty Minute Success with Online courses Web-cast, PDF View-graphs, Viewgraph w notes example. It is easy to fail in on-line 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 SB 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 graphs, it clearly shows staying up with work and attending classes &/or Web-Casts is the key to success. They also show students who have develop logic and study skills by taking multiple courses excel.

  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 or Number, not your blackboard/MySite password.. All new students are 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 145 PHP, or CIMW 140 CSS you should have experience with an IDE (integrated developers environment) CIMW 115 Dreamweaver/WordPress, 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 CIMW115 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 Canvas, take the intro Canvas 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 announcement, will emphasize all near term due dates. The schedule page will list due dates for the entire course. When you need to watch a specific course video or take a quiz, assignment page will state it. Remember assignment page is your course guide, you can print it in pdf and check things off when you are done.