Greetings Biology 10 and Welcome to Fall 2020!
We will have weekly video updates posted to your announcements in Canvas, which are part of the required weekly work of the course. Biology 10 at Foothill College is a 100% online course and is not self-paced (i.e. you will have weekly deadlines).
There is a lab portion and a separate lecture portion. Each has a different instructor, but both have their homebase in the same Canvas course shell. I, Mary Poffenroth, am your lecture instructor. Louis Prusa is your lab instructor. All future lab information, teachings, and updates will come directly from Louis, while I will always communicate only on lecture.
Our course is asynchronous, meaning that we do not have any in real time meetings and there are no zoom sessions to attend for lecture. You will not see the course appear in your Canvas page until the official first day of class.
We will be using Canvas as our learning management system. Since Canvas has only been recently adopted by Foothill College you may not be familiar with this system. If you are new to using Canvas please take some time before the class begins to familiarize yourself here: https://foothillcollege.instructure.com/courses/62 - once you are familiar with Canvas please make sure you can sign in. If you need additional tips and tricks for using Canvas, check out the resources that SJSU has put together for students at
You will not see our course until the first official day of classes, Monday September 21, 2020
Sign in at foothillcollege.instructure.com/ - if you have any enrollment issues for Canvas please contact
Next, read our Biology 10 Fall 2020 Syllabus This is the contract between you and I as we make our way through the quarter together. I will do everything in my power to make you successful, but it is you who must put in the hard work and focus. I love online learning and have been teaching online courses since 2008. It has many wonderful perks, like not having to park on campus and watching lectures in your pajamas! However, it has some pitfalls, including the need for you to be self-sufficient and keep active in the course. Time management and organizational skills are essential for the online student.
You do not need to buy any materials. My courses are free of material costs to you, therefore there is nothing you need to purchase - just log in on our first day of class and we will go from there.
Everything you need will be provided to you in Canvas with no additional fees, charges, or purchases required.
Lastly, sometimes the Foothill webmail can be a little unreliable so please feel free to email me at my personal email email@example.com anytime. When you email, make sure to always be professional and properly address each email with my name (I prefer Instructor Poffenroth), your name, which class you are in and what it is I can assist you with.
Bio 10 will keep you engaged each and every week with readings, videos, discussions, and activities. Please note there are no late assignments or makeup work allowed (since you always have at least a week to submit anytime), so it is important you get the assignments submitted before their weekly deadlines.
I look forward to a great quarter together!
On our first official day, you will receive an update video explaining what needs to be done in Canvas and showing you around the course. Until then, make sure you have access to Canvas, get notified of announcements as soon as they go live (that is in your preferences) and have read through the syllabus.