Greetings ESci01 and Welcome to Fall 2019!
We will have weekly video updates posted to your announcements in Canvas, which are part of the required weekly work of the course. ESci01 is a 100% online course and is not self-paced (i.e. you will have weekly deadlines). We will be using Canvas as our learning management system. Since Canvas has only been recently adopted by De Anza 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. You will not see our course until the first official day of classes, Monday September 23, 2019
Next, read our Syllabus for Fall 2019 HERE 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.
Lastly, sometimes the De Anza webmail can be a little unreliable so please feel free to email me at my personal email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
ESCi-01 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.