NOTICE: Our class is moving ONLINE-ONLY starting March 23!
Last updated March 22 at 3:30 pm.
What's Happening & When
On March 12, I sent an email to you (check you Delta student email) announcing that our class will be moving ONLINE immediately after Spring Break. We will continue online-only through the end of the semester. From now on, we will be using our Canvas online platform ONLY, and not our original course websites here at civ.strangegirl.com.
Civ 3, Hum 3, and Hist 17A students should plan to access the Canvas site starting on March 23, right after Spring Break.
More details will follow once our Canvas course is live, but here are some quick updates on our most pressing assignments (please note that these updates supersede the information provided in your original course syllabus):
- History 17A students:
- Since our midterm exam is no longer going to happen in class on Monday, March 23, plan to submit the exam ONLINE. The exam will still be open-note and open-book, but it will be honor-system-timed (to be completed in one sitting, alone, without using outside sources) and submitted online via Canvas.The exam prompt will be available at our Canvas course website starting on March 23, and the midterm will close on March 29 (hard deadline).
- Additionally, your Study Question Portfolio 1s will need to be submitted via Canvas now, too, and NOT via Turnitin directly, as originally required. If you've already submitted at Turnitin, just resubmit to the appropriate assignment area on Canvas. The study question portfolios will now be due by March 29, like the Midterm exam.
- After this, Study Questions will be submitted in specific Discussion threads on Canvas, not via Turnitin.com.
- We started watching the film 1776 (it's one of two videos you'll be discussing in your paper assignment) in class at our last face-to-face class meeting on Friday, March 13. Since we won't be able to finish it class, everyone will need to make alternate arrangements for seeing the rest of the movie.
- UPDATE: Good news! Goleman Library (main campus) now has a copy of the film on reserve for you to use in the library. It will be available at the main circulation desk. The call information is located here.
- If you can't get to the library to use the video, or if it is already in use when you try to borrow it, you will have to rent/stream the film on your own. It's not a rare film, but it isn't free. More information on where to find the film to come when we resume class online on Monday, March 23.
- Paper prompt is here (will be moving to Canvas soon).
- Civilization 3 and Humanities 3 students:
- Since our midterm exam is no longer going to happen in class on Thursday, March 26, plan to submit the exam ONLINE. The exam will still be open-note and open-book, but it will be honor-system-timed (to be completed in one sitting, alone, without using outside sources) and submitted online via Canvas.The exam prompt will be available starting on March 23, and the midterm will close on March 29 (hard deadline).
- From now on, we won't be using "standalone" Turnitin.com to submit assignments. Discussion and VRs will move to Canvas Discussion threads, while Paper 2 and exams will be submitted via individual assignment pages on Canvas.
- History 17B students: Since we're already a hybrid course that uses Canvas, very little will change. We just won't be meeting in person. Please see our Canvas course site for details.
As usual, you can contact me via email at email@example.com to discuss our class. Additionally, Canvas has a private message feature that you can use to write me, as well.
Below, I've included basic information about accessing Canvas and resources for obtaining help using Canvas. As far as I know, our campus libraries and computer labs will remain open to provide you with more reliable access to Canvas, but as most of our courses are going online, computer stations on campus will likely be in high demand. There is a Canvas app for select smartphone and tablet platforms, but its functionality is limited. I recommend that you plan to use a desktop or laptop computer as your main point of access for Canvas. Additionally, make sure that your OS and browser are up-to-date and be sure that your browser add-ons aren't messing with Canvas' functionality. You may also have to clear your cache/cookies to access Canvas.
- Our Canvas login site is http://sjdc.instructure.com - if this is your first time using Canvas, you'll be logging with the same username and password you use for your Delta student email account. For example, if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, your username will be jsmith123. Your password is your PIN.
- Upon logging into Canvas, some students may encounter redirection to a site prompting them to create an OpenCCC account. This has to do with the Online Education Initiative (OEI), through which we get Canvas for free, requiring that students authenticate with their CCC ID -- which they normally get by applying to our college through CCC Apply. Many students will already have this. However, if a student hasn't applied to the college in the last few years, they would not have gone through CCC Apply. If this applies to you, you should go ahead and create the OpenCCC account as prompted. You should then be able to log into Canvas with your regular Delta ID like everyone else.
- Once you are able to log in to Canvas, you are looking for our course name (e.g. HIST 17A, CIVIL 003, HUM 003, HIST 17B) plus course control number on your Canvas dashboard. Note that you may have to click on the "Courses" navigation tab on the left to see all of your courses.
- You will find information on logging into online courses here: https://deltacollege.edu/info/online/index.html
- Delta’s online student help desk is located here: http://otrs.deltacollege.edu/otrs/customer.pl
- The Canvas Student Guide is here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10701
- You can also get help re: Canvas via phone Mon-Th 8:00am-6:00pm and Fri 8:00am-12:00pm by calling 209-954-5840; Evening and Weekend help: Call Canvas directly at 844-612-7424
- Once you're in Canvas, technical assistance is available via the "Help" menu at the bottom of the global navigation bar on the left. Students who are logged into Canvas can get help by submitting a ticket by clicking Help and Student Services >> Report a Problem.
- To check to see if the Canvas system is “down”: https://status.instructure.com
That's it for now!
~ Prof. Kali Pappas :)