to Get to the Course and Courseware
Read this for all the necessary starting information
By now you have probably received your postcard
from the Distance Learning Office and that means you are registered in
our Choices That Can Kill coordinated studies online course. Please email Tom
Kerns or Diane
Hostetler or Brian
Saunders and let us know you are enrolled and participating.
Downloading your Courseware:
Our courseware for this quarter is going to be FirstClass. FirstClass (FC)
is not a browser-based program; instead FC requires you to download a small
piece of software onto your own computer. That software will then connect
you to the FC classroom where everything in our class will be happening.
It will be necessary to download your copy of this software immediately,
and then configure it so that you can get into our classroom. This needs
to be completed by Wednesday January 7th.
You will “configure” your copy of the software by simply typing
in your own User ID and Password (see below).
So here are the steps you’ll need to do immediately:
- Download the software onto your computer.
You do this by going to http://fc.northseattle.edu and
clicking on the download link. From there you will choose the Windows
or Macintosh option, and follow the instructions from there.
- Enter your User ID and password as required.
- Your User ID consists of the first
letter of your first name and then your whole last name. For
example, Reginald Quark’s User ID is rquark.
- Your password is the last six digits
of your Student ID number (your SID).
- (Once you have downloaded your FC, you can
configure it to automatically connect to our classroom by clicking
on the "step 2" link on the page from which you downloaded
the software. Once you've clicked that link and filled out what’s
required, you should then be able to connect to our classroom by simply
double-clicking your FC desktop icon.)
- You'll then need to immediately learn how
to use this FirstClass software that you've downloaded. The best way
to do that is to simply open our classroom and start exploring what’s
in it, posting a message here or there – perhaps in the student
lounge – and replying to other messages.
- Your first assignment is to post a short
biography into the Bio folder in the classroom. This should be completed
by Wednesday evening.
Order Your Books: Some
of our books are available online and you will be able to access those
texts via the internet. These have been marked in the Books section
of the Syllabus and on the Readings
Link of this site. You will find
the passwords necessary for some of these readings on the FirstClass
site.Those books which need to be bought are available through the NSCC
bookstore which is managed by Barnes and Noble on campus. You may call
them for information on how to order them if you are unable to get to
campus. They can be reached at 206-527-3637. their hours can be found
on the North Seattle site: Bookstore
If you do not have a computer, there are open
computer labs on campus:
COMPUTER LABS There are
two open computer labs available to all North students.The labs are
located in the Instructional Building (IB) room 3303 (this lab has both
PC's and Macs) and in the High Tech Learning Center (HT) room 1845B
(all PC's). North's open computer labs have the widest variety of software
on the campus and are open for walk-in use. The hours vary each quarter
so please check either the campus
home page or the doors outside the labs for specific lab hours. Policies and
procedures for the labs are posted in the labs and the lab staff will
to assist you.
Learning Office at North Seattle is prepared to answer your
questions. Call or email for help. Contact the Distance
Learning Office at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Phone at (206)
. You may want to print out this message if
it isn't comfortable to read on your screen. In fact, we find that if
something is more than one screen long it is sometimes easier to just
print it out and read it away from the computer. You may also want to
do this for many of the mini-lectures you'll be reading this quarter.
You may also want to do it for the class schedule (though we'll be adding
to it each week), just so you have a printed version of when things are
Our First Assignment:You'll
need to write a short biography about yourself, maybe a page or so long,
or as long as you like. You'll post this in our classroom in the folder
titled "Bios." Simplest way to do this is to first open
up that Bio folder. Under the messages menu, click on "new message." Write
your bio however you like. If you can put a photo of yourself in your
biography, that would be great. (In fact, maybe what we'll do here is
just give 739 extra credit points to every person who puts a photo in
their biography sometime in the first week or two of the course.) The
photos help make our classroom community a bit more personable, and the
more personable the better in these online environments. Send your message
to the class. By clicking send, it will place your message (bio) in the
Bio folder. Please read the biographies of all of the class members.
Please have your
biography information posted by the evening of
Wednesday January 7th.