2 The CCSF LMS
The CCSF learning management system (LMS) is where you will find the course weekly readings, assignments, discussions, exams and grades. This system is often referred to as “Canvas”. The CCSF Online Learning Team will send you an orientation email with login instructions before the first day of the semester. To log in to the LMS you need a valid CCSF RAM ID.
3 RAM ID
Before you can log in to the CCSF LMS (and some other CCSF online services), you must claim your RAM ID. If you have problems with the RAM ID activation process, contact the CCSF Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or call toll-free at 844-693-4357.
4 Important Academic Dates
|Jan 30||Last day to officially, drop or reduce full-term coursework units in order to qualify for a 100% tuition, capital outlay and enrollment fee refund.|
|Feb 9||Last day to drop full-term coursework units without a “W” appearing on a student’s permanent record; Last day to drop in order to received a 50% (half) non-resident tuition and capital outlay fee refund.|
|Feb 16||Last day to request pass/no(P/NP) grading option, where available for all full-term courses.|
|Apr 13||Last day for student/instructor initiated withdrawals (W). No student initiated or instructor initiated withdrawals will be approved after this date.|
5 Office location and office hours
All of my courses are 100% online and have no on-campus meetings. Students can always reach me through the class forums or by sending an email to my CCSF email address. If you need to speak to a faculty advisor, head over to the CS Department Office in Batmale 456.
6 Disabled student programs and services
If, because of a disability, you may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements, you should contact me soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services. Please note that CCSF instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, please contact the Student Disability Services office by voice at 415-452-5481, by TDD at 415-452-5481, or go to the DSPS web site.
7 Email address
Send all email to my CCSF email address (dputnam at ccsf dot edu)
8 CCSF website
9 Response time for email
Monday through Friday I check my CCSF email several times and answer within two working days. If you send me an email Friday evening, I’ll get back to you Monday. When a holiday falls on a Monday, I’ll respond Tuesday.
10 Course forums
The forums are one of the few resources we have for developing a sense of community in online courses. For this reason, I require all class discussion should take place on the forums so that everyone in the class can benefit from our combined wisdom and experience. If you have questions about the class assignments, quizzes, or other aspects of the coursework, post your questions to the forums. If you email me questions about the course work, I’ll cordially ask you to post your questions on the course forums.
11 Grading timeline
I make every effort to grade all assignments and quizzes within one week of its due date. If I won’t be able to grade your assignments within one week, I’ll post a notice on the class forums to let you know when I’ll be finished grading.
12 Tutoring for CCSF Computer Science courses
CCSF provides tutoring for students enrolled in Computer Science courses. Follow the instructions on the Learning Assistance Center’s Online Tutoring page to create your account. CCSF students get up to 20 hours assistance free per semester.
13 No-Show notification
It is important that you be academically active in your CCSF classes and CCSF has strict rules about academic activity. If you are inactive for an extended period of time, you will be considered a No-Show. I’ll send you an email regarding your no-show status and let you know what you have to do to be considered academically engaged. If you correct your no-show status by becoming academically engaged in the course, you won’t be dropped.
14 Emergencies and technical problems
CCSF technical resources are occasionally not available due to scheduled maintenance or system failure. Notices of scheduled maintenance is usually displayed prominently on the home page of Insight, or in your login session on the CCSF Unix accounts. Technical problems, however, can happen without warning. In most cases these technical problems are resolved within minutes, but it’s possible that it may take hours, or even days, to resolve some issues.
15 Insight Support
If you find that you cannot log in to Insight, your primary contact point is Insight Online Course Support where you can submit a support ticket.
16 Hills Password resets
If you are having a problem with your Hills account or need a password reset, contact the CCSF Help Desk.
17 Contingency plan
In the unlikely case that you cannot contact me, either by email or the course Walled Email or through the course forums (always keeping in mind that it can take up to three days for me to respond to your email or forum post), please contact the CS Department in Batmale 456. The CS Department Contact information is available on the CS Department Contact page.
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