How do I get
started taking Distance Education Classes?
our schedule and register for
distance education classes the same way you do for traditional face-to-face
classes. We recommend that you work with
a counselor to determine your class schedule.
How do I start
my online class? Where do I go? Will my instructor contact me at the
beginning of the semester?
instructors who teach online classes will send you a letter or email message
before the beginning of the semester to welcome you to their class and give you
instructions. If you don't hear from your instructor before the beginning of
the semester, please log in to Blackboard
on the first day of the semester. Your
teacher will send you email messages to your COS email address. You must activate your giant.cos.edu email
address. For more information about your COS email account, please go to
the COS website (www.cos.edu), click on
Student Life>Student Email. Once you have activated your COS email, you can
forward it to any email account of your choice.
of our online classes require a class meeting. Be sure to read the special
comments about your class in our online schedule (click on the CRN) to learn
about mandatory meeting times and locations. If you have any other questions
about how to begin your class, please contact the Distance Education
Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Nolan, at 559.737.6132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I do if I am on a wait list for a class?
you are on a wait list for a class, you should contact the instructor no later than
the first day of the class to request to add the class. If the instructor
agrees to add you to the class, he or she will give you an add code. Use the
add code to register for the class. After you register, there will be a short
delay before you can access the course on Blackboard.
How do I contact
can email your instructor through the Blackboard system or directly. If your
instructor's name is not listed on our Faculty Contact List on the Distance
Education pages of the COS website (www.cos.edu), please contact the Distance
Education Coordinator, Deborah Nolan, at 559.737.6132 or email@example.com.
What if I haven't heard
from my instructor?
you are taking a distance education class and not seeing your instructor in the
classroom on a regular basis, your instructor is still making efforts to
contact you through email or through
Blackboard announcements. If you haven't heard from your instructor, please
try the following steps:
Check your COS email.
Email or call your instructor.
If you are on campus, stop by your instructor's office during office hours.
the Distance Education Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Nolan, at 559.737.6132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I access and use Blackboard?
Blackboard is College of the Sequoias' online, web-based course
management system. Most of our online classes are taught through
Blackboard. It provides a convenient way to share information and ideas
and communicate with one another outside of the classroom using computer
Please verify with your instructor that
he or she is using Blackboard.
access Blackboard, you need to be at a computer with access to the Internet.
Navigate to the COS Home Page (http://www.cos.edu) and click
on the Blackboard Quick Link at the bottom of the page. When you arrive at the
Blackboard login page, you log in by typing in your student ID without the @
symbol (not your Social Security number) as your username and your password
(Find your password in Banner on the Financial Aid page.).
you have logged in to Blackboard for the first time, please change your
password. On the left-hand side of the My Blackboard page, after you have
logged in, you will see a box labeled, "Tools." Click on Personal
Information. Then click on Change Password. Type in your new password. If you forget your password, click on the
“Forget your Password?” link on the Blackboard login page.
you are registered for a class that is using Blackboard, you should see that
class title on your My Blackboard page after you log in. Click on the title of
your class to "enter" the class. You will see a different Blackboard
page with a menu for your class. Click on the menu (left side of screen) to
navigate to different parts of the class. Your instructor will provide you with
additional instructions about the class. You can also click on the Tools button
(inside your class) and read the Student Manual.