Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Online Student Orientation

Online courses provide a flexible alternative to the traditional face-to-face learning environment. However, learning online is different than attending class on campus. Because the online classroom differs from the traditional classroom, it is important for you to understand how to succeed in this different environment. There are two types of orientation for online students:

General Orientation:
Online or On Campus
To complete the General Orientation online, click here or attend on-campus:

Largo Campus
Center for Advanced Technology (CAT)
Room 110
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Course Orientation

Students should verify if they are also required to attend a Course Orientation as some instructors conduct their own, class-specific orientation sessions.
Click Here to see if your instructor is conducting a course orientation session.

Note: Not all instructors will conduct an orientation session. See the schedule below to determine if your instructor will conduct an orientation session.

Have Your Course Buttons Mysteriously Disappeared?

Bb 9.1 Tip for all Blackboard Users

Since the beginning of the fall semester, we have received numerous confused and panicked phone calls from students who can't seem to find what their instructors told them would be in their Blackboard course site.

This is due to a new feature in Blackboard 9.1 that maximizes the course site viewing area - but makes the course navigation buttons seem to disappear. Often, students don't even realize they have clicked on the arrow that causes this to happen and it can be very confusing.

Click Here to watch a short video for more information about making the navigation buttons disappear and reappear.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

All Students Must Have Current PGCC Student Identification

Important information for Students:

In support of the college's Civility initiative, ALL (both online and on-campus) students are required to have their PGCC Student IDs visible while visiting campus locations (including LCC, JBA, and UTC).

Additionally, ALL students should be prepared to present a valid PGCC Student ID when utilizing campus resources and services such as the testing center, tutoring center, computer labs, and other campus services.

You can obtain a PGCC student ID, lanyard and ID holder at the following locations:

Largo Campus:
  • College Life Services (Largo Student Center, First Floor)
  • Admissions & Records Office (Bladen Hall, Room 126)
  • Library (Accokeek Hall, First Floor)
Laurel College Center (LCC):
  • Main office, Room 205
Joint Base Andrews (JBA):
  • Main office
University Town Center (UTC):
  • Front desk
Students must keep their IDs current by requesting the appropriate sticker each semester from the Admissions & Records Office or extension centers.