Astronomy 10 Online - Chabot College
- Scott Hildreth
Getting Started Homework -
Canvas & McGraw-Hill Connect
Please start this as soon as you are registered!
You do not need the textbook to do this assignment
If you are trying to add, you can still do MOST of these
tasks. You can make a post to the discussion board
using the default userID noted below!
- Most important! Login
to Canvas at
If you are officially enrolled
in the class, you are ready to go. Check out the instructions for
accessing Canvas if you are new to the system at
If you new to Canvas, and have not set your email address to
something convenient that you check often, please take a moment now to
update your default email ID. You do this actually by
logging into the "ZONE".
instructions are online. When I send out announcements to the
class from Canvas, they will go to this email. (If you don't
change it, the default will be your campus "ZONE" email ID.)
features of Canvas as a communication tool - practice with the
discussion board and the other tools. I guarantee these resources will help!
If you are still waiting to add, you can temporarily login
to Canvas with a username
of "onlineastro" and a password of "astrostudent".
sure to identify yourself when you post in the discussion area using this Username, as others might
be using it as well.
- Click on the START HERE! link you'll see in
the Canvas MODULES.
Read the syllabus, check out the exam questions, and review my
expectations for you as a student in our online class. Note that there
will actually be a short quiz on the syllabus in the second week of class!
Understanding what is required and how you will be assessed in a class
is probably the MOST important thing you should do at the start of every
course you take.
- Click on the ==> Week 1: 1/14 -
1/20 Module to see what
is expected this first week, including:
- POST to the Biography Discussion Forum (10
points towards Discussion HW grade)
In the Discussion Board, look for the "BIOGRAPHIES"
Discussion #1, and please post a brief biography
about yourself. What is your major? Where and when do you want to
transfer, if that is your goal? What is your favorite local
restaurant? What kind of food do they offer, where are they located,
and why do you like it? Try to read and respond to the post of
at least one other student in the class!
If you are waiting to ADD, you can still make a post, using the temporary
shared login above - but you'll need to identify yourself by name (since
many people might be using that same ID!) so that I can later give you
credit for your posts!
- Please plan your purchase of the textbook
You'll see in our syllabus the
ISBN's and costs for our textbook Explorations: An
Introduction to Astronomy by Arny & Schneider., and the required
McGraw-Hill CONNECT Astronomy Access code. If you purchase or borrow a different book (perhaps an
earlier edition by the same authors) and it does not come with the Connect
access pin for our edition of the textbook, you'll need to purchase access
online, which you can do from Canvas the first time you click on an
assignment link to Connect.
Note that for the first 2+ weeks of the course, you can register for and access the e-text version of our textbook online using
without cost. After two weeks, the system will expect you to purchase
access for the rest of the semester. There are copies of similar books
available on reserve in the library for you to read if you prefer a
hard-bound text, but EVERYONE will need the online Connect access.
If you have limited funds, you
should get the online Connect access code for $87.50, and look to use the library
copies or search for a older used book. This is the least expensive
version of required resources for our class. Again, you can wait up to
two weeks after the class starts to finalize your purchase of the online
access to Connect. You can do this within Canvas by
clicking on the link you'll see in the assignments tab.
If you are waiting to add, I would suggest using
the free 14-day trial offer to access the online Connect
Astronomy system (with e-text), so that you don't fall behind. I'll do my
best to let you know your status in the class ASAP. The first online HW
isn't due until Sunday 8/27 with a very gentle late penalty, and the first
reading quiz 9/3, so you'll know by then whether you are in the
- Check out Connect
by connecting through Canvas. A quick
PowerPoint of the process is available online, or you can go to the
CONNECT class directly at http://connect.mheducation.com/class/shildreth_astro10online_spring-2019
Once you have your own access code, try
the first reading assignment in Connect of a LearnSmart-enhanced reading/assessment
unit. It shouldn't take too long - remember the entire textbook is
already online, so you don't
need a physical book to do this, and you can access it through Canvas.
If you have technical
problems purchasing the Connect code for our book, you can contact the
publisher's help system online at
or via their toll-free technical support number:
USA and Canada
PLEASE email me anytime if you have any special needs or concerns
about the class NOW
Send me a brief message, at
especially if you expect to need specific accommodations for homework or exams.
If you will have difficulty obtaining the textbook, and cannot come to the
library to use those on reserve, let me know. If you need any assistance
with your use of the computer or web sites for our class, I will be happy to
help -- using email and the web will be a useful skill in addition to helping
you learn astronomy.
SH - 1/19
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