started with Astronomy On-Line
Points Possible (8)
|In this assignment you will set-up your email account in Blackboard create
a home page for yourselfl, and use the discussion area. To get full credit
for this assignment, you will have to follow the simple instructions below.
There will be no partial credit. If you don't all three parts of the assignment
you will receive no credit.
Instructions (there are four parts to this assignment)
Part 1: To get you acquainted with how e-mail works
in Blackboard, please complete this two-part assignment. First, change your
e-mail address (if you haven't already done so).If you have already done this,
you will still receive credit; you don't have to do it again.
- If you are not in Blackboard already, do so by clicking on the "blackboard"
link at the top of the course information or weekly schedule page. If you
don't know how to sign in, read the LPC
distance education page.
- Once you are in Blackboard, Click Tools in the course
menu on the left, then click Personal Information, then click
Edit Personal Information. Do not change your first or last
name, but simply enter your e-mail address in the text field next to E-mail.
Delete the generic e-mail address that is there. Please enter the email that
you check most frequently, and are able to check from home and away if possible.
- You don't have to enter any other information; just click Submit at the
bottom. Click OK at the next screen. Note that once you do
this, you change your e-mail address for any other Blackboard courses you
are currently enrolled in on this server.When you submit Part 2 below, your
correct e-mail address will show up in my mailbox.
Part 2: To see if you have your email properly changed,
you will simply reply to an email from the instructor sent out as a group email
to the class. When I get your reply, I will check that you have comleted all
of this assignment.
- when you get an email from the instructor (Eric Harpell), wait until you
have completed this entire assignment (read on!). When you have, hit the reply
button..don't change the subject of the email
- In the body of the email, Answer these questions:
- Why did you enroll in this course?
- What do you already know about the subject of this course?
- What do you hope to learn?
- What other on line classes have you taken (or are taking now)
3. When finished, click Submit. Thats it..you will get the email
from your instructor on the second day of the semester. Make sure you reply
by June 20th at ten pm.
Part III-Using the Discussion Board
- To get you acquainted with how the Discussion Board works in Blackboard,
please complete the following:
- Open a new browser window (Control+N on the PC; Command+N on the Mac), and
conduct a search on Yahoo!, Excite, Googol, or any other search engine to
find a web site that you think will be beneficial to students in this class.
The topic of the site should match any of the content of this course.
- Next, go to the discussion board. To do this, Click Communications
on the left, then click the Discussion Boards link
Click the link called Welcome. Click the Welcome
to the Class link. There is a message there from me.
Next, click Add a New Thread, and in the subject line, type
- Then go ahead and type:
- Name of the site
- URL (web address) of the site
anything you like about the class, your expectations,
5. When you are done, click Submit (you can preview first
if you want).
6. When finished, and if you have some free time, go back
and read what other members of your group posted. You don't have to respond
to other postings.
Part IV- building a homepage
To help teach you how to build your own homepage in Blackboard, please complete
Your student homepage must include the following elements:
- Your picture OR any picture that represents something about you. ( you are
STRONLY ENCOURAGED!!! to post a picture of yourself)
- The name of your favorite web site OR the name of your web site (if you
have your own).
- A link to your favorite web site OR a link to your web site (if you have
- At least two reasons why the web site you chose is your favorite OR a description
of what's on your web site (if you have your own).
To Create a Student Homepage:
- Click the Tools button on the left, then click Edit Your Homepage. When
you get there. . .
- (Optional) Fill out Homepage Information. If you input a picture that represents
something about you instead of a picture of yourself, you might want to mention
why you used that picture.
- (Required) Add your picture under Upload a Picture.
- (Required) Under Favorite Web Sites, fill out the first three text boxes
named Site 1 Title, Site 1 URL, and Description
- You can add a picture by doing the following:
- Under Upload a Picture, click the Browse button to locate your picture file.
Notes about pictures
The first photo shows a reproduction of a colour composite image of the beautiful
spiral galaxy NGC 1288 in the southern constellation Fornax. PR Photo 37a/98
covers the entire field that was imaged on the 2048 x 2048 pixel CCD camera.
It is based on CCD frames in different colors that were taken under good seeing
conditions during the night of First Light (15 September 1998). The distance
to this galaxy is about 300 million light-years; it recedes with a velocity
of 4500 km/sec. Its diameter is about 200,000 light-years. (From The
European Southern Observatory)