ECOL 10 (online)

Introduction to Ecology


Dear prospective student,

Thank you for your interest in this new online course.  I am excited to embark with you on a journey exploring how we living organisms are connected to each other and to the non-living environment. Check out this link to see the learning objectives for this course.

Please join me for the orientation on Thursday, January 15, from 6-7 pm in S350 (Ocean campus). 
I would really love to meet you! I also think it will make it easier for us to communicate online if we have interacted once in person!

Here are some basics about the course:

  • Ecology 10 is a semester long three unit course starting on Monday, January 12 and ending on May 21, 2015. It fulfills the requirements for CSU GE (Area B2) and IGETC (Area 5). Plan to spend 6-9 hours/week on this course.
  •  All course materials will be posted on our online platform Insight.  At the beginning of the semester, once enrolled, you will get  a welcoming email from our Insight administer at CCSF. You can then log in to Insight and access the course.  Insight has a nice handout on how to log in and a tutorial introducing you to Insight’s online environment.
  • Our textbook is Cain et al. Ecology. The second edition is much more affordable  than the third edition, and adequate for this course. You can usually get it for $ 20 online.
  •  If you have trouble logging in, please check out the online course support center at CCSF.
  •  If you need special accommodations, please contact CCSF’s Disabled Students Services.  You can find out more information here.
  • This is not a self-paced course. Weekly participation is required.

Are you ready?

  • Online classes are equivalent in quality and rigor to face-to-face classes. In a face-to-face class, you are expected  to engage with the class material for 6 to 9 hours outside of the three hours you spend in class.  That adds up to nine to twelve hours a week, or a minimum of 144 hours a semester and is the same, by law, for online classes.  Take an honest look at your schedule for this semester and decide whether you can devote at least nine hours a week to the class.
  • As important as figuring out whether you have enough time for this class is to decide whether taking an online class is the right decision for you.  Take this short quiz from Palomar College to get help deciding.

What to expect:

  • Every week, I will post a "lesson" online. The lessons follows the textbook, and might have additional reading assignments, video tutorials and explanations. Questions are interspersed throughout the lesson, so that you have immediate feedback on whether you "got it". Every week, there will also be one quiz to reinforce the material.. In addition, you will also be required to participate in weekly discussion forums and work on your term project. 
  • The term project involves choosing a natural area in your neighborhood, it can be a park, garden, or any other open space and, every week, report on a different aspect of what is going on in that space.  One week it might be to inventory all living things in a square foot, another day it might be to observe who eats whom in your spot. You will compile all your findings and thoughts in a wiki that you will share with other students in the class.
  • Just as in a face-to-face class, I will do my best to get to know you and your learning style through your assignments and participation in forums, and support you on your path to learning about ecology. I will give individual feedback on many assignments, hold regular online chat office hours, and respond to your emails within 48 hours Mondays through Fridays.
Important dates:
  • Please join me for an optional orientation on January 15  (put it in your calendar) from 6-7 pm in room (TBA soon!).
  • Weekly lessons and assignments have to be completed within seven days (Monday 10 am to Sunday 11 pm).
  • We will have two midterms and a final that you have to complete on Monday, February 23, Monday, April 13, and Monday, May 18  from 6 - 8. Please reserve those times NOW.

Questions?  Concerns? Comments?  Do not hesitate to contact me at  I am looking forward to working with you!

Crima Pogge


Last updated  April 2014 by Crima Pogge, all rights reserved.