ECOL 20 (online) - Instructor: Crima Pogge

Dear student interested in Ecology 20 online,

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Thank you for your interest in this 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 an orientation meeting on Wednesday, August 22.
The class will be much more fun if we know each other!

I hope you can join me for either of these three sessions: Wednesday, 8/22 from 8-9, 5-6 or 6-7 in room S350 on the Ocean Campus.

Here are some basics about the course:

  • Ecology20 is a semester long three unit course starting on August 22. Please come to one of the three orientation meetings, so that you we in the class get to know each other. The class has a huge wait list and I will have to drop you if you don't attend the orientation or don't check in during the first week of class.

  • The class  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 Canvas.  At the beginning of the semester, once enrolled, you will get  a welcoming email from the City College Canvas administer. You can then log in to Canvas and access the course.

  • Our textbook is Essentials of Ecology by Begon, Howarth and Townsend, 4th edition. The third edition is much more affordable than the fourth edition, and adequate for this course. You can usually get it online. The editions do have some differences - whenever the editions differ, I address that in the lesson.

  • If you need special accommodations, please contact CCSF’s Disabled Students Services.  You can find out more information here. Please also let me know about your needs so that I can support you!

  • This is not a self-paced course. Weekly participation is required. Weeks open on Wednesdays at 12 pm (except for week 1) and all assignments have to be done within one week.

  • Our four major exams are online and have to be completed within a two hour period between the following Tuesdays 12 pm and Wednesdays 2pm . Make sure you have enough time!smile

      • Exam 1: Tuesday 2/14, 12 pm to Wednesday 2/15, 12 pm
      • Exam 2: Tuesday 3/14, 12 pm to Wednesday 3/15, 12 pm
      • Exam 3: Tuesday 4/18, 12 pm to Wednesday 4/19, 12 pm
      • Final Exam: Tuesday 5/16, 12 pm to Wednesday 5/17, 12 pm

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 five discussion forums and work on five term project assignments.

  • The term project involves choosing a natural area in your neighborhood, it can be a park, garden, or any other open space and, every other 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 slides that you will share with other students in the class.

  • Just as in a face-to-face class, I will do our 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, and respond to your emails within 48 hours Mondays through Fridays.

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

Happy learning,

Crima Pogge


Last updated  April 2018 by Crima Pogge, all rights reserved