Biology 19: Introduction to Ecology:
Welcome to Biology 19: Introduction to Ecology offered as an online lecture/
in-person lab hybrid course.
Thank you for signing up for the hybrid online course (worth 4 units). The online portion of the course starts on Monday January 13th with our first in class lab meeting on Wednesday January 15th in room Science 322.
Course Materials (required): Smith & Smith, Elements of Ecology 7th Edition
This book is not available at the book store because it would cost significantly more. So please order this book online and save. The used text book for the class is available to buy online (here is a link:). http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?isbn=9780321559579&n=100121503&cm_sp=mbc-_-9780321559579-_-used This is a required text and you will need it for online reading quizzes by January 22nd.
Instructor: Joe Cannon
I look forward to exploring the science of ecology with you and sharing the
amazing organizing principals of how the natural world works. My
background and experience in the field of ecology is in doing local native habitat restoration. I worked as a restoration ecologist for twenty-five years for the National Park Service as well as two non-profits. I have taught ecology at CCSF for over15 years.
If this is your first online class you have considered taking, please be aware
that learning online requires student to be organized and be good at time
To get some pointers on time management for online courses view the
To succeed in this class, you will need to:
Invest at least 9 hours outside of lab per week on each weekly learning unit.
This is the same amount of time that non-online students are expected to
invest as well. This time commitment will include reading the textbook,
taking quizzes, watching videos and responding to forums and other
activities like communicating with other students and the instructor, and
working on your lab or paper assignments.
This is a hybrid online class with weekly on-campus mandatory labs. We'll
be using the online learning management system called Canvas for the
lecture portion of the course.
You will need to log into Canvas at least an hour a day or two to three hours
every other day. Your weekly tasks and the time they require will
accumulate, so you will need to schedule and organize the time require each week. This class is not self-paced, there will be several due dates per week to keep the course moving forward and keep up with the labs. You will need to keep up with the weekly assignments and manage your time efficiently.
It is strongly recommended that you schedule your class time
onto your weekly calendar.
You will need a RAMID to log into Canvas and the WiFi on Campus.
Basically, you are creating a common password to use on multiple sites.
Logging in to Canvas for course access:
Claim RAM ID and Login to Canvas: Student Guide
Login to Canvas HERE- http://ccsf.instructure.com
For more information or help, use the student guides below:
Online Course Support Center
Info about Online Learning
Student Services (including information about special accommodations)
For assistance contact the Helpdesk at 415-239-3711or Toll-Free at 844-693-4357
Or come by the Educational Technology Department Office during office hours. Educational Technology Department Office Ocean Campus, Batmale Hall, 310 Mailbox: A-21 Call (415) 239-3885 Hours Monday-Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
Be sure to bookmark the link to the Canvas login as well as the CCSF Online
Course Support Center for all the important info you need regarding help
and Canvas support.
You cannot log into this course until the course start date August 19th . If you
have just added, you will be enrolled in your online course within the next
A brief video introduction to Canvas:
Accommodations: If you need special accommodations, we’re happy to help.
Please contact the Disabled Student Services and Programs (DSPS): Phone:
(415) 452-5481 Web: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/student-services/student-counseling/dsps.html
Welcome to this class!
I hope this information has been helpful in orientating you with Biology 19:
Introduction to Ecology course. Please review all of the above information.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me, I am here to support
you in this course. My preferred method of contact is email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or the Canvas Inbox once you get logged in to the course.
I’m looking forward to seeing you online and in-person Wednesday January 15th.
Joe Cannon, Ecology Professor , Biology Department