Welcome to Week 1

Week 1 Introduction to Class

In the 21st Century, it seems that Computer Skills are a skill set that is expected of us and needed in any job that we may desire. While most of us have used computers at some point in our lives, we all may not have mastery of software such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or proper emailing skills. This is where INFT124 comes into play!

INFT124 is a course that will provide a technological foundation for the rest of your college career. This course will utilize hands-on assignments to help you learn the material needed to pass this course and be proficient in Microsoft Office.

This course will offer you the opportunity to learn skills that are directly related to the workplace and can be listed on your resume – how exciting! If you, at any point, have questions regarding the skills we are learning or the course itself, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

The Online Environment

The online environment with all of its buttons and links can be a little overwhelming at first so let me point you in some important directions. First, take a look at the navigation buttons on the left, in the course. I would start by going to the Introductory Documents section. That area is a great place to start since it lists not only important policies but my contact information and a schedule of assignments. Please be sure to read it carefully since all students will be held to the policies and schedule described in it.

As the class goes on, the "Weeks" button will become very important. Clicking on it will take you to a page with a link for Week One's material. As each week starts a new link will become available for that week's material. If you click on those links, you'll be taken to a page that has links to lectures, the main discussion board and a folder with all of the week's assignments including reflections, project related assignments and additional discussions.

2 Instructors?

Yes, that's right, there will be two instructors in this INFT124 course, in an effort to assist you every step of the way. Our contact information can be found in the Supplemental Syllabus as well as in the Meet Your Instructor area, in Blackboard. Please, if you are struggling, know that we are here to support you. Reach out to us!

Getting Help

I don’t want you to feel that since this is an online course, you can’t get the assistance you need in order to succeed. Below are a few ways to reach out to me. Just remember that when you do, give me as much information as you can, so that I can help you the best way possible. For instance instead of saying, “I don’t understand the assignment,” tell me, “I read through the lecture material for this week, looked over the assignment twice and I’m still lost when it comes to working in Word.”

1. Ask me a Question: there is an Ask Your Instructor button on the left-hand navigation pane, which will bring you to a discussion forum where you can post any questions you may have.

2. Participate in Office Hours: I will hold Office Hours, in SKYPE, and will announce the times and dates in the Supplemental Syllabus.

3. E-mail me: While I work during the day, I will answer e-mails in the evenings and often during lunch. My e-mail address is:

Let’s Go!

So let's get started. First, take a look at the Supplemental Syllabus and Tracking Calendar then go to the "W1D: Icebreaker" discussion in the Week 1 area and, for your first assignment, post a brief message describing yourself.