Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring 2015

Welcome Back!

I hope you all have enjoyed a wonderful break and are ready to learn, minds open, questions forming. Most of the information that you need to know about your class will be made available to you the first day of school and is also available on the syllabus (posted in our classroom in Blackboard). This blog will provide you with some key information for getting started (and also lists office hours, textbook, etc in the sidebar).

Online students have a "mandatory" orientation on Monday, 1/26 in room 401. At this time, I confirm attendance and drop all no-shows, to make room for waitlisted students and those attempting to crash. The online class is full with a full waitlist so if you are unable to attend the orientation, reach out to me before our orientation. Waitlisted students should still attend as codes will go to those who are showing an intent to participate by attending orientation. (Email me if you have a conflict.)

Face-to-face students will get started Tuesday morning, at either 8 or 9:30. Missing the first day results in your being dropped from class and your spot given to another student. Please email me if you are unable to attend but plan to participate.

Last Fall, I switched to a more interactive book, available at a price that is less than my previous book. If you are interested in owning JUST the electronic version ($85), I will provide that code to you in email, on Blackboard and on the syllabus. If you wish to purchase the softbound book, in edition to the e-version, you can either do that through the link that I supply or in the bookstore. The price for that varies, based on whether you purchase in the book store on via the link ($125).

For face-to-face students (F2F), in the past I have made the course reader (all of my powerpoint slides) available via Aptos Print Smith, in a book. In an effort to reduce costs, I will be posting those outlines as PDFs in our classroom in Blackboard. Having it in a bound format has often been very helpful for students, but if I can help you to save $20, I am willing to do so. For those who want a bound copy, we will make arrangements for that.

I hope this answers some of your "getting started" questions. More information will be available the first day of school. You are welcome to email my nutritionrusso account too (it's at gmail, in case you don't already have it).

Eat well, play fit,
Denise

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome Back or Almost Welcome Back

West Valley learners are already at work, registering into our Connect Plus account, reviewing the syllabus and exploring Angel.

Cabrillo online leaners, I have sent you an email with some basic information about getting started on 9/2.

ALL students will need the CONNECTPLUS url specific to YOUR class. That information can be found on your syllabus and on the ConnectPlus link I post in your classroom. If you can't find it, send me an email and I can email it to you, along with a direction sheet for getting registered.

Face-to-Face (F2F) you have probably not heard from me but we will cover all of the getting started information in our first day of class. If you are hoping to add into a F2F, it is important to attend. Students hoping to add online should attend orientation, if possible, or at least email me.

I would tell you that I am hanging onto the last few days of summer, but since returning from Iowa, where the book publisher took us for training, I have been getting classes ready, hoping to make the transition to a new textbook, with the ConnectPlus platform, smooth as blueberry pie for all of us.

Have any questions? Send me gmail....my id is nutritionrusso.

Eat well, play fit,
Denise C. Russo, MS RD CGEI

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Update

I will be sending out information to all enrolled and waitlisted students during the week before our class begins. Feel free to email me but anticipate a delay during these last weeks of summer vacation.
Eat well, play fit,
Denise C. Russo, MS RD CGEI

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring has Sprung and Summer is Soon

Greetings Students,
This summer, I will be teaching two online nutrition classes, one at each of the colleges at which I am employed. It is the same class for each school. Classes for summer fill up quickly as do waitlists. I will post more information the week before school starts. But, the textbook for summer will be the same (although it is changing for Fall). If you are hoping to be added, please do keep trying to get on the waitlist (if not already on it) as I do have to fill adds from the waitlist, first.
Eat well, play fit,
Denise C. Russo, MR RD CGEI
Cabrillo College, Aptos
West Valley College, Saratoga

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Late Start West Valley Class
Class starts on March 17th with class content and syllabus available by 6 pm on Monday night. All enrolled students will need to confirm enrollment via email (by 3/18) and participate in at least one of the first week's assignments.

If you are looking for information on the Late Start Class at Cabrillo, it starts on March 24th. Check with Eileen MacKusick for more information.

This blog is for general information, only. Information specific to each section of class will be made available within the classroom portal (Angel for West Valley, Blackboard for Cabrillo).