New Students – Digital Design


Welcome. Let’s get busy…

First things first. Obviously, for things to run smoothly, we require some basic logins, rules and policies for the classroom and labs.


Communications

Email: Note that for this program all students must have a valid (functioning) email address. If you do not currently have an email account, we recommend you set-up a free (gmail) account with Google at this time. Ensure that your instructor always has your valid email address; if it changes let him/her know the new address as soon as possible. Browsers: Our programs use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Internet Browsers. Do not use Internet Explorer!


First Login

To access course content, tutorials, class web server, course communications, and work submission drop boxes, you’ll first need to set-up a variety of personal logins. You’ll create your first login here for Blackboard (which will allow you to access course content). Learn how to create your login by expanding the Blackboard link below. You’ll find out how to build your other logins in Blackboard. [Professional Tip: Always Record/Save/Remember all of your login information!]

▸ Blackboard

Throughout this program, Blackboard is the online portal you will use to submit (links to) your finished assignments for grading. Within Blackboard you will find course-specific lesson folders that contain course information, tests and project-specific dropboxes.

Create, test, and save a record of your Blackboard login, now…
Website: Blackboard
Blackboard first-time login will require one of these temporary passwords: 

  • Option 1 (Birthdate-based)
    • Username (all lower case, no spaces) Use [ first initial of your first name ] + [ your full last name ]. If you have a common last name, your username may require the [ first and second initials of your first name ] + [ your full last name ].
    • Password (all lower case, no spaces) Use [ first initial of first name ] + the [ first initial of your full last name ] + the [ mm/dd ] of your birthdate.
    • Example Login, Option 1: (for John Doe, with a birthdate of 04/22):
      • Username: jdoe (or jodoe, if a common name)
      • Password: jd0422 (or jod0422, if a common name)
  • Option 2 (Program-based) …if Option 1 fails
    • Username (all lower case, no spaces) Use [ first initial of your first name ] + [ your full last name ]. If you have a common last name, your username may require the [ first and second initials of your first name ] + [ your full last name ].
    • Password is the same as your username + first 3 letters of the program name + 0101.
    • Example Login, Option 2 (for John Doe, enrolled in Digital Design):
      • Username: jdoe (or jodoe, if a common name)
      • Password: jdoedig0101 (or jodoedig0101, if a common name)

    Learn More: How to Login and Submit Work in Blackboard
    Learn More: Overview using links to our class server and FTP (watch the “Submit Assignments” video tutorial found on this page). Video updates are in the works.


  • Complete the Starter Kit

    (Day One “To-Do” List for New Students; found in Blackboard)

    1. Once you successfully login to Blackboard click the “Getting Started” link in the left navigation menu. New Students will open all links, read all information and complete all tasks found within the “Getting Started” page.
    2. Be certain you 1] download, read carefully, fill-out, print, sign, and 2] give, or email, completed/signed forms (as needed) to Mr. Sullivan (sullivanje@pcsb.org)


    Digital Media Academy Policy Overview

    Official Training Grounds for Professional Developers and Designers

    Computer Lab Policies

    This is a shared adult learning space. Every student is expected to respect your classmates’ rights, the group working environment and the equipment. Observe a few simple rules:

    • Food and Drinks are not permitted in this computer lab.
    • Silence mobile phones; take calls/conversations outside the building.
    • Refrain from loud, boisterous or distracting conversations/behavior.
    • To maintain maximum productivity, limit breaks to a minimal amount of time.
    • Periodic cleaning of equipment and work areas is expected of all students; supplies will be provided.
    • Do not store any personal files on lab computers.
    • Turn off computer’s CPU, and monitor, at the end of each class.

    Course Content/Curriculum Revisions

    Note that, to stay current with evolving technologies, specific course offerings in these programs are subject to modification, deletion or replacement at any time. Consequently, textbook requirements may change with the course; always consult with your instructor before purchasing textbooks.

    Course Communications

    Instructors distribute communications on a regular basis, using email, therefore students are responsible for being aware of (and understanding) the information relayed in those messages. To stay informed, students should read email daily and respond, as required, in a timely manner. If at any point, your email account changes, immediately notify your instructor to keep your contact information current.

    Online Students

    Are solely responsible for owning, or having necessary access to, ALL of the hardware, software and internet connectivity required to successfully complete their specific programs.


    Attendance & Grades

    Attendance

    Attendance for all students (In-Class and Online) is determined by a student’s daily Blackboard login. All students are entirely responsible for properly recording their own course attendance. Students must successfully login to Blackboard at least once every weekday (M-F) in order to receive attendance credit for that day. Blackboard software will not record a successful login until the student has opened the Digital Design Course, Content and a unique DropBox/Test folder. It is not necessary to remain logged in for the full day. Maximum attendance credit for a daily login is 5 to 6.25 hours per day (full-time); 2.5 to 3.125 hours per day (part-time). Maximum attendance credit for total weekly logins (M-F) is 25 hours per week. Although students are always welcome to work 24/7 on their projects, no attendance credit is given for weekend logins. Bottom line: if you do not (and/or forget to) login daily (M-F), you will not receive attendance credit for that day.

    Course Progress

    Courses and projects are structured to follow a specifically-planned, week-by-week schedule. Weekly Project Deadlines in a typical (Non-Summer) term will typically fall on a Friday (by 12:00 pm), unless a holiday/break has shortened a week’s length. To receive full credit, work must be submitted by the deadline date (by 12:00 pm). Weekly Project Deadlines in a Summer term will typically fall on a Friday (by 1:45 pm), unless a holiday/break has shortened a week’s length. To receive full credit, work must be submitted by the deadline date (by 1:00 pm).

    Performance Expectations

    This program is NOT self-paced and has weekly deadlines, as well as minimum performance and attendance levels, that must all be met in order to succeed.
    Every week students must complete (at least) the minimum amount of weekly course work required: 25 hours of work (full-time); 12.5 hours of work (part-time).

    Grades

    Determined by the amount of correct course work a student submits each week. Grading Format: These programs use A – F grading structure. Students should submit their assignments, as soon as they are completed, using Blackboard. After which, students are solely responsible for consistently reviewing the instructor-graded work. To check graded work, students will regularly return to their previous submissions and look for grades/rubrics/comments to confirm either that: the work has successfully met expectations, or needs to be corrected and resubmitted. Grading will occur only during regular class hours (M-F) for all programs.

    Test All Project Links

    Remember that, just because your assignment/link/file works on your computer does not guarantee that it will work on the Internet. If a submitted link is broken, the work cannot be evaluated and the student receives no credit. Always test your work!


    Pinellas Technical College Policies

    Academic Probation

    Failure to maintain or exceed 70% Completed Coursework and 70% Attendance (in any given term) will result in being placed on probation. Note that Financial Aid providers may have stricter requirements (i.e. 90% Completed Coursework and 90% Attendance). Therefore, in the event of any contractual shortcomings in coursework or attendance, Financial Aid providers may legally expect repayment of tuition expenses they provided.

    Note also that, if an Online student is placed on probation, his/her online status is terminated. At such point, in order to continue and/or finish the program, student would be required to attend In-Class (regular class hours) at the Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater campus.

    Student Status

    In a typical calendar school year, a specific term’s length may vary between 163 to 230 hours. To remain in “good standing” (i.e. not “on probation”) by the end of EACH term, a student must have completed 70% of the current term’s ASSIGNMENTS (with a passing grade) AND been in ATTENDANCE for 70% of the current term’s total hours. Failure to be in good standing will result in student being placed on probation (which could adversely affect student’s financial aid). When submitting an assignment for a grade it is always the student’s responsibility to review and be aware of the grade.

    Certifications

    ALL Certification Exams must be taken on campus and completed prior to a student’s completion/graduation date from the program. NO Certification Exams shall be provided, to any student, after their graduation date.