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Welcome to XXX Course!

{Start with an exciting tagline that draws attention to the exciting journey the subject/course will take them.}


Course Description:

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The content focuses on the exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior, perception, cognition, and consciousness, learning, memory, emotion, motivation, development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. 


Instructor Contact Information:

Instructor Name:

Contact Phone (Optional for Adjuncts):

GCC Email: xxxx@glendale.edu OR click on "Inbox" in Canvas

Live Office Hours:

Online Office Hours: 

[Sample] I will be holding online “office hours” every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 pm through Canvas "Chat".

  • During this time, you can ask questions and I will go over course materials. You can join our online meetings by clicking on “Chat” or “CCCConfer” or "ConferZoom" in the links on the left-hand side of our course in Canvas. You will see a new meeting that you can join every X from X-X time.
  • Online Office Hours are required for Distance Education courses: GCC Collective Bargaining Agreement (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018 - Section 3. Office Hours A.
    • DE Full and part-time faculty will hold the equivalent of their DE course load in online synchronously office hours, not to exceed 60%. For example, if you teach 9 of your 15 unit load in DE, you should have 3 online synchronously office hours and 2 face-to-face office hours on-campus weekly.
    • Full-time faculty (face-to-face classes): "Each instructor not teaching online or hybrid courses shall hold a minimum of 80% of their office hours on campus, while the remainder may be offered online."
    • Adjunct faculty: (face-to-face classes): "Adjunct faculty may hold all of their office hours online each week. For online office hours, instructors shall communicate with their students synchronously."

Introduction: 

I am looking forward to working closely with you this semester and you can expect me to play an active role in the course. I will post announcements every week, join you in weekly class discussions to help you understand course concepts and facilitate class conversations, and provide detailed feedback on major assignments. Please reach out to me if you need help—that’s why I’m here!

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If you ever have any questions, please email me through Canvas by clicking on "Inbox" on the left side of your homepage. Click on "Compose a new message", select this course and then select "Teachers" under the "To" field and you will find my name, XXXX. This is email inside Canvas :-) I am not supposed to receive any personal email...Canvas email only, please! I will respond to your email within 24 hours, M-F. If you do not hear back from me within this time, please assume I did not receive your email and resend it.

Remember, confusion is normal! If you need anything, please reach out to me. I am here to guide you through this exciting course journey!


About Your Class: 

  • This course is a Face-to-Face: We will meet on-campus on X days from X hours.
  • This course will officially begin on XX date and end on XX date.
  • This is a 16/13/8/6/5 week course with synchronous/face-to-face office hours.

For Distance Education Courses:

  • This course is 100% Online: We will not meet on-campus for any reason.
  • This course is 1%-99% Hybrid: We will meet on-campus on X days from X hours. 
  • This course is a Proctored Online Course: We will meet on-campus for exams on X days from X hours.  
  • This course will officially begin on XX date and end on XX date.
  • This is a 16/13/8/6/5 week synchronous/asynchronous course with synchronous office hours.
  • Check-In Assignment: (Name of Assignment) within the "Student Getting Started" Module - Due Sunday at 11:59pm (Not submitting this assignment will result in a permanent drop from this course by the instructor).
    • Instructor: Provide instructions on how to find this Check-In Assignment within your Canvas course.

Log into Your Class: 

LMS – Canvas:

  • You will be using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) for your Online Learning Environment. 
  • Contact me, XXX, immediately if you are unable to log-in for any reason: xxx@glendale.edu

How to Log into your Class:

  • Your class will be accessible in Canvas starting on the first day of the term. You will not be able to access your course in Canvas before this date unless otherwise notified by the instructor.
  • Click on Canvas Log-in – Notice the help materials that available below the log-in sign.
  • Use your GCC Student ID number as Username; use your initials in caps followed by @ followed by your six-digit date of birth (mmddyy) as the password - for example, the password for John Smith born January 23, 1990, would be JS@012390. You will be asked to change your password the first time you log-in.
  • You should now see your class on your Canvas Dashboard for access.

Student Technical Support:

Browser Compatibility:

  • I highly recommend using the most recent version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser to make sure everything works correctly in Canvas.

Set-Up Notifications:

  • Set up your notification preferences if you would like to know when discussion posts are made, messages are sent to your GCC email or Announcements are posted.

Turn-On Auto-Save Text:

  • For Chrome: Typio Form Recovery automatically saves text as you type and lets you easily recover input data in case of loss. You are in full control of which sites auto-save is enabled on and how long the input is saved. Typio is lightweight and secure, your data never leaves your computer.
  • For Firefox Mozilla: Form History Control manages form history entries (search, edit, cleanup, export/import) and easy text form-filler. Auto-save text entered in any form while typing to allow fast recovery when disaster strikes.

Using the Canvas App on your Phone: Teacher App:

Help with Online Learning:

  • If you are new to online learning or overwhelmed or confused, all the help you need is under the Get Started icon on the Student GCC DE page.
  • Are you new to Canvas? Here is a short Canvas Tour

Textbook(s):

  • This is a NO COST Textbook course. All materials are taken from Online Educational Resources (OER) and are within Canvas for access.
  • Please let me know right away if any materials are not accessible in this course and I will ensure accessibility in a timely matter.
  • Glendale Community College Bookstore Website

Important Notes:

Academic Honesty:

  • It is expected that all work submitted for grading is original, not copied from others and that the work being graded is indeed done by the student who is receiving the grade. Cheating and plagiarism are serious violations of the student conduct code. Cheating or plagiarizing will result in a zero on the assignment or test and may result in suspension, failure in the course, and/or other disciplinary action taken by the College. All incidents of cheating or plagiarizing are reported to the Dean of Students.

Students with Disabilities:

  • All students with disabilities seeking accommodations are responsible for making arrangements in a timely manner through the Center for Students with Disabilities. Please let me know right away if you will need accommodations so we can pre-plan together.
  • Please let me know if you have adaptive software and hardware to assist you with taking this course or if you have any specific needs of which I should be aware. You can find more information about Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) or call the office at 818-240-1000 x5905.

I hope you have a wonderful semester!

Be prepared to WORK HARD, to have FUN and to come with an open mind. Interactions and group activities will be conducted, so I expect respectful, constructive, mind-expanding, and high-energy attitudes.

“SEE” YOU SOON!

Your GCC Instructor, X