Welcome to the South Dakota State University School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies! In order to get you started in your online High School Dual Credit course in Psychology, Sociology and/or Criminal Justice, we would like to offer you some important information and answers to frequently asked questions. Please read this information carefully and reach out to your instructor with any questions you might have.
Frequently Asked Questions for Enrolled Students
Regularly check your university-issued email account for important information about assignments, reminders, updates and notifications from D2L and your instructor. This email was assigned to you based on the institution through which you enrolled in your first dual-credit course, so it may not be a jacks email. If you do not know what your university-issued email address is, contact the dual credit coordinator immediately.
For course activities, such as creating shared documents and accessing library resources, you will need to use your SDSU Jacks credentials. Even if your university-issued email account is not a jacks/SDSU email account, you do have assigned SDSU credentials that you can access by contacting the SDSU Support Desk (605-688-6776).
Textbooks vary from course to course but should be listed in your course syllabus (on D2L). Check your textbook requirements and availability before the semester begins. Textbooks are available for purchase through the SDSU Bookstore, some as digital copies with first-day access, which are billed directly to your tuition. For first-day access, the bookstore will send you an email with the subject line Do Not Delete – Important SDSU Course Information and information about accessing the books or opting out if you wish to purchase materials another way.
If you purchase textbooks through other sources, check the edition/ISBN and plan ahead to ensure delivery of these books before they are required for course activities. Your instructor will not make accommodations for late work as a result of failure to procure books in time for course activities. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your instructor prior to the start of the course.
In an online course, you will need regular, reliable access a computer to complete all assignments. Some computers, especially school-issued computers, restrict access to certain websites or programs; verify your access to necessary programs, information and materials before assignments and activities are due.
Deadlines may fall outside of school hours, including on weekends, so if you do not have a computer and/or internet access at home, plan accordingly by completing assignments before the weekend or making arrangements to gain access to a computer.
In our courses, you will need to use our online educational platform, D2L, including various video and audio features included within the program.
If this is your first online course, you will be enrolled in a D2L course titled Orientation & Resources for Online Learners. You may use this resource prior to the beginning of your course to familiarize yourself with D2L and the online learning environment.
When you log in to D2L, look for a “Start Course Here” introduction that will orient you to the layout of your class. Also look for the Course Syllabus and Course Schedule, which are both crucial documents that you should read and print on or before the first day of the course. The D2L calendar will display some due dates and assignments, but be sure to print and follow the course schedule for details not visible in the D2L calendar. Log in to the course daily to read news items, discussion posts and other course materials.
You should always feel free to contact your instructor with questions and concerns. We are all here to learn, and your instructors are here to create a meaningful educational opportunity. In addition to communication via email, your instructor can also arrange video conferences and/or phone calls. Your instructors are passionate about the subjects they teach and are eager to work with you, so don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
Remember that your online communication demonstrates your attitude about the course and your learning but also influences the relationship you establish with your instructor and peers. Thoughtful, precise communication will create a strong impression and demonstrate your maturity and intelligence. When composing emails and discussion posts, edit your writing. When emailing your professor, indicate the course and section in which you are enrolled and make sure the content of your email is clear, to the point and courteous.
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CJUS 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Psychology 101: General Psychology
Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociology
Sociology 150: Social Problems