Mark Westlund's
Classes for Fall 2019
At Olympic College

Know IT / Share IT / Live IT / Because Information Technology is a Lifestyle

>> Please Note: Possible Grading Delay This is a very busy week for me. I usually get most of my grading done by Wednesday for most classes. I will be canceling my Tue and Thur 3:30 office hours this week. If this is an issue, please send me an Ask_Mark or email me for an alternative meeting. Tuesday afternoon I am on a tenure committee. Wednesday afternoon / evening, I am attening a CIS Advisory Board meeting with community members in the IT field. Thursday afternoon I have another meeting for a eLearning / Accessibility committee meeting. Thursday evening is my wife's birthday! I will post assignments as I get them graded, more or less, and hope to have everything graded by Friday afternoon. -Mark

★ Getting Started! Get your CID/PIN and Class Key

This section will introduce you to the class and give you access to your CID/PIN and class key. Below is a brief introduction to general class polices and a mini quiz at the bottom of the page to access your credentials. / Return to the Site Homepage

Please read through and review the material below and get your CID/PIN at the bottom of this page after you have completed the mini quiz.

★ Short Welcome video

Watch this 2 minute welcome video (highly compressed for low bandwidth), use Chrome / IE / Safari for Closed Captioning (CC).

★ How to get started!

The Getting Started process involves the following steps:

  1. Get your CID/PIN and class key by completing the form at the bottom of *this* page.
  2. Once authenticated, the "Get Your CID!" page will open, review the contents of the page, and then click on the Quick link to access the class Web site near the top of the page.
  3. Once on the class homepage, click on unit 00 to get started in your class. Welcome information can be found in "Unit 00 What To Do On The First Day!" Most resources for most units are contained in that unit.

Please read through this page and complete the quiz and form at the bottom of *this* page to request your CID/PIN.

If you have added a class since the start of the quarter, you may not have a CID/PIN ready. If you are having issues, please email me at with 'CID issue for CISxxx' (xxx being the class number like CIS110) on the Subject: line. Please include your full name, student number, and most important, what class you are taking. I will create a CID/PIN for you ASAP. -Mark

To better insure student success, please take a moment to review the general class policies before requesting your CID/PIN. Some policies are class specific as noted.

★ General Policies:

Ask for help! / Netiquette / WAC - Washington Administrative Code / CID - Class Identification / Assignments / Due dates / Form Confirmations / Monitor Your Progress / Attendance / Late work / Redo work / Withdrawing / Student expectations / Classroom conduct / Academic honesty / Service members / Special requests / Pet Policy / Digital media and Fair Use / Non-Discrimination Statement / Sexual Misconduct

Ask for help! (It is really OK)

If you need assistance or are having problems in this class, please visit with me during my office hour so we can discuss your options. I know being a student, especially a new student, can be challenging, confusing, and frustrating at times. The good news is, you can do it! Don't be afraid to ask me, other students, or any OC staff member for help. Seek out other students to create a learning community where you can mutually support each other. We all have our experiences that might help you and each other. Don't be afraid to ask! The BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME is to use Ask_Mark! from the class Web site. Ask_Mark is where I expect to locate student questions and comments. All other methods will take longer as well as not keep a centralized location for all our correspondence for to assist with documentation. I monitor Ask_Mark throughout the day during the quarter and less on weekends and holidays.

If we need to use email, I will use your Olympic College email account.
"The President's Council has made the decision that all email messages between students and faculty relating to classroom and/or college issues must use their Olympic College email accounts. To that end, all OC students are required to use their OC email account. More information on OC email student accounts can be found at:"

Olympic College Tutorial Services provides help to students who need assistance beyond the classroom. A consortium of faculty and staff coordinates the program. Tutoring is provided in a variety of settings for most disciplines of study and takes place in lab/study centers, small groups and occasionally one-on-one. OC Tutorial Services

Netiquette (How to act online)

Taken from the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike License). This class will be based on the following interpretation of netiquette.

Since discussions are instrumental to the success of distance education (Al-Shalchi 2009), it is important that healthy and productive interactive environments are maintained. Otherwise, the repercussions may lead to the general "failure" of the discussion component of the entire course and/or for the remainder of the course. Herein lies the importance of having an established classroom etiquette and/or protocol as well as clearly defined consequences.

Netiquette, or Internet etiquette, is a way of defining professionalism through network communication. Its derivation is based on the merging of the words "network" as well as "etiquette;" and, the concept is closely related to ethics (Scheuermann & Taylor 1997). Netiquette refers to a set of core rules that delineates what should and should not be done with regards to online communication in order to maintain common courtesy (Shea 1994). In other words, in a classroom setting, netiquette deals with the proper decorum in online learning and CMD. For virtual classroom purposes, netiquette deals with the notions of respect, harmony and tolerance often manifested in the tone or function of the interactions (Conrad 2002; Curtis and Lawson 2001; Brown 2001).

Netiquette is a way of defining professionalism through network communication. "The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, or aids, abets, incites, encourages or assists another person to commit, an act(s) of misconduct." Please see WAC 132C-120-065(5) concerning cyber misconduct.

Here are some Student Guidelines for the class:

  • Do not dominate any discussion.
  • Do not use offensive language.
  • Never make fun of someone's ability to read or write.
  • Use simple English.
  • Use correct spelling and grammar.
  • Share tips with other students.
  • Keep an "open-mind" and be willing to express even your minority opinion.
  • Be aware of the OC's Academic Honesty Policy. (See WAC 132C-120-065(1))
  • Think before you push the "Send" button.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for feedback.
  • When in doubt, always check with your instructor for clarification.

WAC / Washington Administrative Code for Olympic College

Please review Olympic College's Title 132C WAC policies. The various WACs have been passed by the state of Washington and are Washington State law that govern the behavior of the administration, faculty, and students.

CID / Class Identification

All assignments must have a CID number, name, and assignment name clearly labeled. Please see the Web site for the name of the assignment. If the assignment is a physical multi-page document, it MUST be stapled to be accepted. Stapling your assignment is your responsibility before class. I do not carry a stapler with me nor should you expect one to be available in class. Failure to follow these policies may result in the deduction of points. You can get your CID from the Getting Started page from the Portal page.

Assignments (What you need to do to get a good grade)

By taking this class, you are stating that you will be making appropriate time in your schedule to ensure success and have access to the resources required for this class. Expect to spend 1-2 hours outside of class per unit for every class credit to ensure success. Example: 3 credit class = 5 hours outside of class per unit, 4 credit class = 7 hours outside of class per unit, and 5 credit class = 9 hours outside of class per unit to allow time for your success. Thus, being a full-time student is a full-time job, around 40+ hours per week for class and study time. I understand that for many community college students, attending college is a part of a very busy life. I know many of you work and have families. When I was a graduate student, I worked full-time. As an undergraduate, I worked 20+ hours a week. I also have a family with two teens involved with sports and all the other stuff. I know things can get busy. Remember: You are responsible for your learning. You may be administratively withdrawn from class if you do not demonstrate participation for more than two consecutive units. You are the one who needs to invest the time. Time management is your friend or your foe! Waiting until the evening of the due date to ask a question of an assignment may not be your best approach for success for this class. Start assignments early and be proactive. No assignment will be accepted for grading after the last due date.

Due dates (When is my stuff due?)

Assignments are due on time / date given at the Web site. Paper documents are due at the beginning of class or they will be late. Online postings are due by midnight of the due date or they will be late. You can post assignments any time during the current unit. Please do not wait until the last minute to post due to normal connectivity issues associated with the Internet. All assignments MUST be posted before 11:59pm of the due date listed for a given unit using the appropriate posting for a given assignment. Assignments not posted in the appropriate form for a given unit will not be graded. Any assignment not available at that time will be considered late and WILL NOT BE GRADED. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your assignments and make that your excuse. Place any document in my box or under my door at your own risk. NOTE: Emailed assignments will not be accepted for grading unless specified as part of an assignment or previously approved.

Form Confirmations (It is for your protection!)

When assignments are posted at the Web site, using the form provided, a form confirmation is created. The form confirmation serves several purposes. It shows that your posting was accepted by the system and gives you an opportunity to document the transaction. Since little or no paper is used in the class, your only documentation that you posted an assignment *is* the form confirmation. Please make a copy of your form confirmations, either an electronic copy or printed a copy. Keep them safe in the event of a system failure and/or loss of postings at the class Web site. To date, loss of data is extremely rare but can happen since we are using the Internet for transmitting data. It is strongly recommend that you print out all your form confirmations and place them into a confirmation notebook as your backup. Copies of your confirmations, except exams, can be found My_Points section. If issues do arise, one of the first things I may ask to see is your form confirmation. Without a form confirmation for an assignment, you may receive 0 points for an assignment.

Monitor Your Progress (Don't let grades surprise you!)

You can monitor your unit progress by clicking on My_Points on the site index as well as view what assignments you have posted to the class Web site. I post "Quick Scores" ASAP, usually within 48 hours. A bit more during exams. My goal is to give reasonable feedback to as many students as possible in the shortest time possible. If you have any questions, comments, concerns about an assignment, or would like detailed feedback, please feel free to use Ask_Mark! at the top of most pages.

Attendance (It's your responsibility...)

In general, I do not take attendance for most of my classes. I assume you are an adult and can manage your time. However, if attendance is required by a supporting agency, I am happy to facilitate your request. Please bring me your attendance form on a periodic bases for any signatures, like every other week or as needed, at the end of class. Please do not ask me to sign an attendance form after extended periods of time, like asking for the first time at the end of the quarter or at midterm. It is your responsibility to provide and manage your attendance form and bring it to my attention.

Late work (It happens...)

You will be given a number of "Late Tickets" for you late work. Most assignments will use one Late Ticket per assignment unless noted. Late Tickets MUST be used within two units of the one missed unit. For example, if you wish to use a Late Ticket for an assignment in unit 04, it MUST be posted by the due date of unit 06 for consideration. When you have run out of tickets, no more late work will be accepted. Late Tickets can not be used for Discussions since they are time sensitive. My goal is to be fair to all students and not suggest favoritism based on pre-existing situations. I would suggest you hold on to your Late Tickets as long as possible for real emergencies and not poor time management. The last day to post late work is the last due date of regular class assignments. For most classes, this would be unit 10. Please see Late assignments as a courtesy and not as a right. Late work will be graded at the discretion of the instructor both for points as well as to when the assignment will be graded. The number of "Late Tickets" are listed in the Course Schedule section of the syllabus. Late work maybe extended under very special circumstances in accordance with OC policies, like accessibility needs, with appropriate documentation. One credit classes, like CIS 101 and CIS 114, do not have Late Tickets since all work can be posted at the end of the quarter. Use them wisely!

Redo work (It is that important!)

Occasionally I will suggest that an assignment be redone because it appears that the learning outcomes may not have been met regarding that assignment. Assignments posted within the last four hours of a due date will not be eligible for a redo. If a redo is suggested, a notice will posted in the My_Points section. You need to resend the requested redo assignment ASAP (days, not weeks) after points are posted for that assignment or the redo will *not* be graded and the grade in My_Points will stand. Please contact me via Ask_Mark for instructions and support. Please see Redo assignments as a courtesy and not as a right. Redo work will be graded at the discretion of the instructor both for points as well as to when the assignment will be graded. The last day to post redo work is the last due date of regular class assignments. For most classes, this would be unit 10.

Withdrawing (What to do if you need to leave the class)

If you wish to withdraw from this course, please file the appropriate paperwork with the Office of Registration and Records and then inform me of your decision. It is your responsibility to contact Registration and Records, otherwise you remain enrolled in the course.
Web link: Office of Registration and Records
Phone: (360) 475-7200 / Email:

Note: You may be administratively withdrawn from class if you do not demonstrate participation for more than two consecutive units.

Student expectations (Basic academic values)

This class is considered to be a college level class. It is expected that students will be tolerant of others views, be respectful in dealing with others, and use standard English in their communications, both written and verbal. Every employee at Olympic College, me included, take your education very seriously. We see education as a gateway to a better life. We hope you take the same view of your education and the opportunities OC can provide. At the end of the day, you need to make the choices to maximize your learning.

Classroom conduct (How to behave yourself in class)

Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, see WAC 132C-120-065(3). For online class or online components, please see the Netiquette policies above. For ground classes, please refrain from the following during lecture: talking, inappropriate language, using the computer (mouse or keyboard or printer), cell phones/pagers, guest (including children/OCP 200-06, it's the law), eating, sleeping, or other similar disturbance to the class unless a class code of conduct is in effect. "The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, or aids, abets, incites, encourages or assists another person to commit, an act(s) of misconduct." Your cooperation is appreciated.

Academic honesty (It is a BIG deal in academics!)

No academic dishonesty will be tolerated, see WAC 132C-120-065(1). "Any act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication." Evidence of academic dishonesty will result in a forfeiture of points for an assignment. "The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, or aids, abets, incites, encourages or assists another person to commit, an act(s) of misconduct."

Service members (I know you may have special situations)

I will try to work with service members (military, police, fire, and alike) as best possible to complete this class. You must notify me through Ask_Mark before any special accommodations will be made that explains your special situation that may *temporarily* impact your ability to participate in this class. Please note that all assignments are open from the start of the quarter. If you know of an upcoming situation, please take advantage of this opportunity before requesting accommodations.

Special requests (Please document with Ask_Mark!)

All special accommodations MUST be requested through Ask_Mark or OC email to develop a paper trail even if we have a face-to-face conversation. After a conversation, please send me an Ask_Mark or OC email ASAP so I'll have a reminder of what was discussed. Without follow up documentation via Ask_Mark or OC email, please do not hold me accountable for any special requests.

Animal Control Policy (It's OC policy)

"Except as provided herein, no person may bring an animal into a building owned or controlled by the College. This provision shall not apply to or prohibit a service animal as defined under RCW 49.60.040(23) and (24), an animal under the control of a law enforcement officer, or an animal authorized by the College for educational purposes."
Reference: RCW 49.60.040(23) and (24), and 34.05.482 through 494, WAC 132C-10-041

Digital media and Fair Use (It's Federal Law!)

At the end of the quarter, please delete all media (videos, images, documents (like PowerPoints), or other media) used in the class for instructional purposes to be in compliance with Title 17 of the United States Code § 110(2) governing the use of "fair use" of copyrighted materials outside of a classroom setting. Assume all material is copyrighted unless otherwise noted.

Non-Discrimination Statement (We take this seriously at OC)

Olympic College seeks to maintain a learning and working environment that is safe, welcoming, and respectful of the dignity of all members of the campus community. Accordingly, the College prohibits discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, veteran status and all other protected classifications. If you witness or encounter any such discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to report it to the Title IX Officer, Cheryl Nuñez, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, David Slown, Executive Director for Human Resource Services at, who will assist you in connecting with all possible resources. You may also report it online (and anonymously, if you wish) at Report It, OC! or seek confidential counseling from the Counseling Faculty at 360-475-7530. For more information about your options go to Non-Discrimination page at Olympic College.

Sexual Misconduct (and other discrimination and harassment)

Sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking are prohibited forms of sexual misconduct. If you experience or witness sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to report it to the Title IX Coordinator, Cheryl Nuñez in CSC (Bldg 5), Room. 540; at 360-475-7125; or at All other forms of discrimination and harassment should be reported to the EEO Coordinator, the Associate Vice President of Human Resource Services in CSC (Bldg 5) 5th floor; at 360-475-7300; or at You can also report sexual misconduct and other discrimination and harassment online (anonymously, if desired) through OC, Report It! located in the footer of the College website. For confidential support, you can schedule an appointment with one of the Counseling Faculty in HSS (Bldg 4), Room 203; at 360-475-7530; or at


Points may be deducted per violation of the policies listed above from your final grade.

★ If You are an Online Student, Read This!

🔎 Take a moment to review the OC Distance Learning guide to eLearning Success (a new tab/window will open)

👍 Be Successful in an eLearning Environment
While traditional students in an on-ground class get to know their instructor or fellow classmates by sharing personal interactions on a regular basis, online students often "attend class" independently of the instructor or other students. Online classes are "asynchronous," meaning that the students and the instructor do not have to be logged into the classroom at any given time. Online students most often will complete course activities - such as adding reactions to responses posted in a discussion thread - at a day and time most convenient to their schedules.

🤔 Students who enjoy face-to-face immediate interactions in a classroom may not find the online classroom a "good fit."

✔ Here are some of the important study habits and personality traits of successful online students:

★ Get Your CID/PIN and Class KEY

Please select the best answer before requesting your CID/PIN.

1) Good students usually demonstrate the following:
A) They set aside time for the class, 3 hours per unit per credit generally
B) They are tolerant and respectful towards others
C) They check their progress in class on a regular basis
D) All the above

2) If you need help, the best approach is to:
A) Use Ask_Mark!
B) Access one of the Tutorial Services available at OC
C) Don't be afraid to ask!
D) All the above

3) When posting assignments:
A) They should be posted on or before the due date
B) Late and Redo assignments must be completed in days, not weeks
C) Print or save a copy your form confirmation for your records as a backup
D) All the above

The CID (Class Identification) is a three digit number that will be required for accessing and posting personal communications and assignments. Without a CID, you will not be able to participate in a class. I use it to protect your privacy and manage your information for this class. Your PIN is the last four digits of your student number. Each class has a unique CID for each student.

1. Enter your last name* (like: Smith) (See note below for short last names)
2. Enter your student number (like: 860-12-1234)
3. Note: Is your class Online or Ground?
4. = 3 + 9 (enter the sum) I am human

When you have been authenticated for your CID, you will receive the KEY to access the full class site on the response page. In addition, a quick link will also be given as well as listing of due date.

*Note: If you last name is three characters long, use a space after your name, like "Fin_" without the quotes and underscore. If two characters, please email me at: