Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fall 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope you all have enjoyed a wonderful break and are ready to learn with minds open and 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 Canvas, our colleges Learning Management System). This blog will provide you with some key information for getting started (and also lists office hours, textbook, etc in the sidebar).

This semester, I will be teaching 2 face-to-face classes and 1 online class at Cabrillo and 2 online classes at West Valley (including the Sports Nutrition class). Please, when you communicate with me, let me know which college and which class you are in (you can tell me the start time or the section number).

Cabrillo Students:
Cabrillo online students have an optional orientation on Monday, 8/29in room 405 at 7 pm. 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 by email 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.)
Cabrillo cace-to-face students will get started  Tuesday morning, at either 11:10 or 12:40. 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.

West Valley Students:
West Valley online students do NOT have an on-campus orientation. I will provide you with orientation material virtually as our class begins. The Canvas LMS is new to West Valley this semester but the transition last year at Cabrillo was very smooth. I anticipate that you will have no problems with this adjustment.

Textbook
The past few years I have been using a more interactive book, available at a price that is less than my previous book, but without a free version as an option. If you are interested in owning JUST the electronic version ($85), I will provide that code to you in email, on Canvas 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 (once you have purchased the e-book) or in the bookstore. The price for that varies, based on whether you purchase in the book store on via the link. Adding the softbound book via the McGraw Hill website (the link that I provide) will be less expensive than the bookstore. Keep in mind, that purchases from the bookstore have a mark-up so the least expensive option is going to be purchasing through the link that I provide.

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 Canvas.

Class
Nutrition is a science-based class. Although there is no science prerequisite for the course, you will be required to learn some basic, scientific principles as part of your learning. You will learn about how the foods we eat affect our bodies, exploring the nutrients individually and in the context of overall diet. All classes will have assigned an adaptive learning tool for each chapter (Learn Smart) which "encourages" (requires) reading of the book. Online learners will complete weekly quizzes, discussions and 2 projects/assignments (one being a nutrient analysis, the other a small group assignment).  Face-to-face learners will have 2 written exams, 5-10 pop quizzes, in class activities and 2 assignments (one being a nutrient analysis). Online learners will do most of their learning through the reading of the book and viewing of video lectures on the discussion board. Face-to-face students will do most of their learning via the reading of the book and attending lecture. Overwhelmingly, students review my class as challenging yet very interesting and with a lot of support and enthusiasm from the instructor. In other words, you will work hard but I will provide you with the tools needed and help you (if you ask), as much as possible. And, you will learn information that you can apply to your life.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Summer 2016

Welcome to Nutrition Online. This course is completely online. I am providing you with a virtual orientation that shows you how the class is designed and some important information about our two Learning Management Platforms. (Please keep in mind that these videos are from previous semesters so there will be some subtle changes, but the navigation and overall class design is represented.) The 4-week course is intensive, covering the same content as the full-term course. A tentative schedule follows. If you do not have time to devote to class, and are planning to squeak it in during some spare moments, please reconsider taking this course in the fall. This tentative class schedule is subject to change:

Week 1 
Chapters 1, 2, 4, 12: Learn Smart and quizzes, plus 5-day food record and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Week 2 
Chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, 11: Learn Smart and quizzes, plus assignment 1 and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Week 3 
Chapters 10, 13, 15, 8, 15: Learn Smart and quizzes, plus assignment 2 and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Week 4 (Ends Thursday)
Chapters 16, 17, 18, 3: Learn Smart and quizzes, and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

West Valley Virtual Video Orientation (from Winter Session): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE4I-bqjADY

Cabrillo Virtual Video Orientation (from Spring Session): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYQ7NQ7WNeg

Information about the textbook and the overall course can be found at the bottom of this blog post.

Textbook
Last year, 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 1 week prior to class, on Canvas (Cabrillo) or Angel (West Valley) 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. You will also have an opportunity to purchase the softbound book at the McGraw Hill website (the link that I provide) and that will be less expensive than the bookstore. Keep in mind, that purchases from the bookstore have a mark-up so the least expensive option is going to be purchasing through the link that I provide.

Class
Nutrition is a science-based class. Although there is no science prerequisite for the course, you will be required to learn some basic, scientific principles as part of your learning. You will learn about how the foods we eat affect our bodies, exploring the nutrients individually and in the context of overall diet. All classes will have assigned an adaptive learning tool (homework) for each chapter (Learn Smart) which "encourages" (requires) reading of the book. Online learners will complete weekly quizzes, discussions and 2 projects/assignments (one being a nutrient analysis).  Face-to-face learners will have 2 written exams, 5 pop quizzes, in class activities and 2 assignments (one being a nutrient analysis). Online learners will do most of their learning through the reading of the book and viewing of video lectures on the discussion board. Face-to-face students will do most of their learning via the reading of the book and attending lecture. Overwhelmingly, students review my class as challenging yet very interesting and with a lot of support and enthusiasm from the instructor. In other words, you will work hard but I will provide you with the tools needed and help you (if you ask), as much as possible. And, you will learn information that you can apply to your life.

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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Winter and Spring 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope you all have enjoyed a short break and are ready for (full-speed learning for winter session) with your minds open and 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 for Cabrillo, Angel for West Valley). This blog will provide you with some key information for getting started (and also lists office hours, textbook, etc in the sidebar).

This semester, I will be teaching 2 face-to-face classes and 1 online class at Cabrillo and 2 face-to-face classes and 1 online at West Valley. In addition, I am teaching 2 winter sessions for West Valley. Please, when you communicate with me, let me know which college and which class you are in (you can tell me the start time or the section number).

WINTER STUDENTS:

We do not have an on-campus orientation but I am providing you with a virtual video that shows you how the class is designed and some important information about our two Learning Management Platforms. The 4-week course is intensive, covering close to the same amount of work as the full-term course. The schedule follows. If you do not have time to devote to class, and are planning to squeak it in during some spare moments, please reconsider taking this course in the spring. This is our tentative class schedule, subject to change:

Week 1 (1/4-1/10)
Chapters 1, 2, 4, 12: Learn Smart and quizzes, plus 5-day food record and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Week 2 (1/11-1/16)
Chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, 11: Learn Smart and quizzes, plus assignment 1 and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Week 3 (1/17-1/23)
Chapters 10, 13, 15, 8, 15: Learn Smart and quizzes, plus assignment 2 and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Week 4 (1/24-1/28 Ends Thursday)
Chapters 16, 17, 18, 3: Learn Smart and quizzes, and weekly discussion posts (includes video lectures or other material)

Virtual Video Orientation: Angel and McGraw Hill Connect/Learn Smart: https://youtu.be/gE4I-bqjADY

Information about the textbook and the overall course can be found at the bottom of this blog post.

SPRING STUDENTS 

West Valley Students
West Valley online students do NOT have an on-campus orientation. I will provide you with orientation material virtually. I think you will find it quite helpful. In the spring, I am also available on Monday mornings, on campus between 10:30 and 10:50. During winter session, I do work remotely.

West Valley face-to-face students will get started Monday morning at either 11 or 12:30. 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.

Cabrillo Students
Cabrillo online students have a "mandatory" orientation on Monday, 1/25 in room 401 at 7 pm. 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.)
Cabrillo cace-to-face students will get started  Tuesday morning, at either 11 or 12:30. 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.


Textbook
Last year, 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 (Cabrillo) or Angel (West Valley) 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. Adding the loose leaf book via the McGraw Hill website (the link that I provide) will be less expensive than the bookstore. Keep in mind, that purchases from the bookstore have a mark-up so the least expensive option is going to be purchasing through the link that I provide.

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 (Cabrillo) and Angel (West Valley). 

Class
Nutrition is a science-based class. Although there is no science prerequisite for the course, you will be required to learn some basic, scientific principles as part of your learning. You will learn about how the foods we eat affect our bodies, exploring the nutrients individually and in the context of overall diet. All classes will have assigned an adaptive learning tool for each chapter (Learn Smart) which "encourages" (requires) reading of the book. Online learners will complete weekly quizzes, discussions and 2 projects/assignments (one being a nutrient analysis).  Face-to-face learners will have 2 written exams, 5 pop quizzes, in class activities and 2 assignments (one being a nutrient analysis). Online learners will do most of their learning through the reading of the book and viewing of video lectures on the discussion board. Face-to-face students will do most of their learning via the reading of the book and attending lecture. Overwhelmingly, students review my class as challenging yet very interesting and with a lot of support and enthusiasm from the instructor. In other words, you will work hard but I will provide you with the tools needed and help you (if you ask), as much as possible. And, you will learn information that you can apply to your life.

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fall 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 for Cabrillo, Angel for West Valley). This blog will provide you with some key information for getting started (and also lists office hours, textbook, etc in the sidebar).

This semester, I will be teaching 2 face-to-face classes and 1 online class at Cabrillo and 2 face-to-face classes and 1 online at West Valley. Please, when you communicate with me, let me know which college and which class you are in (you can tell me the start time or the section number).

Cabrillo Students:
Cabrillo online students have a "mandatory" orientation on Monday, 8/31 in room 435 at 7 pm (this is different than what is posted in WebAdivsor). 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.)
Cabrillo cace-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.

West Valley Students:
West Valley online students do NOT have an on-campus orientation. I will provide you with orientation material virtually. I am also available on Monday mornings, on campus between 10 and 10:45.
West Valley face-to-face students will get started Monday morning at either 11 or 12:30. 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.

Textbook
Last year, 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 (Cabrillo) or Angel (West Valley) 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. Adding the loose leaf book via the McGraw Hill website (the link that I provide) will be less expensive than the bookstore. Keep in mind, that purchases from the bookstore have a mark-up so the least expensive option is going to be purchasing through the link that I provide.

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 (Cabrillo) and Angel (West Valley). 

Class
Nutrition is a science-based class. Although there is no science prerequisite for the course, you will be required to learn some basic, scientific principles as part of your learning. You will learn about how the foods we eat affect our bodies, exploring the nutrients individually and in the context of overall diet. All classes will have assigned an adaptive learning tool for each chapter (Learn Smart) which "encourages" (requires) reading of the book. Online learners will complete weekly quizzes, discussions and 2 projects/assignments (one being a nutrient analysis).  Face-to-face learners will have 2 written exams, 5 pop quizzes, in class activities and 2 assignments (one being a nutrient analysis). Online learners will do most of their learning through the reading of the book and viewing of video lectures on the discussion board. Face-to-face students will do most of their learning via the reading of the book and attending lecture. Overwhelmingly, students review my class as challenging yet very interesting and with a lot of support and enthusiasm from the instructor. In other words, you will work hard but I will provide you with the tools needed and help you (if you ask), as much as possible. And, you will learn information that you can apply to your life.

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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Course eBook: This course uses an ebook that requires registering into a Connect Plus account that you create. The fee for this is $85 (and if you want a paper copy of the book, you can add that after your initial enrollment for $15). All students will need this in order to complete the adaptive learning assignments (Learn Smart) and quizzes. There is a link that is individual to EACH course, so please select the one that corresponds to the class for which you are registered. I will also send these out via email the week before class starts. To delay paying, you can use a 2 week free trial but you will have to pay to complete the class. If you are in anyway not sure if you are going to be successful in this intensive, 4-week course, perhaps try the trial as there are no refunds. There is not hard copy of the book available at the bookstore since you do need to purchase the Connect Plus access. The book title is Perspectives in Nutrition: A Functional Approach, 1st ed by Byrd-Bredbenner.

Cabrillo 6/15 classhttp://connect.mheducation.com/class/d-russo-2015-summer-cabrillo-june-15

Cabrillo 6/22 classhttp://connect.mheducation.com/class/d-russo-2015-summer-cabrillo-june-22-1

West Valley classes (both)http://connect.mheducation.com/class/d-russo-2015-summer-west-valley-june-15