English Composition 1 Online

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Welcome to English Composition 1 Online!

Hello! If you are enrolled in ENG 1001 Online at IVCC, please read this page.

My name is Randy Rambo, and I am the instructor of English Composition 1 Online. I would like to welcome you to the class, and I look forward to working with you this semester.

We do not have class meetings for this online course. Instead, our class is conducted via the Internet. You can find the course home page at http://www2.ivcc.edu/eng1001. The home page includes a link to Blackboard, which we use for our interaction. You can also access the home page of English Composition 1 Online from my home page, at http://www2.ivcc.edu/rambo. It may take you a little while to become familiar with the technology and with the setup of the course, but most students catch on quickly. You just need an Internet connection, a Web browser, and any word processor.

The course begins Wednesday, August 16, 2017, and the first assignments are due shortly after this time.

If you have questions or concerns about the course, please do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail address is randy_rambo@ivcc.edu.

Getting Started with Blackboard

We use the online course system called Blackboard. It is quite popular, so you might have used it before. Even if you have never used Blackboard, you should find it easy to get started with it.

There are links to Blackboard at the home page for ENG 1001 Online (at http://www2.ivcc.edu/eng1001) and at the home page of Illinois Valley Community College (at https://www.ivcc.edu). After you click the link to Blackboard, you will see the page where you enter your username and password.

Blackboard Username and Password
Your Blackboard username is your IVCC K-Number.

You can read more about the K-Number and find out what your number is by going to the college's K-Number--Do You Know Your K? page.

Your Blackboard password is your seven-digit IVCC student ID number.

Your student ID number appears on your class schedule and on your college ID card. Your student ID is made up of seven numbers. If you see a 14-digit number that begins with 24611 and ends in 01, then the seven numbers between 24611 and 01 make up your student ID number. You can see an example of how the ID number appears on a student ID card at the college's Blackboard User Guides page.

Blackboard Login
Username: K-Number
Password: Seven-digit IVCC student ID number

Getting Started with Blackboard
To enter our course Blackboard, simply log in to Blackboard at http://ivcc.blackboard.com. Then, under "My Courses" on the right side of the screen, click on the name of our class.

That's it! After you complete the steps above, you will be able to join our class in Blackboard.

(Please contact me right away if you have any problem logging in to Blackboard or if you can log in to Blackboard but do not see our class listed under "My Courses.") 


Writing Placement
Prior to enrolling in an ENG 1001 course, Illinois Valley Community College students must

Reading Placement
Prior to enrolling in an ENG 1001 course, Illinois Valley Community College students must

If you are not sure if you have met the requirements for enrolling in the course, you should contact IVCC at 224-2720 and ask for information about your placement into an English course. If you are unable to get the information you need, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

Required Orientation
In addition, students must complete IVCC's Distance Learning Orientation before beginning their first online course at IVCC. You can read about the orientation at the Web page at http://www.ivcc.edu/dl.aspx?id=2326. The orientation is required for IVCC students, but it can be completed online.

 To Begin the Course

To begin the course, just log in to Blackboard. Then click "About the Course" and "Assignments" on the left side of the Blackboard screen to read about the class and to see our first set of assignments.

Again, the class begins Wednesday, August 16. We follow the same semester timeline as courses on campus, so it is important that you join us as soon as the class starts.

Welcome to the class, and I look forward to an enjoyable semester with you!


Randy Rambo
Illinois Valley Community College
815 N. Orlando Smith Ave.
Oglesby, IL 61348
Office: A-313
Telephone: 815-224-0338
E-mail: randy_rambo@ivcc.edu

Copyright Randy Rambo, 2017.