This is the web page for students in my social science courses offered at
Dabney S. Lancaster
Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia. College
Address: 1000 Dabney Drive,
Clifton Forge, VA 24422.
Email John at:
Latest Update of This Page:
Thursday, January 09, 2014 06:39:20 AM
January 1, 2014 after teaching social sciences at Dabney for
over 45 years.
To keep in touch, use the following
- Final Exam
Schedule Fall, 2013,
Fall Picnic Pictures:
You can watch a slideshow of all the pictures or look at
Click Here To View
All Students: John's Fall Class
Office Schedule and Contact Information--Click Here
Class Students: If you are having trouble getting
into a Collaborate class, try clicking this link to a Bb site to check your
computer and get info on changes needed for Collaborate to work
on your computer.
Click Here for Collaborate System
from Faculty & Students on How To Be Successful at Dabney:
This video podcast is an encore of a presentation I gave at New
Student Orientation in August, 2013. If you didn't see it
there, it should be worthwhile to watch--Click
Here to view.
Fall Students in my Collaborate
Classes -- If you are registered in HIS 112, HIS 122 TuTh
section, PLS 135, or SOC 200 watch this Video Pod Cast before the first
DSLCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools Commission on Colleges. The college must be
reaccredited every ten years, and in November, a committee will
be visiting our college to evaluate us and our processes.
As part of reaccreditation, the college is developing strategies
to improve student learning through a Quality Enhancement Plan
(QEP). Our QEP is "Write Now for the Road Ahead" and will help
improve the writing skills of DSLCC students. This fall, we will
be piloting aspects of the plan in some classes that will allow
students to evaluate and contribute writing works to a student
portfolio that can then be used as a placement tool or selling
point to a prospective employer. In January, we plan to
open a writing center in our library to help improve student
writing. You will see and hear more about our topic and plans in
the near future. Together we can make a difference!
Before a classroom activity
requiring BlackBoard, such as a quiz or exam, please check and make sure
your can get into Bb--that your password works. Contact me
if you have a problem so we can get it resolved before class
time. Also if it is a test or exam, make sure Lockdown
Browser is loaded on the computer you will be using. If it
is not, you can load it in a couple minutes from Blackboard,
under the Learn Tab at the first screen you see after logging
these direct links for future reference:
MyVCCS single logon: my.vccs.edu
2013 Graduation Pictures and Video Podcast--Click
Final Exam Schedule:
Barnes Class & Office Schedule and Contact Info
Final Exam Schedule, Spring, 2013
Information for EluminateLive! Students for
For HIS 112, PLS 136, & SOC 268 this
you have the choice of attending class in person by showing up in Room 649 at
the class time or participating via Elluminate from any internet connected
computer. You may also switch back and forth between the two options.
In order to attend by Elluminate, just follow the instructions below. The
college has upgraded to Elluminate 8.3 this summer, so even if you used Elluminate
in the past, you'll need to go through the download process listed below.
If you have any trouble, just email me or call my cell 540-691-7763
is web-conferencing software which allows users with an internet connection (a
dial-up modem works fine) to have real time meetings and classes. The software
allows each participant to hear and talk to the others and to view and use a
white board. There is also a chat room and several other features to
enhance the virtual classroom experience. Combined with
BlackBoard (classroom management software), we will be able to meet as a
class, but be in different locations. You’ll need speakers at a minimum to hear
the class, but it is a good idea to also acquire headphones with a microphone
built in. With earphones you won’t disturb others near you during class and
with the microphone attached, the sound remains clear when you turn to type or
read something while talking. You can find suitable earphones from under $20.
The Dabney Book Store sells a set for about $15.
needs to load some java software on a computer before it can be used on that
computer. Once it has loaded the first time, then
Elluminate recognizes its presence and takes you directly into the
classroom. If you switch to another computer, you’ll need to download the
software on that computer. Downloading the software can take anywhere from
about two minutes (on a computer with a fast LAN connection such as at the
college) to over an hour for an older computer with a dial-up modem. You’ll
want to download the software onto the computer you’ll be using before the first
class session--it is already loaded on all of the college computers. Once the
software is on your computer, it will only take about one minute to login to an
Downloading the software is
simple and you can do it anytime —here are the instructions:
- Go to my homepage on the web.
the link is:
- In the left hand column, click
on the link: John’s Elluminate Classroom
- A dialogue box opens and you
just need to type your actual full name (no special login name or password
is needed) and click login. If nothing happens, your web browser is
probably blocking downloads as a security measure. In internet
Explorer, you'll see a line right under the top menu bar saying that it
blocked a download. Just click on this line and a dropdown menu bar
appears with "Download" as one of your options. Click this and the
download will begin.
- Another dialogue box opens and
you should select “Open” from your choices.
will realize that its software is not present if it hasn’t been used before
on this computer and ask permission to download it. Always choose “Open”
rather than “Save” when you have an option.
- Depending on your firewall and
security settings, you may get some other dialogue boxes asking for
permission to download. Especially if you have a slow connection, stay near
your computer and check frequently. You may think the download is
proceeding, but, instead, your computer is waiting for you to give
- Once the software is
downloaded, you’ll be asked to agree to a license notice and will have to
answer a couple other questions about internet connection type and then will
be taken to an empty Elluminate Classroom.
If you happen to pop into the classroom while I'm conducting a class--no
problem. You won't disturb us. Just exit once you are in and
you'll have the software loaded and ready to go.
- When you get to the classroom,
all is well. You can check it out, but won’t be able to do much without me
being in the room.
- Now that your computer has the
software, all you do to login for your first class session is go back to my
home page and click on the John’s Elluminate
Classroom link, type in your name and you’ll be in the classroom in about a
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