Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for EWRT-D001B-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Luis Limcolioc
Office Hours Email Instructor.
Office Location F-41E
Office Phone 408-864-8578
A Message from your Instructor

EWRT-001B-63Z, Critical Reading, Writing, and Research

Message from your Instructor:

Welcome to all of you. This is a brief, general orientation for students enrolled in my online courses. It is intended to help you access your course materials and provide you with contact information should you need to contact me before the class starts.


The online learning environment is not for everyone. Before you jump in, you may want to assess your learning style, your computer skills and your computer equipment. Most of the course materials, with the exception of your books, and all of the feedback that you will receive will be online. If you are accustomed to face-to-face instruction, you will need to adjust to the online environment where feedback is not instantaneous. You should have a reliable internet connection and your own email account. For information about computer set up, please see the How to Get Started section below.


The best way to reach me is by email at I check my email regularly throughout the day during the week up until midnight. Since I am on campus less frequently, please DO NOT attempt to contact me by phone if you need immediate help. My faculty web site contains links to my course descriptions. If you need help and whenever you do not understand something, please contact me and ask for help.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete this distance learning online orientation and submit the Student Information Form. If you do not do this by the deadline, you are telling us that you are no longer interested in the course and you will be dropped so that others may add.
  • Read the course description for EWRT 1B Online available at my faculty web site.
  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to Bookmark this page, then follow the instructions logging into the class.. NOTE: You will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for your account to be created.

Your success depends on your active involvement in the online community, so spend quality time at least 5 days a week reading and responding to the class discussion. You should plan on devoting about 30 hours per week to this class and will spend that time reading course material (books, online texts, student and instructor discussion posts, etc.), completing informal writing activities (class discussion, quizzes, surveys, etc.), and composing formal writing assignments (essays, midterm, and group projects). The software tracks your participation and records each time you enter and exit the system and notes how long you spend in each classroom space! You will do well in the class if you complete your work in a timely manner and if you participate actively. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or do not understand something. Good luck and welcome!

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16