Course Syllabus

Forever Humboldt Families 101, Fall 2017, Online

Basic Course Information

  • Forever Humboldt Families 101, section 10001
  • This course is for the families of Humboldt State University students. It is a resource to help provide guidance on supporting your student through their time in college. 
  • Students must complete the final exam to receive the FREE HSU sweatshirt. 

Instructor Information

Instructor name: Stephanie Lane


Phone: 707-826-3132

Office: Nelson Hall East 114

Office Hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

How to contact instructor: Email preferred.  

Required Textbook/Course Materials

Required Textbook:

  • Cohen, Harlan. 2012.  The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only - A Parent's Guide to the New College Experience.  Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.


Recommended Materials (optional):

  • Dweck, Carol. 2016.  Mindset - The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Penguin Random House, LLC.
  • Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Casandra E. Harper, Delma Ramos, David Aguayo, Laura A. Page and Kathy Adams Riester. 2015.  Parent and Family Engagement in Higher Education 41(6): 1-72. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Navigate the Canvas Online Learning System
  • Communicate independently with other families through the Parents & Family Network
  • Support your student through the many experiences college can present.

Suggested Course Schedule

August 20 - 24: Start Here, Resources, Help and Parents & Family Network

August 27 - August 31: Transition to College and First Semester Challenges

September 4* - 7: Getting Involved on Campus and in the Community
*No class September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.

September 10 - 14: Academic and Learning Support

September 17 - 21: The Great Outdoors and What the North Coast has to Offer

September 24 - 28: Campus Safety and Emergency Support

October 1 - 5: Financial Aid for Continuing Students

October 8 - 12: Staying Healthy - Physically and Emotionally

October 15 - 19: Housing for Continuing Students

Course Policies

This course is offered online, over the Internet using the University's Canvas LMS. This allows you to access the course materials from a computer with any standard web browser already installed. One of the exciting advantages of online learning is that you can plan your class time to fit your schedule. However, it is important to balance this flexibility with your new responsibility of scheduling your own learning.

Need Help?

If you have questions about the course, such as concepts covered in the course, your assignments, or scores post your question in the Parents & Family Network.  You may also contact Stephanie Lane, during office hours, or by special appointment.

For technical questions, such as the suitability of your home computer for the course, installing plug-ins, problems with your password, etc., contact the HSU Help Desk ( or 707-826-4357).


Students in this class are encouraged to speak up and participate in-class and online. Each of us must show respect for each other because our class represents a diversity of beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences. I believe that this is what will enrich all of our experiences together. I recognize that our individual differences can deepen our understanding of one another and the world around us, rather than divide us. In this class, people of all ethnicities, genders and gender identities, religions, ages, sexual orientations, disabilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, regions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to share their rich array of perspectives and experiences. If you feel your differences may in some way isolate you from our classroom community or if you have a specific need, please speak with me early in the semester so that we can work together to help you become an active and engaged member of our class and community. 

Expectations of the Student

  1. Access the course weekly. 
  2. Expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week working on this course.
  3. Prepare to the best of your ability for every aspect of this course.
  4. Avoid cheating yourself with the opportunity to learn how to write your own thoughts; don't plagiarize. Be sure to give credit where credit is due and cite your sources or use footnotes or endnotes.
  5. Learning through collaboration (defined as working with or receiving assistance from another) is an effective tool used in this class and in your future employment. When I expect you to collaborate, I'll make it very clear in the assignment instructions. All other work in this class is to be done independently.
  6. All examinations will be done online. You are required to take these tests independently. It is considered cheating if you get assistance from anyone else either in the class or elsewhere. Cheating is not tolerated. If you are found to be cheating, you will be dealt with as university policy stipulates.
  7. If you haven't already, read the Humboldt State University Academic Honesty Policy to make sure you understand the consequences associated with violating the code.
  8. You must be able to fill out and submit an online form for the final exam. 
  • External tools we will be using in this class: 
    • YouTube
    • Parents & Family Network
  • Who will have access to student content:
    • Instructor and students enrolled in this course will have access to student-generated content that is shared on the Parents & Family Network.
    • If we all live up to our academic responsibilities, this course will be meaningful for all who participate. Please feel free to discuss these points with me at any time during the course this semester.

Expectations of the Instructor

  1. I will prepare and review course materials to be as current and accurate as possible.
  2. I will be available to answer questions or issues that may arise for you during this course. Expect a 24-hour turn around time for response to emails.
  3. I will try to the best of my ability to prepare you for the exams and other assessments in this course.
  4. I will utilize fair and honest evaluation techniques for each assignment required for this course.
  5. To the best of my ability, make this a valid and worthwhile learning experience.
  6. I will do my best to address the needs of a diverse range of learning styles in this course.
  7. I will make every effort to follow QA - quality learning and teaching best practices.
  8. I will only share your student information, per FERPA guidelines.

Technical Assistance

It is crucial to seek help when you can’t access the campus LMS (learning management system) or you have difficulty with your computer settings or browser:

  • For technical assistance contact Canvas Premier 24/7 Support by clicking the Canvas Help button on the far left menu or call toll-free: 1-844-334-0177.
  • For login support contact HSU’s Help Desk at 707.826.HELP (4357) or send an email to
  • For LMS support, please use the Help button located on the bottom left of your course.
  • Please see the LMS Student Guides here, to learn more about specific Canvas functions: Canvas Student Guide

Special notes: Browsers and Mobile Devices

  1. Firefox is the recommended browser for accessing the Canvas LMS (learning management system). If you have problems opening some content, first try another browser. If you are using a mobile device, try accessing the content on a computer.
  2. If Flash-based content is used in this course, it won't display on Mobile devices, especially iOS devices.
  3. External URLs: To open certain URLs (http vs https) you may be prompted to click on the shield icon in your browser to “allow” access to the unsecure content. Simply click on the shield and click the “allow” button when asked.
  4. Please note that some content may be blocked if you are using a campus computer, as HSU computer labs do not allow opening certain types of unsecure content.

Weekly Discussions & Assignments

While you may be accustomed to participating in face-to-face classes by attending and speaking up in class, in an online class your participation will consist of completing weekly activities and posting your thoughts to discussion forums. Reading and responding to others’ responses in writing complete the weekly discussions. As a result of these weekly activities/discussions, you will be reading and writing more in this class than in most courses.

These interactive weekly interactions with your classmates and the instructor will offer a rich opportunity to share impressions of the reading and viewing material. Additional contributions can further enhance your learning but will not be scored. You should expect to contribute substantive and relevant posts frequently to the discussion area. This interaction with your classmates and the instructor is your opportunity to share impressions of the instructional materials.


Final Exam

Students are required to take  a final exam. The test will include multiple choice and short answer questions. Multiple-choice questions will be primarily from the contents of the readings. Potential short answer questions will come from the questions discussed in the weekly online forums.  

Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades will not be allowed for this class. If you think you may not be able to finish the work in the course, it would be best if you dropped the course before the final withdrawal date.

University Policies

Late Work

There will be no make-up exams or assignments available. If you miss an exam, or homework/posting due date, a grade of “0” will be recorded without exception. Plan your travel and personal events around your schoolwork, not vice versa. If you have an emergency, please notify me immediately if this affects your coursework or attendance.

Emergency Procedures

  • Review the evacuation plan and emergency procedures for the classroom
  • During an emergency, information can be found on campus conditions at 707-826-INFO or the HSU Emergency website.

Academic Honesty

Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding academic honesty. For more information, visit: Academic Honesty Policy or HSU Catalog

HSU Policy and Procedures for Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities Statement

Executive Memorandum EM P02-01 states:

It is the policy of Humboldt State University to provide equal access and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in any program, service, or opportunity by the campus, including access to the content and services of the World Wide Web pages authored by the University. Request for accommodation in pursuit of student's academic programs should be made to the Student Disability Resource Center.

Our campus learning management system is Canvas. Here is a link to the Accessibility within Canvas statement.

This course was built with accessibility in mind. However, if you discover something in the course that is not as accessible as it could be, please alert your instructor as soon as possible.

Add/Drop Policy

If you do not log in and complete all coursework during the first week, you can be dropped from this course by the instructor. It is essential that you stay on track in an online course so you don’t fall behind. Students are responsible for knowing the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding classes: Schedule Adjustments (Adding or Dropping)

Attendance and Disruptive Behavior

Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior: Class Attendance and Disruptive Behavior.

Email Policy

All HSU students are responsible for checking their email account for official communications.  HSU Email Policy.

Student Support Services

Students Disability Resource Center

Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact me immediately so I can assist you in a timely manner. If you have not yet done so, please request services with the Student Disability Resource Center in the Learning Commons, Lower Library, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange. Student Disability Resource Center.

Learning Center

The HSU Learning Center has a wide range of academic support services. HSU Learning Center

Writing Studio

The Writing Center offers free peer assistance with writing assignments and standardized writing examination preparation. The Writing Studio's web site can be accessed at HSU Writing Studio

Improving Study Skills

Find a variety of resources to improve your study skills. HSU RAMP Academic Resources

Tutoring Services

The Learning Center provides tutorial assistance to students having difficulties in specific

Courses. The Tutoring Services web site can be accessed at HSU Tutorial Services


The Academic and Career Advising Center supports students' pursuit of educational goals. HSU Academic & Career Advising Center


Peer academic support through Retention Through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP)

HSU RAMP Program


The Office of the Registrar can guide you through all your registration information.

HSU Office of the Registrar


The Counseling & Psychological Services Center supports the wellbeing of HSU students.

HSU Counseling & Psychological Services

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