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CAWT 105 - Microsoft Windows - Janet English

Course:Microsoft Windows
Professor:Janet English
  • Online
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


My name is Janet English, and I will be your guide for this learning experience. I have been with College of the Canyons for twenty years. I look forward to getting to know each of you throughout the semester.

In this day and age, we are fortunate to be able to offer online and hybrid education courses in order to accommodate so many of you who may not have the time or resources to always attend classes on campus due to modern societal pressures, including professional obligations, familial responsibilities, and financial or health concerns. It should not, however, be assumed that an online or hybrid education class is in any way easier than an on-campus class. In fact, just the opposite may be true since, to be successful, students in online and hybrid classes must rely more on their own resourcefulness, discipline, good time management and study habits, as well as finding within themselves the means to remain motivated.

This course is either 100% online or a hybrid course.

All correspondence will be carried out using the Inbox in Canvas, Discussion Boards, and email. Students are expected to log in to Canvas often and to read all posted Announcements and Pages as directed.

100% online courses will have no scheduled on-campus meetings. However, there will be non mandatory Zoom lectures for each module, according to the schedule posted on Canvas and in your Weekly Assignment Schedule.

Hybrid courses will meet in the classroom for a specified number of times. A Schedule Announcement will be sent out prior to the first day of the semester. Should you realize that you cannot meet on-ground on any specified day, you must send me a Message via Canvas Inbox. In addition, there will be non mandatory Zoom lectures for modules not reviewed during on-campus meetings, according to the schedule posted on Canvas and in your Weekly Assignment Schedule.

For either online or hybrid courses, a recording of the Zoom lectures will be provided on Canvas for students to review. In addition, there will be one non mandatory open lab Zoom scheduled per week where students may get help with their assignments. One-on-One Zoom Meetings may also be available, by appointment.

Whether your course is hybrid or online format, my hope is to get to know each of you the same as if we interacted weekly face-to-face in a classroom.

Course Description

Presents in-depth study of the Windows graphical user interface, including file management, windows manipulation, desktop customization, multitasking, data search, use of Windows accessories, Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), and troubleshooting.

Students will work on a variety of activities differentiating the elements of the Windows Operating System as well as completing projects using the components and applications available in Windows.

All student assignments and exams will be submitted on Canvas using the assignment and exam links provided in each module on Canvas.

This course requires proficiency with the Internet, a browser (Google Chrome), and the ability to send e-mail.

What to Expect in this Course

Students are expected to spend the appropriate amount of time necessary to complete the weekly assignments.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS -- Prior to taking this course, students should have acquired the following skills:

  • Proficiency with the Internet and the browser Google Chrome
  • Proficiency with e-mail, including the ability to send and receive attachments.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS -- Prior to taking this course, students must have in their possession or access to the following:

  • A computer with the latest version of Microsoft Windows 10 or Windows 11 that also includes the new Microsoft Edge Browser
  • Browser software (Latest version of Google Chrome)
  • Adobe Reader, latest version (free download at
  • Windows 10 and 11 have a built-in archiving utility
  • A media player that is compatible with mpg4, mov, wmv, and swf formats (free VLC media player is recommended:
  • A College of the Canyons e-mail account

IMPORTANT: Students must have access to a desktop or regular laptop computer with the most recent version of the Windows 10 or Windows 11 Operating System installed. Use of tablets or smartphones is not possible for completing the projects in this class.

I am aware that some of you may have either Windows 10 or Windows 11. Lectures and Assignments will be focusing primarily on Windows 11. I will do my best to provide alternate reading materials and videos where functions discussed for Windows 11 are not the same or do not exist in Windows 10. In addition, alternate assignment instructions for students using Windows 10 will be provided in the Assignment Checklists, when necessary for assignment completion.

Types of Assessments

Hands-on projects, graded discussions, and a project based midterm and final.

Textbook Information

There is no textbook for this course. Online reading sources and videos will be provided in Canvas.

Other Relevant Course Information


All students must use their e-mail account created for them by the College. In order to authenticate student identities and comply with FERPA regulations, instructors have been asked by the College to respond only to student e-mail originating from a account. The account is integrated with Microsoft Office 365, which includes a free 1TB OneDrive account for cloud data storage. All students must make sure that they have activated their e-mail account. To activate your account, log into MyCanyons (WebAdvisor) on the college web site and follow the appropriate links related to student e-mail.

Please always insert your course number (105 and course section number) in the Subject header of your e-mails and identify yourself at the end of your e-mail messages with your full name.

If you send your e-mail messages directly through Canvas, the course and section will be identified automatically.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 02/03/2024 Sub#: 1050