MARA - Fall 2019

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Fall 2019 Incoming Students Checklist
1. First Steps
Prepare your school budget so you will have funds available for textbooks, tuition and technology.Financial Aid Resource Page
Become familiar with the iSchool web site (https://ischool.sjsu.edu). In particular, look over the "The Master's Degree in Archives and Records Administration (MARA)" and "Student Resources" sections as they contain a lot of information that you will need to know while you are enrolled.
Watch Dr. Linda Main's welcome and overview of iSchool for Newly Admitted Students [17 minutes].
Update your home computing environment to meet the standards required by the school.
2. Registration and Enrollment
Check your MySJSU messages through one.SJSU. Please log on to your MySJSU account regularly and check it for messages, especially in the week before classes begin.
SJSU Email Account.
Login to your new @sjsu.edu email address. (learn about this by seeing SJSU's Email, Calendar, and Google Suite page and scrolling down to the FAQs). The university will set up a new email address for you. Once it is created, it will automatically become your preferred email address for university communications. It is very important that you check it regularly or set up forwarding to a personal email address.
Read iSchool Guidelines for Mapping Degree Progress and create your plan on the Unit Planning Tool. This helps the iSchool anticipate enrollment demand and will help you create a focused plan. Get started with the iSchool Advising pages to access advising FAQs.
Class Registration and Tuition Payment
Register for classes. If you are taking two courses in the fall, register for MARA 200 and MARA 204. (See MARA Class Rotation Schedule.) If you plan to take more than two courses, discuss your third choice with your academic advisor, Dr. Pat Franks. Check class information on the iSchool class schedules rather than in MySJSU. Important details are included in the iSchool schedules which are not found in MySJSU. For any classes you are considering review the course topic (and dates of variable unit classes) which are listed in the “Note” field of the schedule. Then locate your tuition payment deadline in the "Finances" section on your MySJSU Student Center page and see Methods of Payment. After the close of Advance Registration you will need to wait to add until the first day of instruction for the semester. When adding a class on the first day of instruction through the last day to add of the semester, the Bursar will charge a $25 late fee.

Note: The courses in this program are difficult and require substantial work and time. The course workload is normally three hours per unit per week with one of the hours used for lecture. Some courses may require more time depending on the complexity of the material. Most students carry between one to three courses per semester. Other obligations such as work and family should be carefully considered when deciding how many courses to take. Dropping classes after the deadlines can be problematic and expensive. We recommend that you be conservative in the number of classes you take during your first semester.

Pay your Special Session Tuition Fees
Locate your tuition payment deadline in the "Finances" section on your MySJSU Student Center page and see Methods of Payment. Please note that tuition payment deadlines may be as short as a few days after you register for a class. Pay your fees on time or your classes will be automatically dropped. After the close of Advance Registration you will need to wait to add until the first day of instruction for the semester. When adding a class on the first day of instruction through the last day to add of the semester, the Bursar will charge a $25 late fee.
3. Prepare for Learning
Complete the Online Title IX Training/Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students Requirement
All incoming graduate students must complete the federally mandated course, Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students. It is a 60 min. (part 1) and 15 min. (part 2) online course. Check your MySJSU account for a message with instructions needed to complete the course. You MUST complete the course by the deadline given in the message to avoid having a hold placed by the University on your registration for future semesters. This is a CSU and federal directive that is not administered in any way by the School of Information. Questions regarding your completion status with the requirement can be directed to: titleixeducation@sjsu.edu 408-924-6202.
Complete the Getting Started with Canvas Guide (PDF) a few days after you register in order to prepare for the semester. iSchool students will receive access to Canvas (our Learning Management System) after registering for classes on MySJSU and before their MARA Tech Prep class begins. You can access Canvas from the menu at the top of the School of Information's Web page.
New Student Technology Workshop: MARA Program Technology Preparation Complete the MARA Program Technology Preparation self-paced course offered in Canvas. You will receive access to the self-paced course after registering on MySJSU for your first class and several weeks before the start of the semester. If you log in to Canvas before the first day of the semester, you will not yet be able to see links to the classes for which you are registered. But you will see tools for learning to use Canvas. You will automatically be joined to the Canvas site, MARA Program Technology Preparation. The site contains a number of self-paced modules containing information to help you get off to a good start, including: Canvas basics, Zoom, the MARA LibGuide, and ISO Database for MARA students.
Read your course syllabus. Although instructors have no requirement to post their syllabus before the first day of class, many choose to do so. You may be able to access your course syllabus early to find out how the course will be run, what the assignments are, etc. If your class syllabi aren't posted yet, you can check again at a later date; meanwhile, you can read the Fall 2018 semester syllabi (look for the MARA classes at the bottom of the list).
Obtain your class textbooks. About six weeks before classes begin, you will be able to find out what textbooks (if any) are required for your classes. On the Fall 2019 Textbook Selections page, choose the courses for which you have been registered. Your courses will begin with "MARA". For example, if you have been registered in MySJSU for MARA 200-10, look for MARA 200-10 in the Textbook Selections. Follow the same procedure to locate the required textbooks for your INFO elective course.
Prepare for MARA Welcome Session
A one-hour welcome session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. PST to get you started with MARA. This welcome session will be held on the Zoom Web conferencing platform. Use this link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/265746347
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) as soon as possible. The AEC will communicate with your instructor(s) at the start of the semester. See iSchool Accessibility Policy for more information.
4. Information, Communication, Career Development
Bookmark the iSchool Curriculum Center blog. We use this blog as another way for getting information out to students. It deals mostly with current registration or curriculum issues, and students may also ask questions and get them answered.

Note: You can subscribe to an RSS feed (see RSS explained) to receive the latest ICC blog updates as they occur.

See the School's Facebook page link goes to non-SJSU web site. It includes news updates, event announcements, and links to other sites. You do not have to be a Facebook user to view the page. Facebook users can post questions and comments on the Wall. Also check out the iSchool Twitter feed link goes to non-SJSU web site.

To keep in touch with MARA students and faculty, join the iSchool MARA Facebook group link goes to non-SJSU web site. And for information specific to MARA students, read the MARA blog.

Consider joining a student organization such as SAASC.
Learn more from the SAASC Facebook group link goes to non-SJSU web site.
Bookmark iSchool Career Development and begin reading through the wealth of information and resources presented. Refer to these web pages early and often while you are a student. Learn about emerging trends, and develop effective job search strategies.
5. Semester Begins
Read Academic Advising guidelines and Advising FAQ. If you have other questions, you can email Dr. Pat Franks, our Associate Director, Dr. Linda Main, or post your questions to Dr. Main's iSchool Curriculum Center blog.
Restricted Materials Access. The School protects some material on this Web site by keeping it password protected. The iSchool Restricted Materials user ID and password change each semester. Students should obtain this information from their advisors or instructors at the beginning of each semester.
Obtain a Student ID Card (optional). Students can use this ID card to obtain discounts. The ID card must be renewed each semester.

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