06 April 2014
Classes don't start until Tuesday April 8th, but my instructor for Principles of Sanitation is getting a jump start. I received an email at 6 this morning welcoming me to the class and directing me to a site called Canvas, which is an online course management system. The Sanitation course is the only one this quarter that has a textbook (photo above). We meet in a classroom once a week, but there are also assignments and quizzes to be completed online, and the final test is one conducted (also online) by the National Restaurant Association which will result in ServSafe certification. ServSafe is a national certification and is much more thorough and comprehensive than the minimalist King County food worker's permit.
The online Sanitation course has assignments starting with "Week Zero," i.e. before the first class meeting (which is Tuesday). So, diligent t-crosser and i-dotter that I am, I spent four hours of my Sunday morning learning to navigate the Canvas site, investigating Seattle Central library online resources, and reviewing the APA Style Guide (the library has it online). Yes! For the first time since graduate school, I will be writing research papers that require providing resource citations in a standard format.
The Canvas site for this course shows the names of all the students. There are two sections for the class: one for Pastry students (that's me) and one for Culinary. There are nine students in the Pastry section, and since Sanitation is required for first quarter, I think that means I have eight fellow students starting Pastry in Spring quarter. A small group perhaps means more individual attention - I'll have to keep on my toes!