Cabrillo College


Welcome to information about the hybrid class:

History 17A: US History before 1865
Instructor: Sandy Davie
I look forward to working with you in our hybrid classroom.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

You are  REQUIRED  to attend the orientation on the first day of classes.


There are NO exceptions.

You are required to attend class on campus every Tuesday from 

2:30 - 3:50 p.m.

  • The rest of the class will be conducted through Canvas, the course management system used at Cabrillo It will be available on the first day of the semester.  
  • You can access Canvas by scrolling down on any page on the Cabrillo website.
    • The first time you access the site, you must register by clicking on the link " Look up your user name and create a password".
      • You will enter your Last Name, date of birth, and Student ID.
      • You will be provided with a username, you create your own password. These are case sensitive and the password is not available to the instructor so be sure you remember it.
      • After you are registered, you simply enter your username and password in the appropriate fields.

If you have trouble logging in, you can contact the TLC at 831 477-3241 or If you still have trouble, be sure you are using your STUDENT ID (NOT your Social Security Number).

Once you're on the class Canvas site, examine the weekly modules. All your online course work - quizzes, documentary tests, reading assignments, powerpoints, journals and assignments - are found in each module.

You MUST have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection in order to take this class.

As a Cabrillo student, you may use computers in the Computer Technology Center (room 1400), the Library.

You must have access to Word, Power Point, Adobe Acrobat Reader;

After the semester begins, you will have access to the Cabrillo Technology Center where these programs are available.

Any attachments submitted to Canvas MUST have a .doc, .docx or .rtf extension. Any assignment submitted as an attachment in another form will receive no credit.

About the class:

The course will look at major events and themes shaping US history up through the Civil War. We will cover the peopling of America, colonization, development of the nation, the U.S. Constitution, westward expansion, sectional tensions and the Civil War. Particular emphasis is placed on the experience of American Indians, race, the role of ideology and economics in public policy and the development and comprehensive impact of slavery.

We are using the textbook: Give Me Liberty, Volume Volume 1, Seagull 4th Edition by Eric Foner.The ISBN # is 9780393920307. This text is available at the Cabrillo bookstore. 

Once you get logged into Blackboard, click on the various links to explore.
Take a look at “start here” which has the syllabus and on line behavior guidelines.

There are readings, quizzes and documentary viewing questions due every week. Throughout the class there will be map assignments and primary document analyses.

You may contact me at my Cabrillo e-mail address

In our Tuesday class, we will review using Canvas, clarify assignments, view clips of documentaries or movies, do group work, view powerpoints, have discussions and hear lectures. 

I look forward to meeting you all!