Welcome to My Homepage!
This Web site contains everything you'd like to know about my classes and probably quite a bit you'd rather stay in the dark about. You'll find herein course requirements, syllabi, handouts, resource links, and a variety of other tools to help you progress through your course(s).
Some of my past English 102 students dubbed me the "cool but strict" teacher. By "strict" they meant that I worked them hard, but from the comments they made about the course, I generally found that they enjoyed the course despite--and in some cases, because of--the challenging pace and materials.
I do expect students to adhere to my course guidelines, including the ever-dreaded attendance policy and assignment due dates. If you're the sort of student who likes to flout rules or buck authority, then I suggest you switch to a different section.
To find out more about the classes I teach, click on the appropriate link at left to view the required materials or to access the course's Learning Management System (LMS). You will require a login and password to access our LMS (we are currently using WebCT, but will be switching to Angel in the near future), which you will receive either in the orientation for online courses or in the training session for in-class courses.
Because technology plays such a pivotal role in our lives, particularly in our work lives, it is important that students gain a working knowledge of various software programs and our learning management system. Therefore, if you are enrolled in any of my courses, you are either in an online course--which relies heavily upon technology--or you are in a technology-enhanced in-class course. In the technology-enhanced courses, we use the LMS for some of our course discussions, peer reviews, and assignment postings. Additionally, all course materials are available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week for downloading and printing. If you haven't had a lot of experience with technology, don't despair--I take students through a training session and work with them over the course of the semester. Past students have indicated that they felt much more confident about using technology by the end of the semester--including students who were self-described "technophobes"!
This Web site was last updated on 10 Dec. 2008.
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