Welcome to Online Speech 185, 285, 385, Directed Studies

I want to welcome you this online version of Speech 185, 285, 385, Directed Studies. This is a self-paced course on three communication topics which is conducted totally online. There are no in-person class meetings. Beginning Tuesday, July 1, your “virtual class” will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Enrolling in the Class
Since this is a self directed course, you can sign up for this class anytime during the first two months of the semester. After the semester starts you will need an add card. To get one, come to my office, Jim Marteney,  in Humanities Building room 108. If I am not there ask one of the other speech professors and they will give you an add card.

The Class
Directed studies is designed to introduce you to three communication topics; Creative Problem Solving, Male-Female Communication, and Decision Making. Each topic requires the student to complete five lessons.

If you are taking Speech 185 you will do the five lessons of one of the three topics of your choice.

If you are taking Speech 285, you will do the five lessons of two of the three topics of your choice for a total of ten lessons.

If you are taking Speech 385, you will do the five lessons of all three topics for a total of fifteen lessons.

Myths
I just to warn you about two myths I often hear from students.

Myth 1: An online class is easier than a face to face class.
This class is not hard, but it may actually take more time than a face to face class. Instead of sitting and talking in a class, you will be reading lessons and writing comments in the discussion section. In a typical class you would attend three hours a week, spend another three hours or more reading the text and doing homework. In this online class you should be prepared to spend that much time each week online.

But here is the good news. An online class may take more time, but it is more convenient. You may take the class anywhere you can find an Internet connection any time day or night. Some students enjoy spending time at Starbucks drinking coffee and connecting to the Internet with their laptop.

Myth 2: I can do my school work at entirely my own pace.
You do have a lot of freedom when and where you do your class work. You can work in the morning or late at night. Since this is a self directed course you have a lot of freedom when you turn in your work, but at the end of the semester the lessons and assignments will be shutting down. You must have your work turned in by the final due dates. You need self discipline, but you still have much flexibility when you go online to do your work.

I think you will find these lessons interesting and stimulating and you will want to join us online and participate in the activities.

Getting Started
To enter the class you will need to go to the class portal at:

http://etudes-ng.fhda.edu/portal

When you get there you will need to do two things.

First, click the left hand link that is titled, “System Requirements.” Follow the instructions to make sure that your system will work well with the college’s online learning system called Etudes NG. Follow all the instructions there including those for the “cache” settings and setting up your “cookies,” “java” etc. Your computer will then be ready to go. One of the biggest problems students have is with their computer system. Follow these instructions and you will experience much less frustration and headaches.

Second, you need to log into the class. On the left hand column click the option titled, “login help.” Scroll down to where you can click, “Los Angeles Valley College login instructions”. There you will find the instructions you need to log on to our class.

Very Important

The first day you can log on is Monday, February 4, 2008.  This is a self-paced course. There are deadlines you must meet, but you can work at your own schedule to meet those deadlines. The last day to start the class is Friday, April 11, 2008. No additional students will be added after that date.

If you have any problems with logging in or concerns about the class, you can contact me at my school email address: martenji@lavc.edu

I am looking forward to meeting all of you online and working with you this semester.

Jim Marteney

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