As a visitor to my website, you need to know
that most of my content material and my syllabi are
in Georgia View VISTA. VISTA is an interactive tool used in my classes to view content
files and folders, video and audio links, urls, images,
and group discussion—materials which I have created and organized in unit folders. Students currently enrolled in my
classes should be able to access VISTA
class information from any location if they have internet access. Each semester,
I load syllabi in the syllabus
module (left of my VISTA homepage) for each of my classes . At Georgia
Highlands College, all students have VISTA accounts, without charge, through the University System’s Georgia
View VISTA Initiative. Enrolled students
have specific logons and passwords in order to access and use VISTA.
In my classes, VISTA never takes the place of student /teacher interaction. In traditional classes, I always tell students that I can send the files via e-mail if they cannot access those via VISTA, or I assist students in printing the VISTA files before they leave campus. The notes and Powerpoints in VISTA are ALWAYS discussed in class. Some files in VISTA are optional--for enrichment only, but I find that students usually enjoy those most.
In my 2121 British Literature I and 2112
World Literature II hybrids, which
meet one day per week for face-to-face lecture/ group discussion , students are
expected to interact more frequently within VISTA. Students must critically think about
reading selections and respond in VISTA via blogs/discussions before our face-to-face group discussions.
Additionally, they must complete
other writing assignments and oral research presentations. Most find that they enjoy these courses
and actually learn a great deal about literature, history, and different
cultures—the interrelationships among the
The following courses are those I teach most frequently:
1102, Composition II is a writing course. Students read and discuss short stories, poetry and
drama and write literary essays about
these in addition to
researching and writing the MLA
documented longer research paper. Students
must have completed English 1101 with the grade of at least "C" before taking
2112 World Literature II is the study of world literature from 1600 to the
present day, encompassing selected, diverse authors representing European,
Asian, African, Native American, American, and South American cultures. In the
study of several texts, historical and cultural influences, as well as literary
movements, become focal points. Students
must have completed English 1102 and English 1102 with the grade of at least
"C" before enrolling in this course. In my traditional 212 World Literature II
classes, Vista is used, but not to the extent that it is used in the hybrid
2121 British Literature I is the study of British literature--
approximately 700 A. D. to the mid-1600s.
Anglo-Saxon literature, medieval literature, Renaissance drama, selected metaphysical and 17th century poetry,
and selections from Milton's 17th century literary epic are cornerstones of the course . Students must have
completed English 1102 and English 1102 with the grade of at least "C" before enrolling in this course. English 2111
is NOT a prerequisite for this course. Students use VISTA in my traditional 2121 British Literature I classes,
but certainly not to the same extent as hybrid students.
If you are not in my classes and need to see a copy of one of my syllabi, please e-mail me explaining what information you need and the specific syllabus you want me to send you so that I can fulfill your request via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org I truly enjoy teaching , as well as learning and trying new ways of approaching this process, and I would love to share materials with those who may be interested—students or faculty. Please e-mail me if you have any questions about my syllabi or my VISTA courses.
Best to you,
Associate Professor of English
Georgia Highlands College