Hybrid ENGL 1102 is designed for those who need flexibility in their schedule, feel comfortable communicating by email, have some experience using the Internet, and are self-motivated. Paired with an 8-week hybrid literature course, this is a great way to complete a 2-class sequence in a single semester. This class meets twice a week for 75 minutes just like a regular course, but instead of completing 3 credit hours in a standard 16 week semester, this course is completed in just 8 weeks. To make this possible, students will complete approximately half the course material as online instruction via GeorgiaVIEW Vista. The online component plus the classroom meetings create a pace that is similar to a summer semester course, but without the lengthened class meetings that occur in summer classes.
Is a hybrid course more work than a traditional course?
Rumors that suggest hybrid courses require more work than traditional courses are incorrect--the material covered and assignments completed are equivilent in both formats. Because hybrid courses have less face-to-face time in the classroom, students will spend more out-of-class time working on a hybrid course. A hybrid course is the best of two worlds: regular access to an instructor like a traditional course AND scheduling flexibility like an online course.
What is this course about?
English 1102 continues to emphasize the principles of clear, concise, well-organized written expression which are taught in English 1101. This course is also an introduction to the study of literature; therefore, most of the assignments involve topics related to the discussions of literary works. In addition, the course includes training in research procedures and the writing of a research paper.
What is the work load?
Since this is a 3 hour course, in general, students can expect to spend 6-24 hours a week involved in course work. Like summer classes, this class will have a weekly workload that feels like 2 classes instead of one--this is because the class finishes in half the time. Compare:
|Traditional 4-class model:||Mix of traditionaland 8-week hybrids model:|
|Whole semester (Fall/Spring)||1st 8 weeks||
2nd 8 weeks
|MATH 1111||MATH 1111||MATH1111|
|ENGL 1102||ENGL 1102||ENGL 2122|
|BIOL 1010K||BIOL1010K||BIOL 1010K|
|non-English 3 credit hour class||(13 credit hours total)|
|(13 credit hours total)|
An added benefit of this format is that a student only needs to concentrate on three classes at a time.
What about the Course Materials and delivery?
This course uses GeogiaView Vista to deliver the syllabus, content modules, assignments, quizzes, projects, and a discussion area. The course is setup around modules that guide students through course content, practice exercises/self-assessments, and major assignments. Modules will be made available a week in advance to increase scheduling flexibility. Module work will coordinate with material covered during class meetings.
Am I ready for a hybrid class? Will I be successful in this course?
If this is your first online course, I would highly recommend that you take the Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator (READI) to assess your readiness, your goals, and your learning preferences.
You can find the READI at http://goml.readi.info/
On that page you will find several User Names and Passwords. Select and use the one that best fits your major area of study. When the READI opens, you will notice a navigation bar on the left side. The items listed in the bar are the areas that you will be measured on by the indicator. At the end, a report will be displayed which you can use to help you prepare to be successful as a distance-learning student.
This class has a face-to-face component, and students are expected to attend class meetings. In addition, students will be expected to check email regularly and log-in to the course page at least 2-3 times each week.
- Required Textbooks: Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry & Drama (2nd ed.)
- Suggest Textbook: Harbrace Essentials (1st ed.)
- Internet Access—at home or school
- Microsoft Office 2007/2010 or equivalent*
*If you will be using Microsoft Works, you will need to save files in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format rather than the program’s default of .wps as this format cannot be opened by any GHC computer. If you will be using Open Office or any other free shareware word processor, you may have to come to campus and use Microsoft Office to complete the formatting of your assignments.
- 3-4 Literary Analysis Essays (2 pages each)
- Annotated Bibliography (used to complete the Research Paper)
- Research Paper (5-7 pages)
- Midterm Exam (mix of essay, multiple choice, and short answer questions)
**The number and type of assignments in this list is subject to change. This list is intended as a general guide only.**