Frequently Asked Questions:
When you sign up for an
online course, you are assuming the responsibility to master the necessary
technology. I will help you navigate within the online classroom and will provide any help that you may need on your assignments.
When it comes to technology in an online class, I assume that you have taken the necessary
steps to assure your own success in an online course and that you will know where
to go for help if needed. This is your
You can now use READI, a
free online assessment tool to help you determine your READINESS for taking
Distance Learning courses at HCC. I encourage
all students to take this assessment prior to registering for a Distance
Learning course. READI will give you an
estimate of your strengths in different components. READI measures
reading speed and comprehension, technical competency, academic attributes,
personal interests and learning styles.
If you are in a pinch and have access to an HCC campus, you can use the computers in the libraries or computer labs.
Ideally, you will have a computer at home to use since you will need to login several times a week in order to complete your assignments.
Video recorder requirements:
You will be required to record three presentations and
upload them onto YouTube. You will need
a digital video recorder and the software and computer cables necessary for
uploading digital files. YouTube allows
you to keep videos marked as “private” but you are required to submit your
viewing ID to the instructor and to your classmates for peer review. YouTube provides a number of tutorials for how
to properly record and upload your videos.
In addition, we provide the following tutorial:
I strongly encourage you to make a sample video, and upload
it onto YouTube for viewing so you clearly understand the procedure and how
long it takes .
YES! You will be required to have a live audience for each speech. The number of audience members may vary from speech to speech. Make
sure that you have enough friends, family, roommates, co-workers, and neighbors
to rely on for your audience. Children and animals do not count as audience members. Your
audience will introduce themselves on the camera and you will then proceed
directly into your speech. You should speak to the AUDIENCE and not the
camera. Please see the following video
of Stephen Johns, a colleague, who discusses the course and the
This depends on
the quality and portability of the webcam or other device. The recording you make must have adequate
lighting and sound quality. External
light sources such as lamps, overhead lights are a necessity. In addition, external microphones provide
sound quality superior to the built-in microphones on most camcorders and other
video recording equipment. For your presentations, you must be standing
and showing a view of yourself from AT LEAST the waist up. You may not edit your videos in any way. This includes starting and stopping the camera and adding any titles or other text.
YES! The textbook we are using is Stephen Lucas' The Art of Public Speaking, 11th edition. The texbook will be
necessary in order for you to understand course concepts and to do well on your
weekly quizzes and major speech assignments.
You may purchase a copy from the HCC bookstore for approx. 135.00 which includes a course code where you will access your online learning modules through the publisher website (accessed through the Blackboard classroom). If you go through the Balsckboard classroom, you may purchase an online “e-book”
version which includes the course modules. You will have access to the McGraw-Hill publisher site for free for 3 weeks through our Blackboard classroom
ISBN #: LearnSmart Code only (free 3 week trial): 9780077767044, $35 - Only use this code from inside of the Blackboard classroom!
ISBN for the book/ebook and Learnsmart code: 9780077920586
It is acceptable to buy a used older edition and then purchase the Learnsmart code if you don't complete your quizzes past the third week.
There are a few more options that I will discuss in an email and an announcement once you are enrolled..