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The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication.  Public Speaking is the process of planning and delivering a message to a large group of people in a structured and deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, and/or entertain the listeners.

SPC 1608 Spring 2017



This is a web-enhanced course and use of technology outside of class is a requirement.


Instructor - Shelly Stein

Sstein2@hccfl.edu   (813) 253-7234

Office Hours – DHUM 329

Mon/Tues/Wed 7:45 am-9:30 am

Online Tues/Thus 7-9:30 pm


Course Materials

Beebe, S., and Beebe, S. (2105).  Public Speaking:  An Audience Centered Approach (9th Edition).   Custom Edition for HCC.  Pearson Education.  


This comes three-hole punched, shrink-wrapped, with a code to access Pearson's online website and the e-book.  Approx. $84.00. ISBN-9781323449042

Please note that this edition of the book is bundled with the access code and e-book and is the cheapest option we could negotiate with the publisher


Option 2: Beebe Mycommunicationlab with e-book Standalone Access Code
ISBN: 0205955126 Approximate cost - $65.00

Option 3:  Buy an older edition of the textbook and then purchase the Beebe Mycommunicationlab code - Standalone Access Code

ISBN: 0205955096.  Approx. cost $40.00

The table of contents for the 8th edition is posted under the Start Here tab in our classroom.  It is your responsibility to track the chapter differences if you choose to use the 8th edition.

There is at least one copy of the book on Reserve in each campus library AND the first three chapters are available in Canvas.

It is not required that you have the Pearson access code but many students find it to be helpful.

Reading assignments in the textbook are critical to your success in class and are covered in related in the online quizzes and are needed to succeed in your speeches.


HCC has an Online Bookstore where you can purchase the textbook:  http://distancelearningbookstore.hccfl.edu/SiteText.aspx?id=4874

Otherwise, contact the campus for bookstore hours.    




Teaching Philosophy

In my classroom, I will deliver education of the highest standards while fostering a safe environment for students regardless of diversity issues, including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality, gender identification and socioeconomic status across cultures.


Policy Regarding Syllabus

This syllabus provides clear rules and guidelines for this course. It is a contract between the instructor and students to help guide behavior and to ensure fairness. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus and schedule at any time. Any change in the syllabus will be announced in class and online and the change will apply to all students. Each student is responsible for handouts and/or announcements given during any absence from any class session.


For Students with Disabilities

Any student whose disability falls within the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities within the first two weeks of class. The office is located in the Student Services Building Room 102. You may also reach the office by phone at (813) 259-6035 or email: vlugo2@hccfl.edu.


HCC Policy on Religious Observances

HCC will reasonably accommodate the religious observances, practices, and beliefs of students in its admission, class attendance, and the examination policies and in work assignments. Students must notify instructors at least one week prior observance if you know that you will miss a class for religious observance.


Emergency Operations

 In the event of a weather or public health emergency, it may be necessary for HCC to suspend normal operations. During this time, HCC may opt to communicate through methods that include but are not limited to: Canvas, texting, and email messaging. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor these messages.

Important Resources

HCC offers counseling services free to any registered student coping with issues ranging from academic frustrations to more serious situations.  All counseling sessions are confidential. Call 1-877-736-2575 for assistance.


Additional Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline


National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

HCC Campus Security

813- 253-7911


Have you Witnessed Concerning Behavior?

Submit a Care Report:



HCC Financial Aid Policies 

Students who have received financial aid this semester should not drop or withdraw from this class without first talking to someone in the financial aid department. Dropping or withdrawing may require you to repay the financial aid you received this class, including all federal and state aid, both grants and loans. This is especially true for Bright Futures and Pell Grants recipients.


This Course is a Gordon Rule Course Although the Gordon Rule no longer has a formal word count you will still be expected to write a minimum of 1500 words in this class, which you will easily satisfy by writing the outlines and the texts of your manuscript speeches. Remember, you must pass all Gordon Rule classes with a minimum grade of “C” to avoid re-taking them.


The use of Technology OUTSIDE of the classroom is a requirement!

I will provide instructions for how to use the Canvas system.  However, it is the responsibility of the student to acquire and learn to use the learning management system for this class. 


Accessing MyHCC (Log-in Information)

Please note that it is your responsibility to login to our online classroom at least 2-3 times a week to do your work and to check emails and announcements.

Canvas Website: https://hcc. instructure.com

Username and password:  ask me for username if you don’t know it.  Follow NetID instructions for login information Browser Check:  A browser check tool is on the My HCC tab (left column), once you log into Canvas.  You should test your browser and make the necessary updates. This will avoid technical problems when using MyHCC.  See Canvas’s compatibility page for more details.


Technical Difficulties:  Please contact HCC Live (http://hcclive.hccfl.edu/) for all technology-related issues. Indicate to technical support that you are using MyHCC Canvas.  The toll-free Canvas help line is 844 408-6462.


Course Description

This course focuses on the basic methods of speech presentation and critical listening.  There is a strong emphasis on research and developing critical thinking skills.  SPC 1608 meets speech component of General Education Communication Requirements. This is a 3 credit hour course.

Course prerequisite:  College level reading and writing


Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to manage communication apprehension by delivering a variety of extemporaneous speeches using verbal and nonverbal behaviors designed to engage the audience.
  • Students will provide evidence and reasoning including source citation for research, to support the purpose and central idea of a speech.
  • Students will prepare and present a minimum of three oral presentations using established rhetorical patterns adapting them to the established needs of the audience.
  • Students will adapt the oral presentations to fulfill any additional assignment requirements related to structure, purpose or audience.
  • Students will demonstrate effective listening and written communication skills through critical analysis of speeches.
  • Students will engage in group activities to demonstrate their understanding of the principles of group communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the appropriate use of presentation aids to address the needs of the audience and to support the purpose and central idea of a speech.


Policies and Responsibilities

The success of our entire class depends on each member’s professionalism and contribution. Everyone has a responsibility to contribute to a productive and positive classroom culture. To ensure our success, here are a few guidelines:

Attendance and Make-up Policy

Your consistent participation in this course is crucial both to your individual learning and your classmates’ benefit.  Attendance is mandatory for every student. 

Any classes that are missed where a speech is due and is allowed to be made up must be accompanied by a sanctioned excuse, like a doctor’s note or a funeral program for a death in the immediate family, in order to make up the speech.  

Regardless of the excuse other than illness/hospitalization, I require that you turn in your outline on the day that it is due—otherwise you will receive no points for your outline (a 20% deduction for the speech).   

Transportation issues do not constitute an excuse unless there is valid documentation presented to the instructor in a timely manner.

If you are absent, it’s your responsibility to collect any notes, handouts, or materials.  Each absence incurs an approximate 20 point deduction.  Every 3 absences incur an approximate ½ letter grade deduction from the final grade.


You will be penalized at least 10 points for each 10 minutes you are late. If you arrive late, sit in your assigned seat and make sure that I see you. 

Class Preparation

       As a college student, I expect that you will come to class fully prepared for the day’s lesson.  This includes all reading that should have been done in advance, any written work that is due and well-rehearsed presentations.  Failure to prepare adequately will result in a deduction in your participation grade.


Use of Technology in Class

The use of cell phones, laptops, and other devices is prohibited unless you receive express permission from the instructor for use. 


The speech classroom is about human interaction and participation.  Technology increasingly inhibits our physical interactions, preventing it from playing a part in our classroom community.  If a cell phone rings during class or if a student is texting, you may be subject to a participation grade deduction.  This may seem harsh, but I consider it incredibly rude and offensive to text in a classroom environment where people are trying to engage in learning.




No grades are discussed through email. No grades or other classroom matters will be discussed with anyone other than the student unless express permission has been granted through the appropriate authorities.


I hold a 24/7 grade policy.  This means that a student must wait 24 hours after receiving a graded assignment before approaching me with a grade grievance.  After those 24 hours are over, a student may seek a scheduled meeting with me within no more than seven days to discuss the grade. 


Other than what is posted in Canvas, no Final Grades will be given in advance of posting.  If you would like help in figuring your grade, come to my office hours.


Grading Philosophy

I have found that most students have the potential to do A+ work but tend to do average work unless I have high expectations. With that in mind, each student will start this class with an average grade of C.  It is up to you to improve on that grade.  Exceptional students will be rewarded.  Exceptional students are defined as those who go beyond the surface of the assignment and become more engaged in the deeper conversation. 


Just doing the basics of the assignments and turning in your first draft of work will guarantee your average grade or possibly less.  A good example of this is delivering a speech in class without adequate preparation and practice.


Grading Scale

Grades are calculated according to the following scale:

900-1000 = A: An “A” means “superior” performance. “A” work goes above and beyond what is required to produce truly exceptional results.

800-899 = B: A “B” means “very good” performance. “B” work is better than the average.

700-799 = C: A “C” means “average” performance, producing what was expected.

600-699 = D: A “D” means work is below average.

599 or less = F: An “F” means you have failed to meet the minimum requirements for passing.

In the Canvas Classroom, the grades will appear in both points and percentages, some of which may be weighted.  You should frequently consult the grade book online, read any comments I have made in your assignments, and consult me immediately if you have questions or concerns.  Waiting until the last week of school is unacceptable.  


Alternative Grades (I, W, WN)

  • The instructor will not assign the grade of "I," representing a failure to complete all the work in the course, unless at least 75% of the coursework has been completed by the end of the course and prior arrangements have been made.
  • The instructor will not assign a grade of "W”. The "W" represents that a student is Withdrawing from the course, and it is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the class. It is the student's responsibility to check the college calendar for that date. This calendar appears in the class schedules published by the college, on the college web site, and in this syllabus.
  • The instructor will only assign a WN to students who have never attended class.


Written Work & Speech Outlines

All written work (outlines and sources) must be typed.  Correct spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation absolutely counts. Written work that does not meet these standards will not be accepted.  Unless given express consent, I will not accept work that is emailed to me.   If you must hand in work outside of class for any reason, please have it placed in my mailbox, which is located in Library building, first floor in the mailroom.


Speech Outlines:  On the first day of each speech, everyone is required to submit IN CLASS a copy of your typed outline (with sources and visuals as required) whether or not you are scheduled to speak on the first day.   Thus, for each speech, you will need 2 copies of your outline – one for me to grade and one for you to use for speaking notes.  NO MANUSCRIPTS ARE ACCEPTED except for the Oral Interpretation and Awards Ceremony.  If you do not have an outline in my hand by the end of class on the first day of speeches, you will incur up to a 20% penalty.   I will not accept emailed copies.  The only exception to this is if you have an excused absence. 


I will provide feedback on your outlines in person or via email until the day before they are due.  After that, I will only provide feedback in person.  If you email an outline to me for feedback, this does not count as your outline submission under any circumstances.



Late Policy

Since you can turn in any of your online work early, I do not accept work that is late online.   There are a few exceptions to this rule such as when the college servers are down for more than a few hours unexpectedly. 

I do not accept make up speeches that have not been verified with valid notation.  You may only make up certain speeches on a day that has been approved by me—usually the last day of speeches or the last day of the semester.  If you miss the make-up speech day for any reason, there will not be another opportunity to complete the work. 

Academic Dishonesty

Any form of cheating or plagiarism on assignments constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty.  Plagiarism, according to Diana Hacker’s The Bedford   Handbook, is “(1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas, (2) failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words.” For additional information, refer to the Student Handbook section:  Academic Dishonesty Policy.  This applies to this classroom and a grade of “F” may be issued for Plagiarism or Cheating.  Your speeches should be original and written by you. 


  • Any other conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to a student’s academic performance is also considered academic dishonesty.
  • Academic dishonesty for online quizzes includes phoning-a-friend, texting or any other collaboration.
  • The exceptions are when such collaboration is inherent to the assignment, as in group activities, or when encouraged, as for example when students work together in study groups in preparation for exams or when helping each other in the practice of presentations.


Speech Assignments:  You may not deliver a “canned” speech, outline or a speech/outline that has been given before by yourself or another person for this class.

  • In addition, you may not read a manuscript or a full-sentence outline speech in class. Reading from a manuscript whether it is your own or another’s will result in a grade of “F” for the assignment. If there is evidence of plagiarism, you will receive an F for the assignment and probably the course.  Presenting false or fabricated information will result in an “F” for the speech. Depending on the severity, it may result in an F for the course.
  • The course textbook describes ways to appropriately document original source materials in oral presentations to avoid committing plagiarism. In our class, we will use the APA style format. A link to the APA handbook is found in our class LibGuide (Library Guide) and prescribes ways to document original source materials in written presentations to avoid committing plagiarism. The Student Success Center will also assist you in this. I will not, under any circumstances, accept late sources or bibliographies.


Notice of Unauthorized Recordings

We may record our speeches in class.  All unauthorized recordings of class are prohibited. The redistribution of other class materials such as video recordings, quizzes, exams, and general notes are prohibited as well.

Civility Statement

At all times respect will be given to your fellow students, your instructor, and yourself.  Come to class prepared and focused on the day’s lesson.  Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is unacceptable. While everyone may not agree on a topic of discussion, you will not talk over or use any type of bullying to deny your classmates or instructor an opportunity to discuss their views.  No discrimination will be tolerated based upon age, sex, ethnicity, national origin, ability, sexuality, or gender identification.

Classroom Etiquette

Rules for college classes will be maintained and include: do not miss class unless absolutely necessary, do not walk in late or leave early unless absolutely necessary and DO NOT WALK IN DURING STUDENT SPEECHES.  In addition, no cursing or shouting or arguing about issues outside of classroom topics is tolerated.  Clean up after yourself, no noise from (or use of) electronic devices such as cell phones, no wandering in/out of the room for any reason, (no taking smoke breaks), no sleeping or keeping your head down on your desk, no inappropriate or loud conversations, and no expressions of belligerence, speech, or behaviors may be exhibited toward your instructor or peers.   If I have to ask a student or students to frequently quiet down, you will be asked to move your seat or to leave the room.


You will be penalized 20 participation points for each occurrence if you fail to comply with these rules. Additionally, should “repeat” inappropriate behaviors become an issue with your presence in the classroom; you will be directed to meet with the Ybor Dean of Student Services. You will not be allowed to return to class until you meet with the Dean you are cleared for readmission.



Dress for Success!

Students will wear professionally casual, neat dress on presentation days (avoiding faded or ripped jeans,   hats or head coverings, T-shirts, shorts, tank tops, cut-offs, sneakers, flip-flops, bare midriffs or shoulders or revealing wear). Students may be asked to remove hats, sunglasses, hoods, or distracting facial and/or body/tongue piercings prior to their speeches.  No one will be allowed to give a presentation while wearing a hood, sunglasses, a hat or any other object impeding the audience’s ability to clearly see your face.  Dress professionally to maximize your success and avoid point deductions.


The Use of Wikipedia and other Encyclopedic Sources

Since college-level reading and writing are requirements for this course, I assume that each of you have learned basic research and citing methods.  In SPC 1608, we have an in-depth library workshop where you review how to do research and how to acquire academic sources for your speech assignments. 


At no time & under no conditions is the online encyclopedia WIKIPEDIA or any other wiki ever to be used as a cited resource for any assignment in this class.  Additionally, general encyclopedic sources (Ask.com, About.com) are never to be used as a source in this class. Anyone using or citing WIKIPEDIA or any other online encyclopedia in any assignment may receive significant a letter grade deduction on that assignment.




Most of our communication outside of class is conducted via email. 


I will respond to all emails in a timely manner except on weekends or those sent the morning of class. For speediest feedback, use sstein2@hccfl.edu.  If you don’t hear from me in 24 hours, it is your responsibility to try again.   Never assume that I have received your email unless I respond and never assume that a request is granted if there is no response.  


Don’t be surprised if I instruct you to consult the syllabus, an assignment sheet, or the schedule if you have a question that can be easily answered there.  If you looked and cannot find the information, be sure to say so in your email and quote what was said in the instructions/syllabus/schedule so I can clarify.


If you miss class for any reason, it is appropriate to email me in advance.  If you need information about what you missed, consult a studious classmate or look at their notes the next time that you are in class. In addition, you can always post in Ask A Question and be sure to check announcements.


All emails will be professional in tone and construction whether they are sent to me or to your

classmates.   You must include any previous message or conversation in our email exchange.  Texting language is not appropriate.  


Any threats or attacks on a person’s character in or outside the classroom through email (or in a discussion) will result in the loss of all participation points for the entire semester. 


If you want to chat online, we can do it in the classroom Chat area. 


The Assignments – these are subject to change

You should learn to think critically about information presented to you and be able to blend research with personal introspection, so there will be reflection and research assignments that are due throughout the semester, which will constitute your total grade.  The assignments will be mostly oral presentations done in front of the class. 


Speeches 500 points (50% of overall grade)

       Formal Introduction Speech & outline (required speech): 50 points; Time: 2-3 minutes   

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To get to know one another better by preparing a self-introduction
  2. To craft an interesting speech, with appropriate self-disclosure, with 2-3 main points, and an introduction and conclusion, with content, language and delivery appropriate to an interview setting. 
  3. Dress for Success!


Oral Interpretation Speech Exercise & Manuscript; (make-ups can only receive partial credit) 50 points   Time: 1- 2 minutes 

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To develop oral presentation skills using a manuscript and memorization.
  2. To practice eye contact and other delivery skills through a largely memorized presentation (80% or more memorized).

Informative Speech/Group Symposium (required group speech): 200 points; Time: 3-5 minutes per person

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. As a group, to inform, explain, or describe topic as assigned. 
  2. To utilize a visual aid (per person).
  3. To deliver a creative introduction & conclusion (per person).
  4.  To use at least three sources with proper citation (per person).
  5. To practice your research and public speaking skills.
  6. Bonus Points:  Deliver the symposium with unified visual aids; Deliver the symposium with a unified group introduction and conclusion.


Speakers and groups will have designated speaking days – no exceptions.


Persuasive Action Speech & Outline (required speech):  200 points Time:  5-7 minutes.  This is NOT a problem-solution speech or a speech to convince. The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To utilize the knowledge and skills learned in this course.
  2. To persuade the audience to see your point of view AND take action.
  3. To use at least four sources with proper citation.
  4. To demonstrate your capabilities with visual aids and audience participation.


Award/acceptance Speech (no outline, no make-ups): 50 points Time: 1-2 minutes       

You will be assigned a classmate to whom you will create and present an award (No exceptions).  The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To think creatively on a subject that you may not know much about.
  2. To choose a mode of delivery that works best for your speaking style and the occasion.
  3. To choose appropriate style elements for your immediate audience.
  4. To deliver a thoughtful award and an impromptu acceptance speech, meeting all listed criteria.


Recording:  Upon the discretion of the instructor, speeches may be recorded in class or outside of class and uploaded to an online site for viewing by our class only.  Each student may review their own speeches as well as that of other students in their class. Otherwise, all speeches must be delivered in class with an audience in attendance. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


You must deliver the informative speech, persuasive speech and complete your group project in order to pass the course!



Extemporaneous Mode of Delivery

Unless indicated otherwise, all speeches must be delivered conversationally with an outline only.

A “read” or manuscript speech will result in an F for the speech. You are allowed to use notes and visual aids in addition to an outline while speaking. You must turn in a typed copy of your outline along with your speech.  No late outlines, visual aids, references and so forth, are accepted.


Online Quizzes: 100 points (10%)

You will have the opportunity to complete up to 17 online quizzes which will be timed at 40 minutes each and are open-book, with 2 tries each.   They are designed to help you test your comprehension of the textbook and to encourage you to keep up with reading. You may not collaborate with other students on this assignment.  Since you may complete them early, I do not allow for make-up work under any circumstancesI do not reset quizzes unless you provide documentation from the Help Desk before the due date.  Each quiz is worth approximately 6 pts. or .06 % of your overall grade and is in the multiple choice format.


Midterm and Final: 100 points (10%)

You will have an in-class mid-term and final examination (not comprehensive) which count 50 pts. apiece for a total of 10% of your overall grade.


Participation: 200 points (20%)

Each absence, whether excused or unexcused, will result in the loss of participation points.  Absences will result in a loss of 20 points per occurrence; being tardy costs points!  Try not to be late or leave early and if you are, please come in quietly!!   It is your responsibility to check with other students to see what you missed.


Online Discussions & Written Assignments 100 pts. (10%)


Accessing MyHCC (Log-in Information)

Please note that it is your responsibility to login to our online classroom at least 2-3 times a week to do your work and to check emails and announcements.

Canvas Website: https://hcc. instructure.com

Username and password:  ask me for username if you don’t know it.  Follow NetID instructions for login information Browser Check:  A browser check tool is on the My HCC tab (left column), once you log into Canvas.  You should test your browser and make the necessary updates. This will avoid technical problems when using MyHCC.  See Canvas’s compatibility page for more details.


Technical Difficulties:  Please immediately contact HCC Live (http://hcclive.hccfl.edu/) for all technology-related issues.  Indicate to technical support that you are using MyHCC Canvas.  The toll-free Canvas help line is 844 408-6462. Always seek help here first and document any issues that are submitted and resolved. 

Computer and Internet service provider access issues:  Our online learning environment is dependent on this technology -- sort of like those taking a face-to-face class needing a car or some other means of transportation (or mobility) to get to class. Having said that, I must also say that humans control technology and we can expect to be able to work through system glitches and failures quickly.
HCC requires students enrolled in this class to participate actively, so students need to know how to overcome potential access issues.  If your computer is down, use these resources for alternative computer and online access:

Local Libraries:  http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/

Access to campus computers:


Several common problems might cause you to have trouble accessing the classroom folders. I'd like to address each of the most common problems now.
I'm taking a business trip (or a weekend with my family or a family vacation) and won't have access to my computer.
Travelling can be stressful.  Lucky for you, the college provides access to virtual classrooms through the Internet. You can log on from any computer with Internet access.  Public access to computers is widely available through libraries, Internet cafes, hotels, motels and other establishments, so web access should not be an issue. You will not be able to take a vacation from this course, so do not plan on it and please don’t ask for it.

I emailed my work to you so that should count:

Well, that depends.  If there is a technical issue and you emailed your work before the due date to show that you submitted, that is fine.  HOWEVER, you will still need to upload your work in the correct Assignment Folder to receive your grade.   In addition, you are required to submit a copy of your Help Desk ticket to verify that there was a problem and that is has been addressed.  I will never submit a grade for an assignment that is not in the correct Assignment Folder. 
My hard drive crashed, and I lost all of my work.
That is unfortunate.  I sure do hope that you saved all your important files on a flash drive or some external media. You can post this saved material using web access as described above.
My Internet Service Provider (ISP) is down.

This can happen. There are numerous free ISPs that will take you to our Canvas Classroom. These providers have local numbers in most areas where you can call for support and work well as a backup to your regular ISP. Of course, when you need a backup ISP it may be too late to set one up, so you may want to do so now. After all, insufficient planning is at the root of most "bad luck."
There is a huge thunderstorm and I'm afraid my computer will get "zapped."
This might be a problem. Because we live in an area susceptible to thunderstorms, we have all been in this situation. The threat of thunderstorms makes a strong case against procrastination.  Reduce your risk of being held hostage by the weather by posting your assignments, discussion responses and replies as early as you can.  Look at weather.com and if thunderstorms in your area are predicted for the night of the deadline, get your work in earlier.  Also make sure you have adequate surge protection if you live in an area prone to thunderstorms.  If your area or the college has been hit all week by severe weather and major institutions have been closed, I will consider an exception.  But remember, in this class, lightning can only strike once.

The HCC server was down. 
This can happen and is easy to verify when it does. I will adjust assignment due dates as necessary when server problems persist for more than a few hours. A little advice here:  Don't wait until the last minute to submit your assignments!  If you can’t logon via the HCC Website, you can always use:  https://hcc.instructure.com/
My computer has a virus.
This IS a problem. You will be asked to stop posting to the classroom folders until your system is clean.  Use an alternative computer.  Lost participation during this time cannot be made up. Updated anti-virus software is a must.
I'm working with support services right now.
Good work!  Please copy me on all of your correspondence with the Help Desk personnel and have them e-mail me as verification, also.
The due dates were not showing up in my dashboard so I didn’t know that the assignment was due: 

This sometimes happens on the first week of class.  Look at the course schedule for due dates.  Some due dates shown on the Canvas system, such as discussions, can be misleading because there are actually TWO due dates and the first one is not shown.  You should look to the course schedule (posted with the syllabus) and print it out to see what is due when.  I will also post weekly announcementsWhen in doubt, ask.

Discussion responses are due on Wednesdays by midnight Eastern Standard time and everything else is due at midnight (11:59:59 p.m.) Sundays EST.

Online participation is critical in this class. As such any work that you submit online will be graded on a scale based on use of appropriate grammar and style (no texting), the level of detail, application of course concepts, depth of thought, and thoroughness of your response. For most online discussions, you will be asked to respond to the question and then to at least 2 of your classmates.  Your peer responses must also follow the same guidelines above.  


In addition to responding to discussion questions, you may also be required to evaluate the speeches of your classmates in the discussion forum.  In addition to online discussions, you have at several written assignments and self-evaluations to submit. Be sure to read the instructions for all online assignments thoroughly and answer all of the questions. If you fail to do so, you will not receive full credit. 


In-depth instructions for online discussion and self-evaluations are found in the Canvas classroom. Be sure to read through these instructions carefully before submitting your work.


Online Assignment Submission:

Method #1: Required for Discussions!   Easiest but you may lose formatting: Compose your work in a word processing program and then copy and paste the document in the submission window of the assignment folder. Be sure to check the formatting from a campus computer before the due date.  Note: Avoid composing your work in the submission window as you might be “timed-out” and lose your work! 


Method #2: OK for Assignments OTHER than discussions.  Upload an attachment.  Regardless of the computer you are using, you may only submit a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file.  Please no .odt files!  Be sure to check your attachment on a campus computer before the due date. 


Always double-check that you submitted or attached the correct file AND that your file was accepted.  I only grade what is submitted. No submission=0.  If you can’t see it, I can’t see it!

Instructor Pledge:

Like the students in this class, I am expected to demonstrate personal accountability throughout the course.  For this reason, you can expect me to be:



I will do all that I can to see you excel in this class.  In short, I want each of you to succeed.


I will challenge each and every one of you with rigorous yet fair expectations and criteria.  I will expect your best work at all times and will do my best to provide you with the necessary tools to meet this expectation.


I will communicate respectfully with you.  As the instructor, I will do my best to ensure each of you feel valued both in and outside of this classroom by listening mindfully to your comments and/or concerns and paraphrasing both meaning and intent in the hopes of creating shared understanding.



I will start and end class on time.  There will be some speech days where we run a little over time so if you have a class after ours, be sure to speak early!   I will grade and return all work within a reasonable time frame.   If I ever have to cancel class, I will try my best to post an announcement in MyHCC. 



I will come to class prepared and knowledgeable about assigned readings and upcoming assignments.



I will organize class time effectively, and I will accommodate multiple learning preferences by using varying techniques such as: Class discussion, presentation aids, & activities.  In addition, I will provide clear instructions and criteria for all assignments.