Georgia Highlands College

Online ENGL 1101 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.  It is a great way to learn at home with a course based on individual assignments and collaborative discussions with fellow students.  The only on-campus meetings are the mandatory orientation, up to two study sessions, and a proctored midterm exam.

What is this course about?

  • In essays and other written assignments, students will demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information to support ideas or arguments; and to organize their thoughts coherently and effectively in standard written English.
  • Students will demonstrate that they understand writing as a process through prewriting/planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.
  • By the end of the course, students will demonstrate basic writing competency in grammar, mechanics and usage.
  • Through the reading of non-fiction essays, and possibly short literary works, students will develop critical reading skills.
  • Either as part of an essay or non-essay assignment, students will practice the research process including location of basic sources, evaluation of source credibility, and MLA citation of sources, both in the text and on a Works Cited list.

What is the work load?

Since this is a 3 hour course, in general, you can expect to spend 3 to 12 hours a week involved in course work.  However, if your computer is at your home, you will save the drive time of going to and from campus twice a week. In addition, there are times when you can complete assignments ahead of the course schedule, which may help you manage your time and balance your other responsibilities.

 What about the course materials and delivery?

This course uses Desire2Learn to deliver the syllabus, content modules, assignments, quizzes, projects, and discussion questions.  The course is set up around modules that guide you through course content, practice exercises/self-assessments, and major assignments. Modules will be made available a week in advance to increase scheduling flexibility.

Am I ready for an online class? Will you 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

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.

Mandatory Attendance

You are required to attend one in-person orientation meeting and take an on-campus midterm exam. In addition, you may be required to attend 1-2 in-person study sessions. The exact number will be determined your level of success with writing assignments.  All other assignments and quizzes will be submitted online. The syllabus, course outline, and due dates will be posted in D2L.

Required Materials:

1. Required Textbooks:

  • Harbrace Essentials (ISBN 978-0-495-90836-4
  • The Norton Reader, Shorter 13th ed. (ISBN: 978-0-393-93173-0)*
  • They Say/I Say, 2nd ed.(ISBN: 978-0-393-93361-1)*

2. Internet Access—at home or school

3. Microsoft Office 2007/2010 or equivalent**

*These two texts can be purchased from the GHC bookstore or the W. W. Norton website as a discounted package.

**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. 

Major Assignments

  • Diagnostic Essay (completed during the first week of class) and revision
  • 4 additional essays of varying length
  • Midterm Exam (mix of essay, multiple choice, and short answer questions)
  • Final Portfolio (self-analysis essay and essay revision)

Additional Assignments

  • Discussion Questions
  • Module quizzes and self-assessments

**The number and type of assignments in this list is subject to change.  This list is intended as a general guide only.**

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