Welcome to the hybrid Speech 151, Group Communication

I want to welcome you to this hybrid version of Speech 151, Group Communication. Speech 151 is an introduction to how groups influence our lives and affect our self-concept. To be successful in business, social organizations and in a family, a person needs to be effective in groups. This course will introduce you to approaches useful in improving your group skills and yet will still allow you to maintain your individual identity.

This is a hybrid class. That means that this course will be taught both face to face in a traditional classroom setting and online. Normally we would be in class around 11 hours per week during the summer. Instead we are going to be in class for four and a half hours. You will be required to make up the rest of the time online. You need to have access to the internet! You will be spending about eight hours a week online.

We will be meeting the following Tuesday’s from 8 am to 12:30 pm:

    * Tuesday, July 21 , 2009
    * Tuesday, July 28, 2009
    * Tuesday, August 4, 2009
    * Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    * Tuesday, August 18, 2009 (last class)

Our first regular class meeting will be Tuesday, July 21. Beginning Monday, July 14, your “virtual class” will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can get used to the online site before you come to the first class. At the site you will receive class information and an opportunity to introduce yourself to each other. We have such a short time, I wanted you to feel comfortable in the online site. You need to log onto the online portion of the class before we meet face to face on July 21.

Logging On to the Class

To log on to Speech 151, go to the link below and follow the instructions there: http://www.lavc.edu/virtualvalley/loggingonline.htm.

To enter the class you will need to go to the class portal at:

http://etudes-ng.fhda.edu/portal

When you get there you will need to do two things.

First, click the left hand link that is titled, “System Requirements.” Follow the instructions to make sure that your system will work well with the college’s online learning system called Etudes NG. Follow all the instructions there including those for the “cache” settings and setting up your “cookies,” “java” etc. Your computer will then be ready to go. One of the biggest problems students have is with their computer system. Follow these instructions and you will experience much less frustration and headaches.

Second, you need to log into the class. On the left hand column click the option titled, “login help.” Scroll down to where you can click, “ Los Angeles Valley College login instructions”. There you will find the instructions you need to log on to our class.


Textbook

We will be using the textbook, Our Groups, Our Roles, by Jim Marteney (yes, that's Jim Marteney). Please purchase it before class and bring it to the first session.

I am really looking forward to meeting all of you and having a great class.