Colorado Online Learning

Mme Barraza's Classes / Sra. Barraza's Classes - Spring 2015

Helpful Hints for Success in COL courses!

As I grade work frequently, I find lots of times when I know that reading the instructions might make things much easier for you.....however, I just wanted to share a few "hints" for more success in doing your work.


  1. Write in complete sentences always. This is how you learn language - by practicing it, so please do so....!
  2. Use the question to help you answer the question. Analyze the question. Generally questions will contain many of the same components that will go in the response.
  3. When you write with questions (which I absolutely do not mind), be specific. It helps me know how to respond to you best.
  4. Remember I can open .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf but have problems opening other file formats.
  5. I generally fight a lot to open Google docs so I do not accept them.

Spring break time....

My spring break is this coming week! So I will be out of town from March 13-20 but I will travel with my computer so I will be looking in on you once each day that it is possible. In any case, continue to work if you have work assigned and probably I will be able to check in on you daily just like here.

Meet Sra. Barraza

I have been with Colorado Online Learning teaching Spanish and French since around 2008. I began my teaching career back in 1987 in Kansas and have been teaching Spanish and French ever since! I continue to teach face to face in Eureka, KS, where I have been for 25 years now! I have a deep passion for travel and love to do so with my husband and my children whenever we can! My children are Joshua, age 24 and Micaela, age 20. My husband is Javier Barraza from Guadalajara, Mexico, so of course, we love traveling in Mexico but also to other areas. We have a 2015 March trip to Belize coming up.


I have had the great experiences to travel in 14 foreign countries and in many of the states of the USA....still lots of places to see and lots of things to do!


I have a Master's degree in Instructional Design & Technology so naturally, these are also real passions for me.


I have enjoyed working with online students in the past and I look forward to working with you this semester in Spanish. I make myself available to students via the online message system in D2L (our LMS - Learning Management System), text or phone. It will be imperative that we work together closely to resolve any difficulties you all may have as we get going.


I teach French 1, 2 and 3 as well as Spanish 3 and 4 with COL.

Contact me when you have questions!

I try to respond right away to both the paged messages and the messages sent in text or in the online system in D2L so please do let me know what questions you have. Many questions will be answered if you view the D2L tutorials that are provided for you.

Work Daily for Best Success!

Reach out for help when you need it!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I'm new to online learning. What if I don't know how to navigate the website? Your local Site Coordinator is usually your first resource. He/she is typically versed in using D2L and can answer most "how to" questions. If they don't know, you can always call me after 4:00 pm for assistance. It is pretty easy to use once you get going.
  2. Is it OK to call you? Of course! That's what I'm here for! Don't forget that I do teach in a traditional school during the day, so if you call, please leave a message so I can return your call as soon as possible after school (same for a text).
  3. What if I'm having problems understanding concepts? Help is just a phone call away. You can contact me during regular office hours by phone, text, or message in D2L. I am also available by request. Just ask!
  4. How late is too late to call? Please do not call after 9:00 pm You may email or text at anytime, but see question #2.
  5. Can we use online translators? Absolutely not! The use of online translators is a form of plagiarism and students who use them will receive a grade of 0 for that assignment. Trust me, I will know.
  6. How can I be successful in this course? The most important thing you can do is ask questions early and often. If you don't understand something, you must ask me (or another student) for help. Another key to success is keeping pace. It is important that you work daily. It is the expectations that all students are submitting work daily.
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Mme Barraza / Sra. Barraza and children

My grandmother of 90 years passed away last September and this is a picture we took at her funeral....it is a more recent one than some others I have in the course for you to see and thought I would share it so you can see us now.