Welcome to Georgia Virtual School

Dr. Letitia N. Walker's English Class

Welcome to Class!!!

2018-19


Welcome to English Class! As you get started, please be sure to do the following:

  • Log in to your course each day.
  • Announcements are important. Be sure to check course news announcements on a daily basis.
  • Always use your GaVS 0365 email to contact me. Check your GaVS email everyday.
  • Attend synchronous sessions on Mondays at 7PM. Click here to join the Chat!
  • Being organized is important to your success; download your course schedule & complete and submit all assignments on a daily basis.

Getting Started

Navigation Video

Select the video link below to watch a presentation on how to access your course schedule and navigate the course.

https://students.ga.desire2learn.com/content/enforced2/444246-201802_29_1/TeacherTemp/GettingStarted.mp4

GAVS Course Startup Information

Additional Videos:

Go to the GaVS Student Portal to review the videos for beginning your new course this semester. Follow the link below to get video help for getting started in your GaVS course.


* Where do I begin in my class?

Course Homepage

Be sure that you follow the task list on the classroom bulletin board when you log in to the course. The graphic below is what you will see in the courseroom. Start there to get on the right track this semester.
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Important Information: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Complete and Submit the Handbook Acknowledgment Form

Upon enrollment in a GaVS course, students and a parent/guardian are asked to sign the handbook acknowledgment form. Students will then upload the completed form to the Dropbox in their course. You can access the form on the course homepage illustrated below.
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Syllabus and Schedules

Please take the time to carefully review your syllabus and course schedule. These can be found in the course information widget on the right side of the course homepage.



  • Print your course schedule and follow it.
  • Assignments are due weekly as outlined on your course schedule.
  • Assignments are due by midnight of each Wednesday due date.
  • If you have questions about assignments, ask! Please don’t make assumptions….
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Submit all assignments by the Due Date!!!!!!!!!

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Late Work Policy - Fall and Spring Semester: Updated for the 2018-2019 School Year


Please be aware of the pacing guide and due dates for all assignments. Extensions past the last day of school will NOT be granted. Student work is due weekly on WEDNESDAYS at (11:59 pm) EST. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 2 school days following due date with a late penalty assessed. The late penalty begins on Thursday and is assessed for assignments submitted through the end of the day Friday. Assignments submitted on Thursday and Friday will receive a 20% late penalty.


Late work submitted after Friday will not be accepted.

The late work policy is enforced from the original assignment due date. Therefore, if a student is granted an extension and the extended assignment due date is after the original late work window has expired, work submitted after the extended due date will result in a grade of zero.


At the end of the semester, all class work must be submitted prior to the final exam period. Thus, if the final exam period begins Wednesday of the last week of school, all assignments which can still be accepted based on course schedule due dates, must be submitted by Tuesday of the last week of school.

Technical Difficulties

Technical difficulties are not an excuse for assignments to be late. Students must have computer access to complete GaVS work. It is the student’s responsibility to secure backup computer options when technical difficulties arise. Many public libraries offer computers with internet access. Additionally, GaVS courses can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices so it may be that a mobile device could be used to complete some coursework when there are computer problems.

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Accessing Microsoft Office via O365

In order to access the Microsoft Office programs, you need to be logged in to your GaVS email. When you log-in to your O365 email account, you will have access to Microsoft Office products to complete your assignments. All students have online access to Microsoft products at GaVS. To access the Microsoft apps, log in to your GaVS email and select the App from the waffle menu in the top left of the screen. The graphic below illustrates this process.

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Review Quiz Results & Feedback

Be sure to review your quiz results and feedback regularly. Doing so will help you prepare for future assessments and exams. Follow the link below for additional information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Follow MLA formatting Guidelines!

Don't Lose Points on your dropbox assignments! Follow MLA formatting Guidelines!

Remember, ALL assignments submitted to the dropbox MUST be formatted based on MLA Guidelines. All essays/paragraphs must be in MLA format. Refer to the following website for help with MLA formatting: http://mlahelp.weebly.com/

Also, please be sure to review all information in the courseroom to learn about MLA formatting. The MLA tutorial video below will also help you learn about formatting guidelines.

MLA Tutorial #1: Basic Paper Formatting
https://youtu.be/oxcttGOlsO0

Always Use your GaVS Email

Students enrolled in Georgia Virtual School courses are given an email account which is to be used to communicate with the instructor throughout the semester. Follow the steps at the following link to access your GaVS email.


Accessing your GaVS Email

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Planning for Success in your Online Course

DISCUSSION BOARD SUCCESS

Discussion boards are designed to facilitate conversations within our class, which are similar to a classroom discussion in a face-to-face classroom. Please respond thoughtfully and honestly to the questions. To ensure that you get the most points on all discussion posts, follow these guidelines:


  • Respond to all parts of the discussion prompt.
  • Initial discussion posts should be at least 5 sentences. Refer to specific concepts from the learning material.
  • Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Give thought-provoking comments or questions that will further the discussion.
  • "I agree" "Good job" does not count. You must respond to someone's thoughts with your own thoughts on the topic. Elaborate on main points, refer back to the content, or provide personal examples related to the content.
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc. within your posts. Proofread posts for spelling and grammar!!

Discussion grade breakdown is as follows:
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Understanding MLA guidelines is an important component of successful writing. Be sure to closely follow MLA guidelines for all assignments.


For additional information, visit Online Writing Lab to review the MLA guidelines.

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Student Code of Conduct:


Students in a "virtual building" need to follow certain rules. As a Georgia Virtual School student, you must conduct yourself with the highest standards of honesty.

Any attempt to cheat, plagiarize, falsify information, or receive credit for work you did not do will be considered dishonest behavior and will be dealt with accordingly by the instructor, facilitator, and the Georgia Virtual School Program administration. Unless your teacher or the specific assessment directions inform you of exceptions, all work must be original and entirely the student's own work without any outside help.


Student Handbook

For all Georgia Virtual School policies and procedures, refer to the Student Handbook by clicking here. * All students are responsible for reading and understanding the information in the Student Handbook.

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Skills Review & Plan of Action

To be successful in the online classroom, you need to be a critical reader, observe, respond, ask questions….and so on. In other words, you need to be actively involved. Review the following prompts and reflect on your classroom practices to develop your plan for being successful this semester.

Weekly Adobe Sessions!

Each week we will have a chat session to review classroom skills that can be applied to the current week's lesson. Feel free to join the conversation.


Follow this Link to Join us every Monday at 7:00PM:

https://stream.jigsawme.com/u/lwV5nW

Dr. Walker's Professional Background

Teaching Career

I am a native of Georgia with 20+ years of experience as an educator. I have enjoyed working in a variety of Middle/High Schools & Universities. In addition, I have had the pleasure of teaching a wide variety of English courses throughout the years.


Educational Background


Valdosta State University

  • BSEd Secondary Education/English
  • MSEd-Instructional Technology
  • EdS-Educational Leadership


Capella University

  • PhD-Curriculum & Instruction

Office Hours

Mon.-Fri. 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.