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Connie M. CaskieConnie M. Caskey, Instructor of English and Speech

Office Location:  GSB 214-J (Shelby-Hoover Campus)
Office Phone:     205-983-5966 (voice mail)
Email Address: ccaskey@jeffstateonline.com
Mailing Address: 
Connie Caskey
Jefferson State Community College
4600 Valleydale Road
Hoover, AL 35242

Information about Ms. Caskey's Online Classes

Students enrolled in my online courses will need to log on to Blackboard (accessible through Campus Pipeline) on the first official day of class for further information and instructions.  The course orientation will be online. 

Specific Course Information

ENG 093:  Basic English
Students can complete the entire course online, submitting assignments and receiving graded work electronically. There are no on-campus requirements for this course. The orientation, class lessons, class discussions, and exams take place online. This course is a review of grammar and composition skills. Students will complete paragraph assignments, outlines, essays, and revisions.  Quizzes and other assignments will also be a part of the course.  Microsoft Word is required for written assignments.  Students are required to use MyWritingLab (access code packaged with textbook available at the college bookstore).  Required Text:  The Writer’s World Paragraphs & Essays (3rd edition, packaged with MyWritingLab access code)

ENG 101:  English Composition I
Students can complete the entire course online, submitting essays and receiving graded work electronically. There are no on-campus requirements for this course. The orientation, class lessons, class discussions, and exams take place online. This course includes instruction and practice in the composition process, including planning, writing, and revising. Students are required to prepare several extended compositions.  Students will also learn basic research and documentation skills.  Students will prepare outlines, write essays, and revise papers.  Essays will be based on course readings (short fiction).  Students may also be required to participate in online discussions, take reading quizzes, and complete class activities online.  Students are required to use MyCompLab (access code packaged with textbook available at the college bookstore).  Microsoft Word is required for written assignments.  Required Texts:  The Bedford Introduction to Literature:  Reading, Thinking, Writing (9th edition) and The Successful Writer’s Handbook(2nd edition, packaged with MyCompLab access code)

ENG 102:  English Composition II
Students can complete the entire course online, submitting essays and receiving graded work electronically. There are no on-campus requirements for this course. The orientation, class lessons, class discussions, and exams take place online. This course includes instruction and practice in the composition process, including planning, writing, and revising. Students are required to prepare several formal compositions.  Students will also learn research and documentation skills.  Students will prepare outlines, write essays, and revise papers.  Essays will be based on course readings (poetry and drama).  Students may also be required to participate in online discussions, take reading quizzes, and complete class activities online.  Students are required to use MyCompLab (access code packaged with textbook available at the college bookstore).  Microsoft Word is required for written assignments.  Required Texts:  The Bedford Introduction to Literature:  Reading, Thinking, Writing (9th edition) and The Successful Writer’s Handbook(2nd edition, packaged with MyCompLab access code)

ENG 251:  American Literature I
Students can complete the entire course online, submitting essays and receiving graded work electronically. There are no on-campus requirements for this course. This course is reading intensive and will involve participation in online discussions.  The orientation, class lessons, and class discussions take place online. This is a survey course that focuses on American literature from the beginnings through the end of the Civil War.  The course includes major authors and representative works of this period. We will discuss literary, cultural, historical, and philosophical forces relevant to these works. In discussions and in written assignments, students will interpret aesthetic and thematic aspects of these works, relate works to their historical and literary contexts, and demonstrate understanding of relevant criticism and research. Two essays, one requiring research, must be submitted using Microsoft Word.  Literary analysis activities, reading quizzes and/or discussions, and two exams (midterm and final) will be given online.  Required Text:  Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volumes A & B (8th edition); Recommended: The Successful Writer’s Handbook or Harbrace Handbook (17th edition)

ENG 252:  American Literature II
Students can complete the entire course online, submitting essays and receiving graded work electronically. There are no on-campus requirements for this course. This course is reading intensive and will involve participation in online discussions.  The orientation, class lessons, and class discussions take place online. This is a survey course that focuses on American literature from 1865 to present.  The course includes major authors and representative works of this period. We will discuss literary, cultural, historical, and philosophical forces relevant to these works. In discussions and in written assignments, students will interpret aesthetic and thematic aspects of these works, relate works to their historical and literary contexts, and demonstrate understanding of relevant criticism and research. Two essays, one requiring research, must be submitted using Microsoft Word.  Literary analysis activities, reading quizzes and/or discussions, and two exams (midterm and final) will be given online.  Required Text:  Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volumes C, D, & E (7th edition); Recommended: The Successful Writer’s Handbook or Harbrace Handbook (17th edition)

SPH 106:  Fundamentals of Oral Communication
SPH 106 is a survey course, covering intrapersonal and interpersonal topics, public speaking, and group communication. This is a performance course that includes communication theory and provides practical application.  Students will be required to complete written assignments, complete an interview assignment, participate in a group project, utilize PowerPoint in a presentation, and deliver informative and persuasive speeches.  Most of the course can be completed online.  Students will record speeches in front of an audience of friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and/or classmates (audience of 10 people required) and submit these presentations via approved media file through Speech Studio (access code packaged with textbook).  Students are required to present one speech on campus in front of your classmates. There will be a couple of day/time options posted on the course calendar for this speech. Students will be required to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for some assignments.  Reading quizzes and two exams, midterm and final, will be given online.  SPH 106 students will complete a group assignment online, using asynchronous online discussion.  Required Text:  Communicate! by Verderber, Verderber, & Sellnow (13th edition, packaged with Speech Studio access code)

SPH 107:  Fundamentals of Public Speaking
SPH 107 is a public speaking course that emphasizes research, organization, and delivery of several types of speeches to specific audiences.  This course includes audience analysis as well as the actual planning, rehearsing, and presenting of formal speeches.  Students will be required to complete written assignments, prepare speech outlines, and present five speeches.  Most of the course can be completed online.  Students will record speeches in front of an audience of friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and/or classmates (audience of 10 people required) and submit these presentations via approved media file through Speech Studio (access code packaged with textbook).  Students are required to present one speech on campus in front of your classmates. There will be a couple of day/time options posted on the course calendar for this speech. Students will be required to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for some assignments.  CourseMate and Speech Studio assignments will also be required (access code packaged with textbook).  Reading quizzes and two exams, midterm and final, will be given online.  Required Text:  Public Speaking: The Evolving Art (Custom Edition for Jefferson State, packaged with Speech Studio and CourseMate access codes)

Students should purchase current editions of the textbooks listed above for the courses in which they are enrolled.  These books are available at the Pioneer Bookstore on the Jefferson and Shelby-Hoover Campuses.  Questions about my classes should be directed to Ms. Caskey at ccaskey@jeffstateonline.com.  Assignments and class activities will be very similar in online and traditional versions of my courses.