A new online English Literary course will be added to the
Garden Valley Collegiate Grade 12 program next semester.
Shauna Hamm, who presently teaches an in-class version of
the literary course, will create and deliver the new online course.
She previously taught the online version of Technical Communications.
Hamm and another English teacher, Larry Danielson, have been
working hard since last spring to make this course possible.
In addition to using new course material, the course will use
a software that's new to GVC -- Lotus Notes Learning Space. This
software is used in a special pilot project with Lotus Notes
In this new course, Hamm hopes to adapt most of her in-class
Literary curriculum, but at the same time to explore new opportunities
available in the online medium. Hamm says the method of delivery
for the new course may help to eliminate some of the time constraints
Grade 12 students face. She also expects the alternative approach
will allow students to be more open and willing to share their
In adding this new online class, the elements of not enough
time and space hope to be eliminated. In the online literary
course, delayed feedback can become a benefit, giving students
more time to reflect on what they want to say, and give their
comments more depth and meaning.