GCC responds to the Coronavirus Outbreak. GCC has moved to remote online instruction.

Michelle Stonis

History Hybrid and Online Instructor

Hi there! Are you interested in taking History 111 online or History 117 hybrid (meaning partially on campus and partially online)? If so, read on!

I am teaching History 111 online for the Fall 2019 term, during the first 8 weeks of the semester, which takes place from September 3rd to October 26th. I will also be teaching a History 117 hybrid course, which takes place for the entire Fall 2019 semester online and meets once-a-week for 1 hour 25 minutes. 

American diplomat and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reminded us that “with the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Similarly, the beginning of a class is a great opportunity to start afresh as you strive to accomplish your educational and career goals. Below are some important course details that will support your quest for success!

Course Basics: Please check the ticket note in the GCC Class Schedule for the exact dates, times, and locations. 

Online: Throughout the week we will meet in our online classroom within Canvas to participate in forum discussions, complete Digital History group projects, work through activities, and attend my optional live office hours within Canvas. Fully online courses have no on-campus meeting requirement, which means you’ll be in charge of navigating the learning experience through technology. The Fall 2019 History 111 Online course is an 8-week course.

Hybrid: Every week some of our time together will be spent in an online learning environment within Canvas andwe will meet in-person every Tuesday for 1 hour 25 minutes throughout the Fall 2019 semester. Hybrid courses require both online and in-person participation in order for a student to be successful in the course. Tuesday meetings are mandatory.

Course Learning Environment: Enrolling in a GCC Distance Education course means you are becoming familiar with the 21st century learning environment. Be prepared to have FUN, to participate, and to come with an open mind. This class includes seemingly controversial topics on which not all students may agree. Collaboration and interaction will be keys to your success in the course, so bring high energy attitudes that are ready to contribute to our positive learning environment. Details regarding course requirements, technology instructions, and meeting details (hybrid only) will be sent to all enrolled students in a welcome letter emailed 2 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

History is more than only places, dates, and names. It is an interconnected web of stories that still have something important to impart to us today. I look forward to having you as a student this term to learn about United States history together! 

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions. Check out the links below for more information on distance education and Canvas! 

Online Student Readiness Tutorials - find valuable tools by scrolling down to "Interactive Tutorials." All 11 tutorials are wonderful, though the first 6 are especially helpful for students who want to be best prepared to succeed in hybrid and online classes. 

General Information on Distance Education at GCC - learn about the hybrid and fully online courses offered at our college by clicking on the "Get Started" icon. 

Specific Information on Distance Education for Social Sciences Courses - learn about the hybrid and fully online courses offered within our Social Sciences Division at GCC. 

Canvas Student Tour - check out these short videos on how to use Canvas. 

Canvas Student Guide - access responses for popular "how to" questions about using Canvas.

Michelle Stonis
Distance Education Faculty
Social Sciences Division