Faculty Spotlight: Bryant Evans

Posted November 5th, 2012 by Janie Blitch

Soaring with Eagle Online

Bryant Evans, Northwest College Geography professor, represents the pioneers who have switched from Blackboard Vista to HCC’s new Learning Management System—Eagle Online (EO). Says Evans, “Using Eagle Online is like driving a different vehicle.”

Bryant has organized his Physical Geography (GEOG 1301) course by weeks and has started using Eagle’s Advanced Forums tool for discussions. After a cumulative quiz (test), Evans closes the “eyes” for previous weeks to keep his students focused and up-to-date.

Evans hopes that the Eagle Online grade book will continue to evolve and improve. He encourages other faculty members to complete the EO training as soon as possible for web-enhanced and hybrid courses; Blackboard Vista will no longer be available for HCCS faculty after the Fall 2011 semester. In the future, Evans would like to see “master courses” available in Eagle Online as they were in Blackboard.

After assignments at the University of Arizona and Pima College, Bryant Evans has taught for HCC since 2003. His honors include Fulbright Hays Travel Fellowships to Oman and Jordan in 2009 and to Argentina and Uruguay in 2006. In addition, he is a recipient of a Houston World Affairs Council Fellowship (China) in 2007. Evans’ Learning Web site shows his current classes and activities.