Online Course Open House


Welcome to the Fall 2016 Online Course Open House here on the internet. We have a fine selection of homes to tour, beginning with a wonderfully designed cottage with some fancy books across the front giving it some real curb appeal. Other properties include a well located new build and a recently remodeled beach condo.

To access each home: Login to the Yavapai College website, then click on any of the links below to visit the course. There is a link in the upper right corner of each course that says “Enroll in Course” that will give you access to the complete course.

geography 105, photo of earth from space

Joani Fisher’s ENG101

pink flower

Suzanne Waldenberger’s HUM243

history of film

Laura Cline’s ENG100

red sunset

Beth Bazevage’s HIM240


Matt Borja’s CSA


Nichole Wilson’s PSY101

Ruth Alsobrook-Hurich’s VGD121

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  10 comments for “Online Course Open House

  1. Ruth
    December 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I was so happy to join Dr. Mary Ann Clark in her session today to explain some of the reasoning behind the design. It was her “Back” button which got me to think about adding a Module and Home option to my pages!

    I appreciate people allowing us to venture into their courses. Seeing what other’s do is one way to make myself a better online instructor.

  2. Selina Bliss
    December 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I appreciated what Tina Luffman showed us in her English 082 course as she explained she deliberately placed a picture of the required textbook in the banner of her course. Anytime I can tie content of the assigned book to the course it seems to help make connections for the students. She does this right off the bat on the homepage of her course.

  3. Robert
    December 15, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    It really made me think of things differently when I saw the way Ellen Savoini created simple tables with buttons in PowerPoint to easily navigate her A&P course. She showed everyone a simple and logical way to cleanly organize our courses. I think being able to click a button is less cumbersome for students than scrolling through weeks of assignments. I really appreciate seeing other people’s ideas for course design.

  4. Judie Piner
    December 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I love doing this… Could spend all night looking at others’ courses. We are all so creative and think so differently. We can all learn from this. I love the elimination of the word “module” in the Humanities course. I also see that I need to make my home page much simpler. When we get home I will go through them all again. Thanks for putting them up.

  5. December 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I learned that no matter how challenging the content is, teachers can and should present the content in an organized and consistent manner for each module in Matt Pearcy’s class. I try to do this in my developmental and First Year courses, but Matt does it as well. I also like the way he uses ISSUU to present his syllabus. Thanks for letting me share your time today, Matt, in the morning session as well!

  6. December 16, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I toured Kathy Karpinsky’s course on whole foods. I loved the simple organization. I learned that the home page can be a simple landing page that can give keys to success in the course and simple navigation to the other elements in the course. I guess I already knew that, but I don’t really do it this way with a great landing page to keep things simple, and I should. From the course content itself, I learned what a Healthful Diet is. I would only suggest, perhaps, adding some diversity to assessments and maybe adding activities between the learning videos to create some generative learning strategies, prior to testing the students. Students need a way to start adding the new info into their long term memory. Having a test could help, but a “viewing guide” for the videos or a voice thread where students answer questions about the videos or explain the videos to a friend, etc. Also, most importantly, a vegan diet can help with prostate cancer. – Curtis Kleinman

  7. December 16, 2015 at 3:28 am

    After reviewing several of the courses, I found that I want to change my opening page. I really liked the pictures that Jason and Tina used instead of a modules listing. I could use different pictures of pregnancy for my OB course. I also liked how Matt Pearcy has a video introducing himself and the course on the Home page. I’ll be working on these soon.

  8. Karen Alexander
    December 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I have really appreciate the instructors who have opened their canvas courses for us to explore during this “open house”. Having the opportunity to be able to explore through a whole course and see all the features that many of them have utilized has been eye opening and given me many new ideas to improve my own course.

  9. Andrea Schaben
    December 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I really enjoyed exploring our science guru’s (Matt and Ellen) Canvas sites. I was really interested to see Matt’s use of open source textbooks and how he integrates that into his course; it is so well organized, easy to follow, and a great model for online courses. I was also impressed with their lectures – I want to look more at Articulate and other ways to present material. Great work!! Thanks a million to all that shared – amazing.

  10. Stephanie Scovill
    December 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I visited Ellen’s course. The home page was awesome: user friendly, attractive…and easy to figure out.

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