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Faculty Spotlight

There are faculty at PVCC who are ahead of the curve in the adoption of open educational resources. Take a look at the links listed below to learn more about what these faculty members are doing.

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John Douglass, Geography Faculty

John’s use of an online textbook is only a small portion of the online resources he provides to his students. He has generated several virtual field trips. The virtual field trips are of Tempe Butte, Colorado Plateau Weathering, Marcus Landslide, Follow the Water (with an online exercise) and the Grand Canyon.

He is in the process of working with ASU colleagues to publish a paper in the Journal of Geoscience Education on the Grand Canyon virtual field trip this summer 2009.

The free textbook is located at:

John’s virtual field trips are password protected. If you would like more information, please email him at

Casey Durandet, Physics Faculty

Casey was an early adopter of giving students access to open educational resources as well as providing 24/7 access to all course materials for her students. For all her classes, the syllabi are posted online, including password protected pages for online grades, lab experiments, homework solutions, lecture notes. For each class, the non-password protected pages contain the course home page, course description, course requirements, course schedule, homework, student conduct code, and the "Online Resources" page.

Casey’s online resources page has links to free study resources, course work and books offered through various sites. Here are just a few: The "Online Resources" page contains links to many online physics resources. They include the following:

PVCC's own ebrary for online books

Specific Physics Resources:

Mechanical Universe Videos - Even though these videos were filmed at Caltech in the late 1980s, the physics is still relevant, especially the 3-D graphical representations. These videos are freely available 24/7.

MIT OpenCourseWare (This is a great resource for students to view video lectures)

Paul Golisch, Adjunct Math Faculty & Dean of Information Technology

Paul has developed OER versions of two courses and is working on a third. All resources in his classes are free and readily available to any student or instructor who would like to use them. Paul is also using the Flipped Classroom concept in all three of the courses he is teaching.  For more information on this topic, please click here.

Currently, he uses Google Sites to host the courses, but plans to move them to a Canvas environment in 2013. Problem sets and videos from the popular Khan Academy web site are the primary resources his students use. For each unit, he also provides links to videos created by James Sousa, math faculty at Phoenix College and online textbooks developed through the Connexions project at Rice University.

Most of Paul's students use all four of these resources at some point throughout the course. Another adjunct instructor, Kristi Hurlburt, is working with Paul to improve the courses and provide additional resources. Kristi is currently teaching the OER version of the 082 class.

Here is a link to his courses:

Math 082 Arithmetic-

Math 092 Introductory Algebra-

Paul welcomes feedback on the courses at

Kurt Hill, Geography Faculty & Division Chair Social Sciences

Kurt utilizes on online textbook and several web based resources for his classes. It’s important that his students have access to near real-time information as part of their learning experience in all things weather related.

The free textbook is located at

Kurt’s Online Resources:

Satellite Imagery and Loops:

Weather Forecast Maps:

Hurricane Information:

National Weather Service:

Kandice Mickelsen, Librarian

OneClick Digital: Scholarly Info, Free of Charge© The PVCC Library Response to Open Access Discourse

Today’s scholarly landscape—that is, places where faculty, students, researchers, and the public can find scholarly information—is rapidly expanding on a Proprietary←→Open Access digital continuum:

Proprietary Library information—those scholarly databases subscribed to with College and District funds yet “free” to students and faculty at the point of need —are rich in content with e-books, newspaper and magazine articles, empirical research published in top peer reviewed journals, images, film, audio, and more.

Open Access (OA) information—those scholarly resources truly free to the end user—are growing rapidly including OA textbooks, journals, archives and digital images, learning objects, ebooks, open courses, conference proceedings, unpublished faculty notes, government web sites, blogs, tweets, and more.

Transcending any one type of information, the PVCC Library’s OneClick Digital© refers to the intellectual and technical act of blending course-relevant content across the proprietary←→open access scholarly continuum in a way that aligns with MCCCD’s Official Approved Course Descriptions, Course Competencies, and Course Outlines and is made available through seamless, copyright compliant online platforms such as Blackboard.

The OneClick© net effect is free or nearly free access to digital course materials that can potentially offset student costs—whether as a textbook supplement or replacement—while enhancing student learning through engagement with superior scholarly information. By acknowledging the multiple sources of scholarly information available in the digital marketplace and emphasizing their complementary qualities, OneClick Digital© adds value to Open Access discourse by providing a comprehensive perspective with broad application.

OneClick Digital Opportunities @ the PVCC Library:

  • Blackboard embeddable, copyright compliant digital course packs
  • Ebrary ebook course
  • E-reserves
  • Customized projects

Contact PVCC Faculty Librarian Kande Mickelsen (ext. 76692) to pursue exciting OneClick Digital© opportunities today!

OneClick Digital©, its variations, and the corresponding definition are the intellectual property of Paradise Valley Community College Faculty Librarian Kande Mickelsen.

Ope-rationalization of the term was a collaborative effort within the PVCC Library with faculty members Sheila Afnan-Manns, Jonathan Barber, Cinthya Ippoliti, and Kande Mickelsen as well as substantive contributions from Ron Bleed. The terms and concept may be used with permission by contacting, or calling (602) 787-7215.

Amy Lambert, Math Faculty

Amy uses OER versions of three of her courses, MAT092, MAT12x and MAT15x.   All of her classes are currently face to face but she will also be using OER for her hybrid and online versions of these classes in the Fall of 2013.   All the resources are free but the textbooks can be purchased for less than $15 if a student wants a hard copy.  

Amy uses MathAS ( ) to host her courses.   She will be integrating MathAS into Canvas in the Fall of 2013.   In MathAS, she can create problem sets for different types of assessments.  There is also a discussion board where students can ask questions and help each other.   Each module is split into sections.   Each section has a link for the online textbook, lessons videos and homework problems.  Most homework problems also have example videos for students to view if needed.   Most videos were created by James Sousa ( or Patrick JMT (  In the future, Amy would like to create her own videos.   

For her face to face classes she uses a semi-flipped approach, which was adapted from Jennifer Henderson, Mike Hamm and Paul Golisch’s A.E.I.O.U approach.   Before class, students are to “Read, Watch and Do.”   This means they read the textbook, watch the video lessons and complete ‘homework A’ (easier) for a specific section/topic.  When they come to class they will first complete In Class Exercises (ICE) using their notes.   Then Amy extends on what was learned, working more difficult problems, showing applications and piecing together what students were to have learned before they came to class.   Students are then challenged to show what they have learned by working problems in interactive groups, usually at the board.   Lastly, Amy gives a quick overview of what will be learned in the upcoming class.   Then it is up to the students to complete the ‘homework B’ (more challenging) exercises to show they truly understand what they just learned.  

Amy will be using this same approach in her hybrid classes.   She will adapt her online class by using the discussion boards for the interactive group activities.

Donna Rebadow, Psychology and Health Sciences Faculty

Donna teaches most of her classes online. Since the classes are all online it is important to Donna that she do her best to assist her students in successfully completing the course. Donna knows that not all students can learn successfully online, so at the start of the class she incorporates a web based introduction to the different types of learning styles. The students take an online quiz that gives them feedback on how they learn best (Visual, Auditory, or Tactile/Kinesthetic).

Online courses can be tougher than in-class courses, and even tougher on students who are mostly auditory learners. Auditory learners are directed to download a free easy-to-use piece of software that will read all the online written materials to them. This ensures a high level of student success for online course completion.

Definition of Learning Styles and Quiz

ReadPlease Software