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SIGN-110 - American Deaf Culture - Patricia Ivankovic

Course:American Deaf Culture
Professor:Patricia Ivankovic
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to SIGN 110: American Deaf Culture! I am excited to share with you the history and culture of the Deaf  ~ my Culture. This is a hybrid class conducted both online through CANVAS and mandatory Online LIVE! meetings. Cameras are required to be on for the duration of the class.

I have taught SIGN 101, 102, 103, 104, SIGN 110 (American Deaf Culture) and SIGN 111 (Fingerspelling). I truly enjoy  teaching this course as it brings together a diverse group of students and makes the course fun.

Please note: Knowledge of American Sign Language is NOT required to be enrolled in this course. This course satisfies Humanities credits and is also a required course in the Interpreter Training Program so ALL are welcome!

Please read the section "What to Expect in this Course" carefully so you will know what to expect in this course.  

I look forward to seeing you at our class meeting on Zoom. You will be receiving the Zoom invite from me prior to the first class so be sure to look for an email.

Course Description

Studies various aspects of American Deaf Culture, including the description of deafness, Deaf people, the Deaf community as defined by audiology and /or cultural means, services and organizations for and by Deaf people, and culture as reflected in the arts and language of Deaf people.

Virtual field assignments required.

What to Expect in this Course

This class will meet virtually/synchronous via Zoom. You can expect to spend an average of four to six hours a week between reading materials, reviewing videos, and completing homework assignments, taking quizzes and completing projects. You will be expected to be an active participant during our virtual meetings on Zoom where live online lectures will be conducted. For several of our class meetings, guest presenters come in and share their lives with you and there will be assignments tied to their presentations. Therefore,  in order to be an active participant in this course, the following is required:  adequate internet connection, a webcam, and good lighting where you can be seen clearly. You will be asked to participate with your cameras on during the lecture period.

Please note: if you do not have access to a webcam or device with a video or a computer, please contact COC for assistance in obtaining an laptop so you can access the course. It will be impossible to take this course without the items stated above. 

Types of Assessments

Course assessments will be assigned on CANVAS and consist of regular quizzes on reading material provided and the textbook required for this course.

Textbook Information

Holcomb, Thomas K. (2013) Introduction to American Deaf Culture. New York: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-977754-9

You will need to have the course required textbook in order to take the quizzes which will be completed on CANVAS. You need to be familiar with CANVAS to succeed in this course since supplementary reading materials, videos and assignments will all be done on that platform for this course.

Other Relevant Course Information

Because this class is an online / distance learning course, it requires commitment and personal responsibility your part. To succeed this class, you must be disciplined and keep up with the work. You also need to have continual access to a computer with internet access. Otherwise, you will not be able to reliably participate in this class. In this class students will be required to access the class website on a regular and frequent basis. Online classes are not easy. If navigating the internet and computers in general is difficult for you, this might not be your type of class.

Failure to show up via Zoom on the first day of this class will result in you being dropped from this class (No-Show Policy). This drop is mandatory for me to do according to Title 5 standards. Wait-listed students will then be added to fill any vacant positions in enrollment.

One other note: Please feel free to call me by my first name, Patty. In the Deaf Culture, using a person's first name is totally acceptable. (My birth name is Patricia, which I like, but people in the community know me as Patty.) Also, if you are looking for information, including my email address, I'm often required to use my full name so you need to use Patricia, even though I go by Patty.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at:

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 09/16/2021 Sub#: 648