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Norwood to Offer Three Classes

I am pleased to announce I have been asked to teach three online classes at College of the Canyons starting in February. Being online classes, that means anyone in the world can enroll, as the classes are asynchronous, meaning anyone enrolled can review lectures and assignments in an online portal called Canvas, any day or time of the week, 24/7.

Here are the details on those three classes:

  • Business Ethics (Business 160 – Section 74494) is a sixteen-week course that begins on February 5, 2024 and ends on May 30, 2024. This is a powerfully transformative course that explores some of the philosophical models of ethics that come to us via Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, and the religious-based Divine Command model. It also does a deep-dive into Enron. And it includes some powerful life lessons about getting ourselves aligned with correct principles to be people of the highest ethical standards.
  • Introduction to Business (Business 100 – Section 74635) is an 8-week course that begins on February 5, 2024 and ands on March 30, 2024. My students claim this is not only a powerful introduction to the world of business, including leadership, management, time management, productivity, economics, execution, tech trends, business acumen, and the history of business, but also a crash course on Life Lessons. Students get exposed to the work of Ram Charan, Stephen R. Covey, Ray Dalio, Thomas Sowell, Marcus Buckingham, and others.
  • eBusiness Strategy (Business 192 – Section 74528) is also an 8-week course that begins on April 8, 2024 and ends on May 30th, 2024. In this pragmatic, entrepreneurial course, students learn the secrets of launching a web-based business. Plenty of successful practitioners of online businesses are interviewed and share their insights.

I may not have a great number of skills, but according to my students, teaching is one of them. Here are some random comments received by the students I taught the Fall 2023 semester that just ended:

  • I truly learned a lot. I delved into topics of personal improvement that I normally don’t concern myself with. These topics ranged from questioning myself to understanding strategies created by other successful individuals. I found myself seriously pondering many aspects of my individual self and even discovered things I never considered.
  • Wow, the very last Learning Journal. . . Can I start this off by saying how much I’ve utterly enjoyed this class? I believe every single lesson, every single video, every single figure presented in your lessons are worth hearing about. I believe this class was utterly amazing at teaching you how to become the best version of yourself.
  • I can’t believe the semester is ending! If there’s one thing I’m taking away from this class, it is knowing me. I loved getting to identify my values and create a mission statement. I appreciate all the beautiful, caring comments and feedback you gave me. I had an incredible time in this class, thank you so much.
  • Thank you, Professor. Seriously, thank you! Your way of teaching is incredible. You make learning very fun and interesting. The fact that you let your students share their feelings and make them feel welcome is very comforting. I hope you have an amazing rest of your life and I hope to see you in the future. You solidified my decision to major in business. I know everyone will not be as amazing as you are but it is what it is. Thank you again!

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Ara Norwood is a multi-faceted and results-oriented professional. Spanning a multiplicity of disciplines including leadership, management, innovation, strategy, service, sales, business ethics, and entrepreneurship. Ara is also a historian, having special expertise on the era of the founding of our republic.
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