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Spring 2014 Presidential Dream Courses

Dr. Cullen teaching Educational Technology class

EIPT 3043.001

Learning with Educational Technology 

Theresa Cullen, Department of Educational Psychology

The Dream Course allowed the College of Education to capitalize on our one to one iPad program from One University Digital Initiative. We were able to bring in some world class speakers that focused specifically on integrating technology. The dream course allowed us to reach to the community through social media and invite teachers and school districts into our college.  The Dream course also made these resources available to the OU professional community.   Through a relationship with the Center for Teaching Excellence we were able to contribute to the OU community by inviting faculty to participate in free workshops with two of these world class experts... Read More »

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PHIL 3293.001

Environmental Ethics

Zev Trachtenberg, Department of Philosophy

As a Presidential Dream Course, the class was organized around visits from four distinguished scholars. Each was based in a particular field, but sought to contribute to a broader understanding of the Anthropocene. They were:

  • Michael Ellis (a Climate Scientist)
  • Michelle Marvier (an Ecologist)
  • William Balée (an Anthropologist) and
  • Diana Liverman (a Geographer).

The class read their writings (assisted by members of the OU Faculty Anthropocene Learning Community). Over the semester the guest lecturers came to OU, delivered a public lecture and talked about their ideas in the class. After their visits the class discussed how to use their ideas as considering the Anthropocene from an ethical point of view.

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Expo 1213.009

Japan in Disaster

Bridget Love, Expository Writing Program

Horrific footage of disaster-torn Japan circulated rapidly around the globe in the days following March 11, 2011. Even in an era rife with calamities, the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan’s northeastern coast stunned the world, as did the chain of events that followed. Mega-tsunami wiped out towns and villages along the coastline, killing and displacing hundreds of thousands and sparking a nuclear meltdown. The triple disasters, referred to in Japan as “3.11,” have raised questions about the ability of contemporary societies to control natural hazards and to recover in their aftermath. This course takes up these questions through a close investigation of survivor and journalist accounts of the disaster, social media forums, films, regional histories, and emerging scholarship.

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ENGL 3103

Visual Rhetoric

Christopher Carter, Department of English