Destination Kent State FYE FlashTopics
Fall 2013 Destination Kent State FYE FlashTopicsAll Kent State students are required to complete the university requirement: US 10097 Destination Kent State FYE. Enrolling in a FlashTopic section of US 10097 allows students to connect with other students who share a common interest. FlashTopic sections will cover the same material as traditional US 10097 courses, but will incorporate discussions, group activities and exploration related to a specific topic.
Let your advisor know if you'd like to take one of the FlashTopics listed below:
YOU'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE, DOROTHY - A RIDE ON THE DIVERSITY TWISTERThis FlashTopic will borrow from the plot in “the Wizard of Oz” and put a “collegiate spin” on it. Like many first year college students, a confused Dorothy awakens in Munchkinland and realizes that she is not in Kansas anymore (i.e. things have changed). This FlashTopic will focus on “awakening” students to the diverse world that they are about to encounter as a very real part of their future. Similar to the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion that Dorothy encounters, students will learn to embrace and respect the various types of people they are soon to come in contact with in their collegiate (and ultimately professional) lives in an effort to see that upon closer look we all share similarities and our differences make us unique. We will engage in hands-on activities and meaningful dialogue about issues of cultural diversity, gender equity, ethnic diversity and stereotyping. By the end of the term, students will have the tools to build and enhance trusting relationships, break down communication barriers and find real solutions to real problems.
Instructor: Lisa Givan
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GET A FEEL FOR ONLINE CLASSESCurious about what it’s like to take an online course? Want to explore the flexibility and convenience that an online course has to offer? This FlashTopic is offered 100% online with no scheduled class meetings. Although you are not physically in class, you will still experience the same quality of learning and opportunities to interact with your classmates while receiving the support needed to make a successful transition to the university. You will also gain an understanding of how the online Blackboard system works, the expectations of the university, and what it takes to make the most of your college experience.
Instructor: Venecia Alexander
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COLLEGE TO CAREER: PLAN NOW, SUCCEED LATERThis FlashTopic will focus on helping students to identify and use tools and resources to make choices throughout their college careers that will help them succeed when they graduate and begin their professional careers. It may seem counterintuitive to do this at the very beginning of college but that is absolutely the best time to do so. This includes identifying the questions students should ask, how to seek answers to those questions and then how to take action to make it happen. Through activities and resources, students will look into issues such as: Does my desired profession pay well and have a good future? What courses and majors should I be taking? What can I expect from employers during interviews as I seek a job after graduation? What activities and experiences should I get during school to make myself attractive to future employers?
Instructor: Victor Berardi
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THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE & MATHEMATICSIn this FlashTopic course we will devote six lessons that guide students through careers in science and mathematics and how to plan for a prospective major in these fields. Various guest speakers will present material on careers in biology, chemistry, geology and mathematics. We will also look at learning and techniques of learning from biological and experiential points of view. The students will be given an introduction to the brain and its functions. The profound and insightful work of David Kolb on the psychology of learning will be combined with readings from James Zull’s seminal book The Art of Changing the Brain. Students will be introduced to Mind Mapping techniques, Kolb Learning Cycle, and we will use video images to enhance our understanding of the brain.
Instructor: Bathi Kasturiarachi
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THE BASICS OF RESEARCH & GENEALOGYThis FlashTopic will take an in-depth look at different types of researching methods. From learning the value of Google and Wikipedia, to navigating online databases and Library resources, this is a class which will be valuable to the first semester freshman or the veteran senior. Each student will come to this class with a topic of their choice and we will follow these topics through the researching process step-by-step. Apart from researching these topics, we will also devote two classes to the basics of genealogy research.
Instructor: Cassandra Isenberg
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