Coasts Compared: Experimental class delivers engaging, global experience
The original idea was to create a program that would allow Oregon State University students to spend two weeks studying on the Caribbean island country of Aruba.
The class, “Coasts Compared,” highlighted ways in which technological tools like Zoom can be used to create interactive, engaging classroom offerings. It gave students the chance to interact with counterparts from another country. It also planted the seeds of friendship among the students -- and has prompted some of them to considering changing their future plans.
A key goal from the beginning was to create an interdisciplinary course, so two other OSU faculty members joined the effort: biologist Cheung of the Hatfield Marine Science Center and geographer Becker of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Another goal, Plaza said, was to bring the class under the banner of the College of Liberal Arts’ Marine Studies Initiative. “And we wanted to make sure that students from various disciplines could actually take it,” Plaza said.
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