Welcome to Third Eye Weekly. On this podcast we try and answer the big questions with intimate, personal narratives that give insight into the human experience that others might over-look.
Today’s podcast is about classes. We’ve all enrolled at one point or another–it’s been mandatory as citizens since the time we were children. Whether we want to admit it or not, classes have come to shape the way we perceive the world and how we define ourselves as learners.
Despite all of this, our country’s education system has been under fire now for years. Test scores are plummeting as teachers are struggling to deal with curriculum changes, budget cuts, and how to better motivate students.
Our big question for this week is: What are some of the more progressive ways we can enrich the classroom experience for students, and to change the environment in ways that will stimulate more interest, participation, and creativity?
We’ll talk with Glenn Stutsky, course instructor and founder of the class, Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters Catastrophes and Human Behavior. The course is being taught at Michigan State University, and is receiving so much attention that attendance is now open to accommodate even non-students who are interested in immersing themselves in the multi-media experience.
Joining Glenn is Keesa Johnson, an instructional designer for the course who has dedicated her life to the arts and new paradigms of learning. Christopher Irvin is another Instructional Designer of the class who will be speaking with us, whose work blurs the lines between science, technology, and art.
Lastly, for our Third Eye perspective into the question this week we’ll wrap it up by talking with Ben Nelson. Four years ago Ben founded the Minerva Project, which he calls a “perfect university” that will trade huge lecture courses for small faculty-led seminars, and physical classes for online video exchange. A Minerva education seeks to escape the boundaries of the classroom by traveling to world cities and seeking real life experiences to help shape the next generation of leaders.
Watch as we take it to the streets for this week’s segment asking people what is most interesting class they’ve ever taken.
You can also check out a video of our interview with Ben Nelson on the Minerva Project and the future of higher education.
Be sure to also check out the awesome, Addy award-winning promo to Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters Catastrophes and Human Behavior here.
Music & Poetry
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
Timbre – Sun and Moon
Sam Cook – “On Feeling Safe”
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