A team of Emory University educators is trying a new approach to spark academic conversations about important topics with the public that may also attract some potential students.
The university has scheduled its first “teach-out” Monday, a free “event” through the Coursea online program that’s aimed at encouraging viewers to create ideas that will better their communities.
Emory’s teach-out is inspired by the “teach-ins” of the 1960s. Titled “ ’Making’ Progress,” it features video interviews with people who work in Atlanta addressing topics such as historical sites, neighborhood gentrification and immigrant spaces, the university said. It also will include public discussion forums.
For Emory, the “teach out” is an opportunity for them to use technology in ways they haven’t before, said Stephanie Parisi, associate director of online education in the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.
The videos will be live for two weeks. About 440 people signed up by Friday, organizers said.
“It’s another way for us to connect with larger audiences,” said Donna Troka, an adjunct assistant professor at Emory who is also Senior Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.
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