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Lee Frankel-Goldwater

Educator, Writer, and Media Designer, New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development


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A college level course using TED as the driver for discussion, research, and learning.

For some time I've had the though of creating a college level class based on TED Talks. The essence would be to look at different realms of innovation around the globe, the impact of open social media, and the role good story telling plays in communicating ideas.

Final projects could include creating your own TED talk and having a small TEDxEvent in the university. This could likely get a lot of support from local media and truly highlight some of the amazing work going on by students in universities around the world.

1. Is there anything like this going on already?
2. What could it entail and how could it be used to create more collaboration between departments?
3. Is there anybody interested in developing such a course for their university?


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    Jul 20 2012: Kyra Gaunt, a TED Fellow teaching anthropology at Baruch College-CUNY, hosted a conversation in mid-June about reforming the higher education classroom. She uses TED talks a great deal in her courses and takes a particular interest in use of the internet for sources in lieu of work published offline.

    If you search on this site for "higher education reform," you may find excellent ideas for course design involving TED.
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      Jul 20 2012: Thank you very much. This is wonderful to know, I am based in NYC and would love to learn more about contacts and partners working towards this goal. Please keep me posted with other thoughts.

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