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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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    Aug 19 2012: Hi all:

    I'm a faculty at the National University of Singapore, School of Computing. I've been asked to teach an advanced Human Computer Interaction (HCI) course this semester, and plan to use many more videos as the basis for class lecture and starting conversations about lecture topics.

    Since HCI overlaps with (interaction) design, I'll be using a number of the design talks in class, and for starters in our first week (it's still the first week of class now) we watch Salman Khan's update about the Khan Academy (http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html) as a starting point to talk about the future of education and about evaluation methodologies.

    I hope to use both Coursera (Scott Klemmer's HCI class) and TED as platforms where students in the class can engage the global community and get a chance to interact with folks much more (or less!) experienced than themselves.


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