Open Classroom Visitor Form Spring 2020
Thank you for participating in Open Classrooms! Please sign up by Wednesday, February 12. Scroll down to indicate the class you'd like to visit and to see class descriptions.
Please keep in mind that some classrooms may only be able to accommodate a set amount of visitors. CTE will be in touch to confirm your visit Friday, February 14. We hope this is a great opportunity to share teaching practices and generate new ideas.
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CS 212 Software Development | Sophie Engle | CO 214
Tue, Feb 18 | 12:35-2:30pm |
Thu, Feb 20 | 12:35-2:30pm |
This course gives students experience with advanced programming topics, including inheritance and polymorphism, multithreaded programming, networking, database programming, and web development. Students will also learn techniques for designing, debugging, refactoring, and reviewing code.

CS 360 Data Visualization | Sophie Engle | CO 107
Tue, Feb 25 | 4:35-6:20p |
Thu, Feb 27 | 4:35-6:20p |
This course introduces both undergraduate and graduate students to the fundamentals of data visualization. This includes discussion of perception, design, and evaluation. Students will also be introduced to a variety of visualization techniques for high-dimensional, temporal, hierarchical, network, and/or geospatial data.



Entrepreneurial Management | Monika Hudson| MH 122
Thu, Feb 20 | 4:35-6:20pm |
Capstone class for business students. The goal of this course is to provide the student with a general understanding of the rationale, methodology and benefits of operating plans, as opposed to strategic plans which are studied in the Strategic Management course. This course integrates subjects previously learned throughout the business curriculum and requires the students to develop realistic cases of business plans. Examples of start-ups, small or medium sized firms and particular ventures within corporations (e.g., export/import project) will be adopted in this course to foster integration of business themes.



RHET 103 - Public Speaking | Michelle LaVigne | LM 352
Wed, Feb 19 | 1-2:05pm |
Fri, Feb 21 | 1-2:05pm |
This class meets the CORE A1 LOs for oral communication and in it students not only learn and practice the "art of speech" but also study the ethics of public speaking as a civic practice that helps us advocate for change, provide information, deepen traditions and more.


PHIL 251: Mind, Freedom, Knowledge | Rebecca Mason | KA 363
Tue, Feb 25 | 2:40-4:25pm |
Tue, Feb 25 | 4:35-6:20pm |
In this course we will consider questions drawn from three major branches of philosophy: philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology. Philosophy of mind is the study of mental phenomena and their connection with the brain and behavior. We will consider questions such as: What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Can a machine think? Can science explain consciousness? Metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality. We will focus on one metaphysical question in particular: Do we have free will? Are we the ultimate source of our desires, or do they arise from something outside of our control? If we don't have free will, is punishment justified? Epistemology is the study of knowledge, belief, and justification. We will consider questions such as: What is knowledge? When is a belief justified? Can we know anything at all?



PHIL 256: Existentialism | Marjolein Oele | LM 344
Thu, Feb 20 | 4:35-6:20pm |
Tue, Feb 25 | 4:35-6:20pm |
Thu, Feb 27 | 4:35-6:20pm |
This course offers an examination of themes crucial to existentialism. Existentialism may be described as a literary, artistic and philosophical movement, but a movement that is rather “loose” and devoid of a central doctrine. While some associate the movement particularly with 19th or 20th century thinkers such as Nietzsche, Sartre and Camus, for others the problems touched upon in existentialism – the possibility of human freedom vs. determinism, the need for introspection, the importance of passions and moods, and skepticism of science and rationality – find their early formations in the writings of St. Augustine and Blaise Pascal. Ultimately, this class does not just intend to offer a theoretical overview of reflections on existentialism, but seeks to place existentialist concerns as central to how we live our own lives.



Introduction to International Studies | John Zarobell | KA 111
Tue, Feb 25 | | 2:40-4:25pm |
Thu, Feb 27 | | 2:40-4:25pm |
The course addresses broad international issues that affect many aspects of our everyday lives, often in ways that are not easy to understand. Issues of cooperation and conflict among states, globalization, economic development, human rights protections, and environmental degradation all encompass global concerns that directly impact individuals at the local level. This course will provide grounding for students to consider these issues from different angles and approaches.


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