Hi Folks — Another summer is winding down and although peaches will be in season well into September, today feels like a fall day. It was cool and drizzly this morning and campus is once again full of student life.
I want to say welcome to UMBC students from Dr. Thomas’ exciting new undergraduate course “You Say You Want a Revolution: How Boomers are Revolutionizing Aging.” Bill and his colleague Judah Ronch will be revolutionizing undergraduate education with this groundbreaking course. They’re throwing the pointy-headed lecturer model out the window and experimenting with a live video-mashup TV-style interactive classroom. More on that below.
But first, Bill gets back from Italy tomorrow and hopefully will have some great picts and stories to share from his travels. I also want to briefly share a couple new features ChangingAging.org readers can look forward to this fall.
You may have noticed the new box on top of the right hand column that reads “What Am I Doing?” That’s called a Twitter feed. What, you may ask, the heck is a Twitter? Simply put, it’s a way for friends to share “what they’re doing” online anywhere, anytime, through a quick cell phone text message. Here’s a quick explainer:
Bill spends a lot of time on the road meeting cool people and visiting cool places and with Twitter we’ll be able to hear more about it.
Back to the video mashup course. Starting next week, Bill’s students will be visiting the blog as part of their classwork. We’ll be launching a new section of ChangingAging.org to feature their course and I invite all readers to follow along. We may even webcast some of the courses live to give everyone a sneak peak.
Until then have a great Labor Day and if you’re in Maryland find some peaches, they’re amazing this year!
— Kavan Peterson