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Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

The Orbital Perspective

In this first lesson the student will be introduced to the concept of the Orbital Perspective and given a glimpse to its implications for our global society....
3 videos (Total 26 min), 4 readings
3 videos
Orbital Perspective4m
Overview19m
4 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Foreword, Preface and Introduction10m
UN Sustainable Development Agenda10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 1- No Poverty10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Zero Hunger10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Looking Skyward - Part 1

In this lesson the student will be introduced to the history leading up to the International Space Station (ISS) partnership and to some of the technical and cultural challenges that faced the partners in the early days of the International Space Station Program...
3 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings
3 videos
Ron Ted with full tour-HD8m
Recording of Live Discussion 150m
3 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Chapters One & Two10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health & Well Being10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Looking Skyward - Part II

How did we go from those early days of mistrust and suspicion to building and operating the International Space Station? What was the secret ingredient that enabled a coalition of fifteen nations to work together systematically, in a fully integrated manner, to construct and operate the most complex structure ever built in space? Is there something we can learn from how the members of the ISS program learned to overcome differences and cultural misunderstandings in order to accomplish remarkable things together? Can we use these same techniques to reach agreements on things such as alleviating poverty, mitigating climate change, or achieving peaceful solutions to long-term conflicts?”...
3 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Pre-flight Remarks Before the Russian State Commission5m
Recording of Live Discussion 252m
3 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Chapter Three10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 - Gender Equality10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Clean Water & Sanitation10m
1 practice exercise
1 - Looking Skyward32m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Looking Earthward - Part I

In this lesson the instructor will share a profound shift in perspective experienced during his first space mission and take a deep dive into the meaning of the orbital perspective. We will also explore examples how taking an orbital perspective can affect our global society....
7 videos (Total 120 min), 3 readings
7 videos
Planetary18m
Recording of Live Discussion 38s
STS-124 Postflight Presentation18m
Cupola Corner with Chris Ferguson4m
Cupola Corner with Alexander Samokutyaev8m
Cupola Corner with Satoshi Furukawa4m
3 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Chapters Four & Five10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth10m
Week
5
1 hour to complete

Looking Earthward - Part II

In this lesson we will explore the frameworks we use to construct our view of the world and the implications of taking on a conviction that we do not have to accept the suffering and conflict on our planet as inescapable. This lesson will also compare and contrast effective and ineffective forms of collaboration. ...
3 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
We Want Peace4m
Conversations with Emmanuel Jal5m
3 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Chapter Six10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation, & Infrastrucure10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Reduced Ineqalities10m
1 practice exercise
2 - Looking Earthward30m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Looking Forward - Part I

In the third section of the course "Looking Forward", we will explore some of the many efforts to connect billions of minds and tap into our collective global genius. We will further examine the barriers to global collaboration and explore ways to break down those barriers. And we will hear some stories about amazing people who are building bridges to collaboration and making great strides toward overcoming our world’s biggest challenges. This lesson will also explore what factors led to success in a very high stakes situation. Participants will be exposed to some of the “perverse incentives” that limit the effectiveness of global humanitarian development and crisis response efforts. This lesson should lead to a discussion on how to better provide assistance worldwide. ...
2 videos (Total 58 min), 4 readings
2 videos
Recording of Live Discussion 452m
4 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Chapter Seven and Eight10m
Interview: Between the Lines10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption & Production10m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

Looking Forward - Part II

The exponential increase in collaborative technology is rapidly rewriting the way people and organizations interact. In this lesson we’ll look at several movements and initiatives that are synthesizing the orbital perspective and the worm’s eye view, making vast amounts of information accessible and bringing large groups of people together to work toward common causes. In some cases, collaboration is not facilitated by long-term personal relationships. Instead, the bond is the common cause, the shared experience, and in some cases simply being given the permission and means to help....
3 videos (Total 68 min), 3 readings
3 videos
Call to Earth - A Message from the World's Astronauts to COP217m
Recording of Live Session 553m
3 readings
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Chapter Nine10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 - Climate Action & Climate Action for Businesses10m
UN Sustainability Development Goal 14 - Life Below Water10m
Week
8
1 hour to complete

Call to Action - Part I

In these last three concluding lessons we will connect all the previous lessons into a specific “Call to Action”. Included in the call to action is a desire to spark a global conversation about the need to have a deeper level of collaboration toward solving the world’s toughest and most seemingly intractable problem. In the lesson participants will be exposed to some of the efforts that are rewriting the way humans interact on and off our planet. ...
3 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings
3 videos
Home1m
What Kind of World Do You Want?4m
3 readings
UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Life on Land10m
UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions10m
The Orbital Perspective – Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles: Excerpts from Conclusion10m
Week
9
1 hour to complete

Call to Action - Part II

This lesson will focus on methods to create an actual or virtual “Control Room of Spaceship Earth”....
1 video (Total 6 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 - Partnerships for the Goals10m
Ways you can Take Action to help achieve the SDGs10m
1 practice exercise
3 - Looking Forward20m
Week
10
3 hours to complete

Call to Action - Part III

This concluding lesson will focus on ways to continue the momentum that was created by the course and continue to propel the Earthrise-2068 project forward....
1 video (Total 10 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
The Future Starts Now10m
20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity10m

Instructor

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Ron Garan

Adjunct Professor
Science

About University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the state’s land-grant university and a member of the Association of American Universities—made up of just 62 universities in the country. As one of the world’s premier public research universities, the university conducts more than $625 million of research annually. Home to two allopathic medical schools in Tucson and Phoenix, the UA Tech Park, and a member of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium, the university creates an $8.3 billion economic impact for Arizona. U.S. News and World Report placed 14 University of Arizona graduate programs among the top 20 in the nation and it is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars. With its strategic academic and business plan, “Never Settle,” as its guide, the university is producing graduates who are global citizens, engaged leaders, and fulfilled individuals....

About University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in academic excellence, both on campus and online. Ranked in the top 10 of Public Universities, the University of Florida is the state’s oldest university and has a long established tradition of academic excellence. ...

About Drexel University

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 26,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has built its global reputation on core achievements that include: 1. Leadership in experiential learning through Drexel Co-op. 2. A history of academic technology firsts. 3. Recognition as a model of best practices in translational, use-inspired research. Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel now engages with students and communities around the world via: 1. Three Philadelphia campuses and other regional sites. 2. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the nation’s oldest major natural science museum and research organization. 3. International research partnerships including China and Israel. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics....

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