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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
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....
Reading
3 videos (Total 26 min), 4 readings
Video3 videos
Orbital Perspective4m
Overview19m
Reading4 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
Hours to complete
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...
Reading
3 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings
Video3 videos
Ron Ted with full tour-HD8m
Recording of Live Discussion 150m
Reading3 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
Hours to complete
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?”...
Reading
3 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Pre-flight Remarks Before the Russian State Commission5m
Recording of Live Discussion 252m
Reading3 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
Quiz1 practice exercise
1 - Looking Skyward32m
Week
4
Hours to complete
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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 120 min), 3 readings
Video7 videos
Planetary18m
Recording of Live Discussion 3m
STS-124 Postflight Presentation18m
Cupola Corner with Chris Ferguson4m
Cupola Corner with Alexander Samokutyaev8m
Cupola Corner with Satoshi Furukawa4m
Reading3 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

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 20 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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