Our Universe is our Classroom | Dr. Mike Reynolds | TEDxFSCJ

In this inspiring and charming talk, Dr. Mike Reynolds brings us into his world, full of stars, planets, and asteroids, and big enough, exciting enough, and beautiful enough for a lifetime of wonder and lessons. Dr. Mike Reynolds has been gazing at the stars since he was seven years old, even creating his own backyard observatory. Reynolds is perhaps best known for his astronomy and science education efforts, from the classroom to informal education to astronomy and space exploration outreach. Reynolds has 37 years in astronomy and space sciences in the gamut of a high school and university instructor, planetarium and museum director, researcher, writer, and lecturer. He was director of the Chabot Science Center in California from 1991 to 2002, and currently Director Emeritus.

Dr. Reynolds has written several astronomy books and writes and serves as a corresponding editor for Astronomy (magazine). In addition to leading expeditions worldwide, Dr. Reynolds is also an invited speaker, engaging audiences in things astronomical, as well as doing book signings as often requested at many of his talks. More recently, Dr. Reynolds has served as the Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics and Professor of Astronomy at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Dr. Reynolds’ astronomical research has been primarily focused on Solar System objects, as well as meteoritics. He has led expeditions around the world for numerous total solar eclipses, meteorite crater research, and meteorite recoveries. He worked with Meade Instruments in 2005 to develop and create Meade’s MeteoriteKit, a special set of meteorites, tektites, and impactites.

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TED Ed Lesson created by  Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche using video from TEDx Talks YouTube channel.

Discussion: If the universe is our classroom, what lessons from outer space can be used to improve our own planet?

TED Ed Lesson link: https://ed.ted.com/on/gsCaeoXW

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TED Ed Lesson Update: Country Living and Future Technologies | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | TEDxFSCJ Learning Adventures

Online discussion started in three different courses, Management of Information Systems, Strategic Management, and Leadership and Team Dynamics. All three courses had to answer the same questions but add an emphasis on technologies, strategies or leadership initiatives depending on the course. This combine activity can be replicated using TED Ed Lessons and students from different sections or courses. See instructions and a selection of responses below.

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1. Watch video and extract potential business solutions and strategies based on emerging technologies. 

2. Answer this discussion question: What are the pros or cons about moving out of big cities. How companies have to modify their strategies to offer their services and products to these new communities?

  • Information Systems – What business information systems are useful to solve this situation? 
  • Strategic Management – What should be the vision of these companies? 
  • Leadership – How community leaders are influencing their citizens to adapt to new communities? 

3. Post your initial response here in this forum and add at least 3 extra substantive comment to your classmate in three different days. 

4. Go to TED Ed Lesson site (https://ed.ted.com/on/rGppNZUR) and paste your initial response in the discussion in the lesson. You will share your answer with other Fall 2017 courses and you will be able to read their responses. This is a combined discussion. 

Integration of Global Outdoors Learning Blogs, TED Ed Lessons and Global Goals in Management Courses | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | Global Education Conference

Global Education Conference 2017 Accepted Proposals. Outdoors University blog will be featured during online presentation to educators. Thanks to our global collaborators for sharing photos, videos, lessons, wisdom, thoughts, and outdoors adventures. The University is Outdoors. Attend CEC 2017 FREE!

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The 8th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC). November 13 – 16, 2017

The Global Education Conference Network’s eight annual world-wide collaboration on globally-connected education will take place around the clock starting Monday, November 13, and continuing through Thursday, November 16. 

This event is FREE to attend, but does require that you REGISTER! Please register HERE
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Watch our online Live Presentation during Global Education Conference. GlobalEdCon Schedule. Links to the live virtual rooms will be available when the conference starts.

When Mon, November 13, 3pm – 4pm

Posted by Jose G. Lepervanche on October 31, 2017 at 12:08am in GEC 2017 Accepted Proposals.

Name and Title: Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche. Professor of Supervision and Management
School or Organization Name: Florida State College at Jacksonville
Twitter Handle (@name): @drlepervanche
Co-Presenter Name(s): Flor Lepervanche
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Educators

Short Session Description (one line):
Integration of Global Outdoors Learning Blogs, TED Ed Lessons & Global Goals in Management Courses

Session Strand (use the “tag”): “2017HigherEd” “2017SDGs” “2017Teachers”

Full Session Description:

Global Outdoors Learning Blogs and TED Talks have been used with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be added to topics in Management courses. Blogs posts and TED Ed Lessons have been created and integrated to Learning Management Systems (LMS) using the Global Learning Opportunities Building Engagement (GLOBE) model. GLOBE is an educational model created to facilitate global collaboration and creative learning methods inside and outside the classroom to enhance Management programs.

The objective is to:
1. Find Global Learning Opportunities that are useful to our courses or programs.
2. Building bridges by connecting speakers, presenters, adventurers, travelers, facilitators or influencers with Management courses (Global Management, Outdoors Leadership, Youth Leadership, City Management, Strategic Management, Technology Management).
3. Build Engagement by creating active and continuous collaboration using blogs posts and adding TED Ed lessons with TED talks related to specific Management topics and SDGs.

Presentation shows how learning blogs posts are organized in global categories by activities, topics, SDGs, and countries. It shows how to create TED Ed Lessons using relevant TED Talks and, it shows hot to integrate or embed these resources into LMS of Management Courses in order to enhance classrooms, online discussions, and outdoors learning experiences. GLOBE has been used in Business, Management, and Systems courses and can be used in any global learning area, program, or course. All current blogs posts, and TED Ed Lessons are free and available to use. New educators and collaborators are welcome to post in our global Outdoors University blog using the EasyPost form.

Websites / URLs Associated with Session:

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Country Living and Future Technologies | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | TEDxFSCJ Learning Adventures


I have created a new TED ED lesson to be used in higher education courses. Our TEDxFSCJ Learning Adventures​ continue using this TED Talk in online discussions in Strategic Management, Information Systems, and Leadership courses.

Suburbs and rural areas are atracting a new generation of citizens who enjoy outdoors and the opportunity of exploring nature near their homes. New technologies are being used to provide services to these families. This TED Talk and TED Ed lesson give our students the opportunity to explore the future ouf our communities.

If you are thinking about country living take a look to this outdoors lesson.

Future tech will give you the benefits of city life anywhere | Julio Gil | TED@UPS

LESSON CREATED BY JOSE G. LEPERVANCHE USING VIDEO FROM TED YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Thinking about Country Living. Don’t believe predictions that say the future is trending towards city living. Urbanization is actually reaching the end of its cycle, says logistics expert Julio Gil, and soon more people will be choosing to live (and work) in the countryside, thanks to rapid advances in augmented reality, autonomous delivery, off-the-grid energy and other technologies.

TED Ed Lesson link: https://ed.ted.com/on/rGppNZUR

What are the pros or cons about moving out of big cities? How companies have to modify their strategies to offer their services and products to these new communities?


These are the views from our window in our home office in North Florida. We can spot several fall leaves in our backyard forest. We live in Jacksonville, Florida, a city with many urban forests and urban parks. Productivity is great when you work and can explore your own forest during the breaks. There are many opportunities for outdoors learning.

The questions are: How close you are to products and services do you need? Where is the nearest hospital? What natural disasters can disrupt your life? How to prepare yourself for country living emergencies? Answers are coming.