I was perusing my morning Twitter stream and came across a few friends discussing the current state of course titles. Long story short, most are still stuck in the dark ages. Biology 101? World History 1812-Present? These titles may seem like they’re accurate and fit but… they’re boring.
In this day and age of short attention spans, flipping of classrooms, and rethinking of education… it’s time to rethink course titles. While some schools admittedly are starting to do a better job of making course titles a bit more attractive, most are not up to par.
In an effort to give school administrators and teachers a guidepost with which they can rethink current course titles (what better time than in July, right?), I offer up the idea being shared on Twitter this morning: that we take a page from TED and offer courses using their naming schema.
In other words, make the course titles sexier, the descriptions more attractive, and get students excited to attend a class before they even step foot in the classroom for the first time.
So, without further ado, here are potential course titles that are actual TED talks / TED categories. I’ve put the actual name followed by what course it could actually be below it. Click the big title to learn more about each topic.
(Could be a course on world history or even engineering / physics.)
(Could be a course on sociology, anthropology, philosophy, Kant, Sartre, etc.)
(A course on engineering, chemistry, or any life science.)
(Pick a language, any language! Or call your Latin 101 course this!)
(Could be literally any basic to advanced math class. More likely the former.)
(Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, pick a science… any science!)
(Political Science or most any computer-related subject.)
(That’s a doozy of a title, eh? Could be good for a capstone course right before graduation.)
(Another doozy of a title. Could be another great course for seniors / people about to graduate.)
(An inspirational title that could be the focus of a political science, history, or even computer-based course)
Go And Flip Your Lesson!
Now that you’ve seen some of the topics and videos from TED Ed, why not use their new ‘Flip This Video’ tool and edit the video so it’s perfect for your classroom. You can use TED’s tool to turn a basic TED talk into something perfect for your classroom. Click here for more info on how to flip these videos. Want to flip a video from YouTube? You can do that here.