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Students navigate real-time coastal hazards in World Campus course


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As regions across the Atlantic Ocean were bracing for a recent string of hurricanes, real-time lessons were being explored around the globe in a class taught through Penn State World Campus in partnership with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John A. Dutton e-Education Institute.

About 50 students are taking Earth 107: Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society, which was designed with guidance from Timothy Bralower, interim head of Penn State’s Department of Geosciences, and is taught by a revolving quartet of professors, including Bralower; Maureen Feineman, also of geosciences; Diane Maygarden from the University of New Orleans; and Sean Cornell from Shippensburg University.

The class was partially developed as a way for students to learn lessons born from disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,833 people in 2005. However, recent natural disasters such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are adding to the course material and have increased interest in the class.  More



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