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1. Integrate Science and Social-Studies Into Your ELA Class

Program: SPDI In-service Classroom Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 1/8/2018 to 1/16/2018



Instructor: Evan Moston

“So much to do, so little time to do it in”. How do we teach ELA (+ writing), Math, Science and Social-Studies effectively ALL in one day? We can’t. Often Science and Social-Studies take a back seat because in reality, many of us have long ELA blocks (which does not include writing) and certain Math lessons can go well passed the allotted time period, so what gets left out? Science/S.S. are important subjects too, so teach during your ELA period. This course will offer several strategies (Guided Reading for example) to make it simple to incorporate Science and Social-Studies into our everyday teaching.

Please Note! ACTUAL DATES & TIMES TBD - All participants please contact instructor at emoston@optonline.net in order to discuss specific grade level/special area you teach as my courses are individualized, (for ex: kindergarten is very different than 12th grade phys. ed. resulting in differentiated coursework) and designed to meet specific needs. I would also like to to speak prior to start date as times/location can be adjusted in order to better meet individual needs. Thank you!!

(Grade Level K-12)
Course Number: FALL18-051a | 3 Credits/45 Hours

2. Character Education in Your Classroom

Program: SPDI In-service Classroom Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 1/17/2018 to 1/24/2018



Instructor: Evan Moston

We are at a time in education where the classroom teacher must wear "every hat". Only a few years ago districts could afford to employ from every discipline, including those to help with our emotionally troubled, that is not the case anymore. The classroom teacher needs to have empathy for and learn how to effectively teach these students as they are integrated in our own classes. Figure what makes your students tick and what makes them work. Every student is reachable and understanding them is the key to taking our classrooms back!

Please Note! ACTUAL DATES & TIMES TBD - All participants please contact instructor at emoston@optonline.net in order to discuss specific grade level/special area you teach as my courses are individualized, (for ex: kindergarten is very different than 12th grade phys. ed. resulting in differentiated coursework) and designed to meet specific needs. I would also like to to speak prior to start date as times/location can be adjusted in order to better meet individual needs. Thank you!!
(Grade Level K-12)
Course Number: SP18-031a | 3 Credits/45 Hours

3. "Teaching ENL's" (English as a New Language)

Program: SPDI In-service Classroom Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 1/25/2018 to 2/1/2018



Instructor: Evan Moston

Many districts have a consistently growing population of English language learners. This course will provide you with appropriate and USEFUL strategies to better help you serve this population while "highly effectively" working with the rest of your students so they do not miss a beat! This course follows NY State Common Core Standards and benefits all students, not just ENL's.

Please Note! ACTUAL DATES & TIMES TBD - All participants please contact instructor at emoston@optonline.net in order to discuss specific grade level/special area you teach as my courses are individualized, (for ex: kindergarten is very different than 12th grade phys. ed. resulting in differentiated coursework) and designed to meet specific needs. I would also like to to speak prior to start date as times/location can be adjusted in order to better meet individual needs. Thank you!!

(Grade Level K-12)
Course Number: SP18-050a | 3 Credits/45 Hours

4. Autism In Our Schools - Crisis or Challenge

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

A parent of an autistic child enrolled in public school recently shared the following sentiments in an email: "I am profoundly grateful for the teachers, administrators and support staff that have taken the time to learn more about both autism and my quirky son. Their patience, compassion, and open-mindedness can inspire us all".

Public schools are currently being faced with higher numbers of children with autism spectrum disorders. While science has yielded advances in or understanding of the causes of autism, many questions remain unanswered. Educating children with autism spectrum disorders is a huge challenge requiring high levels of skill, expertise and support. Early diagnosis and appropriate intervention can greatly improve individual's abilities and quality of life. The goal of this class is to provide educators with an insightful overview of autism - hopes and challenges. Materials contained in this course will provide you with information and "tools" that will help you provide effective educational experiences for these students.

Educational struggles and issues with autistic children hardly ever represent a lack of caring - it's simply not knowing what to do. The ultimate challenge may be to figure out ingenious ways to reach an autistic students strength's, and to use those strength's to address his/her weaknesses. Every day, individuals with autism are showing us that they can overcome, compensate for, and otherwise manage many of autism's most challenging characteristics. Equipping those around these children with simple understanding of autism's most basic elements has a tremendous impact on their ability to journey towards productive, independent lives!

Course Number: SP18-ON-037 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

5. Bullying In Our Schools' Identify-Educate-Prevent

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

Bullies come in all sizes and shapes; some are big, some are small; some are bright and not so bright; some are attractive and some not so attractive; some popular and some disliked by almost everyone. You may not be able to always pick out a bully by what they look like. However, you can certainly identify one just by the way he/she acts.
Bullying is a dynamic of unhealthy interaction. It is a form of repeated aggression used from a position of power. It can be physical, verbal or social.
Our schools should be places where faculty and students are able to work and learn in a setting that is free from intimidation and offensive hostile behavior.
This class will help educators better understand the issue of bullying and all it's implications. The course will include the presentation of practical ideas and helpful resources that can be used to prevent bullying behaviors as well as how educators can effectively address these issues when they occur.

Course Number: SP18-ON-003 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

6. Childhood Obesity:Schools Can Make A Difference!

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last thirty years. The obesity epidemic is a multi-faceted issue that reflects significant societal changes. Childhood obesity is quite serious as it affects our students. It is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems, once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It can also lead to poor self- esteem and depression.

Schools are one of the primary locations for reaching our nation's children and youth. Our school is a natural place to identify health problems and has the potential to make valuable contributions to both the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

This class will examine existing evidence, trends and potential solutions. Key strategies will be provided for educators to improve student nutrition and increase physical activity. We will identify important resources that can help implement those strategies. Challenges to such change will also be addressed.

Programs in our schools have the potential to reach large numbers of children. Guidance can be continuous, costs can be minimized and parents can be easily involved. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of our children now and in the future.

Course Number: SP18-ON-005| 3 Credits/45 Hours

7. Good to Great...The compelled Educator - Part 1

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

I have never met anyone who couldn't tell me about a great teacher he or she had in school - a teacher who has influenced the course of his or her life in important ways. Teaching is more than a job - it is a responsibility. Teachers lay bare the mysteries of the world. Students are trained to explore, ask questions, to investigate, to discover.

Teaching is no easy task. It's an art form; one that requires craft, sensitivity and intelligence. Great teachers are sustained daily by the opportunity to turn on the academic light switch, console a heart break, redirect a child back on the right path.

We need all of our teachers to be like our best teachers. This class, inspired by the writings and presentations of Indiana State University's Todd Whitaker, will offer insights that will resonate with Educators from all levels in all positions. Todd Whitaker is a gifted educational thinker. He has written several books that describe the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes and interactions that form the fabric of life in our best classrooms and schools. His ideas are specific, detailed, clear and easy to follow.

This class will direct us to take a serious, in-depth approach in our search for what it is that our great teachers do differently. Every good teacher strives to be a great teacher. All schools continually strive to create a professional culture of support and learning so that all educators can improve their skills and develop these qualities. This class is filled with practical tips and strategies for connecting with your students in a meaningful and powerful way. From Good to Great - The Compelled Educator will be a hands-on guide for both new and seasoned teachers.

Course Number: SP18-ON-039 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

8. Moving Past Seats and Screens

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

How is the technological revolution affecting the learning experiences and overall health of our students? There is no argument against the educational benefit of using technology in the classroom, but is it better for them overall? For some students, just sitting in a classroom all day is hard enough, and now the trend adds the increased presence of screens to that sedentary environment. Is the combination of sitting down all day and using screens during the educational experience good for our students? How does this trend compare to the educational environments of the past? Has it already affected the health of our society?

In order to continue to move forward with the cultural technological shift but also consider what’s best for our students, we, as educators, need to balance the increased use of technology with other health enhancing behaviors. In order to do this well, we need to be informed of the realities our students experience with respect to the amount of physical activity they experience during the school day, the nutrition provided by the school system, national initiatives available to them, the use of their free time, and more.

Creating an educational environment that balances the use of technology with “brain breaks” and physical activity will provide the best chance to develop well-rounded learners with a healthy body AND mind: the optimal conditions for learning. This class reviews the current state of technology and activity in schools and gives the opportunity to assess your own classroom environment and apply this concept for your students.

Course Number: SP18-ON-072 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

9. New Strategies For Teaching Tolerance Building On Common Ground

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

"The highest result of education is tolerance" - Helen Keller

The differences between each of us make us unique and special. Teaching tolerance fosters school environments that are inclusive and nurturing.

As we educate children, we must teach them how to be kind, compassionate, patient and appreciative of people that may be perceived as different. Our job, as educators, is to guide our students toward a true understanding and appreciation of multiple perspectives.

Our classrooms should be places where equality and justice is not just taught, but lived. Students don't naturally understand how to be tolerant. They will with your supportive lessons and tips contained within this course, be better equipped as a result of your presentation of topics such as race, discrimination, disability and more.

If school programs are instituted and promoted that teach students how to relate to others from different backgrounds and cultures, they will be able to learn early in life how to relate peaceable with others.

This course will explore ideas and strategies on how to integrate acceptance of differences, compassion, respect and cooperation in your classroom to create a positive environment for all students.

Course Number: SP18-ON-030 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

10. Smarter Learning-A Practical Guide for Teaching & Improving Study Skills

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

What works for students? What works against them? There is little doubt that no two people study the same way. Everyone is different, and for some students, studying and being motivated to learn comes naturally. It is a near certainty that what works for one person may not work for another.

Study skills are the “tools” you need to enable you to study and learn effectively. Study skills are learning strategies that facilitate the processing of information. They help us remember what we have learned. Study skills encompass a wide range of behaviors that students can perform before, during, and after learning to help them retain and apply information presented in the classroom or at home.

Developing core skills essential for academic success is unquestionably a goal shared by parents, students and teachers alike. Presented will be different research-based learning strategies. Time management, note taking, test taking & preparation, and goal setting are only some of the topics addressed in this class. “Smarter Learning” – A Practical Guide For Teaching & Improving Study Skills has been designed for the express purpose of helping you better assist your students in improving their learning, understanding, and ultimately, their grades. Students who use study skills effectively are more likely to believe they can learn. Therefore they are more likely to be successful.

Course Number: SP18-ON-070 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

11. Sport & Society Issues & Controversies

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

The role of sport in society has been debated for many decades. Sport is a part of society as both an educational fixture and an entertainment enterprise. Sport represents a unique slice of life, providing us with a distinctive lens through which we can observe and analyze various aspects of our larger society.

We will approach this study of sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Our study of sport will promote a wider understanding of social structure, power and inequality. This class will give us the opportunity to gain vital insight into sensitive issues of racism, sexism, classism and commercialization. These are some of the issues we will investigate, research and address.

Sport will be the powerful agent encouraging us to ask questions and think critically. As a universal language, sport will help educate us in ways that few activities can.

Course Number: SP18-ON-008 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

12. The Issues of Women in Sport

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 1/29/2018 to 3/12/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

This class will study the relationship between opportunity and discrimination. Women's participation in sport has a long history. It is a history marked by division and discrimination but also one filled with major accomplishments by female athletes and important advances for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Perhaps the most significant event came when Title IX was signed into law. Title IX changed the landscape of athletics in this country. This year we celebrate 40 years of Title IX.

Sport was and remains a way for women to achieve positive life skills, enjoy physical health and stand against oppression.

This class will take you on a journey from the past to the present, giving you a unique opportunity to witness the struggle, the courage and the triumph!

Course Number: SP18-ON-006 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

13. Celebrating Diversity

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

The implementation of diversity in classrooms not just schools, is critical for teachers as "diverse learning environments promote development of analytical skills, dismantle stereotypes, and prepare students to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world" - United States Attorney General 2011

Education is all about broadening our personal horizons, cultivating new experiences and learning how to see the world from multiple viewpoints. This highlights why diversity in our schools is so critical. Schools today must respond to an ever- increasing diverse student population. Our hallways are places of racial, ethnic, linguistic, economic and academic diversity where it is possible at least to rub shoulders with those who are different from us.

Teachers must create a classroom culture where all students regardless of their cultural background are welcomed and supported, and provided with the best opportunity to learn.

This class will highlight and examine opportunities that exist for educators to create an atmosphere of inclusion and appreciation. We will focus our attention and efforts on the acquisition of sound educational skills and strategies to make culture more explicit, affirm identity, and create a context for understanding.

Diversity is everyone's concern and in everyone's best interest. Respecting diversity is fundamental. Celebrating it takes us all further - together!

Promoting diversity in schools is pivotal to teach "that our strength comes from people of different races, creeds, cultures uniting in commitment to the freedom of all" - United States Department Of Education 2011

Course Number: SP18-ON-009 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

14. Education & Understanding Choice & Healthy Relationships

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

"Healthy Relationships Will Always Add More To Your Life Than They Take"

Relationships can be complicated. They can also be wonderful. They can be our greatest joy and our greatest despair.

The major focus of this class will be to provide teachers with the tools necessary to help their students prepare for optimum success in relationships that are central to life. This class will provide lessons, information and skills that will foster individual student wellness, self -esteem and the ability to relate to others in healthy ways.

The content of this class will provide teachers with tools to effectively introduce students to the foundations of strong satisfying relationships. We will examine expectations, potential problems and explore the nature of mature interpersonal behavior. We will practice decision making and problem solving while learning relevant life skills necessary for overall wellness.

Some specific topics include:
1.Evaluating influences impacting life expectations.
2.Understanding important developmental differences between the adolescent brains of boys and girls.
3.Identifying socially acceptable and positive dating behaviors.
4.Showing caring and consideration to others.
5.Improving decision-making and stress management skills.
6.Setting personal short-term and long-term relationship goals.

A recurring theme will be the importance for students to make informed choices about their relationships, their goals and how they live their lives. Throughout the class teachers learn current and relevant techniques/strategies enabling them to effectively encourage students to self-regulate emotions and take responsibility for behavior choices - particularly those that impact others.

Course Number: SP18-ON-031 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

15. Educators as Leaders

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

As an educator, your role is complex, challenging, and always changing. Leadership studies are crucial if we are to embrace the concept of teachers as change agents. Quality educational leadership is vital to the overall success of your school, your school district and your community.

Teachers are leaders. They lead students every day. In order to better serve our students and have a lasting impact on student achievement, the obligation of leadership needs to be addressed.

This class will guide educators to develop an operational definition of leadership, to identify the essential qualities and characteristics of leadership and the specific skills necessary for educators to realize their unique potential as leaders. You will learn how to translate your expertise in teaching and learning to effect positive change for your students, colleagues, and profession. You will learn to identify and overcome common leadership roadblocks, and examine and strengthen your own leadership style. A primary emphasis of this class will be on teacher's self-examination and self-perceptions with regard to teacher leadership.

Educators are devoted to improving the effectiveness of their teaching. This class includes strategies and activities that will facilitate and enhance leadership abilities. Teachers will discover the leader within them and learn to communicate more effectively and persuasively with confidence and authenticity.

(Course Number: SP18-ON-035)

16. Encouraging the Health and Wellness of the Next Generation of Students

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

The overall health of Americans is suffering. Some of the causes of this are preventable while others are not. While there is still much we do not know about how to avoid disease and maintain health, there is a wealth of information, knowledge and practices that CAN and DO address these issues. The sad news is that we currently do not give necessary consideration to something so crucial. Truth be told" the onset of some of these health issues has gotten younger and younger" affecting more and more of your students.

As an educator, we have the responsibility of teaching our students more than just an area of content. We are, in essence, teaching them about life. What kind of life will our students experience if they do not have the information and tools required to ensure the proper "quality of life"! We should help them learn about the aspects of their lives they have control over, as well as some best practices proven to accomplish this task.

This class will address the development of good personal habits, stress management techniques, avoidance of health risks, increased exposure to physical activity, assessment of nutritional guidelines while highlighting the importance of minimizing the risk involved in cyberspace. You will be asked to research current information as well as plan how to incorporate your findings into your field of study in the hopes of having a positive impact on the health of your students. You will be asked to evaluate your own habits to better prepare you to encourage your students to do the same.

Course Number: SP18-ON-036 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

17. Exploring Critical & Contemporary Issues In Education

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

There are few people who would argue about the importance of excellence in education. Our educational systems have come under intense scrutiny and I think we can all agree that the state of our education system has plenty of room for improvement.

Sometimes it seems that teachers have to deal with more than is humanly possible. Not only do they have to teach and try to meet the needs of so many different students, but they are also expected to keep up with the latest educational reforms. The truth is that many educational issues face teachers each and every day.

As professionals, educators must be informed and be knowledgeable of issues that are critical to the overall functioning of our schools. Our first challenge lies in identifying issues impacting our students and schools. This course will identify, explore and analyze these contemporary issues. As we examine with a critical eye, we are better equipped to become informed professional decision makers.

Current, critical and contemporary issues studied in this class include, but are not limited to:

1.High Stakes Assessment
2.Standards based Reform
3.Classroom Size
4.Year Round Education-Is More School The Answer?
5.Common Core Standards
6.Teacher Effectiveness Initiatives
7.Integrating Technology
8.Charter And Public School Debate
9.School Failure And Dropping Out
10.The Homework Debate

This class will allow us to examine relevant pro and con viewpoints and provide us with positive solutions. This class approaches all issues remembering it is our duty as educators to try our very best to work through these challenges, solve them if at all possible, and still provide our students with the best possible education!

Course Number: SP18-ON-029 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

18. Good to Great...The compelled Educator - Part 2***CANCELLED***

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

Compelled Educator Part II picks up where Compelled Educator Part I left off. Part I took us on a guided tour searching for and learning about what it is that our best teachers DO! It provided practical tips and strategies for teachers to connect with their students in a meaningful and powerful way.

All teachers have high expectations for students. Great teachers also have high expectations for themselves. Part II builds and adds to those skills, tools and insights acquired in the previous class.

The main variable in any classroom is not the students, but the teacher! Productive student behavior and smooth day- to- day operation of the classroom does not happen by accident. Our best teachers help their students meet rigorous course standards by establishing and maintaining a learning environment that supports and motivates students to do their personal best.

Part II will supply simple suggestions that you will be able to integrate into your current daily routines. This class is not about what we know - it is about who we are and what we do! It directs us to accurately self-reflect and truly understand what it is that separates good from great!

Course Number: SP18-ON-043| 3 Credits/45 Hours

19. Peak Performance Sport Psychology

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

Sport psychology is the study of the psychological factors that affect participation and performance in sports. Athletic performance has three parts: physical preparation, technical skill and psychological readiness. If any of these areas are neglected, athletic performance will decline. Psychological preparation, often neglected, involves preparing the mind of an athlete just as thoroughly as one prepares the body. The sport community has recognized that mental factors such as confidence, composure, focus and motivation are highly significant to athletic performance. As sports continue to evolve at a rapid rate, thanks to constant technological advances and sports medicine studies, more athletes are becoming aware of the mental game.

Necessary skills include, but are not limited to, visualization, imagery, relaxation, centering, positive self-talk, motivation, leadership and goal setting. Whether you are interested in sport psychology from a coaching, athletic, or parental perspective - this class will help us investigate this fascinating field in depth. Sport psychology can help in so many ways, and it makes sense to get every advantage you can get!

Course Number: SP18-ON-007 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

20. Poverty & Education ; Effects - Implications - Perspectives

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

You have chosen a profession where you have opportunities to change lives. Our role in assisting student's to discover their talents, interests, resources and opportunities for gaining an education is critical.

More than 15%.....,more than 44 million Americans live in poverty. As poverty continues to increase in our communities, it is important for educators to understand the effects poverty can have on their students, and their student's school success. Poverty damages. It damages childhoods; it damages life chances; and it damages us all in society.

Poverty remains a stubborn fact of life and has serious implications for the nation's educational sector. Many educators are frustrated with the mindset, behavior and learning challenges that students from poverty often bring to school. A deeper understanding of poverty and the barriers it presents is highly needed. Poverty is a complex phenomenon. This class will arm you with relevant facts and enhance your knowledge about the debilitating and cumulative effects poverty has on student's.

You will be introduced to the latest research and how it affects student's cognitive development and academic performance. You will learn how to differentiate among different types of poverty and examine the unique aspects and effects of each. This class will relevantly present classroom level strategies and tools for countering poverty's negative effects and help you to create an educational framework to meet the needs of these students and help them succeed in school.

We must challenge the barriers of poverty and help all of our student's to grow, thrive and achieve academic success!

Course Number: SP18-ON-040 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

21. Sport and the Media

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 3/5/2018 to 4/16/2018

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Instructor: Mike O'Flaherty

The media play a huge part in sport. We find out what's happening, how our team is doing and it creates great sporting moments and sports celebrities and stars. On any given Sunday, sports enthusiasts all over the world can "tune in" to the lives of their favorite stars. This course will examine the full breath and impact of sports representation in the media. We will study both the prominent and subtle roles that media plays. We will take an in-depth look at the links between mass media and sport. From the printed word, to radio, to television and now the internet - we will explore the influence and impact of sport as it is communicated through the various forms of media presentation.

Course Number: SP18-ON-004 | 3 Credits/45 Hours