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Faculty Focus

Coasts Compared: Experimental class delivers engaging, global experience

The original idea was to create a program that would allow Oregon State University students to spend two weeks studying on the Caribbean island country of Aruba.

The coronavirus pandemic sidelined that plan. But it didn’t stop three OSU faculty members (Larry Becker, Itchung Cheung and Dwaine Plaza) and a colleague from the University of Aruba (Eric Mijts) from figuring out a way to deliver the next best thing – an experimental class during 2021’s spring term that attracted 14 students, from both OSU and Aruba, to learn more about the coastlines in both countries.

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