CORRECTION: Buena Vista University Offering New Disney Course

STORM LAKE, IA (12/22/2016)(readMedia)-- *CORRECTION: Please note that the press release that was sent out yesterday, Dec. 21, at approximately 5:15 p.m. included some misinformation. Though BVU's new course will still be offered to students, it will not include an onsite experiential learning field trip to Walt Disney World. Full updated release can be found below.

Buena Vista University (BVU) is introducing PD magic: edmagineering the future of professional learning, a course combining theory and experiential assignments to introduce the creativity and imagineering of Walt Disney World.

Prerequisites for the course are a bachelor's or master's degree. The overall goal of this course is to provide students looking for professional development hours and credits with instructional methods, concepts, strategies and activities that they will be able to implement in their own classroom immediately.

"Collaboration, curiosity, critical and design thinking and storytelling are all important 21st century skills," said Jerry Johnson, BVU assistant professor of digital media. "In this three credit course, we'll explore how Walt Disney embodied these traits and how he inspired others around him to help build his Magic Kingdom," he said.

This course requires 30 hours of online and face-to-face learning. The online portion will consist of lectures, interactive activities, research investigations, media/literacy projects, teamwork and collaboration between classmates and instructors.

Student learning outcomes include:

• Recognize, design, create, implement and model, the 5 C's (curiosity, creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking) of 21st century learning in the classroom

• Design and develop innovative lessons that incorporate creativity, storytelling, digital age learning experiences and utilizing storytelling

• Understand and implement how to engage in professional growth and leadership

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Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. BVU is an affordable option for all students and, combined with its academic programs, has led U.S. News & World Report to rank BVU as the third best value school among Midwest Regional Colleges. Visit