Introducing the UnClassroom

Introducing the UnClassroom

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The UnClassroom is not a place. It’s a state of mind. 

Students make it real with their work on a substantive real-world project for a partner from a business, non-profit, social service, or other organization. They help create communication campaigns, videos, websites and more. Teams of students and faculty collaborate to make a difference in the world. UnClassroom courses prepare students for the fast-paced, collaborative and creative work environments they will enter upon graduation.

COMING SOON: Register for Fall 2014 COURSES

Check out these fascinating Spring 2014 Courses:

COM 310: Topics in Communication, The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi). Join instructor, Daphne Wales, in helping the IAEW promote their mission to educate and empower Afghan women by providing them with a college education in the United States, so that they can become part of the next generation of leadership in Afghanistan and the world. You can help them tell their story and promote their efforts by website development, social networking, video and audio narrative and more…Instructor: Daphne Wales (Tu 4-6:45)

COM 410: Advanced Topics in Communication Studies – Digital Learning

Gain knowledge about digital media in education and develop a social media campaign to advance public understanding of digital learning in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Deborah Gist, has agreed to serve as the client for this advanced UnClassroom course this Fall. This course will be offered fully online. Instructor: Renee Hobbs

WRT 385: Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island, GTECH

Imagine! Create! Collaborate! with class instructor Tom Gidley.  With your imagination, teamwork, and resourcefulness, you can help GTECH create complex business proposals, win contracts, and generate funding.  At the end of the class, two students will be offered paid internships at GTECH. Instructor: Tom Gidley (Tu 4-6:45)

WRT 304: Writing for Community Service, RI Department of Environmental Management 

Science Communication Rocks!  Join Professor Caroline Gottachalk Druscke help the RIDEM inform Rhode Islanders about their beaches, parks, community projects, and more, using social media outlets effectively. Instructor: Caroline Gottschalk Druschke (Tu, Thu 11-12:15)

PRS 441: PR Campaigns, URI Theatre Department

Collaboration + creativity + social media strategies = a solution to increase awareness.  Join instructor Regina Bell help the URI Theatre Department and the talented and dedicated faculty and students who inspire us with their amazing productions. Design and implement an awareness campaign that applies research techniques, traditional media and social media strategies. Instructor: Regina Bell (M, W 3)


Why Now?

The UnClassroom Helps the Future of the Harrington School
.  The UnClassroom is part of the Harrington School’s mission to ensure that 100% of students gain substantive real-world experience before graduation.

Faculty Involvement is Key.Students and faculty work collaboratively with a client to apply communication strategy in the real world.

The Future of Students. Students gain practical knowledge and skills and learn to collaborate on cross-functional teams.

An Opportunity for Partners
. Partners benefit from the wealth
 of creativity, energy, and talent that students and faculty have in bringing forward innovative and practical solutions.

For more information, contact:
Frank Romanelli