Give the Gift of Education With LearnOn Enrichment Classes

With courses like Sex Ed for Adults, Getting Out of Your Parents’ Basement and Cognitive Crossfit, the spring 2016 LearnOn schedule offers something for everyone. The perfect gift for someone you love, like, or want to “nudge” a bit might be on the following list!

LearnOn enrichment classes are being offered for the Spring 2016 semester. All classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the MSU Denver Auraria Campus unless otherwise indicated in the course descriptions. To register go to or call 303-556-3657. RTD light rail stations are conveniently located near the LearnOn class buildings; close-in parking is also available.


Reconsidering Your Career@ Midlife – January 27, February 3, 10, 17 – Taught by Dr. Bridgette Coble, Director of the MSU Denver Office of Career Services
This is a hands-on class where participants will participate in career activities to help them make progress during the class and will be provided with resources to support their continued work when the class ends.

Confluence of Art & Science in Forensic Facial Reconstruction – February 17, 24, March 2, 9 – Taught by Daniel Marion, Ph.D., forensic artist and professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
This hands-on class covers facial reconstruction methods used by forensic scientists and it will allow you to learn to create a reasonable likeness of a face that a deceased individual wore in life.

Taking Control: Making Your Dream Job Your Reality – February 24, March 2, 9, 16 – Taught by Lillie Ben, a professor in MSU Denver’s Institute for Women’s Studies, teaching “Money Issues for Women”
How will you secure your dream job and how will you sustain it? Bring together your education and your reality.

Cognitive Crossfit: Improving Your Critical Thinking Skills – March 3, 10, 17, 31 (South Campus)– Taught by Tiffany Regan, MSU Denver professor in the School of Education, with expertise in literacy and critical thinking
You will be surprised at how much your thinking processes improve after taking this course!

Getting Out of Your Parents’ Basement – March 9, 16 – taught by David Kramer, MSU Denver professor and author ofEntering the Real World: Timeless Ideas Not Learned in School
Stop thinking “woulda-coulda-shoulda” and apply easy, practical ideas on personal improvement, employment and time management.

You, Too, Can Master 3D Printing – March 16, 30, April 6, 13 – Taught by MSU Denver’s Chair of Industrial Design
Participate in hands-on projects creating parts files and sending them to different printers while you experience an interactive DIY/maker environment.

Tips, Tricks and Tools for Your Digital Identity – March 30, April 6 – Taught by William T. Kendal who is a professor of digital design at MSU Denver
Walk away with a personal ready-to-build foundation and feel confident that your unique “digital bricks and mortar” can lead to the lasting identity of your dreams.

Health and Wellness

What You Are is What You Eat – February 4, 11, 18, 25 (South Campus) – Taught by Ashley Tracey, MSU Denver’s professor of nutrition
Living in one of America’s most active states, it is important to discover what nutrients you need to fuel your active lifestyle. You will discover what is and isn’t true about popular fads in our society.

Healthy Bodies: How Culture Influences Well-Being – March 30, April 6, 13, 20 – Taught by Katherine Martinez, professor in the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services
This course examines the “healthy” body across different cultures and looks at concepts of body-dysmorphia and other body-image distortions.

Sex Ed for Adults: Everything You Didn’t Learn in 5th Grade – March 30, April 6, 13, 20 – Taught by sex educator, therapist and film producer Mary Ann Watson, Ph.D.
Come and react to Dr. Watson’s latest video production – Real People: Real Sex – and learn about gender, sexual orientation and other fascinating topics in human sexuality.

Heathy Fish Cookery – April 20, 27, May 4, 11 – Taught by Chef Jason Rice
This class introduces students to MSU Denver’s HLC (Hotel Learning Center) as they gain knowledge and practice about cooking in a healthier manner. Students can take their recipes and products home after each class period.

Introduction to Rock-Climbing – April 20, 27, May 4, 11 – Taught by Ryan Campbell, MSU Denver’s professor of outdoor recreation courses
Participants will learn by doing and get practice in basic climbing skills in a safe environment.

The Arts

Dickens on the Page and Screen – January 27, February 3, 10, 17 – Taught by Gloria Schultz Eastman, Ph.D., professor in MSU Denver’s Department of English, with a specialty in 19th-century British Literature
Read segments and watch film and discuss various interpretations of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Bleak House. Understand the timeless fascination of Dickens’ characters and plots.

Classical Music Insights: Intersections with Art, Literature and Architecture – February 24, March 2, 9, 16 – Taught by Betsy Schwarm Glesner, professor, author, resident music historian for the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado
How would Mozart’s music look from a painter’s view? How would Pollock’s paintings sound if they were music? Come and explore the intersections of music, art, literature and architecture.

History and Walking Tours of Denver – April 21, 28, May 5, 12 (South Campus) – Taught by Kevin Rucker, MSU Denver’s historian and local guide
There will be one in-class lecture and three historic walking tours of the Auraria Campus, LoDo District and Civic Center. Hear “behind the scenes” stories of Denver’s movers and shakers.

The World

Space-Time and Relativity for Everyone – April 27, May 4, 11 – Taught by MSU Denver’s Professor of Physics and research scientist, Dr. Kamran Sahami
This class features lively and interactive lecture/discussion about the very nature of physical reality. This course requires no background in science or math, just a curiosity about the fundamentals of nature.

Looking South: Political and Cultural Issues through Latin-American Cinema – April 27, May 4, 11, 18 – Taught by Roberto Forns-Broggi, Ph.D., professor of Spanish grammar and culture
Cinema is one of the most effective ways to debate political and cultural issues in a global society. Come and share insights from this media-based experience. Discuss the vibrant and living cultures that strive to survive in our world today.

QUESTIONS: CALL MARY ANN WATSON, Ph.D., Director of LearnOn, 303-556-3657 or e-mail at

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