OGL 340 Descriptions

Fall 2021

The Future of Humanity: Dialogue in the Workplace
Instructor: Michael Pryzdia

Develops and enhances skills needed in effective organizations such as communication and the use of technology. Students will read and discuss essays and other texts that describe and explain how organizations and individuals within organizations develop, adopt, adapt, and sustain values through dialogue.

Socrates, the Super Worker
Instructor: Bill Erwin

Apply the governing principles of Alignment and the results of the Work Style Patterns Inventory (WSP) to a holistic approach to your work, your workplace, and your life. Practical application of tools and concepts to how one leads the “tipped hierarchy” and rapidly changing workplace.


Summer 2021

The Aikido Way to Conflict Transformation
Instructor: Bill Erwin

Apply principles of the martial art, Aikido, to the conflicts in the workplace, and developing professional communication, conflict resolution, and mediation skills. Demonstrate the practical application of “Spitting Out the Hook,” H.E.A.R., Burn Clean, and SAY YES to workplace conflicts. 

Digital Citizenship
Instructor: Matthew Rodgers

Explore the concept of digital citizenship in an increasingly technological world. We will look at the proliferation of new technologies since the late 1980s and how many of these have led to new concerns around what physical versus digital communities mean, especially in terms of geography, access, and rights. We will explore several case studies of digital citizenship, including instances of irresponsible digital citizenship and other phenomena connected to online communities. Finally, we will conclude with a comprehensive analysis of current issues that relate to digital citizenship, globalization, and the policies that shape this discourse in the 21st century.

Spring 2021

Artificial Intelligence: The Human Side
Instructor: Bill Erwin

This course alerts participants to the immediate and evolving economic, sociological, and psychological crisis created by the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creating what has been described as “The Great Disruption.” Economically millions of jobs, both blue collar and white collar, are being displaced over the next fifteen years. Many of those losing jobs are located in more isolated, rural communities where few, if any, new jobs will be created. Middle-class and lower-class incomes have remained stagnant or declined for decades. There is an ongoing decline of the number of persons able to work but who have left the workforce, about 25% of them now on disability. Economically while the stock market explodes and the disparity between the top 1% and the rest of Americans is widening, more citizens than ever are struggling to make ends meet. Our society is being decimated. Every hour 7 Americans die from drug overdoses. Life expectancy has fallen in the United States by 2 years. The impact from the Great Recession is still being felt while a tsunami of economic chaos is emerging and will snowball even further. Parents can no longer predict their children will be better off economically than the preceding generation. Depression, divorce, suicide, gun violence, including school shootings, have raised the level of existential anxiety to new levels. Here is a significant part of this evolving problem: we are woefully unprepared for this tsunami and will be defensively reacting to it rather than proactively preparing for it. The objective of this course is to provide a “wake up call” to this crisis as well as engage participants and help equip them to address both personal and organizational issues that will follow “The Great Disruption.”

The Language of Organizations
Instructor: TBD

This course highlights the use of numerous language-based strategies in different types of organizational and social contexts. Applied socio-linguistic strategies will be addressed as well as the different mediums and venues in which organizational communication takes place.