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Posted Jun 20, 2012 by Josh Poltilove
Updated Jun 20, 2012 at 02:29 PM
RNC 101, part of an introductory course for all University of Tampa freshmen when classes are in session again, will teach students everything from the history of political conventions to a rundown of daily happenings at the August convention here.
Fall semester begins Aug. 27, the first day of the nearby Republican National Convention downtown. The convention is expected to draw about 50,000 people and might snarl traffic, forcing UT professors and commuter students to miss class time.
As a result, it seemed a natural fit to squeeze online learning and coursework into a required semester-long introductory course for the roughly 1,600 incoming freshmen this fall, said Joe Sclafani, interim dean of UT’s college of social sciences, mathematics and education.
Because the RNC is a major political event and the potential cause of the traffic mayhem, it made sense to teach about the convention as part of an online course, Sclafani said.