Sue Swersky (in class)

Emily Nye (online lessons)

Spring 2022

Welcome to Rediscovering San Diego

About Rediscovering San Diego

“Rediscovering San Diego” is a field trip class in which older adult students discover, explore, learn about, and experience San Diego resources, as well as politically, culturally, historically, economically, and educationally significant sites and venues within our community, first hand. Due to the current pandemic situation, class is being conducted this semester completely online through Zoom, where you will experience virtual weekly “trips.” Because of this, we have widened our destinations to include areas all over the world. We think you’ll love it!

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About the class

Syllabus & Website

This syllabus contains a brief description of each venue we will visit virtually every week. You will find the schedule at the end of the syllabus. More detailed information will be emailed to you the weekend prior to each virtual trip. Our class website is managed by instructor Emily Nye, who also writes the website lessons. Links to websites, announcements, class photos, interesting facts, and student comments will be available on this website. Instructor Sue Swersky teaches weekly Zoom lessons that she creates using power point presentations with videos and other interactive materials for the vitual trip. She also hosts guest speakers.

Virtual Field Trip Instructions

Our virtual class Zoom session is on either Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on which class you registered for) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please try to be on time for class so you don’t miss anything! The Zoom instructions can be found on the class website homepage (rediscoversd.org), but we will also send a reminder every week the day before the Zoom session. The reminder email will include the links and phone numbers you’ll need to join the session.

Attendance

Because this is currently a fully online class and all “field trips” are virtual, there will be no weekly attendance taken. Online classes are under a different system of attendance called the census system. Twice during the semester, we will send out an email asking if anyone would like to drop the class. If we don’t receive a response and have not heard from you during the semester, we will drop you from the class as of that census date. Please know that it is perfectly okay for you to be in the class and not participate in Zoom sessions, as long as you are enjoying reading the lessons on your own—just keep in contact and let your instructors know so we don’t drop you during the census periods.

Zoom

Due to our temporary stay-at-home and social distancing requirements during the global health pandemic, our Rediscovering San Diego class will be taking "virtual trips" through the use of a software technology called "Zoom." The days and times of these "trips" or Zoom sessions will be the same as your regular field trip class was--every Tuesday or Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. However, our virtual trips will last only about an hour.

You may be asked to download the Zoom software, if you don't already have it. When you download the program once, you will not have to do it again on your computer.

NOTE: Some people who do not have a webcam or microphone may call with their phones AND view the video on the computer screen. This way, you can see what we are doing and communicate with us.

Do you have a mobile device? Then go to the app store and download the free Zoom app and set it up. Then, when you click on the link for your session, it will automatically open in the app. Or, just as easy, open the app and tap join a meeting, then add the meeting ID.

For instructions on joining your specific weekly Zoom session, please visit The Zoom Classroom page on this website. For your convenience, here is a quick link to our weekly Zoom sessions: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/2972972129

Remember, it is optional to join our Zoom meetings. We hope you do, but if you don't, we hope you will enjoy the lesson and videos each week.

Spring 2022 Course Syllabus

Retirement Living PASV 530

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

San Diego Continuing Education

Emeritus/Older Adult Program

COURSE SYLLABUS

COURSE TITLE: REDISCOVERING SAN DIEGO AND THE WORLD SEMESTER/YEAR: SPRING 2022 (See attached calendar)

INSTRUCTOR & EMAIL: Suzanne Swersky sswersky@sdccd.edu (Zoom) Emily Nye enye@sdccd.edu (Website)

LOCATIONS &TIMES: VIRTUAL/ ONLINE via ZOOM

DAYS / TIMES: TUESDAYS 9:30am and WEDNESDAYS at 9:30am CLASS WEBSITE: rediscoversd.org

CRN: 86541 AND 86536

ZOOM : 2972972129

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the older person with an understanding of health maintenance, consumer awareness, physical illness, and leisure time activities. (FT)

Admission Requirements:

51% of class members 55 years and older.

Prerequisites: None.

Class Description

“Rediscovering San Diego” is a field trip class in which older adult students discover, explore,learn about, and experience San Diego resources, as well as politically, culturally, historically, economically, and educationally significant sites and venues within our community, first hand.

Due to the current pandemic situation, class is being conducted this semester completely online through Zoom, where you will experience virtual weekly “trips.” Because of this, we have widened our destinations to include areas all over the world. We think you’ll love it!

Syllabus and Website

This syllabus contains a brief description of each venue we will visit virtually every week as well as guest speakers. You will find the schedule at the end of the syllabus. More detailed information will be emailed to you the weekend prior to each virtual trip. Our class website is managed by instructor Emily Nye, who also write the lessons. Links to websites, announcements, class photos, interesting facts, and student comments will be available on this website. Instructor Sue Swersky teaches weekly Zoom lessons that she creates using power point presentations with videos and other interactive materials for the virtual trips. She also hosts guest speakers on Zoom.

Virtual Field Trip Instructions

Our virtual class Zoom session is on either Tuesday or Thursday (depending on which class you registered for) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please try to be on time for class so you don’t miss anything! The Zoom instructions can be found on the class website homepage (rediscoversd.org), but we will also send a reminder every week the day before the Zoom session. The reminder email will include the links and phone numbers you’ll need to join the session.

Attendance

Because this is currently a fully online class and all “field trips” are virtual, there will be no weekly attendance taken. Online classes are under a different system of attendance called the census system. Twice during the semester, we will send out an email asking if anyone would like to drop the class. If we don’t receive a response and have not heard from you during the semester, we will drop you from the class as of that census date. Please know that it is perfectly okay for you to be in the class and not participate in Zoom sessions, as long as you are enjoying reading the lessons on your own—just keep in contact and let your instructors know so we don’t drop you during the census periods.

Course Goals:

Achievement of the course objectives will help the student develop:

1. Awareness of community informational and referral center.

2. Skills in selecting appropriate health care services.

3. Knowledge of financial services, including pensions, to the older adult. 4. Knowledge of legal services available to the older adult.

5. Knowledge of various community transportation services available to the older adult.

6. Awareness of housing needs, location, and services available to older adults.

7. Awareness of alternatives available for leisure time activities

8. Awareness of community events and current affairs.

9. Awareness of employment opportunities available to retirees. 10. Ability to cope with and accept their changing life style in a positive manner.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe and utilize community informational referral centers.

2. List the home help and health services available to the older adult.

3. Describe and list the financial services including services, available to the older adult.

4. List and describe legal services available to the older adult.

5. List and utilize community transportation services available to the older adult.

6. Review housing needs, locations, and services available in the community.

7. Identify and list leisure time activities available in the community.

8. Formulate plans for pursuing and expanding and interest in community events and current affairs.

9. Describe employment opportunities available to retirees.

10. Techniques for coping with the challenges and stresses of a changing life style.

Institutional Learning Outcomes:

1. Social Responsibility

SDCE students demonstrate interpersonal skills by learning and working cooperatively in a diverse environment.

2. Effective Communication

SDCE students demonstrate effective communication skills.

3. Critical Thinking

SDCE students critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems independently or cooperatively.

4. Personal and Professional Development

SDCE students pursue short term and life-long learning goals, mastering necessary skills and using resource management and self-advocacy skills to cope with changing situations in their lives.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Social Responsibility

The Retirement Living student will be able to demonstrate interpersonal skills by learning and sharing about the aging process, and related adjustments and accommodations, in diverse classroom environment.

2. Effective Communication

The Retirement Living student will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills by creating and presenting a plan for retirement living, to include physical and cognitive health strategies for positive aging.

3. Critical Thinking

The Retirement Living student will be able to demonstrate their ability to critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems by creating and presenting a long-term plan for independent to assisted living accommodations, as they relate to the developmental stages of aging.

4. Personal and Professional Development

The Retirement Living student will be able to appraise methods that will enable to them acquire effective personal and professional decision-making and problem solving skills that will empower them to reach their short-term and long-term educational goals.

Evaluation/Grading:

The student and teacher will evaluate the success of the course using student evaluation of course content and teacher plus one or more of the following methods:

1. The student will set goals and evaluate the achievement of these goals upon completion of the course.

2. Student attendance.

3. Student will demonstrate knowledge of financial, legal, health, housing and transportation resources by participating in class activities and discussions.

4. Student will provide a plan for enrichment activities including recreation and community involvement.

Learning Methods:

Lecture on Zoom, discussion, films, guest speakers and website containing web lesson through distance education


Class Attendance/Participation

Regular participation is expected in all SDCCE Emeritus online courses. Please communicate with your instructor if you temporarily cannot attend because of illness, religious observation, or serious problems. Any student who is not participating in any form may be dropped at the instructor's discretion (see drop policy).

Drops

Students must communicate with the instructor if a) they cannot attend the first week but plan to attend the remaining weeks of the semester or b) no longer intend to attend the class. The instructor may drop students who do not participate in the first week of class. If you have participated and do not request to be dropped before the 60% point (2nd census) of the class, you will automatically be part of the course until the end of the semester.

Camera Guidelines

This class has online meetings using Zoom. Our class meetings will be recorded and the instructor will share the video recordings only with students in this class. When you attend the online class meetings, you give permission to record your image and/or voice in the recording. If you do not want your image and/or voice in the recording, you can change your public name, and/or turn off your camera. Also, you are not required to attend the online class meetings. You can watch the recordings at a later time. If you want to attend our online class meetings, but you also want to protect your identity, Zoom has some options. Contact your instructor for more details. More information for instructors!

Netiquette Guidelines

Respectful behavior is expected of you in our online learning environment. Please read the SDCCD Netiquette Guidelines.

Accessibility of Course Materials

Ensuring the accessibility of this course to students with disabilities is important to me. I have made every effort to make this course accessible; however, if you encounter a problem accessing anything in the course, please contact me immediately (...@sdccd.edu). Students who have academic accommodation letters should send them to me as soon as possible so that I am able to provide the accommodation in a timely manner. Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodation for the first time should email me and should contact the college’s Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) office to initiate the accommodation request process:

Disability Support Programs and Services | San Diego College of Continuing Education (sdcce.edu)

Hate-Free Zone

In our Zoom/online classroom, each student should feel free to express their own opinion and ideas in a respectful manner. Students should be open to listen to and appreciate differences in opinions, life experience, worldviews, values/beliefs, etc. Our class is a hatefree zone. Please be mindful of how you communicate your values, beliefs, ideas, opinions, etc. While we will often disagree with other people, it does not give anyone the right to intentionally hurt others with words or to discriminate against them. Words matter. This is especially important in a remote or virtual environment so take a moment to think about what you want to say or post in the chat/discussion board.

Texts and Supplies:

Community Resources for Older Adults; Programs and Services in an Era of Change, Robbyn R. Wacker and Karen A. Roberto, Sage Publications, Inc., NY, current edition.

DISTRICT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Policy 3100:

Instructors must meet all requirements stated in Policy 3100 (Student Rights, Responsibilities and Administrative Due Process), and the Attendance Policy set forth in the Continuing Education Catalog.

DSPS Statement:

The instructor has made every effort to ensure that this course is assessable to all students, including students with disabilities. If you encounter a problem accessing any portion of this course, please contact the instructor immediately.

Plagiarism Rules:

AP 3100.3 HONEST ACADEMIC CONDUCT

This procedure implements District Policy 3100 ensuring that honesty and integrity are integral components of the academic process. Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in their pursuit of academic goals.

References:

San Diego Community College District Policy 3100

California Community Colleges, Title 5, Section 55002

Continuing Education Catalog


Weekly schedule (scroll through to view all)

SPRING 2022 Syllabus (pic)-1.pdf

The Instructors


Sue Swersky

(858) 254-0038

I'm Emily, and I've been teaching for the San Diego Community College District's Emeritus Program for over two years. I'm a former English professor and Writing Center director.

I love doing research and writing up the lessons about our various Rediscovering San Diego venues and events! I I strive to provide you with interesting, insightful facts. I certainly learn a lot from my research and writing, so I hope you do, too!

On a personal note, I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have lived all over the United States (including Socorro, Baltimore, Denver, Boulder, Fremont, Honolulu, Ewa Beach, Beaverton, and of course San Diego).

I also teach several other classes for Emeritus. "Mystery Fiction Demystified" presents short mystery fiction by a range of writers, and a brand new class--"Favorite Books as Movies"

...And a site JUST for Emeritus Students

We are currently working on a site just for Emeritus students. You can access it by going to the former schedule site (sdceschedule.com) or by going to the new name (sdcestudent55.com). On this site, you will find:

Information for Spring 2022 (schedule, details on some classes, meet the instructors and registration tutorials)

Student Guides (Guide to understanding online instruction, Guide to using Zoom, Guide to find your class on the sdce.edu website)

Student resources (Job opportunities, list of resources from SDCCE available to students, classes from previous semesters)