It's not too early to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions - especially if you're planning to set some educational self-improvement goals.
Utah's Learning Channel, KULC (Ch. 9), and KUED (Ch. 7) have announced their winter schedule of college-level courses, which will begin in January. The service makes some of the state's finest teachers available to Utahns who can take classes for credit or just for personal enrichment.And all from the comfort of their own living rooms and, with a little help from their video cassette recorder, on their own timetable.
The classes on the winter schedule include:
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 101, 5 credit hour): Taught by Edward Kick, Dale Lund and William Brustein, this introductory course will look at the nature and scope of sociology. It will air on KULC (Ch. 9) Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. beginning Jan. 4.
Introduction to the Visual Arts (Art 100, 5 credit hours): Dr. Nathan Winters will teach this course in art appreciation and art criticism aimed at non-art majors. It will be telecast on KULC (Ch. 9) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. beginning Jan. 5.
A People's History of Utah (History 466, 4 credit hours): Dean May, who authored the text "Utah: A People's History," will teach this in-depth study of Utah's historical development. It will air on KULC (Ch. 9) Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. beginning Jan. 4.
Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Physics 171, 4 credit hours): This is the first in a three-part science core sequence that is required by many colleges and universities in Utah. It is taught by veteran U. of U. professor Dr. George A. Williams, and will be telecast on KULC (Ch. 9) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. beginning Jan. 3.
Introduction to the Humanities (Humanities 101, 5 credit hours): This class takes an exploratory approach to the humanities, focusing on the arts and the relationship of the humanities to human values. Taught by Dr. Krista Rodin, it will air on KULC (Ch. 9) Fridays from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 6.
General Biology (Life Science Biology 101, 5 credit hours): This is another introductory course for non-majors. Dr. James G. Harris will lead an examination of the organization, genetics, diversity, evolution and ecology of living organisms Mondays-Thursdays on KULC (Ch. 9) from 7-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 5.
Microcomputer Applications in Business (ASBE 140, 3 credit hours): This is an introductory computer course that will help viewers become familiar with popular software packages like WordPerfect 5.0, Lotus 1-2-3, DBase 3+, MS-DOS and desktop publishing. Taught by Dennis Garner, it will air on KUED (Ch. 7) Mondays-Fridays from 12:40-1:30 p.m. beginning sometime in mid-January.
Calculus II (Math 112, 5 credit hours): Bart Nelson and Ted Olson team-teach the second part of the introductory college calculus math sequence. Included will be a review of trigonometry and plain analytic geometry. It will be telecast on KUED (Ch. 7) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:20 a.m. beginning in mid-January.
Those interested in taking any of these classes for credit should contact Ann M. Lloyd at the U. of U. Division of Continuing Education, 581-8801. (And according to Nancy Mathews of the state Office of Education, these classes have been approved for teacher recertification in the state of Utah. For more recertification information you can reach her at 538-7742.)
Douglas E. Jones, director of learning services for KULC, said that "great care has been taken to find the best teachers and put them on the air - wherever they are." That's why the televised courses will be taught by teachers from the U. of U., U.S.U., Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley Community College and Snow College.
"Our greatest resource are the state's master teachers," Jones continued, "and our objective is to make them available to people all over the state. Whether they do it for for credit or for pleasure is up to them. We just hope they experience the joy of learning from great teachers."
And if that joy helps you get 1989 off to a successful start during Winter Quarter, you may want to start looking ahead to Spring Quarter, when KULC and KUED will offer Introduction to Economics (Economics 105), Intermediate Algebra (Math 101), Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 101), Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Physics 172), Utah's Architectural Heritage (Architecture 324) and The Africans (Political Science 485).