GCU Live Lessons

GCU LIVE Lessons are an innovative opportunity for students and teachers to participate in a 45-minute interactive activity specific to an area of interest. Lessons can be hosted in a face-to-face classroom or, for select lessons, a virtual classroom setting. GCU LIVE Lessons feature GCU curriculum designed by the university’s college experts and faculty. Students will have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills or explore advanced concepts through the web-hosted presentation.

GCU LIVE Lessons are intended for students at or above 11th grade in high school. Due to popularity of these lessons and individual needs of schools nationwide, teachers are kindly asked to keep their reservations to a reasonable number per semester.

GCU LIVE Lessons supports streaming on Google Meets, Microsoft Teams and Zoom video conferencing.

GCU LIVE Lessons Requirements:

To take part in GCU LIVE Lessons, your classroom or learners must have internet access and one of GCU's supported streaming software options downloaded on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. You must also have a projector screen, smart board, TV or another form of a large screen to connect your device so that all participants can view the lesson.

It is highly recommended that you also have access to a high-volume speaker, a webcam and a microphone or a device with a microphone. These will all greatly add to your students' experience and the ease of communication with our presenter.

Most Popular GCU LIVE Lessons

  • Business - Spirit of Business
  • Education - Teaching For All
  • Engineering - Online Circuit Development: Beginner
  • Fine Arts and Production - Logo Design Challenge
  • Healthcare - Careers in Chemistry: Pharmacy Lip Balm Compounding
  • Honors - Interview Prep 101
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - Neuroscience and Behavior of the Mind
  • Pre-Health - Methods of Wound Closure: Suture Clinic
  • Technology -Back-End Software Development: Meme Creators
  • Theology - Biblical Interpretation General Epistles

GCU LIVE Lesson Tracks

*In light of COVID-19-related regulations, some schools may have unique classroom arrangements. Courses notated with an asterisk (*) can be offered in virtual or distance learning classroom settings. Courses without (*) may not be offered in virtual or distance learning classrooms.

Business, Innovation and Marketing

Have you ever come up with a great idea or thought of ways to improve a product or service? Thinking in an innovative manner is something we all do. Entrepreneurs think in inventive ways to solve industry challenges every day. For those individuals who are looking to make a difference within the upstart business venture landscape, our Canyon Ventures LIVE session will help students discover how businesses view different situations, while coming up with unique solutions. Students will also participate in a team activity that allows them to create solutions for two of our Canyon Venture business ventures, while also examining the ways that potential investors might view their marketing ideas.

Hospitality and culinary come together with our great team-building activities based on hotel management and culinary event planning. The curricular goal is to present real-world industry experiences that help promote collaboration and decision-making skills as well as focus on revenue generation while being mindful of overall hotel and restaurant event operations. As the hotel general manager (GM) – or even the head chef of a restaurant – your swift and decisive actions will make or break the guest’s experience.

From idea concept to development and design, we offer some fast and fun activities that will help promote professional business-based outcomes, such as collaboration, communication, efficiency and innovative thinking. Students will also consider buyer and consumer behaviors/trends to help test their plan to generate a successful business pitch proposal. Students will strengthen their presentation skills while creating a marketing plan and product logo design to present to potential investors. This activity will require access to Zoom, along with classroom audio/visual equipment.

Looking to work in the exciting and fast-paced business world of sports? This multibillion-dollar industry offers many great opportunities. Students will learn about the vast sports business ecosystem and how it plays a vital role in business-to-business market segments as well as the many different career opportunities available. Students will work on a team activity that addresses each segment of the sports business ecosystem and how they work together to support the many different entities and stakeholders within the industry.

Communication in Multicultural Settings

The U.S. is becoming more multicultural than ever. People who can speak to and write for an audience of non-English speakers can find work in just about any field. GCU’s Spanish LIVE Lesson will provide students with an in-depth look at possible career options. In addition, students will learn the amazing benefits of having a bilingual brain.

The goal of this activity is for students to understand why global awareness is essential to the progression of society and to celebrate other cultures. Students will participate in a small group activity to research countries from around the world and discuss the difference between surface culture and deep culture.

This lesson will challenge students to look at social injustices that are prevalent in America and opportunities associated with enacting positive and lasting change. We encourage students to come with an open mind as they will be researching various ethnic groups and discussing justice, the benefits of equality and how to actively listen.

Computers and Technology

In this activity, students will take on the role of a forensics investigator to catch the criminal “Ann Decover.” Students will build a case against the criminal and her accomplice and catch them before they head out of town by using a tool called Wireshark. 

*requires students to have access to a computer

In this activity, students will learn how to crack password hashes using real-world scenarios via hashcat and hash-identifier

*requires students to have access to a computer

In this activity, students will receive hands-on training in the basics of how front-end website development works utilizing the programming languages of HTML, CSS and JavaScript in creating and editing a Magic Eight Ball.

*requires students to have access to a computer

In this activity, students will receive hands-on training in the basics of how back-end website development works utilizing the programming language of Java in creating and editing a meme creator.

*requires students to have access to a computer

Building a video game is more than the code being used to develop the characters and actions. Programmers work on a team and rely on each other to complete their part. In today's software development, each person has their own stories to accomplish and when it is all done, the final video game is an agile collection of all these moving pieces. This is an unplugged activity for students to experience what it is like to build a video game as an agile project manager.

In this activity, students will first learn about a few key concepts in theoretical computer science, then experience the application of these concepts to create a simulated “live radio broadcast” of an imaginary basketball game between the Lakers and the Celtics. The simulation will be implemented in the Python programming language.

*requires students to have access to a computer

Digital Advertising & Design

Students will go through the design steps of research, ideation and revision to create a logo for Canyon Pizza Company in their own GCU fieldnotes journal. After an analog implementation of the design fundamentals, students will begin exploring the use of basic digital applications to create digital designs.

The graphic design and advertising track will apply the design thinking process in a hands-on activity. Students will be tasked with creating and producing an advertising campaign and will learn how to pair the right wording with the right image to create the perfect headline.

Social media is the perfect medium to connect with customers and drive impact for long-term business success. In this activity, students will create a social media strategy by learning to find their voice and creating digital content for their own personal branding and identity campaigns.

Engineering & Design Exploration

Through identifying real-world problems, students will experience a fast-paced, rapid prototyping session. Utilizing 3D printing pens and other tools, students' ability to think critically will be challenged using Six-Sigma's DMAIC model while engineering solutions in a team setting. Available as beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Students will use TinkerCad to build a basic circuit in order to learn and apply both Ohms Law and Kirchhoff’s Law to light up a virtual LED system. They will see how the changes in voltage will affect the outcome of their circuit. Additionally, they will be given basic knowledge of components, such as batteries and power supplies, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and resistors as well as developing familiarity with breadboards and Arduino microcontrollers.

*requires students to have access to a computer

Through an online circuit design platform called TinkerCad, students will engage with potentiometers, learn about analog voltages and control online servo motors. Potentiometers, as students will experience, are commonly found in household items such as light dimmers and game controllers, while servo motors are commonly found in products like RC planes and digital cameras.

*requires students to have access to a computer

Biomedical engineers innovate by using dozens of engineering and medical disciplines to push the medical field forward. In this lesson, students will be using Electromyography (EMG) devices to understand muscle force testing and how to replicate that in a robotic prosthetic arm.

Students in this lesson will build and use hearing waveform devices to understand how tone and pitch are developed. They will see firsthand how waveforms are used to create understandable information such as vocal language. Students will then apply this knowledge to solve a real-world problem we face on a daily basis.

Students will be learning how to solve a relevant, real-world problem our society is currently facing. Through a 3D modeling platform called TinkerCad Design, students will be able to design a medically viable face shield with real-world metrics. Students will also get to see how GCU’s engineering department is responding to the COVID-19 crisis by 3D printing similar face shields for local hospitals.

*requires students to have access to a computer

In this lesson, students will learn how hydropower technology functions and experience how it can be innovated. Students will get to plug-and-play with hydropower turbines and see for themselves how this renewable energy-based system works.

Healthcare & Medical Studies

Ever been to the emergency room for stitches? During this lesson, students will learn the common techniques doctors use to close wounds in the clinical setting. By following step-by-step instruction, students will perform a fundamental medical stitch known as the simple interrupted suture.

Ever wonder if you should be taking vitamins? During this lesson, students will learn the reasons why people should consider taking vitamins and the evidence in support of doing so. We discuss good food sources of vitamins along with their recommended minimum and maximum consumption guidelines. By following step-by-step instructions, students will learn how to use a capsule filler machine and create their own handmade Vitamin C pill.

In today’s growing healthcare industry, service and care are essential to the well-being of patients and healthcare providers. This fast-paced environment relies on operational, administrative staff as well as health information professionals who manage patient records and information. Without these important team members, hospitals would not be able to exist. This team activity gives students an opportunity to review a real industry challenge within a hospital setting. They will view the scenario through the eyes of a doctor, healthcare administrator and health information manager to formulate a solution based on information and data reports.

Cells are the basic unit of life and make up all living organisms from plants and animals to bacteria and more. In this lesson, students will learn the role of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), how it is structured, where its located and how it can be removed from a cell. During the laboratory investigation portion, students use hands-on scientific procedures to break through the barriers of a plant cell to isolate the DNA of a strawberry.

This lesson will expose students to the many career paths within the field of chemistry. They will be introduced to the five major disciplines of chemistry defined by the American Chemical Association and the career opportunities associated with each. By following a simple recipe, students learn about the connection between medicinal chemistry and pharmacology by participating in a hands-on lip balm compounding activity.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a hands-on experience where students gain a deeper understanding of the brain. We discuss the anatomy of a neuron and how impulses travel throughout the brain to the body. By observing sheep brains, students will learn about the anatomical structures and psychological processes of the human brain. Each step is explained using anatomical terms, thus bringing psychology and behavioral health science to life.

Justice Studies & Criminology

In this exciting lesson, students will analyze evidence from a mock crime scene. Throughout the lesson students evaluate different types of forensic evidence, perform comparisons and generate scientifically sound conclusions.

Join us for our exciting Government LIVE Lesson, “So, You Want to Go to Law School?” In this lesson students will learn about law school, the requirements for admission, fields of law and much more. This lesson will equip students with the knowledge necessary to prepare for their future career as lawyers.

In this exciting Justice Studies LIVE Lesson, students have the opportunity to learn about the role of a Criminal Profiler. Criminal Profilers work in the Behavioral Analysis Unit for the FBI. Their goal is to help law enforcement accurately identify and arrest an offender. Students will participate in an activity designed to test their ability to piece together various clues in order to build a profile.

Leadership & Professional Development

Students will take part in a leadership activity that will help identify their personality type, analyze their strengths and blind spots, understand how to leverage their strengths in various environments and communicate with different personality types.

The goal of this activity is for students to gain foundational skills to prepare a resume, execute a successful interview and utilize tips and tricks to help them stand out from other candidates. During the activity, students will work through two handouts and engage with a GCU student regarding how to relate these topics to the real world.

The goal of this activity is for students to learn about their leadership style and how to leverage their strengths and implement their leadership style into their daily life. Students will take a leadership quiz, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of leadership styles and engage with a GCU student throughout the entire activity.

The objective of this activity is for students to apply creative strategies to develop an innovative mindset. During the activity, students will identify everyday items that can be combined to solve routine problems, thus encouraging creativity.

Literature Studies

When making a film you first need to understand the art of storytelling. This activity will answer the question “what makes a good story?” and allow students to develop a unique voice as a storyteller while learning the importance of working as a part of a creative team. This activity will hone students' skills in observation, communication and visualization as they receive instruction regarding how to employ the written word to articulate dramatic and visual expression.

For the Power of Storytelling LIVE Lesson, students will engage in a writing activity that will teach them about the application of creative writing techniques and structures. They will also learn through practice that communication is about developing and delivering information effectively.

Students will interpret a passage in 1 Peter by analyzing the Scripture’s original Greek along with the text’s historical and literary context. Subsequently, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation for epistles in the New Testament and have a method of biblical reading that can last a lifetime.

Students will interpret a passage in John by analyzing the Scripture’s original Greek along with the text’s historical and literary context. Subsequently, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation for the gospels in the New Testament and have a method of biblical reading that can last a lifetime.

Students will interpret a passage in Psalms by analyzing the Scripture’s original Greek along with the text’s historical and literary context. Subsequently, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation for the Gospels in the Old Testament and have a method of biblical reading that can last a lifetime.

Mathematics in Business

Developing a solid understanding of financial literacy and how it directly affects our wellbeing is vital in helping to understand the world around us. All organizations and individuals make daily decisions that are focused on money. These team activities give students an opportunity to explore world economies and how they influence their citizens and economic status. Student will also gain an understanding of the importance of education in relation to career earnings. This activity will require access to Zoom, along with classroom audio/visual equipment.

The accounting profession plays a vital role in the daily financial operations of running a business. This team activity gives students an opportunity to understand the financial accounting side of operating a food truck and helping make key financial decisions for a restaurant menu upgrade. Students will utilize a worksheet ledger to forecast cost analysis. This activity will require access to Zoom, along with classroom audio/visual equipment.

Each day, businesses make decisions based on consumer behaviors and demands. Math plays an important role in how companies think about analytics. Organizations use Analytics to help drive their success. Within this session, students will work in teams to review business data for GCU’s Grand Canyon Beverage Company (GCBC) coffee shop. They will create graphs and charts that look for data patterns that help make decisions for the organization. This activity will require access to Zoom, along with classroom audio/visual equipment.

All successful companies operate dynamic data platforms that help the organization build their brand and offer a competitive advantage in the industry. Through a blend of business and technology, businesses use their information systems to make key financial decisions as well as forecast goals and develop new business opportunities. This team activity gives students an opportunity to establish an app-based information system for a gourmet food truck in order to help drive the business. This activity will require access to Zoom, along with classroom audio/visual equipment.

Sports Medicine & Team Culture

Strength and conditioning, sport-specific skills and speed and agility are key elements in every elite athlete’s toolbox. However, not nearly enough time is spent on nutrition for high school and many college athletes. In this lesson, students will learn how to calculate their basal metabolic rate and use their activity level to determine their caloric needs for elite athletic performance. Students will also take a look at the nutritional needs and diets of some popular professional athletes and create their own meal prep ideas based on their findings.

This lesson will teach valuable concepts from anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and exercise physiology, utilizing the Corrective Exercise Continuum developed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Students will learn how to assess posture, identify muscle imbalances and use the Corrective Exercise Continuum’s four-step process to combat dysfunctional postures.

Injuries – especially knee injuries – occur in many contact sports. Muscle imbalances are key components to how an athlete absorbs contact and deals with the physical demands of planting, turning and cutting. This lesson teaches a muscle activation warmup that builds stronger glute and hamstring muscles while limiting the chance of significant injury by properly activating the muscles for any type of competition.

This lesson will focus on your current team culture and how we can help create and instill a valuesbased vision with standards and expectations to enhance that culture. Students will learn how to become positive servant leaders that put the team first and hear examples of servant leadership in professional sports.

Teaching & Administration

Students will engage in an interactive, hands-on lesson with a focus on effectively integrating the concepts of educational psychology into the teaching profession. Students then partake in a brief personality assessment and a STEM-based team building activity, working in groups to construct a small marshmallow catapult. After further exploring the impact of traits on strengths and weaknesses as an educator, they will reflect on how their personality traits may have influenced team dynamics in the STEM activity.

In this interactive hands-on lesson, participants will explore music as a motivator for literacy skills. Students will use the components of literacy and collect strategies to incorporate music as a part of literacy learning. After reflecting on personal experiences with nursery rhymes and impactful elementary age songs, students will learn how to engage “littles” in developing a love for learning using music.

Students will engage in an interactive, hands-on lesson demonstrating how to combat implicit bias and stereotypes. They will explore the relationship of any personal underlying attitudes and perceptions a person may have for or against student outcomes. This activity will utilize a rubric to prevent biases while increasing transparency and consistency in grading and mitigating personal preferences. When designed and used correctly, rubrics can serve as a strong communication tool between the teacher and student that can promote a growth mindset, self-awareness and achievement-driven behavior.

Participants will engage in an interactive research project focusing on students’ lives outside of school, as teachers have the ability to make an impact on their students beyond the classroom. Complete with an interactive activity focusing on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, this lesson dives into the many roles that educators play within the community, how teachers can provide resources for students and their families and ways to serve as both an advocate and role model for students.

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GCU LIVE Lessons will not be available during major holidays and traditional academic breaks. For a complete schedule of availability, please use the schedule link above.

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