Classroom Support Services

Grand Canyon University (GCU) provides high school teachers and administrators with resources to help students prepare for college life and beyond. Participate in specific skill-building lessons with your students. Work with GCU’s professional development team to create a personalized college experience for your classroom. Visit our beautiful campus to see what college life is really like.

Learn more below on how GCU can help you get started in supporting your college-bound students today.

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.

These 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.

Streaming is supported on Google Meets, Microsoft Teams and Zoom video conferencing.

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.

GCU LIVE Lessons Details

Most Popular GCU LIVE Lessons

  • Business - Spirit of Business
  • Education - Teaching For All
  • Engineering - Online Circuit Development: Beginner
  • Arts and Media - 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

Business Innovation and Marketing - Canyon Ventures*

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 at Its Finest*

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.

Spirit of Business*

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.

Sports and Entertainment Management*

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.

Social Media – The Analytical Influencer of Business*

Social Media is, without question, the biggest form of marketing and brand recognition in the world today. People around the world rely on this digital form of communication for news, information, following our favorite athletes and celebrities and connecting with people throughout our lives. It has truly changed the way we think! Yet, within this digital age, companies, organizations and influencers around the globe utilize the analytical side of social media to drive their brands. In this lesson, students will learn the business side of social media use, and how organizations look at different analytics and data points to drive their success. Students will also apply critical thinking skills through the two engaging and hands-on activities featured in this lesson.

Spanish: Exploracion de Carrera*

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.

Global Awareness*

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.

American Inequality – Continuing the Conversation*

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.

Front-End Software Development: Magic Eight Ball*

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

Back-End Software Development Meme Creator*

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

Video Games the Agile Way*

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.

*requires students to have access to a computer

Computer Science: Simulated Basketball Broadcast*

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

Cybersecurity: Network Forensics

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

Cybersecurity: Password Cracking

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

Logo Design Challenge*

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.

Advertising and Graphic Design*

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 Design*

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.

Prototyping through Six Sigma's DMAIC Model

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.

Online Circuit Development: Beginner*

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

Online Circuit Development: Advanced*

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

Muscle Force Testing for Robotic Prosthetics
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.
Backstage - Creating a Concert through Electrical Engineering
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.
Medical Face Shield Design*

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

Hydropower Development and Innovation

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.

Methods of Wound Closure - Suture Clinic

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.

Fact vs Fable: Everything you Need to Know about Taking Vitamins – Vitamin C Pill Activity

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.

Healthcare Professions*

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.

DNA: The Blueprint of Life - Strawberry DNA Extraction

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.

Careers in Chemistry – Pharmacy Chapstick Compounding Activity*

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.

Forensic Sciences

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.

So, You Want to Go to Law School?*

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.

Justice Studies

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.

DISC Analysis*

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.

Resume Prep 101*

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

Interview Prep 101*

The goal of this activity is for students to gain foundational skills to prepare and execute a successful interview. During the activity, students will work through two handouts, engage with each other by conducting mock-interviews and talk with a GCU student about how to relate these topics to the real world.

Enhanced Professionalism in a Technological World*

Professionalism in the world today is of the utmost importance. It encompasses who we are as individuals and how we carry ourselves. It reflects our attitudes, builds a solid foundation of integrity and presents to others our vision and, most importantly, our values to those around us. Our own professionalism helps to make a positive impression in our working relationships and in developing a strong lasting connection within an organization. This lesson will address topics such as effective communication, leveraging social media usage, and even the purpose of developing your personal brand. Students will also take part in two team activities that focus on email etiquette as well as creating their own branding for a quick elevator pitch.

Team Dynamics

A collaborative activity where students will experience the different stages of developing a team and learning how to capitalize the strengths of each team member. Students will be given the tools to develop their leadership skills through adaptive communication, positive motivation and goal-oriented persistence. This activity includes a group, hands-on activity and a presentation provided by a GCU student.

The Power of Effective and Meaningful Communication*

In this lesson, students explore the importance of effective communication and how it plays a vital role in building great professional connections and partnerships. A big part of communicating and providing an effective, persuasive message is when speaking to others who may not have your same interests or beliefs. Learning how to approach barriers and overcoming them will help build confidence in how you interact with others. Students will participate in an activity that builds upon their communication skill set.

Leadership Development*

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.

Innovative Thinking*

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.

Screenwriting*

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.

The Power of Stories*

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.

Biblical Interpretation General Epistles*

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.

Biblical Interpretation Gospel*

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.

Biblical Interpretation Poetry*

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.

Financial Literacy: Money Matters and Everyone Should Know*

Developing a good understanding of financial matters is one of the most important skills that we will learn within our lifetime. Equipping ourselves with the knowledge and skills to manage money effectively can help build a foundation for future success. This important lesson will cover why money is essential, credit cards and debt, the advantages of a college education, along with a general understanding of living within our means. Students will also work on two team activities that highlight the financial benefits of higher education as well as budgeting for monthly expenses. Financial literacy is something that everyone must know.

Finance and Economics: Financial Understanding for Personal Success*

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.

Accounting: The Foundation to a Successful Business*

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.

Analytics and Math: The Key to Business Success*

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.

Driving Innovation Through Data*

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.

Game Theory and Analytics – Strategies for a Winning Edge*

Have you ever wondered how companies and organizations stay competitive within their industries? Or how do some individuals seem to make great decisions at the right time? Chances are, they understand the concepts of Game Theory. Mixed with the use of data-driven analytics, Game Theory is a proven strategy that allows many companies to project certain outcomes based on moves and decisions that their competition makes. The concepts of Game Theory can be found in everything from gaming strategies to fantasy sports leagues as well as investing in the stock market. This lesson will address the concept of Game Theory and how it directly impacts the decisions that many of us make each day. Students will also take part in two team activities that focus on strategy in decision making, as well as put their knowledge to the test in a fun and familiar strategy game — but with a Game Theory twist!

Neuroscience and Behavior of the Mind

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.

Mental Health Management – The Flourishing Scale*

In this lesson, students will learn how to improve and maintain their mental health and wellness. Topics that are explored include positive psychology, the PERMA model and the Flourishing Scale. The PERMA model provides practical ways to apply its components in your personal life. It outlines the characteristics of a flourishing individual. Students will take the Flourishing Scale questionnaire to examine their current mental health and how to maintain mental health wellness moving forward.

Fueling the Student-Athlete – Quick Meal Prep for Elite Performance*

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.

Corrective Exercises*

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.

Banded Glute Activation – Injury Prevention Techniques

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.

Servant Leadership and Team Culture – Leading Student-Athletes With a Christian Worldview*

This lesson will focus on your current team culture and how we can help create and instill a values-based 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 for All*

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.

Music and Literacy*

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.

Ruling Out Implicit Bias

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.

Beyond the Bell*

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.

*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.

Email us today at [email protected] for more information.

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.

Plan With Purpose

Teachers and administrators, you’re invited to personalize a college experience for your students! Receive inside access to how GCU empowers students to get the most out of their major and plan for their future career. Create a presentation tailored to your classroom for free. These presentations include:

  • Insights and helpful tips for your students’ chosen degree
  • Degree enhancements students should consider
  • Ways to create a fulfilling social life in college

Create Your Plan With Purpose

Get started on your customized presentation by scheduling an appointment with a Professional Development Specialist. Select the college or area of interest below and choose a date and time that works best for you. Then, customize your presentation using the list of provided topics.

Once you have created your presentation and completed the required forms, you will receive an email confirmation to review the presentation with a Professional Development Specialist.

Local Arizona Teacher Support

GCU Day

This program offers a unique opportunity for students, teachers and counselors to gain firsthand insight into GCU’s exciting campus life!

Learn about GCU and our academic offerings plus participate in dynamic, hands-on activities specific to the GCU Day track chosen. Interact with a GCU student panel, take an in-depth tour of campus, participate in an information session and end your day with lunch at a favorite campus eatery.

Contact your university admissions counselor to schedule a visit to the GCU campus.

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