Classroom Support Services

Grand Canyon University provides high school teachers and administrators with resources to help students prepare themselves for college life and beyond. Participate in specific skill-building lessons with your students and work with GCU’s program development team to create a personalized college experience for your classroom. 

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 the popularity of these lessons and the individual needs of schools nationwide, teachers are kindly asked to keep their reservations to a reasonable number per semester.

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

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.

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Last-Minute Live Lessons

Last-minute lessons are provided as an opportunity for educators with last-minute classroom coverage needs. These lessons contain many of the same great activities from our Live Lessons catalog but can be scheduled up to 24 hours before the lesson.

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GCU Live Lessons Details

Most Popular GCU Live Lessons

  • Business – Business Innovation and Marketing – Canyon Ventures
  • Engineering – Basic TinkerCad Circuits
  • Multi-Media – Social Media Design
  • Pre-Health – Methods of Wound Closure: Suture Clinic
  • Social Sciences – Neuroscience and Behavior of the Mind
  • Technology – Coding with Java: Meme Creator

GCU Live Lessons 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 that we all do. Entrepreneurs think in an innovative way 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 can help students discover how businesses look at 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 looking at ways potential investors would view their marketing ideas.

Financial Money Matters and Investing

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. All organizations, as well as individuals, make daily decisions that focus on money. This important lesson will cover topics as to why a college education still matters in the world today, as well as looking at financial gain based on different levels of learning. The lesson will also cover the general intro topics of investing within the lens of tradable commodities, real estate and the importance of retirement planning. Students will close out the lesson by participating in the Bloomberg Stock Market game.

Requires students to have access to a computer.

Social Media's Power in Business Decisions

Social media appears to be a significant driving force in today's marketing industry, as organizations invest a lot of money annually worldwide, aiming to influence and steer consumer spending. It consistently envelops individuals around the clock, every day of the week; yet, it is not randomly created. Companies, athletes, celebrities and influencers typically use data or analytics to drive consumers to their brands. Within this session, students will define the importance of how analytics come into play in social media through a business point of view while also defining viable business decisions within social media that drive trends, behaviors and business patterns.

Requires students to have access to a phone or computer

Coding with Java: 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. Available in beginner and advanced versions for students with previous knowledge of coding.

Requires students to have access to a computer

Coding with Python: 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 Python in creating and editing a meme creator. Available in beginner and advanced versions for students with previous knowledge of coding.

Requires students to have access to a computer

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) with ChatGPT

Explore the world of generative AI in this interactive session. Discover the fundamentals of generative AI, uncover how it operates through practical engagements with ChatGPT, and gain insights into AI biases. This presentation concludes by highlighting AI's role as a tool for fostering creativity and learning across diverse professional domains.

Requires students to have access to a computer

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

Password Cracking

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

Requires students to have access to a computer

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.

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.

Social Media Design

Social media is a great medium to connect with customers and potentially drive impact for longterm 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.

Advanced TinkerCad Circuits

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

Autonomous Cars and Obstacles

Ever wonder how cars know when they are about to back into something and alert you? Curious about basic electronics and ready to build awesome projects? Well, look no further than this – in this GCU Live Lesson students will be introduced to electronic devices such as motors, microcontrollers, and sensors, and then build an obstacle-avoiding car! Once the car is done, it can be tested with obstacles to see if the car can move around them.

Basic TinkerCad Circuits

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 taught the 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

Engineering With a Pulse

This hands-on biomedical engineering project guides participants through the process of building a heart rate sensor using components such as an Arduino, breadboard and jumper wires. Participants will be taught to assemble the circuit, integrate a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor and accurately measure and display heart rate data in real-time. By actively engaging in this project, participants will focus on the fundamentals in electronics and sensor integration, while exploring the fascinating field of biomedical engineering and its applications in healthcare.

Prototyping through Six Sigma's DMAIC Model

Through identifying practical 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.

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 demonstrates 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.

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 will be taught about the connection between medicinal chemistry and pharmacology by participating in a hands-on lip balm compounding activity.

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 can focus on how to assess posture, identify muscle imbalances and use the Corrective Exercise Continuum’s four-step process to combat dysfunctional postures.

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 focus on 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.

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 explore 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 use a capsule filler machine and create their own handmade Vitamin C pill.

First Aid 101– Bandage Wraps

Life is full of cuts, scrapes and twisted ankles. Many of us have experienced one or all of these at some point in our lives. Throughout this lesson we will focus on a variety of different methods of wrapping bandages, including when and how to use these bandages. This lesson will engage students in a hands-on learning experience where they will have the opportunity to practice four different bandage wrapping techniques.

Healthcare Professions: A Team in Action

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.

Immersive Simulation Experience

An important part of any nursing program is an immersive simulation experience that allows students to learn and experience real-life scenarios in a safe and controlled environment. This GCU Live Lesson gives students an opportunity to take part in an immersive simulation experience from the comfort of their desks using virtual simulation technology. Through this simulation experience, students will ask their patients questions, monitor their vitals, make decisions and learn more about what it’s like to be a nurse.

Requires student to have access to a computer

Methods of Wound Closure - Suture Clinic

Ever been to the emergency room for stitches? During this lesson, students can 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.

Nutrition Kitchen

Have you ever wondered what a Nutritionist does in their job? Why is food so important to our bodies? What exactly is gluten? Find out the answers to these questions in our Nutrition Kitchen. Students will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the world of nutrition by analyzing foods facts and the expectations as a nutritionist.

The Vitals of Nursing

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a nurse? This lesson offers a glimpse into the world of nursing for every student, including hands on experience and explanation of the how and why for some of the most important tools for any nurse. Through both hands-on experience and a case study that requires some critical thinking, students can learn a bit more about the world of nursing and the way these everyday heroes help others every single day.

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.

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.

Resume Prep 101

The goal of this activity is for students to gain foundational skills to prepare a professional resume, execute an 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 everyday context.

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 help 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.

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 can 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.

Trash to Treasure: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Do you care about the environment? Do you value conservation and sustainability in your community? Then you don’t want to miss out on this fun and impacting Live Lesson: “Trash to Treasure: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” where you can learn about the three essential components of environmentally responsible consumer behavior: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Incorporate the 3 R’s into the classroom and pass on environmentally positive behavior to the next generation. Students will explore their creativity through our Trash to Treasures Upcycling challenge while learning about ways to reduce waste.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

Visit our group tour page for more information or to request a GCU Day visit.