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Graphic novel to be used in online course in management from OU

Graphic novels and rap videos are among the different ways Jeremy Short will deliver subject matter in his “Introduction to Management” online class at the University of Oklahoma.
Oklahoman Modified: May 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm •  Published: May 16, 2014
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Graphic novels and rap videos are among the different ways Jeremy Short will deliver subject matter in his “Introduction to Management” online class at the University of Oklahoma.

The class will be presented using the new JANUX platform at OU. Short said this program “provides a much more interactive experience.”

Both free and for-credit versions are available.

“I’m also really excited about the graphic quality of some of the learning material created by Twinprov — an Oklahoma City based improv group,” Short said. “They created a series of rap videos and this year we have some excellent animation to really make that material pop.”

Twinprov consists of twin brothers and improv comics Buck and Clint Vrazel.

“We’ve loved smart, clever and funny songs since Weird Al (our first cassette!), Tom Lehrer, and Monty Python, so this project was a perfect fit,” Clint Vrazel said. “Doctor Short said he was going for ‘Schoolhouse Rap,’ and if you're an educator, a student learning business, or a fan of Epic Rap Battles of History, you’ll enjoy it.”

For example, one video discusses mission, vision and values. “It has a nice graphic touch that compliments the graphic novel textbook,” Short said.

Clint Vrazel said the songs feature a variety of takes.

“We threw in lots of styles from Eminem, Macklemore, to Cake and Snoop Dogg,” he said. “Buck did most of the lyrics and voices, I did most of the music and mixing. It was insanely hard and fun. It’s so catchy you have to learn something.”

A graphic novel co-authored by Short is used as one of the class’ main texts.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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ONLINE

•Class information and sign-up: janux.ou.edu/course.mgt2013.html

•See the full Q&A with Jeremy Short at NewsOK.com/blogs/nerdage

VIDEO

•www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5kkWclU8_4&feature=youtu.be

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