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Courses in Outdoor Leadership (ODL)

ODL 100 History and Philosophy of Outdoor Adventure Education 2cr

Through discussions, guest speakers, readings, and student presentations, the class will explore the history, philosophies, approaches, and prospects for outdoor adventure education and recreation. Students will become familiar with private, state, and federal organizations that offer outdoor adventure education and recreation programming.

ODL 199 Independent Study 1-4cr

ODL 210 Wilderness Skills and Techniques 2cr

The major goal of this course is to provide students the opportunity to learn and develop those outdoor skills that will assist them in living and traveling in a back-country environment. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about and use specialized equipment associated with back country travel: clothing, backpacks, tents, stoves, and sleeping systems. Students will be involved with the planning of a trip, including route selections, menu and food planning, and logistics. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and improve their outdoor living skills and learn about low impact camping and travel.

ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education 3cr

Many outdoor adventure education/recreation programs and school systems across the country utilize initiatives as part of their program offerings. This course is designed to help students learn about a program component that emphasizes the development of self-concept, group cooperation, and physical abilities. Students will experience a variety of activities including new games and initiatives, as well as develop skills in the areas of facilitation and debriefing.

ODL 220 Wilderness First Responder 1cr January * (2006-07)

This is an eight-day course in emergency medical care that addresses the issues of long-term patient care, back country rescue techniques, and survival skills. This is a professionally focused course for those individuals who will be working with groups in back country settings. Participants who successfully complete the course will be certified in Wilderness First Responder and CPR.

ODL 225 Universal Adventure Programming 4cr

"Universal Adventure Programming" has traditionally been defined as "accessible" adventure programming on a programmatic, environmental, leadership, legal, and equipment modification level for people with and without disabilities. This course seeks to expand that definition to assist students in gaining the knowledge, understanding, and abilities to provide quality adventure programming in relation to staff and clientele's race, class, gender, and ability - thereby seeking to create socially just outdoor education opportunities for all. By truly understanding ourselves, our clients, and the environment within which we work, we can provide quality inclusive programming for all. Students will gain knowledge and experience in "universal adventure programming" through field experiences, guest speakers, experiential class sessions, readings, reflective writing, and active leadership opportunities.

ODL 226 Instructor Development for Outdoor Leadership 8cr

This is a field-based course that has an extensive off-campus component. It will examine teaching, leadership, and safety issues pertaining to outdoor adventure education. The course is designed to provide the students with the opportunity to learn and develop knowledge and skills that will assist them in teaching, living, and traveling in a back country environment. The course will have a strong commitment to the Outward Bound philosophy and methodology. It will emphasize group process, effective communication, wilderness medicine, risk management, basic technical skill development, including wilderness skills, no trace camping, rock climbing, orienteering, winter camping, and trip planning. You may not be enrolled in any other courses during the term that this is offered. This course may not duplicate ODL 210 Wilderness Skills and Techniques, (2cr), ODL 220 Wilderness First Responder (1cr), PED 125 Rock Climbing (1cr), PED 127 Winter Camping (1cr), and PED 128 Orienteering (1cr). Course fee.

ODL 227 Top Rope Site Management 2cr

This course will expand on topics introduced in PED 125. Top rope site management techniques, including site evaluation, hazard evaluation, and minimum impact techniques will be taught. Introduction of anchors specific to top roping and rappelling will be taught. Rescues specific to top roping and rappelling will also be covered. The student will leave the course having a solid understanding of anchoring, belaying, rappelling, and partner rescues, as well as knowledge related to the safety and management of top rope sites.
Prerequisite: PED 125 Outdoor Recreational Activities: Rock Climbing or permission of instructor.

ODL 290-298 Special Topics in Outdoor Leadership 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Outdoor Leadership. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

ODL 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

ODL 310 Leadership for Adventure Education 4cr

This course is designed to examine the principles and practice of leadership in adventure education/recreation programs. Classroom time will be spent on the examination of theories, practices, and problems of leadership in a wilderness environment. The course will provide direct, firsthand experiences where students will be expected to plan and be in a leadership position both in the classroom and out in the field.
Prerequisites: Any PED Outdoor Recreational Activities course and ODL 210 Wilderness Skills and Techniques, or permission of instructor.

ODL 315 Group Process 4cr

The basic principles of small group interaction will be explored in both didactic and experiential components of the course. Part of becoming an effective group leader is exploring the nature and consequences of one's interaction with others. Students will be asked to participate in a number of activities that will allow students to learn with their own personal styles of interacting with others. These activities will be supplemented with theory in group dynamics. It is the intent of the course that the student will be able to transfer skills learned in the class to settings where group leadership is required (i.e., almost any job).
Prerequisite: PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology.

ODL 320 Program Planning and Design 4cr

This course takes an in-depth view of the role that program planning and development plays in adventure and environmental education programs, camps, and other educational organizations. Students will design programs with specific emphasis on developing goals, philosophy, needs assessment, curriculum, budgeting, marketing, and evaluation. This is a technical writing course..
Triad: College Composition II
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one College Composition course.

ODL/WMS 325 Women's Voices in Experiential Education 4cr **

This course is taught in a seminar format, involving students in the exploration of feminist theory and practice as it relates to experiential education and outdoor adventure education. Through readings, discussions, speakers, presentations, and a retreat, students explore feminist perspectives of outdoor leadership, the historical contributions of women, and some current issues and concerns of women in the field.
Prerequisite: Sophomore or junior standing.

ODL 350 Trip Leader Practicum 2cr

A structured and supervised opportunity for students to co-lead outdoor recreational trips for the Warren Wilson College Outdoor Programs. This experience helps students to integrate their academic preparation with its application in a field setting.
Prerequisites: ODL 210 Wilderness Skills and Techniques and one PED Outdoor Recreational Activities course. Students are required to begin class five days prior to the start of the semester.

ODL 351 Trip Leader Practicum 1-2cr

A follow-up to ODL 350 with students leading trips for the Warren Wilson Outdoor Programs. This experience allows students to further integrate higher level trip leading skills with their level of academic preparation.
Prerequisite: ODL 350 Trip Leader Practicum.

ODL 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

ODL 410 Organization and Administration of Adventure Education Programs 4cr

This course is an advanced study of adventure education program management with special attention to organizational models developed from an administrative aspect. Major study is placed on goal setting, staffing, budgeting, public relations, liability, and risk management for adventure education programs.
Prerequisite: ODL 320 Program Planning and Design or permission of instructor.

ODL 484 Outdoor Leadership Internship Seminar 1cr

This seminar will focus on helping students identify a placement site that will meet their personal and professional goals, prepare their proposals, and determine appropriate projects they will complete during their internships. The seminar will also help them to prepare for their internship experiences and hear from some of the other students who have successfully completed their internships.

ODL 485 Outdoor Leadership Internship 1-16cr

An internship is a credit-bearing, carefully planned, short-term, well-supervised work experience related to the student's academic field. Typically, the job is located off-campus with a business firm, nonprofit organization, or government agency. The student may or may not receive monetary compensation, depending upon the arrangements made with the host organization. Internships offer students exceptional nontraditional educational opportunities.

ODL 490-498 Special Topics in Outdoor Leadership 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Outdoor Leadership. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

ODL 499 Independent Study 1-4cr