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Broadcast 1907 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on December 4th, 2012
Guest: Martin Schwab
Guest: Dr. Martin Schwab. Topics: Kepler Space Institute Online Courses designed & taught by Dr. Schwab. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Dr. Martin Schwab back to the program to discuss three classes he has designed, helped to design, and is teaching at Kepler Space Institute Online. Follow along at these websites for more information:,;, and Please note that due to an error on my part, I cut off my microphone for the last 3.5 minutes of the program. All of the guest comments plus those of caller Tim are available on the recording but I edited out my comments about trying to resolve the problem. You will hear some rough edits as my comments talked over the caller and guest. I did leave in my closing comments though my audio is terrible, but I wanted to properly close the show. I apologize for my error but again, nothing said by the guest or the caller was lost or impacted in any way by my error. Also note that on the blog, I will upload the Celestial Leadership Syllabus. Look for it at the end of the program summary, only on the blog. This summary will not reflect the two segments of the program as our discussion overlapped both segments with common threads and themes. We started with Dr. Schwab providing us with a short overview of Kepler Space University, Kepler Space Institute, and online teaching. After the introduction and hands on approach to showing us how to navigate the Kepler websites, enroll in courses, find available courses, Dr. Schwab talked about his class, "Celestial Leadership: Advancing Humans Beyond Low Earth Orbit." Martin took us through the course sessions, explained his teaching technique, the essays required for each session, and the course certificate awarded upon completion. Next, Martin talked about the high school/advance placement class, "Critical Thinking: Alternative Energies-Traditional Economics." This class is a combined effort with Dr. Frantz and Martin and as such is taught differently than the Celestial Learning class. While the differences are not great, do note them in our discussion. In continuing our discussion after the break, we turned to the third class Martin shared with us, "History of Global Governance: Ancient to Modern." Martin described this course, talked about the U.N. space treaties and other UN space work which is covered during the class. Martin read the class description to us, we talked about the theory of following the student as in the Montessori method, and he said the class was Inquiry Based. A listener wanted to know how to design and teach a Kepler course. During our discussion, Martin talked frequently about using Moodle to help in designing and handling the course. In the last few minutes of the program, Tim called to address educational issues from his perspective saying too many people go to college and that the more student loan money made available, the more likely universities will continue raising their fees and costs to consume the additional money in the system. Martin had much to say on this and his ideas on education as well, don't miss them. Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Dr. Schwab at the address he provided on air.

About our guest...

Martin Schwab
Martin Schwab received his Ph.D. in political science, specializing in international relations from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in May 2012. As part of his dissertation, "Prospects for Collaborative Power in a Brutal Universe," he designed a seminar format to aid U.S. and global leaders to better implement multinational space exploration, space-based solar power and planetary defense. See He received his M.P.I.A. in international security studies from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and his B.A. in history from the University of Dayton in 1995. He is author of Homeplanet Defense: Strategic Thought for a World in Crisis (Infinity Publishing, 2005). In recent weeks, Dr. Schwab has been building courses on Moodle for Kepler Space Institute Online/Kepler Space University as an independent contractor.

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