Applied Career Experiences

Applied Career Experiences (ACEs), SUM 301 is a week-long, 1-credit course designed to complement the college’s goals for professional success. Offered exclusively during Peak Week, SUM 301 is modular and includes (inter)disciplinary content, relevant digital technology, and professional connections. Full participation throughout the entire week will be required in order to successfully complete the course. ACE is open to juniors and seniors. We also highly encourage those who enrolled in SCALE during their sophomore year to consider ACE.

Spring 2022 Courses

SUM-301A: Persuasive Images: the Visual Language of Graphic Design (1.00)

The ability to recognize, analyze and produce aesthetically organized and graphically persuade is a powerful skill for voice and influence in social media, marketing, and web-building. This course introduces a practical approach to effectively visual problem solve and learn to communicate with visual force. We will discuss composition, color, and how to manipulate tone in an original poster/post design (for website, Instagram, print design, conference posters and other formats).We will view examples and make our own collage and digital components. Students will be introduced to the digital tool, InDesign. Working designer alums will visit the class to share why a liberal arts education coupled with design skills is so important in the digital age.

Taught by Anne Beidler, Department of Art & Art History.

SUM-301B: InDesign: How to Design & Publish Print Media with InDesign (1.00)

Design is fundamental to the marketing of books and magazines, and if done well, very much enhances a reader's engagement with a text. In this course students will learn to think critically about the design of covers, layouts, and a variety of other media. They will learn how to use Adobe’s InDesign software by creating a design for a print magazine. InDesign is used for an array of print media, including book and magazine publication, posters, brochures, and presentations. While this course will serve only as an introduction to the software, students will gain important analytical tools and skills in digital communication, learning about effective visual imagery, type, formatting, and the nuts-and bolts of InDesign.

Taught by Alan Grostephan, Department of English.

SUM-301C: Data Storytelling: Strategies & Tools for Effectively Communicating Information (1.00)

Data storytelling is the practice of integrating data visualization with narrative strategies to effectively communicate information and convey meaning. As we see every day in the news and on social media, the same data can be presented in different ways to tell very different stories and lead people to very different conclusions. In this course, students will learn to be critical readers of data stories and to recognize the ways that data visualization decisions influence the meaning communicated. Students will learn best practices of data visualization and produce their own data stories using Tableau, Canva and/or Excel. Students will have opportunities to hear from professionals in a variety of fields about the ways that they use data storytelling and data visualization in their work.

Taught by Amy Patterson, Department of Public Health.

SUM-301D: Critical Pedagogy: Teaching & Learning (1.00)

With a foundation in inclusive and antiracist pedagogies, this ACE understands education, as bell hooks describes it in Teaching to Transgress, “as the practice of freedom” and classrooms as having the potential to be “place[s] of promise and possibility” (3, 4). To that end, through readings in critical pedagogy and careful selfreflection, the course develops students’ abilities to compose statements of teaching and purpose; create and write syllabi and assignments; engage with Learning Management Systems like Canvas and Google Classroom; use WordPress as a site for communication; and consider their own trajectory as students and as educators. Students will also have an opportunity to connect with professionals who have successfully and meaningfully utilized these skills across a range of career fields.

Taught by Nicole Stamant, Department of English.

SUM-301E: Distinguishing Disinformation from Information in the Age of Wikipedia (1.00)

In an age often described as “The Information Age” we are bombarded with technical information with little supporting documentation or clarification. Advertisements for new products, discussions of sustainability, descriptions of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, and even suggestions of what foods to eat or avoid are presented as technical topics with little explanation. Understanding this information requires both asking the right question and analyzing the reliability of the answers we are likely to find through on-line resources. Before our class meets, students will be asked to find answers to three basic questions: 1) what is the Delaney clause? 2) what is the meaning of the GRAS designation for some food items? and 3) what is a Bertrand curve? Answering these three questions is designed to generate more questions than answers. Using guidelines provided prior to the class meeting, students will be asked to formulate their own technical questions to bring to the course.

During the week we will contrast the reliability of Google-type searches with other available search engines. The choice of a search engine determines the actual information found and searches employing Google, Google-Scholar, Medline, individual publishers, and SciFinder will not return the same information. We will explore a variety of topics, reflective of student interests that may range from the history and ethics of drug testing, the design of pharmaceuticals, nutritional requirements, and chemical structures. Participants will use multiple filters to narrow what started as a broad search question and then critically analyze the last source of information.

Taught by Leon Venable, Department of Chemistry.

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