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Digital Technology and Cultures Courses

DICE 3000 Introduction to Digital Cultures

Examine how digital technologies are changing how we interact, work, and live. In this course, you will learn the basic critical vocabulary used to analyze how digital technologies intersect with and transform the human experience. You will also begin learning key digital skills, such as how to create a portfolio using Weebly.

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DICE 3010 Key Concepts In Computing

Learn the fundamentals of how computers and programming work by exploring the building-blocks of digital technology. From the logic of code to computational thinking, you’ll use simple “maker” projects and system design to learn through tinkering and exploration. You’ll also study the history of computing to discover the forces that have defined it both professionally and culturally.

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DICE 3020 History of Text Technologies

We use technology to record and transmit cultural knowledge, memory, and imagination through space and time. In this course, you we will explore how changes in textual materials and technologies emerge from and shape a specific cultural moment. Some text technologies we may explore are cave painting, tattoos, graffiti, codices, machine-made books, typography, photography, film, graphic design, and digital media.

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DICE 3030 Foundations of Digital Rhetoric

How do we use digital media to influence and persuade citizens and consumers? Digital rhetoric is the study of how digital technologies shape methods of persuasion. In this course, you will analyze arguments that exist in digital media, such as video games, search engines, webpage designs, and digital images. You will also learn how to produce your own rhetorically informed digital media and apply a strategic message plan.

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DICE 3050 Digital Cultures: Theory and Practice

How does the study of digital cultures relate to the intellectual traditions of the humanities and social sciences? In this course, you will become familiar with the philosophical arguments underpinning current debates about digital technology. You will examine how different disciplines explain culture and technology.

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DICE 4000 Everyday Coding

This course provides both a practical and conceptual introduction to the data structures and logical patterns of computer programming. You’ll begin by creating animation with MIT’s Scratch, a playful tool for learning how computers “think” and go on to do simple game development using Python. We’ll explore the many ways algorithmic thinking structures digital technology, allowing your understanding of code basics to take you in many different directions.

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DICE 4010 Digital Identities

How are we perceived online and how do we curate ourselves in both the physical and digital realms? In this course, you will appraise and reflect upon not only the digital identities of others, but also the cultural implications of your own digitally constructed identities. Course topics include privacy, surveillance, online gaming, digital sub-cultures, and social media usage.

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DICE 4020 Global Digital Cultures

How has the spread of digital technologies affected globalization? In this course, you will examine the various aspects of cultural globalization. We will look at how globalization manifests itself in our daily lives. Course topics includes branding and advertising, consumer culture, social media, news cycles, social justice and activism, sustainability, and identity.

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DICE 4030 Multimodal Composition

A multimodal story uses a combination of text, images, video, audio, graphics and interactivity in a format that allows each medium to contribute without redundancy. In this course, you will explore multimodal stories in a variety of formats, and learn to create both linear and non-linear story “packages.” The course is project-based, and each week you’ll work on one step in the development of a midterm and final project. You’ll also learn to analyze multimodal stories carefully and gain awareness of the expressive and informational strengths of each medium.

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DICE 4040 Social Justice and Digital Media

Digital media affect all aspects of our lives, including power structures. In this course, you will investigate how digital technologies have been used to assert and maintain authority. You will also examine how digital technologies can be leveraged for social change. Topics include guerilla media art installations, social protest, socially active game design, and disruptive digital technologies and spaces. Students will work with a non-profit entity to create digital media intended to promote a social good.

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DICE 4900 Senior Synthesis Capstone

The senior capstone course synthesizes the knowledge and skills gained in the program. In this course, you will examine what you have learned and what you plan to do with your new skills and knowledge. In this class, you will learn about various career pathways and revise your program portfolio. Your final portfolio will provide evidence of your communication and technical skills and give you samples of work that you can showcase to future employers.

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K-8 Credentialing Courses

EDLS 4800 Program Orientation

This course engages students in reflecting on their student teaching internship experience in a structured way and in making sense of this experience. Students explore political, ethical, and social issues in education, the purpose of schooling and practical principles for effective teaching, and teachers as leaders for change.

EDLS 2400 Art, Health and Fitness

This is a participation-oriented, hands-on application of the principles of designing effective instructional activities in the areas of arts, health and fitness needed to teach elementary / middle school. The focus is on the acquisition of conceptual understanding in preparation for teaching and an introduction to planning and implementing learning activities in the areas of arts, health and fitness for diverse learners. The course will focus on the ability to create and implement interdisciplinary lessons and activities that integrate humanities, fitness and the arts to enhance student learning. This course includes field time in a local school.

EDLS 3100 Principles of Effective Teaching

This course will provide a foundation of essential strategies and principles for effective instruction, assessment, classroom management and differentiating supports for diverse learners. Laws, practices and procedures for identifying and supporting learners with special needs will also be introduced. This course is directly linked to field experience in a local school.

EDLS 3400 Literacy

An overview of basic knowledge in literacy instruction and assessment. Students will learn about the five domains of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency and how they interact. Students will also learn about L1 and L2 language acquisition and its influence on literacy.

EDLS 3600 Social Studies

This course will focus on social studies methods that are embedded in community interaction such as simulations, service learning or project based learning.

3800 Math & Science I

This is a participation-oriented, hands-on exploration and application of the mathematical and science content needed to teach elementary / middle school student in a manner consistent with national reform standards in mathematics and science education. This course aligns the new standards in math and science with effective instructional strategies to bring these skills and concepts to life for 21st century learners. Emphasis is placed on the use of instructional practices that prompts integrative teaching and inquiry based learning, which includes problem solving, reasoning, communication, connection, and representation. Students will begin planning and implementing lessons in the context of their field placement classrooms.

3820 Math & Science II

This is the second part of a hands-on exploration and application of the mathematical and science content needed to teach elementary / middle school students in a manner consistent with national reform standards in mathematics and science education. Emphasis in this course is placed on the use of instructional practices that prompt integrative teaching and inquiry based learning, with an emphasis on unit plan development using the universal design of learning framework (UDL). Students will be planning and implementing lessons in the context of their field placement classrooms. (Prerequisite: EDLS 3800 Math/Science in Schools I)

EDLS 4710 Residency Support 1-5

This course engages students in a seminar process to share, analyze and extend students’ professional experiences, including collaboration with other professionals, parents and communities. Teacher candidates reflect upon their clinical internship teaching experiences in terms of evaluation of professional growth and future goals, acquisition of new knowledge and how it relates the teaching profession, as well as how successful they are in linking previously learned theory and methodology with their classroom experiences. Taken concurrently EDLS 4700.

UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations

An introduction to theology as an academic
discipline; an examination of some of the theological beliefs that have shaped Christian
understandings of the divine, especially in the Catholic Jesuit theological tradition, and a
consideration of their implications for life today; an exploration of a key issue, person, or text
that has had a formative role in shaping this theological tradition; and an opportunity for
students to reflect on their own spiritual life and become more thoughtful and articulate in
expressing their own spiritual values.

UCOR 2500 Philosophy

This course introduces students to the methods of rigorous philosophical reasoning; introduces students to the philosophical questions, methods, and figures that have played key roles in shaping the Jesuit approach to education and scholarship; and teaches students to critically examine assumptions about reality (especially assumptions about our natures as human beings). Each section explores two or more of the following fundamental philosophical questions: the problem of human knowing, the mind/body problem, the problem of personal identity, the problem of freedom and determinism, and the problem of other persons. This course also aims to develop critical reflective skills to prepare students for more in-depth study in ethics (in the subsequent Ethical Reasoning course), improve critical thinking and writing skills, and enhance students’ appreciation for complexity and ambiguity.

UCOR 2900 - Ethical Reasoning

These courses introduce students to major traditions of moral theory and ethical reasoning,
engage students in critically examining ethical problems, and challenge students to develop
rigorous personal systems of ethical reasoning. The central goals of the course are to develop students’ skills in reasoning about ethical problems and encourage deep, habitual reflection on the ethical dimensions of life. This course requires a major case study analysis of some sort. Individual sections may focus on different ethical arenas or problems.

UCOR 3810 Natural Sciences & Global Challenges

Courses in the natural sciences that explore important global issues through the lens of a
specific discipline in the natural sciences. Each course focuses on a particular issue/challenge and course content assists students in understanding key disciplinary knowledge and approaches that provide insight into the issue. Students explore ways to productively think about and address the issue. These courses help students increase their understanding of complex global issues, develop knowledge of a natural science as it relates to global issues, explore approaches to and solutions for global issues, develop skills and confidence in applying knowledge to complex issues, and improve writing and research skills. Global Challenges courses include students from a variety of disciplines, promoting interdisciplinary conversation and understanding. This course requires a major paper or project, as well as some kind of reflective assignment where students are asked to synthesize their overall learning as it relates to the global issue being studied. Community-based learning and/or field or laboratory research is encouraged but not required.