IN8 | Rethinking Visual Communication Curriculum: The Success of an Emporium Style Teaching Model
Wednesday, June 17, 2020: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications faced challenges with budget and faculty resources, causing a bottleneck in the beginning visual communications courses for the college. In the Fall 2015 semester, faculty presented a solution in the form of an emporium style teaching model, where students can seek help on modular projects and collaborate with peers on projects. The program is a first-of-its-kind, giving students experience with the technologies and techniques needed to be powerful and effective storytellers. Students leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems, with the help of faculty available in a technology-rich learning resource center. Topic based workshops and bootcamps offer students additional hands-on learning experiences with the software. The program was implemented in Fall 0f 2016 with the first students finishing in Spring 2017 with positive results to date.