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Digital Media and Learning Minor


In our globally connected world, learning happens not just in schools but everywhere: in the workplace, at home and in informal settings. Competency with technology increases your career opportunities in any chosen field. This is especially true when your career involves creating and sharing written and creative content.

CU Denver’s new Digital Media and Learning minor is designed to give undergraduate students that step ahead. Students will learn technology, design and communication skills while actively establishing a strong professional online presence. Projects in this minor allow you to explore your creativity and share your voice through new media, digital storytelling, mobile technologies, games, social networking and more.

CU Denver’s undergraduate minor in Digital Media and Learning is open to all undergraduates, regardless of major. It is offered through the School of Education & Human Development and the faculty in Information and Learning Technologies (ILT). This minor will help you:
Be a better student. Use technology to create products and learn effectively.
Be a better employee. Use social networking, social media and other tools to improve your knowledge and work performance.
Be a connected citizen. Develop and share your voice globally while gaining a better understanding of your digital footprint.
Design your future. Produce practical, authentic projects – physically and virtually, online and in the classroom, and through work and play.

Program Delivery

This is a blended program with a mix of online and on-campus courses. The first course – INTE 2500 – Digital Media and Learning – will be taught on campus. The rest of the core courses and electives will be taught online.

Declaring This Minor

If you are currently a CU Denver student, please contact the undergraduate advisor in the School of Education & Human Development to set up an appointment to discuss the process. You may also email education@ucdenver.edu for more information.

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

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  1. To complete this minor, you will need to complete 15 credit hours of Digital Media and Learning courses with a minimum grade of C+ (2.3) including three core courses totaling 9 credit hours and two electives totaling 6 credit hours.
  2. At least 12 credit hours of Digital Media and Learning courses must be completed at the University of Colorado Denver.
  3. Any course taken for this minor must be approved by the School of Education & Human Development’s undergraduate program advisor.
  4. Please see specific requirements below:

Specific Course Requirements (3 courses)

Students must complete all of the three core Digital Media and Learning courses. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll and successfully complete INTE 2500 prior to their participation in other Digital Media and Learning courses:

Core (9 credits)

INTE 2500 Digital Media and Learning (Take this into course prior to taking other courses in the minor.)
INTE 4340 Learning with Digital Stories
INTE 4665 Social Media and Digital Cultures

From the following list of Digital Media and Learning courses students will select two elective courses that meet their interests and/or career aspirations. Please check the university catalog for when courses are offered. Other Digital Media and Learning courses will be added to the following list as they are designed and approved.

Electives (You choose two courses - 6 credits)

INTE 4000 Design Thinking and Educational Innovation
INTE 4200 The Online Educator
INTE 4300 Media Literacy
INTE 4320 Games and Learning
INTE 4960 Experiential Learning Project
(or an INTE elective approved by the program/advisor)

For more information, please contact faculty member Remi Holden (remi.holden@ucdenver.edu; 303-315-0034) about details.

Core:

INTE 2500 Digital Media and Learning
Digital media have transformed where, how, and why people learn. This course examines theoretical foundations and contemporary developments in digital media and learning. Students will analyze, design and enact projects exemplifying topics such as civic media, game-based and mobile learning.

INTE 4340 Learning with Digital Stories
This course reviews the uses of digital storytelling for learning. Develop and publish a short digital story that tells something important about you and your interests. Explore ways that creating or using digital stories can aid learning and personal growth.

INTE 4665 Social Media and Digital Cultures
The focus of this course is on how educators leverage networked social tools, technologies, and environments to address educational needs, opportunities, and problems of practice; and establish and nurture their own professional learning through participation in digital cultures.

Electives:

INTE 4000 Design Thinking and Educational Innovation
Design thinking is a creative, human-centered approach to exploring and solving professional and community-based problems of practice. In this studio-based course students will cultivate academic and community partnerships, design innovative media and experiences, and support diverse learning opportunities across settings.

INTE 4200 The Online Educator
This course will help educators transition to teaching online. Create online learning activities, assessments and resources. Learn how to establish an online teaching presence. Explore topics including student advisement, curriculum adoption, accessibility, parental support and digital citizenship.

INTE 4300 Media Literacy
In this course students learn to create, use, extend, and evaluate media products to support decision-making and real world problem-solving. Students also become more aware of the significant role of mass media, popular culture, and digital media in our lives. Max hours: 3 Credits.

INTE 4320 Games and Learning
This course examines the use of games for learning and education across formal and informal environments. Students will survey contemporary learning theory, media, trends, and challenges related to designing and playing games in informal, community-based, online, and school settings.

INTE 4960 Experiential Learning Project
This field experience requires integration of digital-learning skills through an applied project - e.g., a non-profit or education client. Based on an approved proposal, you will share your ongoing work with instructor and student peers, and participate in a gallery sharing of projects with peers. The project entails a minimum of 90 hours of fieldwork.



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