|Photography for Educators - Four weeks of fun professional development offered during summer|
"Photography for Educators" (Special Topics 390/590, 3 units) presents another dimension to education and a professional development opportunity for in-service teachers, students, faculty and alumni. The four-week course runs June 15 - July 11 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., with three Saturday workshops from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Note that the Saturday sessions are flexible around students' schedules.
The instructors are Lars Helgeson (Teaching & Learning) and T&L doctoral student Bruce Farnsworth. Helgeson is a former commercial photographer and has infused photography into several curriculum guides. Farnsworth is a licensed art instructor and editorial photographer (www.brucefarnsworth.com) whose assignment work includes Smithsonian and Nature Conservancy magazines. Both will share innovative strategies they have used successfully in the classroom.
Participants of all disciplines wll gain new pedagogical techniques and vital visual technology skills for today's university environment and the workplace. The course is one of five at UND recently awarded a Summer Programs and Events Council Start-Up Mini-Grant.
In Part One of the course, participants will acquire photographic design, lighting and digital imaging skills in simple, easy steps. The PhotoShop section will enable participants to develop student digital photography projects (e.g. scrapbook page, movie poster, panorama and sequential study) and print their own exemplars with rubrics. Learn how to operate a high-resolution scanner and Epson professional photographic printer, and enjoy making gallery-quality prints which you can take home. There will be "mini-workshops" outdoors featuring environmental portraiture and landscape photography.
In Part Two of the course, participants will explore the use of photographic images across the curricula, as the vehicle for anticipatory sets, literacy skill-building, lesson activities and assessment. The instructors will demonstrate research-based techniques to scaffold student learning through photography and engage students in critical thought and discussion. There will also be discussion of the ethical and legal considerations related to the use of digital photography in schools. Each week, Helgeson and Farnsworth will share their favorite websites for photography-based instruction.
Educators of all levels and disciplines will find this course invaluable in diversifying their approach to instruction and making course content more personally relevant to young people.
Since this is a course of the regular university, all students must be admitted to UND. Those taking the 390 section can enroll online directly with course permission number 19092. Participants enrolling in the 590 section for graduate credit must contact Professor Lars Helgeson at email@example.com or 777-3144 for the enrollment permission number. Bruce Farnsworth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 741-5502.
Consider "Photography for Educators" as a fun opportunity to increase your skills as an instructor, photographer and citizen in an increasingly digital age. Feel free to contact the instructors with any questions about the course.
-- Lars Helgeson, Professor, Teaching & Learning, email@example.com, 777-3144