2014 Summer Academy

For three weeks in the summer of 2014, from June 22 through July 12, over twenty different class sessions were offered by UK instructors and guest speakers for the GEAR UP KY Summer Academy @ UK. All students took the General Studies Core courses that included research skills, information literacy, argumentative writing and public speaking, visual literacy, digital citizenship and web publishing. In addition, all students took the Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity courses (Performing World Music, Creativity and the Art of Acting, Introduction to Photographic literacy and Image Analysis) and the Introduction to Business & Economics course. The other courses were offered as electives for the students to choose, and they were modeled on real courses taught at UK. You can download the Summer Academy@UK 2014 Handbook here (.pdf file) - it was sent out to families as well as students, staff and faculty at UK.

General Studies Core

All students took the General Studies Core courses that included research skills, information literacy, argumentative writing and public speaking, visual literacy, digital citizenship, video editing and web publishing. This rich core of learning experiences was a collaboration between a dozen different faculty and staff instructors who supported the student learning outcomes for the General Studies Core digital badge. Students were placed in groups of 15-25 for three hours each weekday morning to work on how to conduct research, collaborate productively in groupwork and communicate effectively about what they’re learning. In the first week, they focused on Internet-based research on a topic of their choice; learned digital citizenship and digital media basics including blogging, copyright, intellectual property and universal design. Hands-on activities included video editing and green screen techniques in the KET Media Lab. The focus of the second week was on independent or small group research and the development of an argumentative essay. Students were introduced to web publishing tools including basic HTML and CSS, and information searching strategies using UK’s online library resources, Google, and other search engines. In the third week they developed digital video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) related to their research topic. Other capstone projects may include public speeches, theatrical or musical performances. Invited guests gave feedback on these final projects at the Friday Night Showcase on July 11, 2014.

Dr. Laurie Henry, Education - Curriculum & Instruction; KY P20 Innovation Lab
Dr. Christina Munson, Education - Curriculum & Instruction
Allyson DeVito, Communication & Information - Instructional Communication & Research
Rachel Steckler, Communication & Information - Instructional Communication & Research
Cheyenne Hohman, Arts & Sciences - The Hive
Neena Khanna, Arts & Sciences - The Hive
Andy McDonald, Arts & Sciences - The Hive
Nicole Sand, Arts & Sciences - The Hive
Dr. Deb Castiglione, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
Cara Worick, CELT
Jeff Gray, KET Media Lab
Jamie Burton, UK Libraries - Special Collections
Shane Tedder, Office of Sustainability

Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

Based on courses offered at UK for general education credit, these introductory level classes will ask students to focus on exploring the many different parts of a good question, determine when additional information is needed and find information efficiently using a variety of reference sources as well as seeking multiple and complex answers to questions and issues related to arts and creativity.

Performing world music: A combined lecture-performance class that includes world music ensemble work in steel band, African drumming and other Afro-diasporic forms. No musical experience is necessary.

Instructor: Erin Walker-Bliss, Fine Arts - School of Music

Creativity and the art of acting: Presence, or a focus on being "in the moment", is the key to performance. In this course you will focus on presence as a foundation for creativity and the art of acting. You will explore recent and current trends of theatre as well as examine the ways you can interpret language, literature, poetry and dramatic texts in communicating your ideas in performance ensembles. No acting experience is necessary.

Instructor: Matthew Lewis Johnson, Fine Arts - Theatre and Dance

Introduction to photographic literacy and image analysis: An introduction through both the study of its history and the practice of making of photographs. You will be introduced to image analysis through various styles, genres and technical aspects of the medium.

Instructor: Rob Dickes, Fine Arts - School of Art and Visual Studies

Visual Literacy

These courses expand on the work undertaken in the General Studies Core and allow for more time spent on crucial skills in digital media publication, communication, collaboration and visual literacy.

Art Out of the Box!: as you explore the power of the visual arts to communicate and idea or concept, you will create a three-dimensional artifact from a two-dimensional team drawing

Instructor: Marty Henton, Fine Arts - School of Art and Visual Studies

Artifacts-In-Action: object-based learning with hands-on activities focusing on the visual study of artifacts at the UK Art Museum, at the UK Outdoor Sculpture Garden, and at UK Arts in HealthCare (Albert B. Chandler Hospital).

Instructor: Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, Fine Arts - UK Art Museum

Digital Design and Fabrication Technologies: collect, fuse, analyze, visual and present artifacts and data graphically on-screen, including printing of 3D artifacts using digital fabrication technologies common to desktop manufacturing processes used in business and industry

Dr. Derek Eggers, Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
Kara Hill, Ricoh USA
Andy McDonald, Arts & Sciences - The Hive

Remix Audio/Video: you will assemble multiple tracks of audio as well as capture digital video and edit the video content with iPad applications while learning about copyright and intellectual property issues

Cheyenne Hohman, Arts & Sciences - The Hive
Cara Worick, Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Global Citizenship

Intercultural workshops, basic language classes, field trips and film festivals - a different culture each week - students attend all activities scheduled in the theme-based week to earn a badge.

Russian Language and Culture
Instructor: Zumrad Kataeva, Education - Research Center

Arabic Languages and Muslim Cultures
Instructor: Maher Al-khateeb, Arts & Sciences - Modern & Classical Languages

Japanese Language and Culture
Instructor: Yasuka Miura, International Center

Intellectual Inquiry in Social Sciences; Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences

These introductory level classes will ask students to focus on exploring the many different parts of a good question, determine when additional information is needed and find information efficiently using a variety of reference sources as well as seeking multiple and complex answers to questions and issues related to the social sciences and to the sciences.

Introduction to Business and Economics: short courses in leadership, business disciplines, and the global economy through the use of case studies and class discussions

Instructor: Matt Anderkin, Gatton College of Business & Economics

Following our Food, Learning to Lead: students develop leadership skills in settings related to the sciences associated with agriculture, food and environment and spend afternoons on field trips to local sites such as Winchester Dairy, Ale-8-One, Food Chain & Seed Leaf.

Instructor: Jason Headrick, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Problem-solving Utilizing the Tools of Science: biological questions are proposed and you will use the tools of chemistry, physics, math and deduction/reasoning to reach solutions; groups focus on the four systems of the human body using biological models and other scientific equipment

Dr. Don Frazier, Medicine - Physiology
Margaret McConnell, Outreach Center for Science and Health Career Opportunities

Quantitative Reasoning

Students learn how fundamental elements of mathematical, logical and statistical knowledge are applied to solve real-world problems.

Overview of Engineering and Autonomous Systems: an introduction to the engineering profession and the engineering design cycle; working in teams students design, build, program and test an autonomous system (robot) using mathematics and servomechanisms

Instructor: Dr. Bruce Walcott, Engineering

Scratch Programming: in this introduction to computational thinking, students learn a free and open-source multimedia authoring tool for creating interactive stories, games and animations using coding principles in design goals and solutions for fixing programming “bugs”

Instructor: Seth Anderson, UK Healthcare CE

College Café

In addition to the above courses, students participated in the College Cafe, co-curricular programming in the residence hall. This important college/career readiness component to the curriculum took place in the evening or on the weekends to give students the opportunity to discuss the culture of college in a fun, relaxed setting. Activities and discussions led by Kelsey Carew (UK First Gen Initiatives), GUK Academy student development advisors and guest speakers focused on the everyday life of the college student, such as the importance of time management, multiculturalism on a college campus, and getting involved in the campus community. Casey Shaddix of the College of Health Sciences led a career day exploration session about the various degrees they offer and how important that preparations for a STEM major at UK start early. On the 4th of July, Damarias Moore, an instructor from the UK French department in partnership with the International Center, led a series of activities that helped students understand the connections between the French and American Revolutions before they went to participate in the festivals in downtown Lexington. Similar to UK undergraduates, Summer Academy @ UK included a UK FUSION (UK For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhood) service event, a Common Reading Experience with book groups all discussing the same book, and Sustainability tours of the campus led by Shane Tedder and members of the Office of Sustainability. Students who had signed waivers from their parents/guardians were allowed to use the Aquatics Center and to borrow bicycles from Wildcat Wheels.

Every evening, after dinner, students reflected on what they had been learning. Students used a journal app on their mini-iPad, and some posted blog entries. Successful completers of the courses earned digital badges that were certified by UK instructors and archived for display through the Open Passport badge system. Download this .pdf file to see all the digital badges available for students to earn. Students can see the badges they have earned and show them to their friends, teachers or employers by pointing to their Passport profile (as part of an online and mobile portfolio or published as a Mozilla Open Badges) or by sharing the badges on other platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn.

Visit the UGE Flickr Album to see photos and videos of the 2014 Summer Academy @ UK.

GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy @ UK