What training do consultants get?
All Writing & Media Lab Consultants must complete an interdisciplinary course, Emerging: Learning Technologies (IDS 259), prior to working in the Writing & Media Lab. While enrolled in the IDS 259 class, it is possible for Consultants-in-training to work up to 4 hours per week for hands-on training in the Writing & Media Lab.
We also provide access to many online resources for current Consultants to improve their writing and technology skills. Many of those resources were written by past Consultants.
Before the start of Fall Term each year, we also hold an annual "Boot Camp" for new and returning Consultants to provide additional training.
Writing & Media Lab Consultants are not all English or Computer Science majors; we recruit Consultants from all majors on campus. The more academic departments that our Consultants represent, the better we're able to help students with writing and multimedia projects in all of their classes!
Current Consultants include majors in Biology, English, Communication Studies, Neuroscience, History, and Economics, just to name a few!
What is E-merging: Learning Technologies (IDS 259)?
E-merging: Learning Technologies is the interdisciplinary course that all Consultants take prior to working in the Writing & Media Lab.
The course description from the Furman Course Catalog (2013-2014):
A few more details about the training course:
- “Exploring, through culture and concepts, the implications of information and communications technologies for what it means to learn and to know. Students experiment with collaboration, networking, concept mapping, and self-organization in individual and group projects.
- Requirements include participation in electronic discussion forums, presentations, multimedia projects, journals, and essays. Variable credit.”
- IDS 259 is limited to 6 students each semester
- Course credit is variable (0-1) and is repeatable up to a total of 4 credits.
- Enrolled students may work up to 4 hours in the Writing & Media Lab during the course.
- All students in IDS 259 must attend short, bi-weekly meetings.
- Students in IDS 259 may also be required to complete additional projects based on the number of credit hours.
- Applications are due:
- To begin training during Fall Term: Monday before Easter Break (Important note: Due to our full staffing needs, starting March 31st, 2014, the WML will not be accepting new applications for Fall 2014. If you would like to work in the WML, please consider applying for Spring 2015.)
- To begin training during Spring Term: Monday before Thanksgiving Break.