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Micro-Courses

Micro-courses are designed to help students build valuable skills and mindsets for the future of work. 

Each course, at 0.5 credits, focuses on one specific skill. The courses are offered in an online modality with a low instructor/student ratio. The courses also include embedded reflective practices to be published in a student portfolio as part of the Working Learners Program and the Experiential Learning Network.  

These courses will be available beginning in session B of fall 2020.

Course nameDescription
Critical ThinkingUnderstanding is the first step to solving a problem, as such, Critical Thinking will teach you the process to analyze a problem from a variety of perspectives.
Time ManagementA successful student must set themselves up for success through proper preparation, effective time management, and utilizing the right strategies in order to achieve academic and personal success.
TeamworkWhether leader or member, there are four aspects of teamwork (team building, empathy, adaptability, and mutual outcomes) you must master in order to find your way to full team success!
Ethical ReasoningHow should we seek solutions to our personal questions about sex, love, friendship, work, or to the social problems of homelessness, teenage pregnancy, racism, and sexism? What values should we prioritize in our private lives and in the public life in the community? Is there one “right” way everyone should act? Is ethics about God’s will, natural law, good will? We will tackle these questions and more in this class on ethical reasoning. Reflect on your personal values, review how well they align with your decisions and actions, learn about different approaches to ethical reasoning, and apply those different approaches to current ethical dilemmas. By the end of this class, you should be able to clearly articulate to those around you your ethical decisions and the reasoning they are based on.
Informational and Data LiteracyWe live in a world where information is at our fingertips. Understanding which types of information and data are meant to inform or manipulate will help you to be a leader in your endeavors. By the end of the course, you will be a more savvy consumer of information and avoid hidden traps that are designed to obscure or misrepresent data. You will also explore how our own psychological biases can prevent us from processing information holistically.
Workplace CommunicationEnhanced communication skills, knowing when and how to communicate, as well as why we communicate the way that we do,will help you find success in the workplace.
Intercultural CompetencyA greater understanding of yourself and how you “fit” into the culture around you. This class will explore your identity, culture, society and your impact on the world around you.
Civil Discourseave you ever wondered why you can't have a regular conversation with a relative of yours during the holidays without it becoming an argument? How about what makes one person respond to certain topics in a defensive manner? This micro-course will introduce you to several elements that are important to understand when engaging in civil discourse with another individual. Specifically, this course will examine how culture forms our values and morals; how listening is necessary in a dyadic communication process; the importance of controlling our emotional responses; and lastly how Social Judgment Theory plays a role in the persuasion process. Each of these four modules will provide theoretical as well as practical techniques to enhance your communication effectiveness when engaging in civil discourse.