Course Descriptions

Digital Essentials

Employers are in the midst of a digital transformation with significant effects on workers, who face new opportunities and challenges. This course varies by employer, but topics range from digital marketing and entertainment to cloud computing to data analytics. The goal is help employees upskill in high-demand digital areas.

High-Impact Behaviors in the Workplace

Employers increasingly recognize and value human skills in the workplace. This course introduces strategies and tools (like emotional intelligence) for collaboration, leadership, and team-building, and for helping to create equitable workplaces. It also gives students a chance to build insight into their own particular strengths and interests, and how those translate both to work and to the job search. Finally, students will have the chance to develop networking tools and strategies for the digital age. 

Knowledge in the Digital Age

How do we know what we know? How can we know when to trust our knowledge, and when we need to question it? This course introduces students to different ways of knowing and of producing knowledge in the digital age. It also poses important questions about the ethics of knowledge--how can knowledge be produced and made available in a way that minimizes harm and maximizes the common good?

Reflective and Persuasive Writing

How can you use the written word to discover and convince people about your point of view? How can you figure out what you think is true and convey that effectively in a digital world in which formats and word counts seem to be constantly shrinking? This course develops students’ writing towards greater insight, clarity, and effectiveness. Ranging from journals to academic essays to workplace communication tools, topics are geared towards everyday life and aim to give students an introduction to writing that works.

Data Literacy

This course develops skills in interpreting and communicating with quantitative data. Using examples and case studies from both current events and work contexts, students will gain experience judging and interpreting data sets for relevance and reliability. They will also begin to work with different methods of analyzing quantitative data, and communicating the results of their analysis efficiently and accurately. 

Capstone Experience

This course serves as the capstone experience of the UVA Edge program. In concert with instructors, students will design a project that engages both the technical and critical skills they've developed during the program. The course also focuses on the ethical demands of participation in a democracy, and their relationship to knowledge, education, and work.

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