PA 5975 is also offered in Spring 2022
PA 5975 is also offered in Spring 2021
Spring 2022 | PA 5975 Section 001: Election Design (66129)
- Class Component:
- 2 Credits
- Grading Basis:
- Student Option No Audit
- Instructor Consent:
- No Special Consent Required
- Instruction Mode:
- Completely Online
- Class Attributes:
- Online Course
- Meets With:
- PA 3975 Section 001
- Times and Locations:
- Regular Academic Session01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022Off CampusVirtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
- Enrollment Status:
- Open (5 of 15 seats filled)
- Also Offered:
- Course Catalog Description:
- Election administration design principles, including ballot and polling place design and poll worker training materials. Application of principles of field.
- Class Notes:
- Class Description:
- An innovative course on design principles and their application to the election administration field (2.0 credits). At the end of this course, students will be able to:β Identify good and bad design in election materials and use that knowledge to review materials or provide input to people creating election materials.β Practice basic election design including plain language, layout, and design as applied to common election materials such as voter information, how-to- vote instructions, poll worker and candidate manuals, forms, and ballots.β Apply design principles to real election materials within typical time, financial, and legislative constraints.β Evaluate the usability of election materials for voters and other users, using a variety of techniques.Why take this course?1. Every election official is really an election designer. Every time you write a notice, share news on social media, or update a form, you are designing. This course will help you be a more intentional designer and communicate more clearly. It's a good career move.
2. It's practical. There are no papers to write. No long journal articles to read. The entire course is structured around practical exercises based in real problems in election administration. We encourage students to work on materials from their own experience, and to collaborate with others.β If you are already working in an election department, you can get a jump start on improving the design of anything (or everything) in your office.β If you want to work in an election department, you'll leave the course with a portfolio that will make your resume shine.β If you are a designer who wants to know more about election design, you'll leave with a strong understanding of the constraints and opportunities - knowledge you can put to use in any civic design project.
3. You'll learn with and from others. Remote learning doesn't have be lonely. We encourage positive sharing, learning from others, and collaboration. All the class materials are online, and so is our class discussion, so you can be part of the class community no matter what time zone you live in.
4. Usability testing! Admit it. You love the idea, but have never been able to give it a try. We spend 2 units to get you started, supporting you all the way. Gathering input from users (voters, candidates, and others) is part of all the assignments, so you'll have plenty of chances to build your skills. You'll leave the course with confidence because you'll get guidance and practice. You'll be a usability testing champ.
5. Teachers you can talk to. You'll have two super-experienced election designers (that's us) teaching the course and leading you through the material, with feedback every week. The topics and materials are drawn from our years of work in commercial user experience and election design in dozens of states, with plenty of examples. We love teaching. We also love learning from our students.Course outlineWeek 1: Election design and the voter journeyWeek 2-3: Plain language and writing instructionsWeeks 4-5: Introduction to usability testingWeek 6: AccessibilityWeek 7: Course project: select your projectWeek 8: Designing election department websitesWeek 9: Election guides and voter educationWeek 10: Creating forms and legal noticesWeek 11: Designing ballots and polling placesWeek 12: Communicating with votersWeeks 13-15: Course project: revise, test, reviseWeek 16: Course wrap up
- β Participation in class discussions contribute to 30% of your final gradeβ Written Assignments contribute to 40% of your final gradeβ The final Election Design course project, including a VoiceThread presentation and peer feedback video discussion contributes to 30% of your final grade.
- Exam Format:
- There is no exam
- Class Format:
- This is an online course, with regular support from your instructors. Each module includes background reading, thoughtful self-directed exercises, and an assignment. There is a forum to discuss your work with instructors and fellow students - and collaboration is encourage.
- There are readings and assignments each week, so the work in this course requires steady participation. There are also project weeks, when you can catch up (or get ahead).
- Past Syllabi:
- http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/wquesenb_dchisnel_PA3975_Spring2019.pdf (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/wquesenb_dchisnel_PA5975_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
- Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
- 16 November 2017
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