All resources in Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative Technical Education Resources

Exposing Digital Photography

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Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable and easier to use. There are many courses that teach students the artistic aspect of "how to become a better photographer" or "how to improve your eye," but this is not one of them. Instead, students—from one-time users to professionals—become better photographers through an understanding of the technical aspects and terms of a digital camera. Learn why photos look blurry at night, why color management is important, what the difference between sports mode and portrait mode on the camera's dial is, and how to manipulate the camera without the need of these modes in the first place. Topics include exposure and metering, flash, dynamic range, CMOS and CCD sensors, color filter arrays, RAW versus JPEG formats, color spaces and profiles, editing photos with Photoshop, and optical and computational artifacts. Through lectures and hands-on assignments, students understand the jargon and compromises of digital photography that ultimately expose the workings of digital cameras. You are not required to own a digital camera, but if you do, one with a manual mode and an option for RAW is recommended.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Dan Armendariz

Learning the Basics of Filmmaking

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The purpose of this course is to learn how to make a short motion picture starting with pre-production. As we walk through all the steps of making this movie, you will prepare yourself for entering film school.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading

Understanding Color Theory

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Strong communication begins with a basic knowledge of color theory and it's functionality. This content page contains links which will direct you to external web resources, rich with content, that will help you better understand the powerful role of color in visual communication.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading

Automotive General Services Technician Model

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The Vehicle Maintenance, Service, and Repair course is designed for students choosing the automotive industry as a career. It provides pre-employment training to students and teaches the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities for entry-level employment in the automotive service industry. Upon completion, students will have sufficient background to repair and make adjustments on the various systems of the modern automobile, using up-to-date equipment and tools.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Automotive Technology 1 and 2 Model

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This introductory automotive course is designed to provide basic training to students and teach the necessary skills, and knowledge about the internal combustion engine, basic car systems, and careers in the automotive service industry. Upon completion, students will have sufficient background to make minor repairs and adjustments on the various systems of the modern automobile, using up-to-date equipment and tools.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Vending Machine Tutorial

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This activity finds you hungry and thirsty, with money in your pocket for the vending machines. First, you must determine which machines take coins or bills. Then, you must use appropriate bills or coins to make and pay for a selection. But please don't shake the machine if your selection becomes lodged in the window—your computer can't take the abuse!

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Marketing Model

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This course is designed prepare students for entry-level positions in marketing, advertising and/or public relations. The course will focus on the basic concepts of economics and the fundamentals of marketing. Students will learn to make realistic management decisions as they apply what they have learned in the classroom to realistic business simulations and other activities.Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and workplace safety, technology and employment literacy connection to core academic standards.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Small Business Ownership & Management Model

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This course is designed to teach individuals to perform marketing and management functions and tasks associated with owning and operating a small business. Students will develop a business plan, learn appropriate customer service and human relation skills and demonstrate positive work habits.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Career One Stop

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This site explores career options in advanced manufacturing, automotive, construction, energy, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, retail, and transportation industries, as well as in emerging industries -- biotechnology, geospatial technology, and nanotechnology. Learn which industries are growing, how to qualify for a good job, and where to get started.

Material Type: Reading