DTC 101 Heads to Washington D.C.

Four students hold the WSU flag along with Dr. Anna Plemons in front of the memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr in Washington DC

During the Summer 2018 semester, Dr. Anna Plemons took 22 students in her CougsRise DTC 101 course to Washington, D.C. Students were on the WSU campus for four weeks and then spent the last week of the course in Washington D.C. applying course principes.

Specifically, students used the skills they developed in 101 to critique the digital hybridity in multiple museums in the D.C. area including: the Museum of African American History and Culture, the Holocaust Museum, and other Smithsonian museums. Their goals were twofold: to identify and evaluate the five principles of digital design – proximity, contrast, alignment, organization, and emphasis – in the museums and to gauge the effectiveness of these digital components in hybrid (analog and digital) museum exhibits.

CougsRise is an “initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree” (https://cougsrise.wsu.edu/).