RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) – June 2018 College Preparatory Summer Camp
The summer camp idea stems out of the existing College Preparatory Program which we have been running since 2016. The aim of the summer camp is to offer last year high school students a chance to experience college life during two weeks of intensive yet fun college preparation while learning in an unconventional academic setting. Moreover, the camp aims to matriculate prospective RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) students by helping them get acquainted with the American world of academia and learn what it takes to pursue a real American higher education. The program is carefully crafted in-house and entails a rather dynamic and enriching curriculum. Students will be attending a structured academic program which will allow them to learn about Global Citizenry, Study Skills, Arts, and Digital Literacy. These classes will be delivered in and outside of the conventional classroom and are entirely student-centered where students are engaged in learning by doing and learning from others. Our team of instructors is constructed predominantly of American instructors who are part of the Peace Corps team in Kosovo as well as local RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) professors and administration who are passionate about serving students. Fridays are reserved for fun activities outside. The admissions criteria is solely merit-based and the entire program is free of charge.
High school Seniors (students who just finished year 12 of high school).
Below is the complete schedule:
The conventional education system is not unlocking each students potential while allowing them to thrive in the classroom, in the workplace, and as a citizen. Gaining citizenry skills aids students become actively involved in their social and communal circles through contributing to human and environmental sustainability. In this class students will be learning the values of understanding responsibilities of being a citizen in one country, continent, hence the whole world apart from understanding to appreciate global citizenry values. The class provides an opportunity to students to learn concepts which will teach them to thrive globally, contrary to the standardized testing realm that they were exposed to in their previous educational system. Hence, the class provides an ultimate opportunity for students to practice critical, creative and innovative thinking, develop interpersonal and problem-solving skills, collaboration, and intercultural communication skills. Through this course, we believe, students will get prepared to thrive at a school which not only promotes diversity, but is diverse in its DNA.
This module aims to develop students’ general knowledge and skills, regardless of background or preferred subject of study they plan to embark on. Students approach the course content from different perspectives such as economic, technological, legal, social, business, and gain knowledge and skills to write and speak about these in relation to what they know, and as far as possible, to their preferred discipline of study.
Through engagement with the materials available for this module, students systematically and progressively develop their academic, language, and critical thinking skills. All chapters covered in this class are designed to incorporate a process-type approach to reading and writing skills development. Authentic materials included in each module include divergent viewpoints to simulate the complexity of the real-world students find outside of the classroom. Similarly, students will get equipped with skills in Oratory and debate as it pertains to the academic realm. Finally, skills central to academic integrity such as referencing, paraphrasing, and summarizing are integrated within in order for students to practice genuine academic writing applied in essay writing.
A student enriching program wouldn’t be complete without an arts component in it. Just like math and science, arts is an inevitable component of any comprehensive educational program. At RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) we proudly teach arts as part of our general education program which introduces students to important areas of inquiry that provide ways of knowing about the world. Visual and digital arts provide students with an opportunity to enrich their academic portfolios with work outside of the conventional classroom while working individually and collaboratively. The 21st century academic, business, and social setting welcomes individuals who are creative, have solid motor skills, are confident, are good decision- makers, know how to persevere, know how to collaborate effectively, and are accountable. In general, arts provide an opportunity for students to develop these skills and/or traits while being involved in arts. In this module, we will allow students to get hands-on experience in photography, American music (pop-culture), sculpture, and other related arts approaches and techniques. At RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) we are confident that students who attend arts classes become creative problem-solvers and by doing so, students create a clear vision about their futures through their involvement in art-making and art-learning.
Digitalization has inevitably created an urge for people to be present in the ‘glocal’ world of the internet. Nowadays, people communicate online with their neighbors as well as with their friends in another continent. This module aims to introduce students to the internet as a material technology and gain knowledge how its structure has designed our lifestyles, the way we think, and how we communicate and relate to other people. Moreover, in this module, students will examine cyberspace from a variety of perspectives such as legal, economic, and social. Within this context, students will be introduced to cybersecurity and the global threats within the cyberspace such as personal information online, hacking, and bullying. A special part of this module will focus on the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and misinformation. Students will reflect on how they should acquire information online while analyzing global media content to decide what a ‘biased’ media source is and conduct a reflection on the role of their own biases when it comes to information acquisition and acceptance. Finally, this class introduces students to the use of digital platforms for knowledge acquisition through University Online Libraries as well as Learning Management Systems (LMS) for academic purposes.
Dr. Artan Limani - Program Director