Technology Consultant Program
What is the Technology Consultant Program?
The Technology Consultant Program provides an opportunity for students to enhance digital literacy and media literacy skills as well as leadership capabilities. This program develops Technology Consultants by enhancing their ability to think critically about media messages, imagery, and audio, aided by the incorporation of storytelling tools. Technology Consultants are an essential component to the University as multimodal storytelling becomes more ingrained in the curriculum.
Why are multimodal storytelling and digital literacy important?
Employers now more than ever are searching for candidates who exhibit a knowledge of digital literacy skills and understanding of multimodal approaches to storytelling using various forms of storytelling tools. This knowledge is powerful and gives the Technology Consultant the advantage over another candidate who cannot speak on behalf of these forms of communication. Most of us are not aware of how media messages influence us through camera angles, lighting, tone of music but once we reveal what is behind the curtain, we are empowered. Only then can we produce our own media messages that aim to inform, educate, persuade, and entertain in robust and informed ways. Multimodal storytelling is the main form of communication in this day and age. It is a skill that must be acquired.
Benefits of Program
The Technology Consultant Program develops the skill sets of each participant. Participants receive training in multiple software programs (Premiere Pro, Audacity, After Effects, Photoshop to name a few). They gain a vast understanding of production skills such as cameras, lighting, lav mics, and interviewing techniques.
Technology Consultants acquire valuable leadership and management skills by being embedded in classrooms and being the main point of contact for students on multimodal storytelling projects involving various technologies. They are responsible for workshop training, student consultations, offering feedback and next steps with follow-up appointments. This experience teaches our Technology Consultants how to develop a constructive dialogue with their peers, accountability, professionalism, leadership, and management.
Technology Consultants develop an e-portfolio. They film, edit, and collect their works on this site with text about the process, equipment used, skills learned. The e-portfolio is valuable as the Technology Consultants move beyond the institution into graduate school or into their career. They leave the program with a rich portfolio that showcases and communicates the work they have produced throughout their time at Wake Forest.
Technology Consultants may receive digital credentials from Credly, a professional online digital credential program that is recognized by thousands of organizations. Professionals are now searching for Digital Credentials to find the perfect match for their organization. Digital Credentials is an identifiable and visual skill set that compliments a resume and e-portfolio. Additionally, professional development funds are available to assist participants in receiving certification of a particular program or attending a workshop of their interest.
My name is Vera Zhang, and I’m a junior double majoring in computer science and mathematics. I’m very passionate about technology and currently doing research in deep learning and optimization. I’m also the president of Women in Computer Science club and a member of the high performance computing team at Wake Forest. Outside school, I love traveling, vlogging, watching YouTube, swimming, baking, and trying out good restaurants! My go-to fun fact is – if you search “wake forest university” on YouTube, the first video popping up will be mine (a 3-minute campus tour video filmed on my iPhone 6).
My interest in film began with simple projects throughout middle and high school. I was captivated by the variety of information that could be communicated through film, and the copious ways to go about that communication. I began to explore the nuances of film and strove to implement them into projects across the entire spectrum of my classes.
While I plan to major in Biophysics here at Wake Forest, film remains a strong influence in my education and free time. For that reason I plan to minor in Film Studies. We live in a time where multimedia is one of the most prevalent ways people convey and consume information; for that reason multimodal storytelling and the technology it requires have applications in every facet of life.
Outside of film I enjoy dirt biking, reading, and soccer.
My name is Christian Trevathan and I am currently a Junior majoring in Mathematical Economics. Throughout my time at Wake, so far, I’ve come across a number of peers who have conveyed a really large interest and dedication in media art and film studies. Their interests really resonated with me to a point where I ended up taking a film studies course of my own. In short, the course was amazing and really allowed me to pursue creative outlets in film that I wasn’t aware of prior. Since then, I’ve been extremely eager to pursue other outlets and spaces for Studio Art and Film. I think it’s an extremely underrated form of art and self-expression, that really amazes people when they observe the process in making any work. Prime example…myself. As this semester has progressed I’ve really tried to immerse myself in this art form, mostly independently. Being a Math Econ major, I haven’t really had the opportunity to explore these canvases. However, through the position, I’ve planned to develop a skill set in media art and try to convince other people to check it out. With that, in the end, I’m just happy to be here.