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First-in-the-nation course on election design
Learn and practice plain language, design and usability skills

by Whitney Quesenbery and Dana Chisnell
Center for Civic Design

If you want to bring out your inner election designer, or just learn how identify good and bad election design, there’s a new opportunity designed just for you.

As part of the first-in-the-nation Certificate in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota, we are really proud to be teaching the first-in-the-nation course on election design. The program is the brainchild of Doug Chapin, aiming at current and future election administrators and anyone interested in civic engagement.

The course is entirely online, and built on the idea that adults learn best by doing. Through small, weekly assignments students practice new skills with real election materials.

We will be there with students the whole way, with group discussions and collaborative reviews because we’ve seen that the best ideas happen when there’s a place to brainstorm and people to do it with. Usability testing will help students learn from their own voters (and to see how to make it part of all of their work). Read more…

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