Aurora University

Immersive Experiences

Follow your passion, learn a language, or gain advanced knowledge and skills in your field of study through a unique, fully immersive course.

Immersive Experience Courses

ABA/PSY4500 Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Online)
This is an advanced undergraduate-level course in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Specifically, this course will address the application of the principles of behavior to common behavioral deficits and excesses of social significance related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The course satisfies the 40-hour training requirement for the Behavior Analysts Certification Board’s (BACB) Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to serve as behavior technicians in clinics that provide early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) services to children diagnosed with autism. Behavior technicians are responsible for teaching language, social skills, self-help skills, and academic skills to young children with autism.

BUS2811 Technology Immersion
This course offers a 3-week immersion in an interconnected world of big data, information technology, and artificial intelligence as drivers for business decisions. Best fit for majors in Business, Computer Science, Marketing, Communication, Math, Health Science. Learn by doing with topics such as: digital disruption, contextualizing digital challenges and opportunities, matching technology solutions to organizational needs, marketing and business insights, data visualization, and more. Participate in the Harvard Business School Innovation Marketing Simulation: Crossing the Chasm or gain Project Industry Certifications in Tableau Author, Google Analytics, etc.

CDS3811 Sign Language Immersion
Immerse yourself in the study of American Sign Language (ASL) in this 3-week course focused on communication with Deaf individuals. This course is designed to allow for rapid progress in developing ASL skills and expand your sign vocabulary. This course is open to all students interested in developing conversational competence and takes a totally immersive approach through classroom conversation, lab activities, field trips and online exercises. This course will also allow you to interact with the local Deaf community to enhance your skills and cultural competence.

ENV/CSC3813 Conservation Technology
This 3-week course introduces students to the wide range of technologies used to monitor the natural environment, and the ways in which data collected about the natural environment can be analyzed and shared for use in the conservation decision making process. During the course students will build, test and deploy an autonomous remote environmental sensing system, and use geographic information system (GIS) software to present/share data collected by their sensing system. Key concepts that will be emphasized in the course include data analysis, design thinking, and project management.

HAS2811 Animal Behavior Management
This 3-week course will provide students with an overview and appropriate intervention strategies in animal behavior. Completion of this course will result in two certifications, including International Certified Animal Behavior Consultant and Low Stress Handling Certified Instructor. and coverage of five advanced topics, which include puppy behavior interventions, low stress handling techniques for dogs and cats, treatment and triage for problem behaviors, and a standardized behavior assessment record. These skills are recognized and highly respected throughout the animal care industry.

NUR2811 Societal Impacts of Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and their impact is often one of mass hysteria. This interdisciplinary course will provide an introduction to epidemiology, including methods of communicability, prevention, and public health response. Major epidemics will be explored such as the plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, and the historical impacts on society and public health influences. Students will have an opportunity to research an infectious disease and explore the history and current trends and examine the question of the world’s readiness for the next epidemic. This course is appropriate for anyone preparing to work in a community setting, including nurses, social workers, teachers, and athletic trainers. 

SPN2811 Spanish Language Immersion
This 3-week course offers students the opportunity to become fluent in the Spanish language without leaving the country. The rigorous immersion course is ideal for students and professionals who want to make remarkable progress in a short period of time. Students sign a pledge to only use the target language, living their language each day. They engage in a variety of learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom.

SPN3811 Spanish for Helping Professions (Online)
This course will include a variety of activities that will allow students to be actively involved in learning the Spanish language and developing their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills. Students will learn and review basic vocabulary and grammar, create their own student-generated vocabulary lists specific to their career goals, contribute to the class glossary, share ideas in a weekly forum, watch television and listen to music in Spanish, practice with Duolingo, and create dialogues.

SPED2813 Autism and You: Experiential Summer Exploration
The most recent statistics indicate that 1 in 54 children in the United States are diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum which is now the fastest growing disability in the country. While some may look at these statistics as ominous, this course focuses on the opportunity for working with, building relationships with, and incorporating service for autism into numerous career fields and interests. This course is experiential in nature, offering opportunity to incorporate individual interests and knowledge bases into service towards individuals with autism in a summer camp setting. The areas of interest are limitless: ranging from music, recreation, art, history, education, social work, human-animal studies, technology, and more. Included in this course are whole-group seminar meetings to provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as specific strategies for working with individuals on the spectrum. Time to meet with the instructor to discuss individual interests and how they may relate to working with persons on the spectrum will also be incorporated.

Registration for summer courses is now open for current AU students and students enrolled at other colleges.