WOU Faculty: What can the DMC do for you?

WOU Faculty: What can the DMC do for you?

The Digital Media Center (HL 219) is a support lab located within the Hamersly Library aimed at helping WOU’s students, faculty, and staff create their own digital media. Have you taken advantage of some of the ways the DMC can help you?

Here are just a few:

Converting/Digitizing/Duplicating Material

Need to convert an old VHS to DVD or a digital video for Moodle? How about scanning a text document and using OCR to create a Word file? Or perhaps you have an image too large for a conventional scanner and need to use our large format scanner in HL 222? Whatever your digitization needs, we have lots of specialized equipment on hand. Plus as long as your material is related to your teaching or research, we’re glad to do the work for you.

Turn Narrated PowerPoints into Videos using Camtasia in HL 221

Join some of your colleagues who’ve turned their PowerPoint lectures into dynamic narrated videos for use in Moodle or elsewhere. We’ll teach you how to use Camtasia, a program for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast — meaning whatever you put on your screen (PowerPoints or anything else) you can easily record and turn into a video. You can also schedule HL 221 and use the program and the high quality microphones anytime the library is open. Here’s a brief video we created explaining more.

Create Video Lectures in HL 222

The DMC has a small “DIY” video production room with new and improved backdrops and several different cameras for recording lectures, interviews, or other things, as well as a variety of video editing software on both a PC and a Mac. We can teach you how to use the equipment or work with you from start to finish, whatever you prefer.

Website & Publishing Services

Self-publishing ebooks and print-on-demand, uploading videos to YouTube, recording music and uploading songs directly to iTunes—for today’s creator, the options are nearly unlimited. The Digital Media Center provides individual (non-departmental) website support and instruction (WordPress, Dreamweaver, etc.) as well as help with all manner of independent publishing.  Are you thinking about publishing your academic research, creative work, teaching material, or other projects without the use of a traditional publisher, perhaps released on your own website, the library’s Digital Commons, or even via traditional retailers (Amazon, B&N, etc)?  Drop me a line to schedule a consultation to see how we might help.

Learn with Lynda.com

Lynda.com, an online education resource available to WOU faculty and staff, offers thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. Make arrangements with the DMC for short-term use of Lynda.com that must be done within the DMC, usually by booking one of the two digital production rooms (HL 221 or HL 222). DMC staff can log you into Lynda.com, giving you access to the entire training library for your session, as well as help you locate appropriate courses.

For a complete list of services for faculty, visit http://www.wou.edu/library/dmc/faculty-staff-services/.

Have something else in mind? Drop me a line! We’re here to help.

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours (Winter 2018)

Digital Media Center (HL 219)
Tutoring Hours – Winter 2018

Need pointers on creating a digital movie? Tips on designing a website with WordPress? Help narrating a screen capture with Camtasia?The Digital Media Center in Hamersly Library (HL 219) is here to help! We’re open to all students, faculty and staff. Although you may stop by the DMC whenever the library is open to use the equipment on your own, and help is often available at other times, visit HL 219 during dedicated tutoring hours to guarantee that a Student Technology Assistant is present to answer your questions.

Winter 2018 Tutoring Hours:

Monday: 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday: 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday:  12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday:  9 am – 12:30 pm

A more detailed list of resources and services can be found at http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Workshops, Winter 2018

Ready for Winter term? Consider attending one of these one-hour sessions as a way to jump start your year. If interested, please drop me a line to reserve a spot.

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WordPress: Faculty/Staff Website Work Session

Does your personal website need some updating? In this one hour open lab session, participants can work on their existing personal websites while help is on hand to answer questions and provide guidance.  If you have been meaning to update your website, use this hour as an excuse to finally sit down and do the work. Note: An existing WordPress site is required. If you would like a site created for you, or a one-on-one training session to help you get started, please drop me an email at carters@wou.edu.

Location: HL 108
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Collaborating with Google Drive/Docs

Using Google Drive’s powerful online suite of tools, learn how to collaborate with your colleagues with Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides.  Sharing, commenting, editing, exporting — we’ll cover all this and more in this informative, one-hour workshop. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to spend an hour filling in some of the holes in your Google Drive knowledge, this workshop is for you.

Location: HL 108
Date: Wednesday, February 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Camtasia: Individual Training Sessions

Are your online presentations a little bland? Maybe it’s time you started using Camtasia, a program for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast — meaning whatever you put on your screen (PowerPoints or anything else) you can easily record and turn into a video. Camtasia is located in HL 221, one of the DMC’s bookable digital production rooms, and I’m scheduling one-on-one appointments to help faculty and staff get started with this powerful tool. Great for Moodle, video tutorials, and other online uses.

Watch this 4 minute video (creating using Camtasia, naturally) for a little more information:

https://youtu.be/1RErkwMiZUo

Location: HL 221
Date/Time: Varies

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours (Fall 2017)

Digital Media Center (HL 219)
Tutoring Hours – Fall 2017

Need pointers on creating a digital movie? Tips on designing a website with WordPress? Help narrating a screen capture with Camtasia?

The Digital Media Center in Hamersly Library (HL 219) is here to help! We’re open to all students, faculty and staff. Although you may stop by the DMC whenever the library is open to use the equipment on your own, and help is often available at other times, visit HL 219 during dedicated tutoring hours to guarantee that a Student Technology Assistant is present to answer your questions.

Fall 2017 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  9 am – 1 pm
Tuesday: 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday:  9 am – 1 pm
Thursday:  3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A more detailed list of resources and services can be found at http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Workshops, Fall 2017

Looking to launch your academic year on the right foot? Consider attending one of these one-hour workshops. If interested, please drop me a line to reserve a spot. If you can’t attend these sessions, I’m also happy to set up a time to work with you one-on-one.

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WordPress: Creating a Faculty/Staff Website

In this one hour workshop, participants learn how to customize a personal academic WordPress site, how to set a static page or a blog page as your homepage, the basics of posts and pages, how to work with media, password-protected pages, and some best practice suggestions.  What’s a plugin? What’s a widget?  Find out in this hands-on workshop. Note: A WordPress site is required. Please email me to create one for you ahead of time.

Location: HL 108
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WordPress: Faculty/Staff Website Work Session

Does your personal website need some updating? In this one hour open lab session, participants can work on their existing personal websites while help is on hand to answer questions and provide guidance.  If you have been meaning to update your website, use this hour as an excuse to finally sit down and do the work.  Note: An existing WordPress site is required.

Location: HL 108
Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Camtasia: Individual Training Sessions

Are your online presentations a little bland? Maybe it’s time you started using Camtasia, a program for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast — meaning whatever you put on your screen (PowerPoints or anything else) you can easily record and turn into a video. Camtasia is located in HL 221, one of the DMC’s bookable digital production rooms, and I’m scheduling one-on-one appointments to help faculty and staff get started with this powerful tool. Great for Moodle, video tutorials, and other online uses.

You can also watch this 4 minute video (creating using Camtasia, naturally) for a little more information:

https://youtu.be/1RErkwMiZUo

Location: HL 221
Date/Time: Varies

Interested? Drop me a line at carters@wou.edu.

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours (Spring 2017)

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours
Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  9 am – 1 pm
Tuesday:  9 am – 1 pm
Thursday:  9 am – 1 pm
Friday: 9 am – 1 pm

Need pointers on creating a digital movie? Tips on designing a website? Help with a Powerpoint?

The Digital Media Center in Hamersly Library (HL 219) is open to all students, faculty and staff. Although you may stop by the DMC whenever the library is open to use the equipment on your own, and help is often available at other times, visit HL 219 during dedicated tutoring hours to guarantee that a Student Technology Assistant is present to answer your questions.

A more detailed list of resources and services can be found at http://www.wou.edu/dmc

Using Camtasia to Make Better Online Presentations

Are you using PowerPoints in Moodle? Or somewhere else online? Do people tell you that your online presentations are little . . . bland?

Maybe it’s time you started using Camtasia. I’m looking for faculty or staff interested in working with me to learn how to use this great tool.

What’s Camtasia? It’s a program we have in HL 221, one of our bookable digital production rooms. I even used that same room to create a Camtasia presentation explaining a little more about how you can use . . . Camtasia. That’s right, it’s a Camtasia presentation about Camtasia. Check it out, it’s only four minutes, and it will give you an idea of what Camtasia can do:

Or, if you want the even shorter answer, Camtasia is a program for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast — meaning whatever you put on your screen (PowerPoints or anything else) you can record and turn into a video. Add in a nice microphone, like the ones we have in the Digital Media Center, and you can create a pretty nifty presentation that not only will have more pizzazz, it will also be more effective in delivering your message. And although it’s not necessary, you can even add in a bit of external video, too, using the cameras we have in the DMC or other media.

Whether you’re teaching an online course, a hybrid, or have some other reason for creating a video-based lecture or tutorial, Camtasia can help.

What can we do for you in the DMC? Any or all of the above:

  • Help you book the room and give you an orientation to Camtasia and the equipment
  • Work with you on improving your PowerPoint or other media to make it more effective
  • Provide assistance as you record, edit, or export your presentation
  • Upload your video to our Vimeo Pro account, which allows us to limit exactly where it will be played (such as only within WOU’s Moodle)

Or you can simply book the room and use it on your own, which is also what most people do after they’ve gotten some training. It’s available all the hours the library is open.

Interested?

Whether you’d like to get started now or block out some time in the summer, drop me a line.

WR 464: Writing for Publication (Spring term 2017)

A couple years ago, the English department at Western Oregon University approached me about possibly teaching a course on writing and publishing — steeped in the kind of practical, nuts and bolts knowledge that someone needs to write for publication today.That course seemed to go very well, and was a lot of fun for both me and the students. Now, after a two year hiatus, I’m pleased to say that we’re offering it again this spring term.

WR 464: Writing for Publication meets once a week, Wednesdays from 4:00pm-7:00pm, with the hope that we might get a mix of both traditional and nontraditional students.  It’s technically a hybrid class, with three hours face-to-face per week and one hour online.

The course description is below, followed by a brief Q&A about me, the course, and the kinds of students who might benefit.  Spring registration at WOU is open now.


WR 464:  Writing for Publication (4)

An advanced course on writing and publishing for a commercial audience.  Half the course concentrates on the techniques and skills needed to write successful popular fiction; the other half concentrates on publishing, with equal emphasis on both traditional and self-publishing options. Topics include: scene and structure, creating compelling characters, developing a unique voice, manuscript submission, literary agents, copy editing, contracts, ebook creation, Print-on-Demand, movie options, and many other areas of interest.  While the primary focus is on short stories and novels, arrangements can be made with the instructor for writers of non-fiction. This is a HYBRID course; students should expect to spend 1-2 hours each week online in addition to the Wednesday night classroom time.

  • Instructor:  Scott Carter
  • Date/Time:  Wednesdays, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm (with another hour online per week)
  • Location:  NS 016

Q&A

Q: Who should take this course?

A:   People interested in writing for a commercial audience — in other words, writing as a professional endeavor.  What does it mean to write for a commercial audience?  Generally, it means writing for some combination of money, audience, or prestige.  Should you pursue a traditional publisher or self-publish?  Contracts?  Royalties and advances? Literary agents? What are the elements of great fiction, fiction that sells?  There are no prerequisites, but this is a 400 level course, so the expectation is that the student will have done some amount of writing before attending this class.  If unsure, however, email me at carters@wou.edu.

Q:  What are the instructor’s credentials?

A:  You can read about my publishing history on my author website (www.scottwilliamcarter.com), and a bit about my work at WOU on my university website (www.wou.edu/wp/carters).

Q:  Will it be taught again next year?

A:  Right now, it’s scheduled every other year in the spring, but there are no guarantees.  If you’re interested, I’d suggest taking it now.

Comments from Scott’s Workshops

“Scott William Carter takes a conversational approach to his workshops that engages listeners and facilitates an open discussion in the world of writing and publishing. It was evident in his presentation that he was knowledgeable about the publishing industry and he was able to present the information in a way that was easy to understand. After having him speak at the Willamette Writers Salem Chapter, we had several attendees say he was the best presenter that we’ve ever had and we would definitely like to have him back again in the future.” — Heather Cuthbertson, Willamette Writers

“Scott has the rare ability to make learning anything about computers and programming and the new world of book publishing seem easy. He can get across the toughest topics with ease in an understandable way. I wouldn’t be making the money I am, or publishing so many of my books electronically, without Scott’s expert leadership. You can’t go wrong with Scott helping you.”  Dean Wesley Smith, USA Today Bestselling Author, Oregon Coast Professional Fiction Writers Workshops

“It was this class that enabled me to start my own press…Scott translates geek like no one else I’ve ever met and be doing so changed every aspect of my writing and business life. Thanks, Scott!” – Cindie Geddes, Lucky Bat Books

“Scott’s a terrific writer, he knows how to operate a writing business, and he is one of the most tech savvy people around. Not to mention that he’s a really nice guy, eager to offer his knowledge to one and all.”  —Mario Milosevic, author of The Last Giant

“He talked a lot about the changes in the publishing industry, writers taking control of their own careers, and the options available for writers. It was well thought out but not stiff, serious but light, and just all in all well done.” T.I. Cooper

Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Workshops, Winter 2017

WordPress? Google Docs? Self-Publishing? There are some great one-hour workshops coming up in March for faculty and staff. If interested, please drop me a line to reserve a spot. If you can’t attend these sessions, I’m also happy to set up a time to work with you one-on-one.

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Creating a Personal Academic Website with WordPress

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to customize a personal academic WordPress site, how to set a static page or a blog page as your homepage, the basics of posts and pages, how to work with media, password-protected pages, and some best practice suggestions.  What’s a plugin? What’s a widget?  Find out in this hands-on workshop. Though the emphasis is on using the WOU-themed WordPress site hosted on our own servers, we will also discuss the pros and cons of using external web hosts.  Note: A WordPress site is required. Please email me to create one for you ahead of time.

Location: HL 108
Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 10:30 am-11:30 am

An Introduction to Google Docs and Google Drive

Learn the basics of Google Drive in this one-hour orientation. The workshop covers how to upload, organize, and share files in “the cloud,” as well as tips on using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Plus discover how to work collaboratively (commenting, editing) with these powerful tools.

Location: HL 108
Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 2:30 pm -3:30 pm

Ebooks, Print-on-Demand, and Digital Audiobooks: A Lunch Hour Primer on Independent Publishing

Bring your lunch to this information-packed primer on the world of independent publishing. Not long ago, self-publishing was primarily the domain of scam artists and vanity presses, but no more. For many writers — and indeed, for many musicians, artists, and creators of all kinds of content — it’s not only a billion dollar industry, it’s become a viable, and in many cases a preferred method for making work available to an audience. How do you create an ebook? What is print-on-demand (POD)? When is it better to go with a traditional publisher, and what are the tradeoffs? Whether you want to publish a textbook for your students, your grandmother’s memoir for a handful of friends and family, or a novel for a worldwide audience, learn the answers to these questions and more.

Location: HL 107
Date: Monday, March 6
Time: 12pm-1pm

 

 

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours Winter 2017

Welcome back to Winter term!

The Digital Media Center in Hamersly Library is open to all students, faculty and staff. Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a WordPress website? Help with a Camtasia screen capture? Although you may stop by the DMC anytime the library is open to use the equipment on your own, and help is often available at other times, visit HL 219 during dedicated tutoring hours to guarantee that help is available.

Digital Media Center

Winter 2017 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  10 am – 3 pm
Tuesday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday:  11am – 1 pm
Thursday: 4 pm – 8 pm

Location: HL 219

Phone: 503-838-8965

Email: dmc@wou.edu

A more detailed list of resources and services can be found at http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

We’re here to help!