Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours Fall 2016

Now that our new student worker is up to speed, the Digital Media Center is again offering dedicated tutoring hours. You’ll find them listed on the library’s homepage in the sidebar, as well as at the bottom of the DMC website ( I’ve also posted the email that just went out to faculty, staff, and students below.

Just a reminder, since there’s been some confusion about the purpose of the tutoring hours, we do provide support if either Sean or I are in the lab, or by appointment, but these are the hours that we try to guarantee someone will be there for drop-in help, especially for students.

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours Fall 2016 | HL 219

Fall 2016 Tutoring Hours:

Monday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 11:30 am
Wednesday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 11:30 pm

Need pointers on creating a digital movie? Tips on designing a website? Help with a Powerpoint? 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 a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

A more detailed list of resources and services available to students, faculty and staff can be found at

Any questions, let me know.




Need video clips digitized? DVDs duplicated? Documents scanned? The DMC can help!

Are you teaching this summer or fall and need videos to play within your Moodle course? Or perhaps you are a staff member who needs assistance duplicating DVDs or scanning documents for your professional work?

In addition to providing digital media training to the campus community, Digital Media Center staff are also available to provide support to faculty and staff on a variety of technology-related tasks:

  • Duplicating DVDs and CDs
  • Converting VHS tapes to DVDs and/or digital videos (for Moodle, WordPress, etc)
  • Placing digital video in a Vimeo Pro account that will *only* play within Moodle
  • Converting cassette tapes to CDs and .mp3 files
  • Scanning images, slides, and documents
  • Collaboration in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, ebook, print, etc.
  • Individual (non-departmental) website support and instruction (WordPress, Dreamweaver, etc.)

There is no charge, though you must supply your own media. Copyrighted videos should adhere to “fair use” provisions, usually meaning 1) only a portion of the video needed for instruction will be copied, and 2) the video will only be shown in a password-protected environment to students in the course.

If you have a project, drop me a line at


What is the DMC?

Located in the northeast corner of the second floor of Hamersly Library (HL 219), the Digital Media Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable  environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open.  For more information, check out our website at

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the front checkout desk. A list of available equipment can be found here: Training Available for Faculty and Staff

Good news!, an online education resource with thousands of video courses on everything from Adobe Photoshop to customer service, is again available for WOU faculty and staff.

However,’s significant price increase required us to scale back the number of people who can use this resource at one time. Three employees can now use concurrently for an entire term.

Due to the limited availability of this training, access is granted based on specific needs, usually related to work-related projects requiring in-depth learning. For example, someone wanting to learn how to use Adobe InDesign to create a textbook for independent publishing, or someone wanting to learn GarageBand to a create a podcast related to their academic work, would be the kinds of requests that would receive favorable consideration.

Spots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Each session begins the first day of the term and ends the first day of the next term. For summer, since we are starting over, access can be granted immediately.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this incredible resource, please email me at carters@wou with a brief description of your training need.

P.S. In addition, faculty and staff can also make arrangements with the DMC for short-term use of that must be used within the DMC, usually by booking one of the two digital production rooms (HL 221 or HL 222). DMC staff can log you into, giving you access to the entire training library for your session.

CSE 698: Publishing in the Digital Age

I’ll be teaching a one-credit online course this summer (beginning June 2016):  CSE 698: Publishing in the Digital Age. This will be a fun class, focusing heavily on all the changes in how information and entertainment is distributed — not just with the printed word, but with music, video, and even comics. While it’s part of the Educational Technology Master’s program here at WOU, you don’t need to be in that program to take it. Here’s the description from the syllabus (which is still being fleshed out):

CSE 698:  Publishing in the Digital Age (1) covers the profound technological changes affecting the world of publishing, not just with the printed word, but in the arenas of music, video, and elsewhere. Before the invention of the Guttenberg Press, publishing as we know it today did not exist, and yet now anyone with an Internet connection can reach a potential audience of millions with the click of a button. Self-publishing ebooks, uploading videos to YouTube, recording music in a garage and uploading songs to iTunes—for today’s creator, the options are nearly unlimited. What does it mean to publish? That Latin root of the word publish means “to make public,” but is it more than that? Is a potential artist or scholar better off today going direct to his or her audience when possible, or is there value in using traditional gatekeepers? What do all of these changes mean for the reader, the listener, and the viewer?  What role can the technologist play in helping creators navigate the confusing array of choices? Through readings, discussion forums, online investigations, and individual projects, this course will attempt to answer such questions. The technology used in direct publishing will also be explored and evaluated.

Now Hiring – Student Technology Assistant

We have an opening for a Student Technology Assistant here in the Digital Media Center. Gain valuable skills while putting some great experience on your resume for the future. More info below.

*Position ID: 2074
*Position Title: Student Technology Assistant
Organization Name: Digital Media Center
No of Openings: 1
*Work Schedule: Varies; flexible
*Hours per Week: 15-18
*Wage/Salary: 9.50/hour
*Employment Start Date: March 28, 2016
*Position Description: Student Technology Assistants support the activities of the Digital Media Center (HL 219) within Hamersly Library, providing tutoring to the campus community on everything from PowerPoint to digital video, as well as assisting with digital production jobs (duplicating DVDs, digitizing video, etc) for faculty and staff. We don’t do computer maintenance (that’s Computing Services); our primary purpose is to provide training and support, especially with digital production. Many of our student workers have found this job to be an excellent addition to their resumes. As long as you enjoy helping people, you get paid while you add technology skills. For more information about the DMC, see
*Qualifications: Some technology experience helpful, especially with Microsoft applications, though customer service and teaching ability is more important initially. Ability and desire to learn new technology, such as digital video and web page creation a must (hopefully with enthusiasm!). We emphasize people skills over technical knowledge, because we feel we can always train assistants to give them the technical skills they need.
*How to Apply: Pick up an application at the Hamersly Library Information Desk, or download a PDF here: Deliver your application in person to Scott Carter in HL 220, or email to If unavailable, please drop off at the Hamersly Library Administrative Office (HL 206). Please include a resume and cover letter addressing your relevant experience. Postion will start Spring term and be ongoing.
Online Application Address:

Digital Production Rooms Now Available for Booking

Want to create a video lecture for an online class? Narrate a PowerPoint presentation? Record a screen capture using Camtasia? The library is pleased to announce the addition of two digital production rooms* available to all students, faculty, and staff.

While these are not high-end facilities, the rooms have been outfitted with acoustic panels, video cameras and microphones, and other equipment and software perfect for the DIY user. And the best part? There’s staff available to help!

To book these rooms (HL 221 & HL 222), contact the library Information Desk at or 503-838-8418. When not scheduled, the rooms are also available for drop-in use; keys are available for checkout from the library circulation desk.

For first time users, we highly recommend getting an orientation to the equipment. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to give you some training. Or you can book your room during the DMC’s tutoring hours to guarantee someone is here to help.

For more information about what’s in each room, and our tutoring hours, check out the Digital Media Center website:

* As part of the larger effort to the improve the library to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus, a foundation account with money remaining from the initial building construction was used to fund these changes.

Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Workshops, March 2016

Google Docs? Self-Publishing? WordPress? 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.


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: Thursday, March 3
Time: 9:30am-10:30am

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

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, bring your lunch and learn the answers to these questions and more.

Location: HL 107
Date: Monday, March 7
Time: 12pm-1pm

WordPress Level I: Creating a Personal Website

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to customize a personal 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: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Tutoring Hours Winter 2016

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours Winter 2016 | HL 219


Winter 2016 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday: 4 pm – 8 pm


The DMC offers drop-in tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments. Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website? Although you may stop by anytime to use the equipment on your own, visit HL 219 during open tutoring hours when we do our best to guarantee that a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.


A more detailed list of resources and services available to students, faculty and staff can be found at

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours, Name Change, New Location

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours, Name Change, New Location

Formerly the Technology Resource Center, we’ve recently been renamed the Digital Media Center and are now located in the northeast corner of Hamersly Library’s second floor (HL 219). Although many improvements are planned for the lab, we already offer an array of specialized equipment for video or audio editing, website creation, media conversion, scanning, and CD/DVD duplication. All the equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open. The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout at the front checkout desk.

Two Digital Production Rooms (HL 221 & 222) are bookable online ( or by calling the information desk (503-838-8418).

Fall 2015 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday:  1 pm – 5 pm

The DMC offers drop-in tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on how to create a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website? Although you may be stop by anytime to use the equipment on your own, visit HL 219 during open tutoring hours when we do our best to gaurantee that a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

More information about the DMC, and what we can do to help students, faculty, and staff, can be found at

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