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

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.


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: 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

Q:  What are the instructor’s credentials?

A:  You can read about my publishing history on my author website (, and a bit about my work at WOU on my university website (

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.


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


A more detailed list of resources and services can be found at

We’re here to help!

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: