Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Spring/Summer 2018 Workshops and Development Opportunities

Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Spring/Summer 2018 Workshops and Development Opportunities

Are your fellow employees leaving you in the dust with their snazzy Google drive skills? Is your personal WordPress website in need of some work? Are you interested in publishing your own textbook, academic work, or something else?

This spring, the Digital Media Center is offering both group workshops and development opportunities to work one-on-one with us in all of these areas. If interested, drop me a line. Full descriptions below.

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Collaborating with Google Drive/Docs

Using Google Drive’s powerful online suite of tools, learn how to collaborate with your colleagues or your students 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, May 9, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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, May 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WordPress: Faculty/Staff Summer Website Makeover

We know how hard it is to keep your personal faculty or staff website up to date with so many other duties on your plate.  This summer, we’re offering a “website makeover” to help take your website up to the next level. Let us do the bulk of the work in improving your site! Contact me to schedule a consultation session.

Location: Your office or the Digital Media Center (HL 219)
Date/Time: July-August

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, scheduling one-on-one appointments

Publish Your Own Textbook – Or Anything Else (in print and ebook)

In this era of “disintermediated” media, anyone can bypass the traditional gatekeepers and reach a potential worldwide audience in print, ebook, and many other formats. Does this mean you should? Not necessarily, but if you have a project you think is a good fit for this route, the Library Publishing & Preservation Services group recently formed within the library is available to help — and we’re offering to do the bulk of the production work for you so long as your project is deemed appropriate for university involvement. If it’s in some way related to your academic work, there’s a good bet it is!  Drop me a line at carters@wou.edu to schedule a time to discuss the possibilities.

More information about Library Publishing and Preservation Services can be found at http://www.wou.edu/library/lpp.

Location: Your office or the Digital Media Center (HL 219)
Date/Time: Varies

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 – 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!

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 carters@wou.edu.

 

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 http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

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: http://research.wou.edu/content.php?pid=523240&sid=4304270

Lynda.com Training Available for Faculty and Staff

Good news! Lynda.com, 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, Lynda.com’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 Lynda.com 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 Lynda.com 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 Lynda.com, giving you access to the entire training library for your session.

Have you heard about Lynda.com, the FREE training tool for faculty and staff?

Well, it’s not free exactly. We do pay for it. But Lynda.com, the online training program that offers thousands of high-quality instructional videos on just about every topic you can imagine, will not cost you or your department anything over what the university already pays. Best of all, you can do all the training from your own computer.

The response has been strong enough that we’ve re-upped for another year, and I highly recommend you take advantage of this great resource. Here are just a few of the courses that your colleagues have been taking. You can preview the first few videos without an account, giving you a sense of how it works.

WordPress.com Essential Training
http://www.lynda.com/WordPress-tutorials/What-WordPress/372542/437298-4.html

Moodle Essential Training
http://www.lynda.com/Moodle-tutorials/What-you-should-know-before-watching-course/370012/406837-4.html

Moodle Advanced Techniques
http://www.lynda.com/Moodle-tutorials/Moodle-Advanced-Techniques/370199-2.html

Microsoft Word: Mail Merge in Depth
http://www.lynda.com/Office-tutorials/Word-2013-Mail-Merge-Depth/196580-2.html

Working in the On Demand Economy
http://www.lynda.com/Uber-tutorials/Working-Demand-Economy/417654-2.html

Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-CS4-tutorials/essential-training/714-2.html

Organizational Communication Fundamentals
http://www.lynda.com/Business-Communication-tutorials/Organization-Communication-Fundamentals/370569-2.html

PowerPoint, Camtasia, Excel, Access, InDesign . . . There are thousands of other topics. If you’re interested in taking any of these courses, or others, drop me a line and I’ll get you started. Only five people can use it at once, but you are welcome to reserve a one-week slot for a later time. You will have unlimited access to their entire training library during your week. The modular design makes it easy to focus on just the sections you want to learn.

Website Update in Progress

I’ve recently switched to using WordPress as my website management tool, so things may be a bit spotty around here at the moment.  I’ve used WordPress a lot with other wordpress-logo-680x400projects, so it shouldn’t take too long for me to get comfortable with it, but please be patient as I spruce things up a bit.  I plan to make this site a lot more robust as a resource for the WOU community.

I’m also working with University Computing to work out some of the bugs before we begin doing training on this powerful and easy CMS (content management system).  It’s by far the best website and blogging tool out there.

How to Create Your Moodle Course

imagesThe Moodle Level I course for instructors using Moodle at Western Oregon University is now an open course, meaning anyone with network access at WOU can enter it without needing a password.  Rather than updating the written instructions here, I’ll simply direct you to that course here.

However, I have also updated the brief video tutorial, and since some faculty members have said it’s difficult to watch the video within Moodle while also using Moodle, I’ve placed it here as well:

Link to Getting Started with Moodle Video

Note:  There’s a bit of a bug embedding video right now, but the above link should play just fine.