Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool available to all ACU Faculty, Students, or Staff. Illustrator is a creative industry standard that allows anyone to create logos, icons, drawings, typography, and complex illustrations for any medium. Whether using this to create the next big thing, model a personal project, or design a poster for display at an upcoming conference, Illustrator has what it takes. Follow this video as ACU’s Adobe Ambassador, Amos Gutierez, and ACU Library’s Digital Design Specialist, Chai Green, walk through some of the essential tools to get started with Adobe Illustrator.
Data analysis can be an overwhelming topic. Coaching students how to analyze their data can seem impossible. Dr. Richard Beck, author and professor of psychology, walks through his pedagogy for teaching basic data visualization in a recent Foundry Chat in the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning. His insights on data help to simplify complex topics in this 1-hour walkthrough session.
Click here to get the link for his handout.
Click here to view the video of this session on Vimeo.
ACU Maker Lab’s Laser Cutter is one of its most popular tools. Many people that come in to use it spend much of their appointment time trying to complete their project at the Laser Cutter computers. Make sure to check out this workshop by the Brown Library’s Digital Design Specialist, Chai Green, as he goes through some tips and tricks for setting up your next project for the laser cutter in Adobe Illustrator.
Google Calendar is a powerful tool that has many new updates over the past couple of years. Learn some of the new features like appointment slots and availability settings in this session with Hab Adkins, Director of Computing Services for ACU.
Zoom video conferencing is a great way to engage with your students outside of class and easy to use on any device. If you would like to add a Zoom conference to your Canvas course, reference the video below to add Zoom as an external tool to your modules.
Adobe Spark is an introductory tool that helps those who are just beginning with creative design tools or who would like to use some of its unique features with students who may have a wide variety of skills. Watch the below video as Chai Green, the library’s Digital Design Specialist, and Stephen Rektenwald, Assistant Director of the Innovation Foundry discuss some interesting academic uses of Adobe Spark.
“Everybody knows maps…You take a road map, a lot of useful information on that map. Now make it dynamic where you can keep up with changes by the minute or by the year however often you update and then take it to a specific action or field you want to study.” “When you combine maps and an accurate spreadsheet, you have a Geographic Information System.”
Today, one of our adjunct faculty, Bobby Burke, shared with ACU faculty and staff in the Adams Center an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and how this course at ACU is impacting our students’ success. Below is an excerpt to introduce you to Geographic Information Systems.
Thursday, October 18, the Adams Center hosted a session presented by the Innovation Foundry and Library regarding the Alternative Textbook Initiative. This is a needed topic for universities around the nation trying to address the cost of a university education and still provide the best possible information for their students. This talk accompanies a grant issued by the ACU Provost to encourage ACU faculty to incorporate an Open Education Resource text in place of a traditional textbook. Deadline for applications for the Spring 2019 semester is October 23. Click here to learn more or apply.
The Innovation Foundry continues to work with many campus stakeholders to increase the use of technology tools that aid in data visualization. Led by Dr. Marisa Beard, Stephen Rektenwald, and Chai Green, this introductory chat delves into what makes a good visualization, sources for questions, and infographics vs visualizations.
The Innovation Foundry kicked off our Fall 2018 training season with a guest speaker. Chris Macaluso is Assistant Director, Media Relations in ACU Athletics and you can see his use of Adobe Spark on so many of the ACU Athletics postings and posters. Its quick editing makes it possible to make quality designs and snippet videos with your mobile device or on the computer in minutes. Go spark.adobe.com to learn more about this great tool from Adobe.