Adobe CC Poster Competition

This month ACU student designers have a chance to help spread the word that Adobe Creative Cloud is on campus.

Library Digital_Adobe at ACUCreate a poster that represents ACU in color or imagery, and fits in the Adobe poster series, for a chance to win an iPad mini and have your poster featured prominently on campus! Three runner-ups will also receive an Adobe grab bag.


– Download the Poster Competition Template
– Design a custom background
– Use one of the three slogans: “Make it Here”, “Make it Yours”, OR “Make it ACU.”
– Submit your poster as a PDF to

The submission deadline is Friday, December 4th. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and contacted shortly after the deadline regarding prizes.

Please email us at if you have any questions.

Storytelling with Students in Oxford

Enjoyed working with Dr. Jeff Childers and Jacque Morrison and students in the Oxford Study Abroad program to shape digital stories that reflect on their international experiences this semester. Students were asked to produce projects that reflected on how experiences, people, or places they encountered this semester changed the way they looked at themselves, making them feel like an outsider or tied to a new community.

Really pleased with the work these students produced alongside their other work and to the collaborations with on-site faculty. A great few days.

Photoshop Boot Camp online workshop

Last fall Mike Wiggins, graphic designer and chair of the Department of Art & Design, led several workshops for faculty interested in learning to use Photoshop. Mike was very kind to come in and film the basic workshop in the studio and its now available as our first Adobe Boot Camp.

Mike has been working with Photoshop since version 1.0, so you’ll definitely appreciate the experience he brings to teaching the basics of working with text and layers.

SkillsChallengeOne feature of this Adobe Boot Camp model is combining video training with hands-on skills challenges. You can download the sample PSD file to follow along or watch the video the first time through and then try to recreate the example project at your own pace.

Thanks again to Mike Wiggins for working with us to produce a remarkable model for students and faculty picking up Photoshop for the first time. Stay tuned for additional Adobe Boot Camp titles coming soon.

Why I Teach storytelling projects

Enjoyed working with a great group of faculty producing digital stories that share their teaching philosophies. Thanks to Cheryl Bacon for proposing the prompt and working with Al Haley and Kyle Dickson in the Learning Studio to lead a great workshop.

Thanks to the participants for sharing their work.


DigitalStorytelling-2015Digital Storytelling workshop

May 13-15, beginning at 9:00am each day

To RSVP for the workshop:

The week after finals, the Learning Studio will be hosting a 3-day digital storytelling workshop that provides faculty a chance to learn about media creation and work with colleagues and media specialists to develop an original digital story.

This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to share their teaching vision in an upcoming teaching portfolio or considering a media project in a course in the fall. This May we’ll tell stories around “Why I Teach.”

Our lives have been shaped by great teachers. So much of the way we look at the world as parents, as men and women of faith, and as teachers ourselves is the product of those who modeled a unique vision for us. As we talk to our students and colleagues about who we are as teachers today, an important first step is learning to share our story.


Holocaust Memorials with Dr. Laura Carroll

This spring we were honored to work with Dr. Laura Carroll, associate professor of English, as our Faculty Media Fellow.

Dr. Carroll spent the fall semester in Oxford, England, as part of her second semester with the ACU Study Abroad program. While there, she also had an opportunity to continue work in a research area looking at the rhetoric of monuments and memorials, specifically focused on the remembrance of the Holocaust.

After returning to Abilene, she spent the spring semester working with Learning Studio staff and graduate media fellow Erin Daugherty on a scholarly storytelling project to share the implications of her research with new audiences.


Special thanks to Laura and Erin and to Mathew Bardwell in the Learning Studio for their contributions to this first faculty fellows project.