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.

 

Adobe CC coming to campus

cc2For the last few years access to Adobe software like Photoshop and Illustrator has been limited to a handful of computers on campus. This summer that will change as the university signs a campus license for all software packages in Adobe Creative Cloud. Students and faculty wanting to learn advanced video editing on Premiere or photo editing in Lightroom will now have much wider access.

The Creative Cloud for Enterprise license includes the following software packages

•  Photoshop CC  –  image editing

•  Illustrator CC  –  illustration/drawing

•  InDesign CC  –  page design/layout

•  Acrobat Pro  –  PDF creation

•  Premiere Pro CC  –  video editing

•  After Effects CC  –  motion graphics

•  Lightroom CC  –  photo editing

•  Dreamweaver CC  –  web design

To celebrate the arrival of Adobe CC to campus, the Learning Studio is highlighting two ways you can get started with the Adobe design and media collection.

 

Lynda.com  –  If you have some time this summer and want a quick introduction to an Adobe title taught by professionals, Lynda.com is a great place to start. Visit (and bookmark) www.lynda.com/portal/acu and search for courses on the CC or Creative Cloud title you’re interested in.

Most major titles have an extensive introduction course, often called “Essential Training” that provides detail on most any feature, or you might look for courses focused on an area of interest:  “Photoshop for Photographers” or “Photoshop for Designers.”

Another option is to look for short, practical tutorials that do something you want to do like colorizing a photograph or enhancing a sunset photo, though these quick tips often assume you know your away around the main tools.

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LS workshops  –  This summer and fall the Learning Studio will also offer hands-on workshops introducing key Adobe titles. If you’re familiar with the basics of photo or video editing and are ready to work with advanced tools, we’ll lead a variety of half-day workshops that get you creating quickly.

So that we can focus our initial workshops around faculty interest, fill out the following Google Form to let us know what software you’d like to work with first.

SIGN-UP – Adobe CC workshop interest form

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DISCLAIMER:  Adobe’s creative tools are industry standards in the fields of web and print design, video editing and production, and like any new tool they will take time and practice to arrive at any level of proficiency.

That said, Lynda.com and Learning Studio can help. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what the ACU community can create with these new tools.

 

eBooks for iPad: Faculty Resources

Those of us in the library monitoring ebooks closely wanted to share some details as many of you begin making textbook decisions for the fall. By now the majority of students on the ACU campus have access to an iPad, presenting ACU faculty with a unique opportunity to offer cost-savings on textbook purchases in 2014-15. Here are some of the providers you might consider.

 

iBooks – The standard ebook reader for iOS is Apple’s iBooks app (free). Most trade titles you teach are available on the iBookstore as well as a number of interactive textbooks from some of their publishing partners that include media. In addition to highlighting/annotation, the iBooks app allows students to turn their notes into notecards for later review.

You can also open and store PDF and ePub files in iBooks, whether you digitize an article or share a digital copy of your syllabus. The iBooks Author application for Mac also allows teachers to produce custom content with interactive maps and media.

•  Search Textbooks in iBooks

•  iBooks Textbooks

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Kindle – Amazon has Kindle reader apps for the iPad and iPhone as well as most mobile and desktop platforms. They offer Kindle versions for many trade titles you already teach on amazon.com that now include Xray which they describe as a “smart glossary” pointing to related content. Students buy the Kindle book and it syncs directly to the Kindle app for iPad (free), and they’re saving money.

Recently Amazon has also worked with textbook companies to offer rental options for Kindle where students are allowed to rent some textbook titles. The main point is that students don’t need to own a Kindle device to read Kindle books on their iPad.

•  Search Kindle Textbooks

•  Amazon Student (50% off Prime) (more…)

Pursuit Spotlight, Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

A few weeks ago we enjoyed sitting down with Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, associate professor of Psychology and director of faculty enrichment in the Adams Center to talk about her work with undergraduate research.

Her study investigates gendered marketing of Lego blocks and possible implications for attitudes toward STEM in young girls. Dr. Shewmaker reflects on working with Caitlyn Spain, a marketing major, on a human subjects study in the Adams Center’s new Learning Research Lab.

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Pursuit is a quality enhancement program at ACU focused on developing energy around undergraduate research and creative expression. Dr. Shewmaker’s was just one of a dozen projects over the last two years that provided mentoring and research experience in departments across campus.

For more information or to apply to work on a future project, visit the Pursuit site.

Jacob’s Dream at Smithsonian X 3D

This week a group of faculty and technology leaders from campus will be in Washington, D.C. to explore the future of 3D printing in the arts. The Smithsonian X 3D event will include representatives from the Department of Art & Design and from the Maker Lab, sharing the process of digitizing Jacob’s Dream.

The 34-foot-tall bronze was dedicated in 2006 as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration and became an instant campus icon. ACU art and design professor Jack Maxwell and a team of students, engineers, and construction and landscaping specialists worked for two years to plan and produce the towering project.

Jack sat down with us last month to talk about the process of digitizing the 8-foot maquette.

The project was led by Jordan Williams, ACU graduate and co-founder of Captured Dimensions in Dallas, who will also be a part of the Smithsonian event. Jordan’s team scanned the scale model last summer, providing a digital record of this one-of-kind of piece, along with the ability to reproduce Jacob’s Dream at sizes beyond the reach of traditional methods.

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Maker Stories

This is one of two stories we produced this semester about ACU faculty and alumni actively working with new maker technologies. Last month we shared the story of Dallas artist and alum Rolando Diaz and his collaboration with ACU faculty and staff in the Maker Lab on a mixed-media project combining 3D modeling and precision laser cutting in the final piece.

We’re thankful to Ro and to Jack for sharing their experience connecting emerging tech with artistic vision.

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