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The following page highlights faculty training events and resources developed by Learning Studio staff or faculty participants.

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Undead Faculty loose on campus

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Faculty, News & Events | 0 comments

Undead Faculty loose on campus

As we enter the dark stretch of the semester it’s not unusual to see students shuffling listlessly through the library, but this year we’ve noticed this mindlessness is transforming the ACU faculty. The Learning Studio works closely with our most creative faculty from the humanities and the sciences, professors and instructors, and this year for the first time . . . living and undead. In our experience, faculty inspire us with their persistent hunger after knowledge and relentless pursuit of an idea at all costs, but this week...

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Scholarly Storytelling workshop

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Faculty, Projects, Storytelling | 0 comments

Scholarly Storytelling workshop

This last month we welcomed a remarkable group of faculty to join us for our first Scholarly Storytelling workshop in the Learning Studio. We wanted to explore the potential of mixed-media storytelling to communicate messages drawn from research and professional writing with a wider audience. Al Haley and Kyle Dickson led the workshop which paralleled the basic structure of a three-day storytelling workshop with the exception that the final products didn’t follow any one basic format. Presentations included expanded training in the...

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Night Shooting in West, West Texas

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Faculty, Workshops | 0 comments

Thanks to all of you who joined us this weekend in Marfa for a phenomenal workshop with Scott Martin. Scott is a professional photographer out of San Antonio who for the past several years has focused on night photography in workshops in Big Bend, Yosemite, and points beyond. We were delighted to get on his schedule and had a remarkable group. For those who couldn’t join us, here are links to some of Scott’s work highlighted in Wired magazine. Really stunning images. Shoot Stunning Night Photos Like a Pro, November 2011 ....

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Year One Report now in the iBookstore

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Faculty, Projects, Students | 0 comments

Year One Report now in the iBookstore

This has been a busy year in the Learning Studio. Since opening in 2011, we’ve offered workshops to 287 teachers from ACU and other schools and universities. Our records show that 17,278 total reservations were made to the 10 collaboration rooms in the new facility. And we’ve offered hundreds of tours to thousands of visitors interested in the design of the space and our programs. As we wrapped up the spring semester, staff in the Learning Studio began work on our Year One Report, an interactive overview of our first year of...

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Faculty end semester with Digital Storytelling

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Faculty, Storytelling, Workshops | 0 comments

Thanks to a great group of faculty, we ended our first year with a great storytelling and media training experience. We welcomed back Mary Ann McNair from the Center for Digital Storytelling to work with ACU faculty Al Haley and Jennifer Shewmaker facilitating the three-day workshop. This is our third workshop this year working with staff from the CDS, and faculty from across campus continue to be challenged by the format to produce original content and reflect on the role of media in the broader curriculum. Thanks to faculty participants for...

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Interactive Design projects

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Projects, Students, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Interactive Design projects

As the semester winds down, we always enjoy seeing the students and faculty coming through our doors in the final days. In addition to a growing number of students producing digital storytelling projects, we’ve been happy to see groups using the collaborative spaces in new ways. A couple weeks ago Mike Wiggins brought his ART 457: Interactive Design class over for their final project. Students broke into groups to propose mobile app ideas, develop basic functionality, consider user personas, and produce wireframes and then final screen...

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Tenure and Promotion portfolios on WordPress

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Faculty, Presentations | 0 comments

Since 2009, over a hundred faculty per semester have built course blogs on WordPress to host discussions, share content and announcements, or have students post projects. ACU Blogs has proven to be a flexible platform for teaching in many disciplines across campus and this fall will be available to faculty going up for tenure or promotion. Monday in the Adams Center we’ll host the first discussion on producing your portfolio on WordPress. Here are just a few of the topics we’ll cover. Creating Posts and Pages (Pages–>Add New)...

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Faculty Photography Workshops

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Faculty, News & Events | 0 comments

In our first year, the Learning Studio has enjoyed working with Nil Santana in the department of Art & Design  on a series of workshops for aspiring digital photographers. RSVP for Lightpainting at Fort Phantom Hill, April 19th Waiting List for next Digital Academy in Gruene, Fall 2012 . Digital Academy in Gruene Last month we took our fourth group of faculty members to the most photogenic town in Texas and worked to build their confidence in the fundamentals of digital photography. Full-time faculty members interested in more...

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Short Documentary projects

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in DSLR, Faculty, Projects, Storytelling | 0 comments

Short Documentary projects

In our first year, we’ve had opportunities to work with some extraordinary faculty at ACU. Nil Santana teaches a range of photography and graphic design courses in the department of Art & Design and has led several of our faculty workshops as well. This week Nil sent us a video he’s been working on that we knew others would want to know more about. From the tradition of the short-subject documentary, Nil’s visuals capture the time-honored process of binding as the interview with Stan Chapman reflects on the future of an...

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Teaching with Digital Storytelling

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Faculty, News & Events, Storytelling | 0 comments

One focus of our work in the first year in the new Learning Studio has been digital storytelling. Previous posts have highlighted workshops in May and August where guests from the Center for Digital Storytelling helped ACU faculty and staff understand the value of the approach. The following interviews from December asked faculty to reflect on the value of teaching with digital storytelling for the first time. Thanks to each of them for their time and energy at each stage of the pilot. .  ...

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