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Learning Studio Portfolio

In a regular week, Learning Studio staff will work with ACU’s outstanding students and teachers to prepare carefully crafted messages they can share with the world. Here are just a few of their projects.

Storytelling with Study Abroad

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Storytelling, Workshops | 0 comments

Again this spring we worked with students at ACU’s campus in Leipzig, Germany, as well as with on-site faculty Derek and Rachel Brown to take digital storytelling overseas. Students spent two days in workshops developing scripts, recording audio, and editing stories on iPads or laptops. This group of students as well as the Oxford group were also incredibly generous in showing us around their host cities as we collected footage for a Study Abroad film we’ll release this summer. Here are just a couple of their...

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VIDEO: Pursuit Spotlight, Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Projects | 0 comments

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. . Pursuit is a quality enhancement program at ACU focused...

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Old Testament film projects

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Projects, Students | 0 comments

Over the last two years, students in Dr. Mark Hamilton’s honors sections of BIBL 211: Message of the Old Testament have produced short films in teams. Groups of four develop short 4-5 minute video projects that reflect on themes such as lament, sacrifice, atonement, among others. Once groups have selected biblical texts they consider how they respond “to the historical background, literary shaping, theological purpose, and interpretive history (i.e., the understanding of the text on the part of later readers) of the given...

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VIDEO: Jacob’s Dream at Smithsonian X 3D

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Projects | 0 comments

VIDEO: 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...

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VIDEO: Filming artist Rolando Diaz

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Featured Video, Projects | 0 comments

VIDEO: Filming artist Rolando Diaz

Rolando Diaz has been a painter for as long as he can remember. The ACU alum and Cuban native has spent more than 20 years working with paint on canvas. Only recently did he start thinking in three dimensions, creating several mixed media works from found objects and materials. Then he discovered the ACU Maker Lab. Even before ACU’s new digital fabrication space opened to the campus in October, Ro began working alongside ACU faculty and staff inside the space, planning and creating a sculptural piece with the tools the facility offered. The...

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We Are Makers released

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Featured Video, Projects | 0 comments

We Are Makers released

Last week we released a short documentary on the Maker Movement as part of broader discussions on campus about the value of “learning by doing.” We’re pleased to share it with the ACU community as so many here on campus contributed to its final shape. We spent several weeks in March interviewing key voices thinking about the impact of making in different contexts—in community centers and libraries, in education and museums, and in hackerspaces and online. Visit wearemakers.org for additional interviews . Special Thanks...

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Storytelling in Creative Writing program

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

Storytelling in Creative Writing program

Al Haley, writer-in-residence and professor of English, was an alum of our very first digital storytelling workshop in 2011 and has been helping us lead faculty workshops on campus for the last year. His work with the scholarly storytelling group last December helped many of the participants see the potential of mixed media writing and storytelling in their teaching and research. Here are a couple of Al’s past stories. Copier A Bed in San Francisco Down on the Farm . This semester Al asked students in his Creative Nonfiction Workshop...

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Literacy video projects from Advanced Comp

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

Thanks to Dr. Cole Bennett and his ENGL 325: Advanced Comp class for sharing their Literacies projects again this year. . The course introduces students to “theories of literacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, paying particular attention to readings that emphasize social and political issues related to reading and writing.” then concluded with student-produced videos introducing a cultural literacy of their own: “Rhetorically, this video should attempt to convince the viewer that 1) the activity under...

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VIDEO: How to Read a Book in 2013

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Projects, Students | 0 comments

VIDEO: How to Read a Book in 2013

In August How to Read a Book hit 20,000 views. Congrats Hilary! At the end of the semester, we get a lot of notes from faculty with strong examples of student video projects (we’ll share of few of those this next week). It’s typically a good sign when students begin sharing links to their classmates’ projects. High praise indeed. This example came from a couple students who thought Hilary Commer’s “How to Read a Book in 2013″ was the complete package. Strong, sharp writing. Carefully composed visuals. And...

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Tepper workshop with ACU Theatre

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Projects, Students | 0 comments

Several months ago Adam Hester, Department of Theatre chair, let us know that folks from the Tepper Semester program in New York would be on campus. They hosted a film casting workshop that gave ACU students experience working with professional casting directors.     Thanks to Matt Bardwell and Nathan Driskell in the Learning Studio for filming the auditions, giving students a glimpse of themselves on the big...

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