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Learning Studio helps take Cornerstone, one of the campus’s largest weekly gatherings, virtual for the first time

Cornerstone Spotlights are a tradition. Once a week during the fall semesters, freshmen at ACU have packed into Cullen Auditorium to hear a member of ACU’s faculty give a talk about their respective field of study. The Learning Studio has been intimately involved from the beginning, helping structure, design and film each presentation, and preserving them online for later viewing.

[Watch: What is Cornerstone?]

The talks, called Spotlights, have long represented the largest weekly course gatherings on campus—a polished, professionally produced experience in which virtually every ACU student from the past decade has participated. But auditorium lectures aren’t very pandemic-friendly, so this year the Learning Studio needed to help Cornerstone adapt, without losing the engaging and dynamic ethos that has always characterized the live talks.

In filming sessions before and during the semester, Learning Studio staff filmmakers Matt Maxwell and Nathan Driskell, along with Cornerstone Director Trey Shirley, met with Cornerstone faculty and produced each of their talks direct-to-camera, packaging them with a uniform look and feel that included custom graphics and animations.

Each of this year’s 11 Cornerstone Spotlights is available to watch online.


LS Productions

Vision in Action – spotlight on Halbert-Walling project

CNC Router Tutorial – how-to videos with the Maker Lab

After Zoey – backstage with ACU Theatre

Cup of Coffee – Chandler Graf’s talk for TEDxACU 2017

Next Steps – Jackie Beth Shilcutt performs at TEDxACU

An ocean away, documenting a rare discovery on camera

An ocean away, documenting a rare discovery on camera

The 2019 reading of The Dutch Lady took place at Gray’s Inn in London, the very place where Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors was first performed more than 400 years earlier. The Learning Studio’s Kyle Dickson and Nathan Driskell were there to capture footage of the performance.

Student Highlights this Spring

Student Highlights this Spring

We've put the spotlight on faculty creativity this week but didn't want to miss the chance to share some strong projects from some of our graduates this spring. Whether they were spending hours in the Media Lab perfecting an illustration or they were...

Dead Day Karaoke

Dead Day Karaoke

We love rock ’n’roll, and what better way to celebrate the final countdown before you beat it than by showing the campus your true colors. This Dead Day, we’ll host 1980s video karaoke upstairs in the Learning Studio, filmed in glorious Standard...

Student Film Critiques with Brent McCorkle

Brent McCorkle is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and musician, best known for his work on the films Unconditional, Woodlawn and the just-released I Can Only Imagine. Earlier this month, Brent touched down in Abilene and set up shop in the...