New Media Center
The CITL New Media Center is part of the campus network of Maker spaces, and represents a convergence of media, design, making, outreach, innovation, research and creativity-driven teaching and learning. The NMC features multiple workstations, and on-site resources include a host of hand tools; a Double robot; media production software and hardware resources (audio, video, photography, design, lightboxes, etc.); Max/MSP/Jitter development; Makey Makey engineering materials; MIDI controllers; and, disc printing and duplication.
Faculty, staff and students activities range consultation; small group workshops; faculty development; teaching systems R&D; media convergence; electronics and robotics; instructional media development; programming and design; K12 and community outreach; and, multimedia hardware and software resources
In addition, the CITL also maintains the iLab workspace. This area contains modular furniture and the Crestron classroom technology system, and can be configured for classroom sessions and meetings, workshops and ad-hoc Make activities.
Faculty, staff, students or alumni interested to learn more, schedule a consultation, discuss a project idea or schedule time to work in center may contact John Hildreth at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration will return ASAP.
New Media in Teaching and Learning
As a New Media Consortium member institution, RU finds many of its faculty using new media resources and progressive pedagogies to develop creative learning opportunities for students. Projects involving Make initiatives, podcasting, mobile devices, student film, social media, media skills development, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and gaming have been used across campus by faculty seeking to develop new pedagogies and innovative methods that expand the ways in which we teach and learn.
The CITL acts as the NMC Liaison at Radford University, putting faculty in touch with like-minded professionals and creating unique opportunities for collaboration, research and professional development. In addition, CITL staff seek to explore ways in which innovative trends and ideas can manifest themselves at Radford University, and seek to provide advocacy for faculty, students and others engaged in innovative teaching and learning. Examples of such activities in recent years include:
- Core Connections/UNIV 100 Scavenger Hunt - teams of new freshman receive a packet of clues that they must work through together to solve and find various places on campus in a 90-minute time frame. Rather than a simple list of locations and a map, students must utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to find the answers to clues leading them to each place on campus.
- Film Challenges - students from the departments across campus and as well as local K12 institutions compete for top honors in challenges that involve working in teams to produce a short film in a matter of days using a specific theme or set of narrative materials. To date, the CITL has ran challenges in the spring and fall semesters, as well as the Word Festival.
- Hebocon - an outreach collaboration between the CITL, Office of High-Impact Practices, College of Education, and Radford City Schools to foster creativity, community and STEM initiatives. Based on the Japanese Hebocon competition, middle and high school students learn to build simple DIY robots (mentored by RU Graduate Students) using toys, junk, spare parts, etc., that face off in a sumo-style tournament. Learn more.
- Make Events - the CITL has begun to host 'build parties' and the like to foster campus community and build relationships with students organizations. In addition to the Hebocon events, the CITL also hosted a Green Screen Build Party in December 2015. Forthcoming events TBA.
- ePortfolio - a type of technology that encourages learners to reflect on the experience and education that have shaped who they have become during their time at RU, as well as the goals they wish to achieve after graduation. Visit the ePortfolio area of our site for more info!
- CITL Films - established in 2012, CITL films is production company of sorts that produces short films to promote innovative programs and initiatives on campus, as well as to profile innovative faculty activity -- all while giving RU students and interns opportunities for hands-on production experience. Examples include short features (starring some familiar campus faces) promoting learning initiatives, documentary collaborations with McConnell Archives and Special Collections, faculty profiles, student media programs and team-building production excursions. LEARN MORE.
Faculty, staff and students interested to know more should contact John Hildreth.