New Media Center
The CITL New Media Center has facilities to support instructional technology training, faculty development, teaching systems R&D, teaching and learning research, high-end instructional media development and multimedia hardware and software resources.
The media lab features professional-grade media production workstations running a host of software packages for media creation and development, as well as access to the Lynda.com training catalog. It is a place for faculty, staff and students to learn new skills and develop new projects for a variety of applications and settings. In addition, the lab houses equipment for transferring cassette to CD, VHS/Mini-DV to DVD, and an international standards VHS video converter. Reservations for workstations can be made online using links below -- the short video tutorial below demonstrates how to make a reservation. Appointments and/or reservations are strongly recommended. Patrons in need of training prior to using the lab or who just have an idea they want to discuss should call 540-831-5974 or email John Hildreth.
How To Reserve A Workstation
Faculty, Staff and Students
- As of August 2014, all new users must register first, then login online anytime to reserve a workstation. Once logged in, click 'Bookings' to peruse available time slots and make a reservation.
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. Examples of such activities in recent years have included:
- 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 of Media Studies, Art and elsewhere 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.
- 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.
- 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 aforementioned Battlebots event, 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, the Faculty Development Institute, documentary collaborations with McConnell Archives and Special Collections, and team-building production excursions. LEARN MORE.
Faculty, staff and students interested to know more should contact John Hildreth.