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 Lynda.com full catalog access.
The media lab features professional-grade video, audio and iMac 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. Walk-ins are welcome, though reservations will be given priority. 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 competed 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.
- Battlebots - an outreach collaboration between the CITL, Office of High-Impact Practices and Radford City Schools to foster creativity, community and STEM initiatives. Gased on the Japanese Hebocon competition, middle and high school students learn to build simple DIY robots using toys, junk, spare parts, etc., that face off in a sumo tournament.
- 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.
- Dr. Matt Dunleavy (College of Education) was featured in the NMC 2011 Horizon Report for his work on the ROAR (Radford Outdoor Augmented Reality) project.
- Drs. Angela Mickle and Michael Moore (ESHE) use of iTunes U to distribute athletic training and testing videos have been highly successful with students, and were featured in a multi-institution iTunes U discussion panel at the 2008 ACCS conference in Charlottesville, VA.
- A video game developed by John Hildreth (Associate Director, CITL) and Dr. Guy Axtell (Philosophy and Religion) was presented at the NMC 2011 Summer Conference in Madison, WI, as well as the 2011 Conference on Pedagogy in Higher Education at Virginia Tech.
- A collaboration with Dr. David Zuschin (Music) and John Hildreth (CITL) in the beta development of music theory learning games for the iPad resulted in a spring 2011 presentation at the annual AcademiX conference in Atlanta, GA, hosted by Apple, Inc.
Faculty, staff and students interested to know more should contact John Hildreth.