10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 12, 1995
Center opens to teach multimedia technology
By Kristin Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Students wandering on the third floor of
the School of Education Building will find
a new resource in the New Media Center.
The center, which opened on July 5, is
one of 50 New Media Centers established
by a consortium of universities and pri-
vate businesses. The center is a combina-
tion of an open laboratory and a class-
" room specializing in multimedia technol-
ogy, and the University is one of 21 char-
ter members of the initiative.
The center was created under the aus-
pices of the Office of Instructional Tech-
nology and its Instructional Technology
Now open on a limited basis for fac-
ulty and students, the center functions as
a site for developing and using advanced
"The idea of the New Media Center is
to help students and faculty who choose to
use technology for teaching and learning
to be able to use it effectively,~ said Louis
E. King, manager of new media initiatives
for OIT. "We try to bring new emerging
technologies to (University) faculty and
students, which primarily means multi-
Multimedia technology onsite will
serve as a teaching tool in the classroom.
Faculty who have developed their own
software at the ITL will deploy it through
interactive video at the center. In addition,
faculty members who teach mixed media
courses, such as Film and Video, also de-
velop software at the site. To date, there
are 60 multimedia teaching programs in
progress intended for classroom use.
In addition, King said, the center will
benefit "students who have chosen to ap-
propriately use multimedia to complete
OIT developed the center in partner-
ship with the Information Technology
Division. "We're putting a whole new
level of tools in the hands of students
who want to use them," said Judy Dean.
communications specialist for ITD.
The center offers a variety of equip-
ment, from Macintosh computers con-
nected to the University network, to audio
and video editing machines. Three edit-
ing suites, in which faculty and students
can edit video presentations, are being
completed. The center also features a cre-
ation station, which allows students to
manipulate information and sound digi-
tallyusing a variety of sources that include
videocassettes, laser discs, audiocassettes
and still images.
"(The creation station) allows you to
take elements and integrate them into a
presentation as you see fit," King said.
Until last month, the New Media
Center was located in the Michigan
Union computing site. Most of the
Macintosh computers used exclusively
for multimedia have been moved from
the Union computing center to the
present site, which offers more space for
More than half of the computers are
used as teaching machines for student use
and are located in the classroom portion of
the center. As in the Union site, a set of
headphones is standard equipment for
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each computer. Eventually, King said
there will be an additional monitor fo
each computer so that students can see th
finished presentation alongside the wor
In the center's classroom, a facult
member controls the central presentatiot
fromhis computer. A blank wall function:
as both a dry-erase board and a projector
which displays images from t
professor's computer. The U-shaped coon
with atmiddle island of workstations face
the board, allowing faculty and students tt
"It's a collaborative effort amon
faculty, staff and students," King said.
Students will not only learn from fac
ulty. but also from each other. Kitty ant
his associates plan to start a student groul
in which students with an advanced leve
of understanding share their knowled
with peers. The center allows studei
with little experience to use the equipmen
to put together their own presentations.
"For the first time, students have the
opportunity to use a variety of forma.
and through these formats communicat
to thousands of people," King said.
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entire University community. A specia
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