Services


The Center for Digital Expression (CDEx) is a Service for Students & Teachers

We provide individual consultations, training, tutorials, and workshops on many issues related to new media composing.

If you’re a student, we can:

•  Help you learn design and software basics
•  Provide ongoing support and tutoring while you work on your new media projects
•  Loan equipment when you’re working on an approved project and/or with a sponsoring faculty member.

If you’re a teacher, we can also help you:

•  Develop new media-rich scholarly projects
•  Create new media-rich teaching assignments
•  Provide ongoing support and training through workshops and other activities.

The Center for Digital Expression provides the following services:

Individual Consultations

Any member of the TCU community can schedule a consultation with the CDEx to discuss a project you’re working on or would like to work on. Just complete a Project Order Form found here.

Open Lab Support

Walk-in hours at the CDEx are open to any member of the TCU community who needs help with a new media project or just wants a space to work. A lab assistant is always on duty. See our Open Lab Hours in blue here.

Equipment

The CDEx has 20 computers loaded with the Adobe CC (Creative Cloud). The Studio also has available a black and white printer and a color laser printer, which work on the Pharos system (with a TCU ID card). Additional equipment that can be loaned to students, faculty, or staff working on an approved project include digital video cameras and audio recorders.

Workshops

The CDEx offers several workshops each semester on topics related to new media composing and teaching. Past workshops have included Creating New Media Assignments, Composing Digital Professional Portfolios, Making Movies, Presentation Design, Document Design, and Animation. See the Workshops/Roundtables page for a list of upcoming workshops and the chance to sign up.

Tutorials

If you would like to request our help teaching a group some aspect of new media composing, complete a Project Order Form here. Please see our selection of tutorials below or request a customized tutorial to fit your new media project. Schedules permitting, instructional sessions are offered in the CDEx for groups of 20 or fewer. You may also request a classroom visit.

Tutorial Options

Making a Website tutorial. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to make a website using free platforms such as Weebly, Wix, or WordPress (all use WYSIWYG editors). Students will also know where to find copyright free images and music resources.

Making a Movie tutorial. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to use Movie Maker (PC) and/or iMovie (MAC) to make videos with title screens, captions, transitions, images, audio, and/or video clips. Students will also know where to find copyright free images and music resources.

Making Infographics tutorial. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to make an infographic using Pikochart (free) or Microsoft Word/Pages. Students will also know where to find copyright free images resources.

New Media Alternatives to PowerPoint tutorial. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to choose a new media medium that fits their rhetorical needs: video, Prezi, infographics, websites, Pecha Kucha, Ignite, and/or podcasts. Students will also know where to find copyright free images and music resources.

Audacity tutorial. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to record directly into Audacity or import audio files to create multi-layered tracks in Audacity (free, open-sourced software). Students will also know where to find copyright free music resources.

The Graduate Certificate in New Media Composing and Teaching

This professional development certificate is available to TCU graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who wish to document their use of new media for teaching, scholarship and service. No specific workshops or courses are required. Students may work on the certificate throughout their graduate program. For more information, click here.