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Preparing to Teach New Media Assignments

Teachers who assign new media writing projects should have basic knowledge of the software products and design principles students will need to know and use. The Center for Digital Expression staff can assist teachers in learning and teaching these basics. Please complete a Project Order Form for all service requests.

  • Submit class reservation requests no less than two weeks in advance
  • Submit requests for CDEx presentations or workshops three weeks in advance
  • Submit requests for help with assignment design and software learning four to six weeks in advance

Room Reservations

Teachers who need access to a computer classroom to facilitate hands-on work with computers may reserve the Center for Digital Expression for up to four weeks of class sessions a semester, with the exception of the last two weeks of the semester when demand for open lab time is heaviest. To request a reservation, complete a Project Order Form as early as the beginning of the semester but no later than two weeks before the reservation dates. Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

The CDEx houses 12 PC and 8 Mac workstations, all equipped with Adobe CC (Creative Cloud). Final Cut Pro and Camtasia (screencast software) are available on one Mac workstation. If you have more than 20 students in your class, consider bringing them to the CDEx in two groups. We also have digital video cameras, cameras, tripods, and audio recorders that may be checked out by faculty and students working on approved projects. A scanner is available for use in the CDEx.

If your class reservation is during regular CDEx hours, the CDEx will be closed to open lab users, but CDEx staff will remain on duty. If the staff is expected to provide instruction or support during a reserved class session, that request must be made at least three weeks prior to the reservation date. CDEx staff will make every effort to support your class project, but not all CDEx staff have equal expertise in all software.