Center for Digital Expression

Services

The Center for Digital Expression (CDEx) provides support for the entire TCU community—students, faculty, and staff.

Consultation

TCU Students, Faculty, & Staff

If you have questions about your digital project, please make an appointment with any of our CDEx staff. Please also schedule a consultation with us if you’d like a CDEx staff member to visit one or more class sessions of a course you’re teaching. Scheduling has never been easier!

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Individual Consultations

Any member of the TCU community can schedule a consultation with the CDEx to discuss a project.

Equipment

The CDEx has 20 laptop 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.

Tutorials

If you would like to request our help teaching a group some aspect of new media composing, complete a Request/Reserve Form here. Schedules permitting, instructional sessions are offered in the CDEx for groups of 20 or fewer. You may also request a classroom visit.

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.

New Media Alternatives to PPT 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

How We Serve

We provide individual consultations, training, tutorials, and workshops on many issues related to digital composing. We believe in empowering you to feel comfortable learning, teaching, and creating digital projects—we do not believe in completing projects on your behalf.

Learn By Doing

If you’re a student, we can:

  • help you learn design and software basics,
  • envision a digital project from concept through completion
  • loan equipment for an approved project and/or with a sponsoring faculty member

Build Your Portfolio

If you’re a teacher, we can help you:

  • develop media-rich scholarly projects,
  • create media-rich teaching assignments, and
  • provide ongoing support and training through workshops

Achieve Your Goals

If you’re a staff member, we can help you:

  • develop a social media campaign and/or website,
  • create visuals to promote events and campaigns, and
  • provide ongoing support and training through workshops