The Digital Media Tutoring Center (DMTC) provides equipment for the creation of audio, video, and image-based projects in support of class projects. The center has three high-end workstations and two monitors with external mice and keyboards for connection to NMU laptops. Tutors are available to assist you at scheduled times if you need assistance.
The three workstations contain key programs from the Adobe suite of software including:
- After Effects
Downloads for NMU ThinkPad or MacBook model Notebook computer:
- Windows Movie Maker [Basic Video Editing]
- OpenShot [Video Editor]
- Audacity [Multi-track audio recording and editing]
The Center’s workstations and equipment for circulation are only available to students, faculty, and staff at Northern Michigan University.
The workstations and monitors are not intended for playing video games, watching videos, surfing the internet, or checking email. You will be politely asked to leave if using the DMTC equipment for these purposes.
Please do not modify, move, unplug, or change in any way the computer equipment, including cables, keyboards, mice, etc. If you need assistance, consult the DMTC tutors.
Please do not attempt to download, install or uninstall software of any kind. If you need something that is not available on a computer, please speak to the DMTC supervisor, Kevin McDonough.
We ask that you be considerate of others and keep the noise level to a minimum.
The DMTC does not provide file storage. You need to bring your own memory stick or DVD or check out storage devices from the Public Services Desk. All files left on DMTC workstations will be deleted automatically each night. If you are concerned someone may copy your project before it is deleted during the nightly purge, you are responsible for deleting the content.
You can reserve use of a workstation or a monitor for up to two hours. The iPad kiosk outside the DMTC will list tutors availability for any given day and time.
Be aware that reproduction or distribution of copyrighted works, including, but not limited to, images, text, or software, without permission of the owner, is an infringement of U.S. Copyright Law and is subject to civil damages and/or criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment.
Generally, there is no issue if media projects are used for educational purposes, not made available to the public, use small sections of copyrighted works, and give credit to original sources. However, if in doubt, please contact Kevin McDonough, Reference Librarian at 227-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for clarification. Ultimately you are responsible for any copyright violations.
Multimedia Resources for Faculty
The Center for Teaching and Learning and Digital Media Tutoring Center can help you and your students with media based projects.
Center for Teaching and Learning
- Help you to design projects for your class
- Help you to know how to set up for video/audio projects
- Help you develop rubrics for grading your projects
- Help with video/audio capture tools and best practices
- Help with editing and special effects
- Help with producing/ formatting
- Help with upload to Wildcast
- Help with embedding in EduCat
Ideas for Digital Media Projects
Remix-T- From the University of Notre Dame, Remix-T helps college teachers develop engaging activities that involve images, video, and sound.
- Creating a Digital Media Assignment - overview on assigning media projects from the University of Louisville's Digital Media Suite. End of the page has additional three links from other universities that provide excellent guidance on assigning media assignments.
- Individual Examples
Breast ironing in Cameroon - NMU student project in Patricia Hogan's HL 322 course, Issues in International Health. Example of aggregating different media content onto a web site that addresses a specific issue.
- Renewable Energy Public Service Announcement - NMU student project in Wendy Farkas's EN 110 course, Good Books. Example of a project incorporating still images, video, and audio to advocate for renewable energy.
- Washington D.C. Mountain Biking: The Urban Trail Chaser - a student at Georgetown University documents his experience trying to find nearby mountain biking opportunities. Simple video documentary. Not technically advanced, but well done.
- An Enduring Gift - A short documentary made by students at Georgetown University examining the story and influence of the Japanese gift of cherry trees to Washington, D.C.
- How to Bake a Cake - Student shows how to bake a Betty Crocker boxed cake. Gives the appearance of being developed by Betty Crocker
- Collection of Examples
Top 15 Student Media Creation Projects - Chris Clark, University of Notre Dame, Assistant Director of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning
- 10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects - from Dr. Alec Couros, Professor of Educational Technology and Media, University of Regina
- 20 video project ideas to engage students - from Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook
Grading Rubrics for Media Projects
- Kevin's amalgamation from rubric examples below
- Assessment and Evaluation - List of rubrics for different media projects compiled by the University of Louisville.
- Digital and Traditional Storytelling (Jason Ohler)
- Video Project Rubric (University of Wisconsin Stout)
- Sample Video Rubric (Michelle Futrell, College of Charleston)