Instructional Media Workshop Guidelines
From audio podcasts and soundscapes, to WordPress blogs and digital photography, our instructional media team can help you incorporate media into your curriculum in a way that is both appropriate and pertinent to your learning goals. The implementation of hands-on workshops within your program will allow your students to function as designers of their research, using tools for observing and discovering the world, interpreting their research, reflecting on their surroundings and learning collaboratively with other students.
These guidelines are meant to assist you in planning how media workshops will fit into your curriculum. We encourage you to discuss timelines, assignments, details and needs with the Instructional Media Coordinator, Ashley Williams (from September 1st until June 30th) and Aaron Kruse (from June 30th until September 1st).
We try to fulfill every request we receive. It is helpful to have planning discussions during the prior quarter as the resources are limited. Coordination among all the requests is typically started after Week 5 of the previous quarter.
For a better learning experience and due to limited seating in media classrooms, we are able to accommodate 10 students minimum to 25 students maximum per workshop (with some flexibility). We can divide larger programs into groups, and repeat sessions as needed.
A workshop typically lasts for about 2 hours. It may include an hour long lecture covering theory, terminology and context for use when appropriate (for the whole group of students). The hands-on part of the workshop, being the most technical, will last for at least an hour. Depending on the depth of the projects, multimedia software workshops require between two to three hours with a break.
When applicable, handouts, documentation and operational guides will be provided to you by Media Services Staff to distribute to your students. Some equipment and facility use may require written proficiency tests as part of operational skill building. An introduction to Media Loan will cover equipment and facilities access policies.
Workshop attendance is typically coordinated by Faculty who should plan to be present as a co-learner. This encourages students presence and engagement during the workshop.
Most successful workshops are tied to a short project or a course assignment. It has proven to be a great way to increase student involvement and participation while also strengthening skill development. A Staff instructor(s) will be happy to collaborate with you on designing assignments tailored to fit both the program’s goals and the students’ project.
Although optional, Assisted Work Sessions are a very effective way for your students to successfully meet the assignment deadlines and goals with the assistance of interns and staff. However, we do request that Faculty coordinate with students to make sure there is appropriate attendance of at least 10 students (with some flexibility).
Feedback: a way to keep learning
In order to further improve the instructional quality of media workshops and to give students an opportunity to address issues and successes of sessions, a feedback form will be given by the Staff instructor to both students and faculty. The students may return it to the Media Loan & Support desk.
An online version is also available here.
We are looking forward to working with you!