The Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation is collaborating on what we call the Digital Media Commons Initiative. As we head towards the completion of the Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC), there is a prevailing question of ‘what is going to happen in this building?’ The ITCC has physical resources in the form of studio and editing facilities, as well as collaboration & classroom spaces, that will allow for multiple and varied creative activities and learning experiences. At the heart of this initiative is the creation of digital media projects and a documentary that can serve as the narrative of the different disciplines that will use the ITCC in the creation of digital media. Its purpose is to bring students, staff, and faculty together (in partnership) to ‘imagine, create, share, and learn’ about digital media use and innovation at UMW.
This initiative is designed to build upon, strengthen, and develop staff, faculty, and students’ digital media awareness, expertise, and use at a public liberal arts institution that values learning and engagement. Staff and faculty expertise (content pedagogical knowledge) and students’ cultural and digital knowledge, creates a unique opportunity for participants to come together and participate in an innovative cross-collaboration learning model. This model is designed to provide support and build collaborative bridges between students, staff, and faculty in rich authentic ways. Participants learn from each other through the creation and development of digital media projects (individual and collaborative) that infuse a rich array of digital media to ‘showcase’ UMW liberal arts learning and community engagement. Faculty, staff, and student digital media projects could be shown in a variety of ‘showcase’ settings.