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Digital Media Lab

This guide is to help you learn how to create digital media projects

Spring 2019

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Christina Cordova began interning with the DML in the Fall of 2017 where she created and facilitated the SkillShop How to Design Buttons using Adobe Illustrator (see more below) and then in Spring 2019 with Create Your Own Business Card Using Adobe Illustrator. By facilitating these SkillShops, she wanted to bring awareness to the availability of Adobe Creative Cloud programs on various computer labs and desktops on campus. By navigating Adobe Illustrator for an hour, she hoped that it could spark an interest in graphic design among her peers and reveal an opportunity into the design courses offered on campus. She also hoped that attendees would gain a new skill that they could apply in future projects such as with personal projects, campus clubs, or publications on campus.

With her major in Art Education, she was able to apply lesson planning and graphic design expertise to guide her peers throughout the program and were given an overview of the tools. Instructional worksheets were provided that are also available in the Digital Media Lab in a binder, containing step by step directions on how to download fonts, vector graphics, and images from free source websites.


Things that went well:

  • Students emailed the DML their finished works of the button that they continued to work on after the SkillShop.
  • Attendees learned how to download fonts and vectors which worked well on Mac computers, but were not able to be downloaded on PCs because of administrative access.
  • The instructional worksheets allowed for attendees to go at their own pace if they felt that they wanted to skip ahead or consider taking more time on a certain aspect of the design process.

Things to consider for next time:

  • Use slides that display examples to follow along with the visual step-by-step instructions while students are working independently.
  • Book computer labs in advance that are capable of downloading fonts or vectors.
  • Include exporting directions on the instructional worksheet just in case time runs out or if attendees want to work on it outside of the SkillShop.

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Fall 2018

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Carlos Lemus created a training video for Scholars Without Borders during the Fall 2018 semester. He conducted interviews to capture the personal experiences of undocumented and mixed status students at HSU. He then edited the footage into a short video to be used in trainings for educating HSU staff, faculty, and student staff and leaders about how they can support undocumented students. Carlos worked with Scholars Without Borders because he enjoys helping people get equitable access to the resources they need for their success.

The previous semester, Carlos worked as a facilitator for the Scholars Without Borders trainings and took that experience and knowledge to inform his process for crafting this video. He used the GoPro Hero 6 Black camera with the built-in microphone and edited his footage using Camtasia.

The things that went well:

  • Conducting multiple interviews with the same person created a better rapport with them and uncovered responses that wouldn't have been caught with just one conversation.
  • Using openly licensed music to set the tone of the video was a great way to make the video more emotionally engaging.
  • Using text annotations on the screen was helpful to highlight important ideas, clarify complex concepts, and was also useful in determining out how to organize the various clips.

Things to consider for next time:

  • Room setup -- make sure to mitigate any noise (close any windows because it's hard to know when a truck may drive by) and shoot away from a sunny window.
  • Provide the interviewee with the questions beforehand so that they can think about their answers.
  • Editing takes a long time! Be organized and write out an outline with the questions.

Special note: In order to respect and preserve the anonymity of the interviewee, the video Carlos created is not publicly available. If you are interested in learning about the experiences of undocumented and mixed status students at HSU, we encourage you to attend a Scholars Without Borders training (events are listed on the SWB website as needed).

Spring 2018

Student Snapshots

Rosibeth Cuevas, Grecia Alfaro, Phil Santos and Vanessa Cota created these video shorts as part of the HSU Student Snapshots project, which was showcased at the 2018 ideaFest.

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

What is the DML?

The Digital Media Lab offers workshops, one-on-one support, equipment and software for students, faculty and staff to create digital projects. Whether it's learning how to use Google Slides, 360 video, editing audio, creating a website, exploring virtual reality or turning your project into augmented reality we are here to help you with your next project.