The Center for Media Initiatives (CMI) in the new Stetson/Sawyer will be an animated new hub of creative activity run by about one quarter of the Office for Information Technology (OIT) staff. From their new home on the north side of campus OIT staff from both Desktop Systems and Instructional Technology will provide multiple levels of support from solving basic problems to complex multi-media production. We are very excited by this opportunity to provide better services in an attractive and convenient new facility, which is scheduled to open in summer 2014.
The Center for Media Initiatives
- Serve faculty by providing convenient, attractive facilities with services from OIT Instructional Technology and Desktop Systems staff.
- Promote the use of multimedia and technology in teaching and learning.
- Provide multiple levels of support from solving basic problems to complex multi-media production.
- Promote faculty/faculty and faculty/student interaction and collaboration assisted by OIT Instructional Technologists as needed.
- Provide facilities where students can collaborate on multimedia projects with Student Media Consultants and professional backup nearby.
- Bring the advanced projects of faculty working in the Faculty Center for Media Technologies (FCMT) into proximity with other faculty and provide OIT assistance as needed.
The faculty support service point on the north side of campus will be located in the CMI (The Center for Media Initiatives). Faculty can drop by for support with basic desktop software, accounts, email or hardware problems. Desktop Systems staff will use the CMI as a support base for office visits on the north side of campus.
The CMI will have 6 small project rooms and one larger project room where students and/or faculty can work collaboratively. Project rooms enable people to display their work on wall mounted displays while interacting with one another about their work. The rooms will have high-end equipment. Some people will use these for video editing, but the needs will fluctuate over time.
There will also be a small project room that seats 2 for faculty to use on a drop-in basis. It will be reserved for faculty to ensure availability and to provide some privacy.
The CMI will contain 2-4 video editing studios. These rooms encourage high-end multimedia work. They are located near student media consultants and instructional technology staff who can assist people working in them.
With the help of expert student media consultants and instructional technology specialists, students and faculty from all disciplines will be able to put their ideas into creative multimedia production. The recording studio will include a video studio, an audio isolation booth and a control room to enable faculty, staff and students to create high quality productions. The Asian Languages, Psychology, and Music departments used the College’s previous studio facilities regularly. The vastly improved audio and visual resources planned for the CMI, as well as the proximity of trained staff, will encourage more faculty, staff and students to be creative with original video and audio.
The midi composition room is a project room designed to support equipment to create music. The room gives students who may or may not be music majors a space where they can compose music and experiment with technology based music.
The instruction room in the CMI will allow OIT staff to work with larger groups for training and instruction during the day, even when classes are in session. When not being used for instruction, the room will be available for students to study.
Computer classroom / 24 hour study space
The Mabie Room will be restored to be a classroom that will contain 16 workstations. The room will be scheduled by the Registrar as a classroom during the day, but provide a 24 hour study space with computers evenings and weekends.
The new video conferencing room will provide high definition connections among participants that promote a high quality level of video presence. The video conferencing room will be available to faculty, staff, and students. Past academic uses of video conferencing at Williams have included our professors team-teaching with professors in Finland, Australia, Tel Aviv and Cairo; students taking oral exams in Arabic with a professor at Emory University; a Japanese professor and her students chatting with people in Japan; and professors collaborating and sharing work with faculty at other institutions. Locating our new high definition video conferencing facility near the offices of media services specialists will mean that OIT staff are readily available to help ensure a successful videoconferencing experience. An additional benefit of this facility is that information technologists, librarians, and other professional staff will be able to connect with colleagues at other institutions without having to leave campus.
Faculty will have the opportunity to explore and work with multimedia, video and other emerging technologies in collaboration with instructional technology professionals from OIT, with other faculty, and/or with student assistants. An area called the Faculty Center for Media Technologies will be an OIT supported center primarily for faculty who want to try new ways to incorporate multi-media technologies into their teaching and research. Faculty working there will be able to receive professional support for project research and development from OIT specialists.
OIT will also sponsor public events and workshops designed to disseminate information about faculty projects and to inform the community about new technologies and their potential for enhancing teaching and research in this area.
Student Media Consultants will be available to help people work with both the hardware and software used for multimedia development and creative projects requiring specialized software. The open area will be close to printing and scanning facilities. The design will be flexible to foster both individual and collaborative work.
The Equipment Loan Center Coordinator will lend out a wide variety of digital and analog equipment and train faculty, students and staff how to use the equipment. In addition, the coordinator will assist with planning and managing media-intensive projects.
|Video Cameras||Data Projectors|
|Tripods||Laptops (PC & Mac)|
|MiniDisc Recorders||Slide Projectors|
|Tape Recorder||Overhead Projectors|
|DVD/VCR Combo Units||Portable Screens|
|TV/VCR Combo Units||PA Systems|
|CD Component Players||Digital Video and Still Cameras|
For more information, visit the ELC section.