The Media Hub, located on the first floor of the Sister Joel Read Center, functions as a media production and resource center for students. Whether a student needs to video-record a speech, laminate a poster, borrow a digital camera to take photographs for a computer presentation, check out a camcorder for a class project, or borrow a laptop or iPad, the Media Hub is there to assist her.
The Media Hub houses a multimedia lab and a Mac lab. The multimedia lab is equipped with 21 computers and a range of software (e.g., Photoshop, PowerPoint, InDesign) that students can use to create multimedia — including online — presentations. Several flat-bed document/photo/slide scanners and two color printers are likewise available for student use. Also located in the lab are three soundproof production suites that students can use for voice recording. AIFR, the college’s Internet-based radio station, is located in the fourth production suite. The production suites are equipped with Macs and enable students to edit their videos of classroom interaction or other activities.
The multimedia lab also houses 17 video/audio digitizing stations. The stations consist of a computer, software, DVD/VCR, video monitor, and a video converter that allows the student to digitize video or audio presentations and upload them to the Diagnostic Digital Portfolio (DDP).
The Mac lab houses 20 iMac computers, an instructor’s console with a computer, VCR/DVD, ceiling projector, and control system. This lab also serves as a classroom. Students are able to produce video and graphic presentations on Macintosh computers.
Studio B is equipped with tables that seat small groups for video-recording student presentations, discussions, or group assessments. A computer and LCD projector housed in the studio can be used by students in presentations.
In addition to maintaining and continuously upgrading its own facilities, the Media Hub oversees the creation and maintenance of “smart” classrooms across campus. Each of these classrooms includes video and computer projection with network connection.
The Media Hub’s facilities are available at no additional charge to students for course-related work. A friendly staff and cadre of student workers are available to provide assistance. Instruction in use of the equipment is likewise available for students — all you need to do is reserve time in advance.
For more information, stop in during open hours or call the Media Hub at 414-382-6170.