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Student Designer Position Available, Interactive Media Group, April 2012

March 2nd, 2012 by admin
The UO Libraries Interactive Media Group (IMG) is looking to hire a student
designer to join our team.  As part of the IMG team, the student designer
will work to conceptualize, design and develop educational media to support
UO instruction and research.

Required Skills:
Must possess digital media design experience, preferably focused on web and
multimedia design. Applicants must have HTML and CSS skills. Competence in
industry-standard graphics and multimedia applications including Photoshop,
Illustrator and/or Fireworks is also required. Preference will be given to
candidates with additional experience with Flash/ActionScript, JavaScript,
XML, PHP, Drupal or WordPress. Familiarity with digital video/audio
applications such as Premiere or Final Cut Pro is a plus.

Pay begins at $10.90/hr with a flexible work schedule of up to 20
hours/week during the academic year. Up to 40 during breaks/intersessions.
The number of hours will vary depending upon project workload, student
performance, course load and student availability.

For more information:
Contact Kirstin Hierholzer, Director, Center for Media and Educational
Technologies: Interactive Media Group at kirstinh@uoregon.edu

ChinaVine Cultural Heritage Site Launches

February 20th, 2012 by mccallum

CMET:Interactive Media is pleased to announce the launch of ChinaVine.org, a new version of a very popular academic website redesigned to embrace social media. ChinaVine.org is an ongoing interactive website project that educates English-speaking audiences about China’s cultural heritage. ChinaVine.org consists of volumes focusing on eleven villages in Shandong province, seven folk artists in Beijing, and two Miao festivals and two Miao performance centers in four villages in Guizhou Province. In development are volumes on the Yi language in Sichuan province, Song Zhang arts district in Beijing, Gaobeidian Folklore Village in Beijing, and contemporary artists and musicians who are self-consciously responding and incorporating tradition into their work in Beijing.

ChinaVine team members are incorporating interpretive strategies that challenge the traditional models of cultural interpretation used by “experts” working within singular disciplines. For example, John Fenn is experimenting with an approach that merges critical interpretation with mimetic engagement in the artistic practices of the Beijing based group FM3 (Christiaan Virant & Zhang Jian). FM3 works with field recordings and instrumental loops to generate dynamic sound sculptures that push beyond conventional notions of composition, song, and performance. FM3 distributes the sound loops from their Buddha Machine freely (pictured in media player) under a Creative Commons license that encourages reuse. Fenn is cutting snips from his September 2009 interview with Zhang Jian recordings into a mash-up wth some of the FM3 loops. The resulting methodological bricolage references the ChinaVine research project, but also the aesthetic agenda of FM3, the creative affordances of digital tools, and a nonlinear interpretive model. In doing so Fenn provides visitors with a multimodal opportunity to engage with the material at hand by decentering the questions he asked and the answers received. Visitor will be able to listen to Fenn’s creations as well as make their own, thereby participating in the emergent project.

http://chinavine.org/

Fall 2011 Classroom Equipment Tutorials scheduled.

September 15th, 2011 by kirstinh

Please plan to attend one of several classroom equipment tutorials  in order to become well versed in the operation of the presentation equipment in your classroom. See the schedule of group tutorials here:

http://library.uoregon.edu/cmet/classrooms/tutorials.html

If you would like to arrange a tutorial for your department , or would prefer an individual tutorial, please contact the Classroom Technology office of CMET at 541-346-3091, or visit our desk on the ground floor of the Knight Library.

A Musket Simulation: Illustrating Issues with Gunpowder Weapons for History 240

September 20th, 2010 by admin

In his course “War in the Modern World I,” instructor Alex Dracobly teaches about the strengths and weaknesses of weapons from the 15th Century to 1945. Wishing to demonstrate the many factors influencing the accuracy of early gunpowder weapons, Dr. Dracobly approached CMET:IM about developing a simple musket simulation. In this simulation, students can experience issues of accuracy, timing and weather which determine whether a musketeer will kill or be killed during battle. Check out a demo version of the musket simulation in the CMET:Interactive Media project portfolio.

CMET: Interactive Media Develops Animated Tutorial for Russian 240

September 20th, 2010 by admin

At the end of spring term 2010, CMET: Interactive Media completed the first of a series of animated tutorials to help teach aspects of Russian culture and history for UO Russian 240. Working closely with Julia A Nemirovskaya, instructor for Russian and Eastern European Studies and Heghine Hakobyan, UO Slavic Librarian, CMET:IM has created a Flash-based tutorial focusing on the relationship between Russia’s geographic location, history and cultural identity. The tutorial includes animated sequences,  interactive maps and instructional activities which support course learning objectives. Check out a demo version of the tutorial and learn a bit about Russian culture.

Check Out These E-Learning Tools

February 19th, 2010 by admin

We’ve posted links to some e-learning tools you might want to check out for your classroom teaching or research. This is only a very brief list of what is out there so check back periodically to see what is new.

Exemplary Learning Website Highlights Teaching Strategies of Distinguished UO Faculty

February 19th, 2010 by admin

UO Libraries’ Interactive Media Group has collaborated with the Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP) to build a new site that is a notable resource for instructors. While most UO instructors enter the classroom with in-depth training in their field, they are not necessarily trained in how to teach their subject in a way that engages students. Throw in the challenges of teaching large classes and dealing with technology, both new and experienced instructors can feel at a loss. With the assistance of UO faculty distinguished for excellence in teaching, the Teaching Effectiveness Program and IMG have created a website to share the strategies and resources these faculty use to promote student learning. This site includes video interviews, access to course materials and links to additional resources on student-centered learning. Check out the Exemplary Learning website to learn more.

CMET Video Group takes UO faculty anywhere in the world

February 11th, 2010 by admin

There is a nice feature about the CMET Video Group in the  February, 2010 issue of the Inside Oregon campus newsletter. The article focuses on connecting UO experts to major  media outlets anywhere in the world, including MSNBC, PBS, CBC, BBC, al Jazeera, Fox, and more.  Other services are mentioned as well, including videoconferencing and production of the weekly UO Today program with the Oregon Humanities Center.

CMET Interactive Media Collaborates on New UO Virtual Tour

January 11th, 2010 by kirstinh

Phase I of the UO Virtual Tour is here! A collaborative group of several campus units, including the UO Libraries’ Interactive Media group, completed the project, providing a fun, interactive virtual tour that highlights what makes the UO so great. The new tour is intended to give prospective students a sense of what life is like at the University of Oregon.

The Interactive Media group, which is part of the library’s Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET), designed and developed the interactive graphic interface for the tour. Staff from other campus units, including the UO Admissions Office, Student Orientation Programs, and UO Web Communications, implemented the design. Flash animation, image slideshows, video segments, and music from local bands were incorporated into the tour. A list of credits for the project is at http://admissions.uoregon.edu/virtualtour/credits.

Plans for Phase II of the Virtual Tour include an interactive map, student blogs, student-produced content, and the ability to IM current students about their experience at the UO. The first phase of the UO Virtual Tour was launched at the end of fall term 2009.

CMET’s Interactive Media group offers a wide range of services, including the design and development of dynamic websites, tutorials, interactive learning tools, CD-ROMs, and DVDs. Check out the portfolio of interactive projects completed. Services offered by the Interactive Media group are available to UO faculty members and campus units. For more information, contact Kirstin Hierholzer, CMET’s assistant director, at 541-346-1995, kirstinh@uoregon.edu.

CMET Interactive Media Completes Interactive Website and Image Archive Featuring Monuments of the Mongolian Altai

January 11th, 2010 by kirstinh

The UO Libraries’ Interactive Media group, Document Center, Metadata Services and Digital Projects unit, and the  AAA Library’s Visual Resources Collection all recently collaborated with Dr. Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, of the UO’s Department of Art History, and the UO Infographics Lab to create a website documenting the ancient archaeological monuments in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia.

The Mongolian Altai Inventory and Mapping Project is based on fifteen years of field research in mountainous Bayan Ölgiy Aimag, in northwestern Mongolia. Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the project is dedicated to the identification and recording of all significant concentrations of surface archaeology in that region and to the analysis of their typologies, probable chronologies, and interconnection with the larger landscape.

The website supports Jacobson-Tepfer’s belief that “archaeological monuments reflect the movement of ancient hunters and herders through time and space; and that the orientation of monuments and their placement within the landscape were deliberate and meaningful.” Features on the site include an inventory of monument classes, an interactive photographic archive, an interactive map, and background on the geography and landscape of the Altai region.

For the project, the Interactive Media group, which is part of the library’s Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET), designed and developed the interactive graphic interface for the website. Other library units contributed services and expertise in providing maps and photographic images. A complete list of participants in the project is at http://mongolianaltai.uoregon.edu/theproject.php.

CMET’s Interactive Media group offers a wide range of services, including the design and development of dynamic websites, tutorials, interactive learning tools, CD-ROMs, and DVDs. Check out the portfolio of interactive projects completed. Services offered by the Interactive Media group are available to UO faculty members and campus units. For more information, contact Kirstin Hierholzer, CMET’s assistant director, at 541-346-1995, kirstinh@uoregon.edu.