Digital Curriculum Center (DCC)

The Digital Curriculum Center (DCC) provides faculty with a rich array of resources and support for the creation of digital assets (PDF, graphics, audio and video) for the purpose of direct curriculum support. We have both the equipment and personnel to help create a variety of projects.

The DCC is connected to Internet2, and supports Internet2 activities such as videoconferencing, live and pre-recorded high-quality video transmission and reception, and high-bandwidth data transfers.

The DCC staff, along with the rest of the Instructional Technology Team, also supports the evaluation and use of podcasting, screencasting, wikis, blogs and other emerging user-driven Web 2.0 technologies, to supplement Moodle, our course management system.

The DCC, located in Blaustein 108, was created with a grant from the Keel Foundation. The DCC is generally open from 9 am through 5 pm, Monday through Friday. If you need to use the center at a specific time, or need assistance with your project, email or call Mike Dreimiller or stop in to ensure someone is available.

The following resources are available:

Graphics computers feature slide scanners, flatbed scanners, scanners with document feeders, a large ledger-size flatbed scanner, and CD and DVD burners. Software installed on these computers includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, OmniPage, Director, Flash, Dreamweaver and Camtasia.

Equipment for audio and video recording includes digital still cameras, digital video cameras, Digital Audio Tape (DAT) recorders, cassette tape recorders, iPods with microphones, and flash memory audio recorders. In addition, a variety of wired and wireless microphones, mixers, headphones, tripods and lights are available.

A variety of computer-based audio and video editing equipment is available. The audio rack includes a turntable, DAT, cassette recorder, CD player and Audio-CD recorder. Material from any of these sources can be digitized through the DIGI002 interface, edited using ProTools, and then compressed for web delivery or recorded to CD.

The video rack includes playback and recording devices for a variety of analog and digital formats, including VHS/S-VHS and PAL/SECAM videotapes, laserdiscs, miniDV/DVCAM, and DVDs. Video from these sources can be electronically enhanced before being routed to two editing computers where the video can be digitized and edited using iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. The video can then be compressed to QuickTime, MPEG2 or MPEG4 for campus delivery from our video servers, recorded back to videotape, or made into DVDs using iDVD or DVD Studio Pro.

To support Internet2 (I2) activities, the DCC is equipped with a videoconferencing unit, live video encoding and transmission equipment (including High Definition), an Access Grid node, and enough bandwidth to simultaneously transmit and receive two DVD-quality video streams. I2 activities can now be supported in some classrooms in Blaustein, please ask for details.

WEB 2.0
The Instructional Technology Team provides advice on and supports the use of Web 2.0 technologies, such as podcasting, screencasting, wikis, blogs, YouTube and other user-centered emerging technologies. Please contact Mike Dreimiller if you would like to explore these new content management environments.

Instruction and support on the use of the equipment and technology in the DCC is provided as needed throughout production. Faculty, academic departments, or student employees working for faculty can be trained and supported in the use of the DCC facilities.

A student assistant is employed part-time in the DCC and may be available to work on digitization projects.

All DCC computers are automatically backed up nightly, and completed projects are archived for future use to a 7 terabyte RAID5 system off-site.