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Today is the final day of a three-day workshop being presented by the Center for Educational Technology on multimedia narrative at Skillman Library.

“Multimedia narrative — also known as digital storytelling — is the use of digital media to make an argument or tell a story,” explains Pat Facciponti, instructional technologist at Lafayette. “It incorporates the use of recorded voice, still images, video, and visual effects to build a short video that can teach a lesson, illustrate literature, describe a process, recall historical or family events, or accomplish a variety of other communications purposes. The technique is easy to learn, and many excellent examples of multimedia narrative are elegantly simple.”

Held in Skillman Library’s laboratories and classrooms, this week’s workshop is the same popular session taught at the CET’s center in Middlebury, Vt., she says. Instructors are CET’s co-director, Bryan Alexander, and its technical instructor and support specialist, Bret Olsen. They are being assisted by Lafayette’s instructional technology staff.

“The multimedia narrative workshop is designed to provide faculty, librarians, and technologists with a set of tools that will enable them to create pedagogical materials and teach their students to communicate effectively through multimedia projects,” says Facciponti. “The workshop builds technical skills and a theoretical understanding of the various media used in developing effective multimedia and video-based narratives. Participants will acquire basic mastery of simple tools for scanning and manipulating still images and for editing digital video.”

The workshop is free for faculty and technologists from Lafayette and other Mid-Atlantic and New England (MANE) colleges. Lafayette is one of 37 liberal arts colleges that comprise the MANE region of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Arts Education, for which the CET presents workshops and programs. Lafayette technologists and faculty “have benefited considerably” from CET’s programs and resources, notes Facciponti. Library staff and several faculty in the department of foreign languages and literature have taken part in numerous workshops there. For more information on CET, visit its web site.

For more information, contact Facciponti at x5632 or faccipop.

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