The Faculty Multimedia Center (FMC) reopened after a comprehensive renovation that improved technology and facilities to better support UCF faculty. Located in Room 202 of the Class I Building, FMC offers a wide variety of tools, services, and training to help faculty and staff create content for online and blended-mode courses, as well as other digital applications.
“The new technology that we can offer faculty members will continue to help them innovate in the classroom,” says Jana Jasinski, Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence. “This is a great opportunity for us to help our students excel and learn in new ways”
Major upgrades include new lightboard recording studios, an augmented and virtual reality studio, an audio and video editing booth with Wacom annotation monitors, and a podcast recording studio. Additionally, the center now offers 3D printing, as well as Oculus and Valve virtual reality systems and 360-degree cameras that can be borrowed to create and deliver course content. Collaboration spaces are also improved to be more comfortable and suitable for video conferences and interactive workshops.
“The technology and upgrades to the faculty’s media center facilities represent a significant step forward in UCF Digital Learning’s support of innovation and faculty teaching practices,” said the vice provost. to digital learning. Tom Cavanagh. “We’re confident our faculty partners will use these industry-leading tools to create even more effective content to fuel our students’ success.”
FMC’s light boards are one of its most popular tools, and the center now offers three private recording studios. The devices translate the classroom experience of writing on a whiteboard into video with a transparent board that allows users to explain the material in a unique way.
For Christine Hanlon, a senior lecturer at the Nicholson School of Communication and Media, learning how to make lightboard videos has improved the way she teaches.
“The FMC has a winning combination of cutting-edge technical tools and an experienced staff that can help faculty members learn how to develop engaging course content,” she says. “They are constantly updating their tools and technologies, so I always learn something new when I stop by the FMC.”
The FMC is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for all UCF faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants. Individual training, group workshops and head photography services are offered regularly and are available through the centre’s online booking system. For more information, visit the Faculty Multimedia Center website or call 407-823-0519.