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CSE 698: Publishing in the Digital Age

I’ll be teaching a one-credit online course this summer (beginning June 2016):  CSE 698: Publishing in the Digital Age. This will be a fun class, focusing heavily on all the changes in how information and entertainment is distributed — not just with the printed word, but with music, video, and even comics. While it’s part of the Educational Technology Master’s program here at WOU, you don’t need to be in that program to take it. Here’s the description from the syllabus (which is still being fleshed out):

CSE 698:  Publishing in the Digital Age (1) covers the profound technological changes affecting the world of publishing, not just with the printed word, but in the arenas of music, video, and elsewhere. Before the invention of the Guttenberg Press, publishing as we know it today did not exist, and yet now anyone with an Internet connection can reach a potential audience of millions with the click of a button. Self-publishing ebooks, uploading videos to YouTube, recording music in a garage and uploading songs to iTunes—for today’s creator, the options are nearly unlimited. What does it mean to publish? That Latin root of the word publish means “to make public,” but is it more than that? Is a potential artist or scholar better off today going direct to his or her audience when possible, or is there value in using traditional gatekeepers? What do all of these changes mean for the reader, the listener, and the viewer?  What role can the technologist play in helping creators navigate the confusing array of choices? Through readings, discussion forums, online investigations, and individual projects, this course will attempt to answer such questions. The technology used in direct publishing will also be explored and evaluated.

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Now Hiring – Student Technology Assistant

We have an opening for a Student Technology Assistant here in the Digital Media Center. Gain valuable skills while putting some great experience on your resume for the future. More info below.

*Position ID: 2074
*Position Title: Student Technology Assistant
Organization Name: Digital Media Center
No of Openings: 1
*Work Schedule: Varies; flexible
*Hours per Week: 15-18
*Wage/Salary: 9.50/hour
*Employment Start Date: March 28, 2016
*Position Description: Student Technology Assistants support the activities of the Digital Media Center (HL 219) within Hamersly Library, providing tutoring to the campus community on everything from PowerPoint to digital video, as well as assisting with digital production jobs (duplicating DVDs, digitizing video, etc) for faculty and staff. We don’t do computer maintenance (that’s Computing Services); our primary purpose is to provide training and support, especially with digital production. Many of our student workers have found this job to be an excellent addition to their resumes. As long as you enjoy helping people, you get paid while you add technology skills. For more information about the DMC, see http://www.wou.edu/dmc.
*Qualifications: Some technology experience helpful, especially with Microsoft applications, though customer service and teaching ability is more important initially. Ability and desire to learn new technology, such as digital video and web page creation a must (hopefully with enthusiasm!). We emphasize people skills over technical knowledge, because we feel we can always train assistants to give them the technical skills they need.
*How to Apply: Pick up an application at the Hamersly Library Information Desk, or download a PDF here: http://www.wou.edu/library/student-employment. Deliver your application in person to Scott Carter in HL 220, or email to carters@wou.edu. If unavailable, please drop off at the Hamersly Library Administrative Office (HL 206). Please include a resume and cover letter addressing your relevant experience. Postion will start Spring term and be ongoing.
Online Application Address: www.wou.edu/library/student-employment/

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Digital Production Rooms Now Available for Booking

Want to create a video lecture for an online class? Narrate a PowerPoint presentation? Record a screen capture using Camtasia? The library is pleased to announce the addition of two digital production rooms* available to all students, faculty, and staff.

While these are not high-end facilities, the rooms have been outfitted with acoustic panels, video cameras and microphones, and other equipment and software perfect for the DIY user. And the best part? There’s staff available to help!

To book these rooms (HL 221 & HL 222), contact the library Information Desk at libweb@wou.edu or 503-838-8418. When not scheduled, the rooms are also available for drop-in use; keys are available for checkout from the library circulation desk.

For first time users, we highly recommend getting an orientation to the equipment. Drop me a line and I’d be happy to give you some training. Or you can book your room during the DMC’s tutoring hours to guarantee someone is here to help.

For more information about what’s in each room, and our tutoring hours, check out the Digital Media Center website: http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

* As part of the larger effort to the improve the library to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus, a foundation account with money remaining from the initial building construction was used to fund these changes.

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Digital Media Center – Faculty/Staff Workshops, March 2016

Google Docs? Self-Publishing? WordPress? There are some great one-hour workshops coming up in March for faculty and staff. If interested, please drop me a line to reserve a spot. If you can’t attend these sessions, I’m also happy to set up a time to work with you one-on-one.

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An Introduction to Google Docs and Google Drive

Learn the basics of Google Drive in this one-hour orientation. The workshop covers how to upload, organize, and share files in “the cloud,” as well as tips on using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Plus discover how to work collaboratively (commenting, editing) with these powerful tools.

Location: HL 108
Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Ebooks, Print-on-Demand, and Digital Audiobooks: A Lunch Hour Primer on Independent Publishing for Faculty and Staff

Not long ago, self-publishing was primarily the domain of scam artists and vanity presses, but no more. For many writers — and indeed, for many musicians, artists, and creators of all kinds of content — it’s not only a billion dollar industry, it’s become a viable, and in many cases a preferred method for making work available to an audience. How do you create an ebook? What is print-on-demand (POD)? When is it better to go with a traditional publisher, and what are the tradeoffs? Whether you want to publish a textbook for your students, your grandmother’s memoir for a handful of friends and family, or a novel for a worldwide audience, bring your lunch and learn the answers to these questions and more.

Location: HL 107
Date: Monday, March 7
Time: 12pm-1pm

WordPress Level I: Creating a Personal Website

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to customize a personal WordPress site, how to set a static page or a blog page as your homepage, the basics of posts and pages, how to work with media, password-protected pages, and some best practice suggestions.  What’s a plugin? What’s a widget?  Find out in this hands-on workshop. Though the emphasis is on using the WOU-themed WordPress site hosted on our own servers, we will also discuss the pros and cons of using external web hosts.  Note: A WordPress site is required. Please email me to create one for you ahead of time.

Location: HL 108
Date: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Tutoring Hours Winter 2016

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours Winter 2016

http://www.wou.edu/dmc | HL 219

Winter 2016 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday: 4 pm – 8 pm

The DMC offers drop-in tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments. Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website? Although you may stop by anytime to use the equipment on your own, visit HL 219 during open tutoring hours when we do our best to guarantee that a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

A more detailed list of resources and services available to students, faculty and staff can be found at http://www.wou.edu/dmc

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Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours, Name Change, New Location

Digital Media Center – Tutoring Hours, Name Change, New Location

http://www.wou.edu/dmc

Formerly the Technology Resource Center, we’ve recently been renamed the Digital Media Center and are now located in the northeast corner of Hamersly Library’s second floor (HL 219). Although many improvements are planned for the lab, we already offer an array of specialized equipment for video or audio editing, website creation, media conversion, scanning, and CD/DVD duplication. All the equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open. The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout at the front checkout desk.

Two Digital Production Rooms (HL 221 & 222) are bookable online (http://www.wou.edu/library/rooms/) or by calling the information desk (503-838-8418).

Fall 2015 Tutoring Hours:

Monday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday:  1 pm – 5 pm

The DMC offers drop-in tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on how to create a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website? Although you may be stop by anytime to use the equipment on your own, visit HL 219 during open tutoring hours when we do our best to gaurantee that a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

More information about the DMC, and what we can do to help students, faculty, and staff, can be found at http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

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Have you heard about Lynda.com, the FREE training tool for faculty and staff?

Well, it’s not free exactly. We do pay for it. But Lynda.com, the online training program that offers thousands of high-quality instructional videos on just about every topic you can imagine, will not cost you or your department anything over what the university already pays. Best of all, you can do all the training from your own computer.

The response has been strong enough that we’ve re-upped for another year, and I highly recommend you take advantage of this great resource. Here are just a few of the courses that your colleagues have been taking. You can preview the first few videos without an account, giving you a sense of how it works.

WordPress.com Essential Training
http://www.lynda.com/WordPress-tutorials/What-WordPress/372542/437298-4.html

Moodle Essential Training
http://www.lynda.com/Moodle-tutorials/What-you-should-know-before-watching-course/370012/406837-4.html

Moodle Advanced Techniques
http://www.lynda.com/Moodle-tutorials/Moodle-Advanced-Techniques/370199-2.html

Microsoft Word: Mail Merge in Depth
http://www.lynda.com/Office-tutorials/Word-2013-Mail-Merge-Depth/196580-2.html

Working in the On Demand Economy
http://www.lynda.com/Uber-tutorials/Working-Demand-Economy/417654-2.html

Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-CS4-tutorials/essential-training/714-2.html

Organizational Communication Fundamentals
http://www.lynda.com/Business-Communication-tutorials/Organization-Communication-Fundamentals/370569-2.html

PowerPoint, Camtasia, Excel, Access, InDesign . . . There are thousands of other topics. If you’re interested in taking any of these courses, or others, drop me a line and I’ll get you started. Only five people can use it at once, but you are welcome to reserve a one-week slot for a later time. You will have unlimited access to their entire training library during your week. The modular design makes it easy to focus on just the sections you want to learn.

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September 2015 WordPress Workshops for Faculty and Staff

Need a faculty or staff website? All the cool kids are now using WordPress, a fantastic website management tool that’s easy to learn and powerful to use. You want to be one of the cool kids, don’t you? Of course you do.

Drop me a line and I’ll create a WordPress site for you. Even better, attend one or both of the two WordPress workshops I’ll be offering next week, open to all faculty and staff. If you don’t have a site yet, please RSVP so I can create one for you ahead of time. If you can’t attend these sessions, I’m also happy to set up a time to work with you one-on-one. More info below.

WordPress Level 1
Location: UPCC C130 computer lab
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 1pm-2pm

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to customize a personal WordPress site, how to set a static page or a blog page as your homepage, the basics of posts and pages, how to work with media, password-protected pages, and some best practice suggestions.  What’s a plugin? What’s a widget?  Find out all of this and more in this hands-on workshop. Though the emphasis is on using the WOU-themed WordPress site hosted on our own servers, we will also discuss the pros and cons of using external web hosts.

WordPress Level 2
Location: UPCC C130 computer lab
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 3pm-4pm

Not entirely comfortable with WordPress yet? This is a great chance to review the basics and delve a little deeper.  Some of the topics briefly touched on in the first workshop will be discussed in more detail:  customizing the look of your WordPress site, how to use categories and tags, how to add multiple users, enabling or disabling comments, working with pictures, videos, and other media, and tips on how to give your site a little more visibility on the Internet.  While the level 1 workshop was packed with a lot of info to ensure people could get up to speed quickly, this workshop will allow for more time for practice and questions.

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The Technology Resource Center – Tutoring Hours – Spring 2015

The Technology Resource Center – Tutoring Hours – Spring 2015

Monday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday:  1 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday:  4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday:  1 pm – 5 pm

For Students:

The TRC offers drop-in tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on how to create a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website? Visit HL 124 during open tutoring hours when a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions. Or stop by anytime to use the equipment in the TRC on your own.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff needing technology training may also wish to contact Scott Carter, the library’s instructional technologist. In addition to overseeing the TRC, Scott provides training and expertise on a variety of topics (website creation, digital video, desktop design, etc), as well as collaboration in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, print, ebook, etc.  He’s also available to provide hands-on training sessions for classes with technology-related assignments, and he can provide access to the vast Lynda.com training library (to watch on your own computer) on almost any program.

What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open. For more information, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the library’s front checkout desk.

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WR 450: Writing for Publication (Spring term 2015)

About a year ago, the English department here at Western Oregon University approached me about possibly teaching a course on writing and publishing — steeped in the kind of practical, nuts and bolts knowledge that someone needs to know to write for publication today. I’m pleased to announce that it’s finally come together, and I’ll be teaching the course Spring term of 2015.

WR 450: Writing for Publication meets once a week, Wednesdays from 4:30-7:20, with the hope that we might get a mix of both traditional and nontraditional students.  It’s technically a hybrid class, with three hours face-to-face per week and one hour online.

The course description is below, followed by a brief Q&A about me, the course, and the kinds of students who might benefit.  Spring registration at WOU opens at the end of February.


WR 450:  Writing for Publication (4)

An advanced course on writing and publishing for a commercial audience.  Half the course concentrates on the techniques and skills needed to write  successful popular fiction; the other half concentrates on publishing, with equal emphasis on both traditional and self-publishing options. Topics include: scene and structure, creating compelling characters, developing a unique voice, manuscript submission, literary agents, copyediting, contracts, ebook creation, Print-on-Demand, movie options, and many other areas of interest.  While the primary focus is on short stories and novels, arrangements can be made with the instructor for writers of non-fiction. This is a HYBRID course; students should expect to spend 2-3 hours each week online in addition to the Wednesday night classroom time.

  • Instructor:  Scott Carter
  • Date/Time:  Wednesdays, 4:30-7:20 (with one hour online)
  • Location:  TBD

Q&A

Q: Who should take this course?

A:   People interested in writing for a commercial audience — in other words, writing as a professional endeavor.  What does it mean to write for a commercial audience?  Generally, it means writing for some combination of money, audience, or prestige.  Should you pursue a traditional publisher or self-publish?  Contracts?  Royalties and advances? Literary agents? What are the elements of great fiction, fiction that sells?  There are no prerequisites, but this is a 400 level course, so the expectation is that the student will have done some amount of writing before attending this class.  If unsure, however, email me at carters@wou.edu.

Q:  What are the instructor’s credentials?

A:  You can read about my publishing history on my author website ( www.scottwilliamcarter.com), and a bit about my work at WOU on my university website ( www.wou.edu/wp/carters).

Q:  Will it be taught again next year?

A:  If it goes well, I hope to teach it every year, but there are no guarantees.  If you’re interested, I’d suggest taking it now.

Comments from Scott’s Workshops

“Scott William Carter takes a conversational approach to his workshops that engages listeners and facilitates an open discussion in the world of writing and publishing. It was evident in his presentation that he was knowledgeable about the publishing industry and he was able to present the information in a way that was easy to understand. After having him speak at the Willamette Writers Salem Chapter, we had several attendees say he was the best presenter that we’ve ever had and we would definitely like to have him back again in the future.” — Heather Cuthbertson, Willamette Writers

“Scott has the rare ability to make learning anything about computers and programming and the new world of book publishing seem easy. He can get across the toughest topics with ease in an understandable way. I wouldn’t be making the money I am, or publishing so many of my books electronically, without Scott’s expert leadership. You can’t go wrong with Scott helping you.”  Dean Wesley Smith, USA Today Bestselling Author, Oregon Coast Professional Fiction Writers Workshops

“It was this class that enabled me to start my own press…Scott translates geek like no one else I’ve ever met and be doing so changed every aspect of my writing and business life. Thanks, Scott!” – Cindie Geddes, Lucky Bat Books

“Scott’s a terrific writer, he knows how to operate a writing business, and he is one of the most tech savvy people around. Not to mention that he’s a really nice guy, eager to offer his knowledge to one and all.”  —Mario Milosevic, author of The Last Giant

“He talked a lot about the changes in the publishing industry, writers taking control of their own careers, and the options available for writers. It was well thought out but not stiff, serious but light, and just all in all well done.” T.I. Cooper

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