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  • Game, Set…Learn?

    What do classrooms and workplaces today now have in common? Gamification. While the lure of games has been around forever, its use as a tool of engagement only began to gain traction seven years ago. Since then, it has transformed into a buzzword for the classrooms and workplaces of the future. But how much do we really…

  • The International Reel

    The Oscars are upon us—the culmination of the glitzy awards season that ultimately crowns the best films of the year. Among the various contenders, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects one film that is produced abroad to win Best Foreign Language Film. With notable films such as La Strada, 8½, and Life is Beautiful, Italy has fared well in this…

  • Another Resolution? Learning a Language in the New Year!

    Hello, blog readers! I am an international graduate student at the School of Communication. Through writing for the MMLC, I get to explore the different shades of digital humanities and language learning. Learning something new is always at the top of my list—and if you know me, you know my love for checklists, bucket lists,…

  • Voice Over Recording Suites for Productivity and Creativity

    Academia often upholds its roots in paper and pen with more traditional forms of scholarship. Yet, to prepare students for the working world beyond college might mean to further embrace video and media, not only as something to be consumed, but as something to be produced. In moments of reflection, I find myself pondering the possibility…

  • MMLC’s New Student Employees

    The MMLC’s student employees currently occupy positions from lab aide to developer. Some have a knowledge of the equipment and how it runs, while others use their knowledge of coding to develop projects going on within the MMLC. Cecile-Anne Sison, who hires most of the MMLC student employees, explains how the center integrates this youth…

  • MMLC Welcomes Visitors to Open House

    With the start of a new year comes the advent of new technology, or in the case of the MMLC, new facilities. The MMLC recently held an open house, debuting its range of technology and new collaborative spaces. With nearly 100 people in attendance, the MMLC staff welcomed faculty from varying departments, some MMLC student…

  • Excitement About our Move

    As the Spring 2016 term closes, we celebrate another great year of creative and scholarly pursuits by our team, the faculty who call upon us, and, most of all, the students whose classes and projects often take shape in our labs and studios. But we also look forward to what’s coming in our new home in Kresge Hall this fall.

  • Spring into Workshop Fun!

    The MMLC is partnering with Northwestern Information Technology to offer an impressive set of workshops this Spring. Whether you might want to learn more about iMovie, more about how you can improve the accessibility of course PDFs, or how you can take better advantage of the features in Word and PowerPoint to create more effective instructional materials, let’s exercise our thinking muscles!

New Name. Same Mission.

This spring the Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC) is changing its name to the Media and Design Studio. Our collaborative projects and services will continue without interruption, and our mission will not change. We will continue to put tools, resources and technological expertise in the hands of faculty and students, just as we have for the last 47 years.

So why the new name?

Mainly because times change, and so do the meanings of words.

Back in 1993, when we changed our name (formerly the Language Laboratories) to the Multi-Media Learning Center, we needed a hyphen to denote the novelty of images and sounds on a computer. That novelty has, of course, become the norm. Multimedia dropped the hyphen, and so did we. In recent years the word has further collapsed into media, signifying content—be it data, text, image, sound, or social. Our new name accounts for that shift.

We also dropped “Learning Center” from our shingle. In this age of blended learning and interdisciplinary scholarship, we think the Studio designation better articulates our small-batch approach. We’re always piloting new technologies here, or designing them ourselves. Design. That’s in the name, too. We intend to express that word in multiple ways, as software design, instructional design, and visual design.

The Media and Design Studio. For many of us here, internally, the new name took some getting used to. Much in the way a new dwelling requires time and memory before it begins to feel, truly, like a home, we invite you to join us in making this name ours.