Upcoming events

In our Winter and Spring 2020 programming for faculty and graduate students, we’re offering different themes of workshops:
  • discovering the power of digital storytelling
  • making courses more accessible
  • transcribing audio and video as part of digital humanities research

Digital Storytelling

Scholarly production has taken many new forms in recent decades. Students and faculty alike have embraced outputs such as podcasts, videos, websites, and games to reimagine the scholastic essay. To boost awareness of and proficiency with these forms, the Media and Design Studio is launching a series of workshops and salon events on the topic of Digital Storytelling beginning at the end of Winter Quarter and continuing throughout Spring Quarter.

World.Wine.Web.: Breaking Through “One Dark Wall” — (POSTPONED!)

  • Friday, March 13 (Kresge 2415, Kresge 2510) POSTPONED

To inaugurate an upcoming programming theme on the subject of digital storytelling, The MAD Studio invites Francesca to screen her most recent work, share more about the role of video essays in the cultural classroom, and to lead a discussion about how we can better scaffold digital storytelling projects for students and professors alike.

Following recommendations from the Office of the President concerning larger, non-essential gatherings, the event, originally scheduled for Friday, March 13, has been postponed until further notice.

Workshop: Digital Storytelling – Audio Stories & Podcasts

How do audio stories differ from their printed text counterparts? Do podcasts have a set recipe or style guide? Together we will dive into the sonic landscape of storytelling, learn more about formats, genres, and styles, and how these can be critiqued.

Workshop: Digital Storytelling – Video Essay

With a new generation of accessible software starting with iMovie, videos have taken an increased place in all levels of creative and scholarly expression. In this workshop we explore more about the formats, learn more about what it takes to create them, and offer frameworks for critical evaluation.

Workshop: Digital Storytelling – Maps

Maps and Tagged Images are frequently used to convey a story’s relationship to geography or geometry. Authors have the ability not only to craft narrative that can spatially connect lines, but also gives readers a way to read in-between those lines.

Workshop: Digital Storytelling – Nonlinear Narratives & Games

Web pages may be one of the most well-known executions of hypertext, but the art of creating and critiquing hyperlinked linked narrative is often much less understood. Through a critical and creative lens, we will investigate platforms for authoring and curating non-linear stories, including simple games.


Workshop: Accommodating Common Accommodations
In this first session of a series on accessibility, we cover some of the most common affordances requested of Northwestern faculty (extra time, extended due dates, note-taking, and redundant learning materials. With these considerations in mind, we show you how to use and customize Canvas to address these specific needs.

(offered in conjunction with Northwestern IT Teaching and Learning Technologies)

Workshop: Making Course Content Accessible (Word and PDF docs)

This workshop dives deeper into the some of the most frequently distributed types of course documents Microsoft Word files, PDFs, and electronic course packets. We demonstrate the steps necessary to improve the accessibility of these materials so that they are searchable, navigable, and have improved compatibility with screen readers.

(offered in conjunction with Northwestern IT Teaching and Learning Technologies)

Workshop: Making Powerpoint Accessible

PowerPoint presentations are often at the heart of many lectures and talks. In this workshop we share and model various ways of making PowerPoint presentations that are both compelling and accessible across a variety of learner types, including those with reduced vision, dyslexia or specific learning needs.

(offered in conjunction with Northwestern IT Teaching and Learning Technologies)

Digital Humanities Research

Workshop: Audio and Video Interviewing and Transcribing

When conducting Humanities research in the field, interview recordings are no longer piles of notes in legal pads, but actual recordings. Once transcribed, these recordings open up many opportunities – searchable data and publication in media archives among them. In this workshop, you will learn tips to record distribution-quality audio and video of interviews, interviewing techniques, and the tools available to aid in transcribing these interviews.