ATO selects faculty for participation in 2020-2021 Digital Literacy Course Enhancement Grant Program
Montana State University Academic Technology and Outreach (ATO) is pleased to announce that 10 faculty members have been selected to participate in the Adobe Digital Literacy Course Enhancement Grant Program for the 2020-21 academic year. This program is a collaboration between ATO and MSU University Information Technology.
Through the grant program, each selected faculty member will receive $2,500 to revise or create a course assignment that uses Adobe Creative Cloud tools during the 2020-2021 academic year. This grant program is part of the MSU/Adobe partnership that licensed all students with Adobe Creative Cloud software.
The following projects were selected from a strong pool of applications in recognition of their combination of creativity and learning outcomes for enhancing digital literacy at MSU:
Lisa Brown, program director, Small Business Administration, Gallatin College: Brown’s project “Meet a Bookkeeper” will revise her course “ACTG 101: Accounting Procedures” to include a video assignment where students interview a bookkeeper to learn more about this career choice. Students will use Adobe Rush, a powerful video tool, to capture the interviews and share them with a larger audience.
Holly Grether, instructor, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Letters and Science: Grether will modify her course “RLST 202D: Hindu Traditions” by providing students with the opportunity to engage non-text data such as images, rituals, architecture and art. Students will use Adobe Spark to research and produce a website designed to inform others about the various gods and goddesses of India.
Heather Hardester, instructor, Liberal Studies Online Degree Completion Program, College of Letters and Science: Hardester’s project “Interactive Visual Analyses of Film and Photography” will revise her image-focused course “LS451: Film, Photo and Culture” to incorporate assignments that use images in more dynamic ways. Specifically, students’ final film discussion board will be replaced with an “Anatomy of a Scene” video assignment. Students will also use a variety of Adobe tools to transform their photography portfolio into a story.
Andrew Hough, assistant professor of statistics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Letters and Science: Hough’s project “Data Storytelling in a Digital World” will revise his course “STAT 408: Statistical Computing and Graphical Analysis.” An assignment will be added for students to use Adobe Spark and/or Adobe Rush to create a data storytelling video.
Sarah Maki, associate dean, Gallatin College: Maki submitted a proposal for a project entitled “Adobe Creative Cloud Software Course Development” to develop a new Gallatin College course, “MART 191: Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud.” The course will be an entry-level course on Adobe Creative Cloud and is intended for first year students at Gallatin College and MSU.
Michelle Miley, director, MSU Writing Center and associate professor, Department of English, College of Letters and Science: Miley’s project “Integrating Writing and Digital Literacy Across MSU” will provide an intensive, 15-week Digital Literacy Inquiry group for six Writing Center tutors in Fall 2020. The project goal is exploring the various Adobe Creative Cloud products available to MSU students and faculty to better support both the creation and the execution of multimodal writing assignments across MSU.
Jean Arthur-Sellegren, teaching professor, Department of English, College of Letters and Science: Arthur-Sellegren will revise her course “WRIT 373: News and Public Relations Writing” to add an assignment for students to use Adobe Audition to create podcasts. This will include writing scripts, completing the recordings, editing the recorded material, including interviews and/or background sounds, and finalizing both the podcast and the script.
Beth Shirley, assistant professor, Department of English, College of Letters and Science: Shirley’s project “Multimodal Portfolios Using Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro” will revise her course “WRIT 221: Intermediate Technical Writing” so that digital literacy is a course outcome. This will be accomplished by using InDesign and Acrobat Pro for assignments, presentations and final portfolios. Shirley will assess final student projects for content and the effective use of Adobe software.
Eric Sproles, assistant professor, Department of Earth Sciences, College of Letters and Science: Sproles proposed a project to revise the course “GPHY 384: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis” to improve students’ ability to distill complex geospatial analyses by evaluating, utilizing, sharing and creating information-driven content. Students will use ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud, an extension for Adobe Illustrator, to create spatially enabled maps and infographics.
Molly Todd, associate professor, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Letters and Science: Todd’s proposal is entitled “Implementing Improved Guidance Strategies for Digital Literacy Assignments in the History Classroom.” The project would enhance the course “HSTR 130D: Latin American History,” as well as the Public History Lab Internship. Todd plans to do training and pedagogical research to design and implement a scaffolded approach to digital literacy assignments in her courses.
“We look forward to working with these faculty members as they implement their exciting projects and help carry the University’s digital literacy initiatives forward,” said Tess Meacham, eLearning Support Manager at ATO.
This is the second year for the Adobe Digital Literacy Course Enhancement Grant Program. Ten grants were awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year.
For more information about the Adobe Digital Literacy Course Enhancement Grant Program, please contact Tess Meacham, eLearning Support Manager, Academic Technology and Outreach, [email protected], 406-994-6635.