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ACU to present at New Media Consortium online conference

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March 9, 2004

Abilene Christian University has been asked to present at the New Media Consortium’s Spring Online Conference.  The conference focuses on three tracks:  Digital Rights Management/ Creative Commons Licensing; Learning Applications for Blogs & RSS; and Focus on Excellence - Innovative Ideas & Applications.  The sessions are delivered entirely through the Internet.

ACU participants include Doug Darby, multimedia coordinator for the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and Dr. Gary Tucker, director of instructional and faculty development.

Darby will present a session called "The Immersive Literature Initiative." The Immersive Literature Initiative, which uses the Aurora game engine developed by BioWare, is a tool to encourage students to better understand the text they are studying. The session provides an overview of the project, which is being developed by the CTE as part of the FIRST (Faculty Instruction and Research with Students and Technology) program. 

 "This project is an incredible undertaking," explains Darby, who is overseeing the program development.  "Creating a game is much more difficult than most people realize, and the added complexity of creating an interpretive storyline with multiple endings that are original, but true to the text that it’s based on, is a real challenge" 

The opportunity to present at the NMC Spring Online Conference will be an excellent forum for previewing the ILI and will help demonstrate ACU’s continued leadership as an innovator in education, Darby said.

The conference is hosted by the New Media Consortium, a consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, and museums dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. NMC member institutions are found in almost every state in the US, across Canada, and in Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Among the membership are many of the most highly regarded institutions in North America, as well as the country''s leading state research universities, the nation's most outstanding community colleges, and a growing list of innovative museums.

The consortium serves as a catalyst for the development of new applications of technology to support learning and creative expression.  It sponsors programs and activities, such as the online conferences, to stimulate innovation, encourage collaboration, and recognize excellence among its member institutions.


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