Open Media Lab
- Professor Smith, SUNY College at Old Westbury
Open Media Lab will expand multimedia production teaching and learning through the creation of an online multimedia production lab. The Lab will be a public website on SUNY Commons and will consist of a series of open educational resources in the form of video and text tutorials. To support replication, these flexible modules will be easy to embed in any LMS. Tutorials will cover the basics of audio recording, moving and still image capture, editing and distribution. This project will expand access to the tools of creative, multimedia production, making it possible for any student, in any location with a smart phone, PC and Internet access to create videos, podcasts and interactive multimedia projects. This access will allow educators, across the disciplines, to expand the number of students exposed to the skills and norms of production thereby closing the digital divide and the participation gap while expanding digital literacy.
The Open Media Lab website offers 20 multimedia production tutorials that outline strategies for producing high-quality media with mobile or professional equipment and provide step by step instructions for producing and distributing with free multimedia production software. Created with both educators and students in mind, the OML makes multimedia authorship accessible for those working with basic resources.