Steve Jobs said it in 2010 when he introduced the iPad: “Technology alone is not enough. … It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
That’s the aim of the new Keck Media Lab that opened in Sichel Hall in November. Funded by a $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the lab is the first phase of a larger remodel planned for Sichel that will eventually offer a fully integrated Digital Learning Center.
The lab will be a hub for the development of new courses across campus, providing technology training for faculty; support for student and alumni projects; a resource for the Saint Mary’s radio station, KSMC, and the College’s TV station, Gael Vision; and a training ground for technical courses in computer networking and mobile application development.
The Keck grant will also fund a new cross-disciplinary minor in Digital Culture housed within the School of Liberal Arts, with classes in communication, art, math, computer science and anthropology. The aim is to discover the best ways to integrate digital teaching and learning into the new core curriculum. Communication Professor Ed Tywoniak, who helped to secure the grant, said the new minor will “combine the best of our liberal arts heritage within a framework of the contemporary digital age.”