In a unique classroom in Garaventa Hall, students are learning how to use the most up-to-date digital computer technology in the context of Saint Mary’s traditional liberal arts curriculum.
During the past summer, Garaventa 250 was transformed through the installation of new computers and software, says Richard Edwards, assistant professor of communication.
“We upgraded the classroom to hold 20 new Macintosh G5 iMacs,” Edwards says, “and the school made a huge investment in software, including the latest motion-graphics and Web-authoring programs. With all of those upgrades, there are now no limits to the types and styles of projects that my students can author.”
Students now can pursue professional-level work in digital photography, film and video production, audio production, Web design, and digital animation, he adds.
Edwards believes that the new digital technology must also serve the College’s trademark educational purposes. The students in his integrated media classes, for example, are working on making five-minute documentaries about the core traditions of the College.
“Digital literacy is not more important than the great books tradition, or the other classes,” Edwards explains, “but it’s one more set of concepts and skills that are increasingly looked for in everyday life, in business and in media industries.”