The August Workshop

By Brad Berkner, Coordinator of Interactive Media Projects

Standing above a majestic waterfall, it is difficult to fathom the volume of water crashing into the cold, swirling pools below.

Now try and imagine yourself at the bottom. This is the sensation of incoming iMedia students. The month of August was a waterfall of information for the iMedia Class of 2012. After three weeks of intensive studies, in anything from video, photography, Flash, XHTML, CSS to Final Cut Pro… they are just beginning to comprehend the depths of the iMedia program and what lies ahead.

Annie Taylor: first person to survive a trip over the Niagara Falls

Annie Taylor (October 24, 1838 – April 29, 1921) was an American adventurer who became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901.

I worked closely with Prof. Sang Nam and Prof. Phillip Motley in creating this robust workshop for incoming iMedia students. My portion of the workshop included Web Standards, XHTML, CSS and a general overview of what it takes to be a Master of Interactive Media. There is a jumping off point that may actually resemble being spit over a cliff in a barrel but it isn’t long before students are fully immersed. Immersive might be the best word to describe the August Workshop. Students foster extremely close friendships with technology (and each other), rigorously problem solve and work as teams to produce assignments.

Information in this field is like a waterfall. The rapids are swift and streaming tools like Twitter continually float on desktops. The best students learn to navigate these waters by leveraging the language of interactive media. They divert information into manageable pools where they can access it to create valuable experiences.

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