Although I am a professor – I am a student. I will always be a student – and no, it’s not because technology changes daily, requiring me to continually learn new concepts, tools, and processes. I will always be a student because it’s exciting to learn – learning is what makes life so interesting.
That being said, a reflection I constantly have, and also notice my students having concerns the challenge of being a multimedia professor and tech ed student. Consider all that is expected of a multimedia professor and or tech ed student. He or she must be learned and be able to use (and teach) graphic design, both digital and print (think tools and processes of design, printing, principles, color and layout theory, technical concepts, etc.), photography (composition, framing, art and technical components, etc.), videography (composition, principles, theory, best practices, screen writing, score, lighting, tools, applications, etc.), programming (web development, app development, HCI – interface design, usability, accessibility, game programming, historical perspective, future perspective, tools, applications, various languages, etc.), 3D modeling and animation (tools, applications, control, dynamic interactions, movement, etc.), innovation (this area bridges all domains of tech ed. – but as it’s essential to MM, it’s something that I constantly preach and teach), emerging digital communication technologies (web 2.0, web 3.0, hardware, software, networking GPS, whitespace, memory, storage, cellular tech., security, etc.) —- then couple all of this with having the need to know and be able to use (this is mostly for our students) plastics, metals, robotics, applied physics, furniture design, jigs fixtures, sustainable structures and fuels, problem solving, creativity, etc., etc.
In considering the list – one should feel overwhelmed, appreciative, excited, and blessed. I love being able to have such a diverse background, it makes my position so interesting – I only hope the students we teach here also feel the same way.