Digital Convergence Lab at Northern Illinois UniversityPresentation by: Aline Click, Drew Vandecreek, Mike Taylor, Eric Russell Ros Adulseranee, Jason Underwood, and Scott Fleming
Digital Convergence LabInterdisciplinary Partnership • University Libraries • Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technology ServicesThe Digital Convergence Lab bringsexciting new opportunities tostudents, faculty, staff, and members ofthe community. We are dedicated toexploration and innovation of convergingtechnologies. Within a supportiveenvironment, students can experimentwith technology to discover solutions toreal world issues.
Primary Goals • Community Outreach • Experiential Learning • Shared Research and Development
DCL Staff Background Educational Technology Media Specialists 2D and 3D Artist Software Engineers Faculty Coaches/Fellowships Graduate Assistants Undergrad student workers
Community Outreach Attract members from the surrounding community to the Digital Convergence Lab and the NIU campus by hosting community workshops, and special interest camps.
Video Games CampProvide an environment thatengages middle and highschool kids of all backgroundsand skill levels to theconcepts and practice ofmedia design anddevelopment, fundamentalconcepts of logic andprogramming, and provide anoutlet for creativity.
Experiential Learning ProjectsCreate a media and technology-focused experiential learningprogram that expands opportunities for NIU students toparticipate in multi-disciplinary team that involvesexploration and use of digital technologies to design anddevelop real projects with real clients.Client: Barbara Peters
Students Needed!Teen Read - Student team will build a 3Dgame-simulation based on the book Ashfallby Mike Mullin for a virtual book club aimedat high school students.Environmental Safety - We need a studentteam to help build interactive learningmodules based on safety in the science lab.These modules need to be interactive andfun.Student Services Mobile App - This studentteam will develop a mobile app to help NIUstudents find answers about NIU.
Shared Research and DevelopmentThe Digital Convergence Labwill research and produceinnovative applications andproducts, using newmedia, convergingtechnologies, and throughcollaboration withfaculty, staff, and students.