New Media Lab Experience inspired by English Course

Mesa Community College English Course Inspires Creation of the New Media Lab Experience
Adobe Systems Inc. Contributes

New Media Lab ExperienceMESA, Ariz. – Sept. 12, 2017 – Mesa Community College (MCC) is creating the New Media Lab Experience (NMLE), a collaborative, interdisciplinary resource for students, enhanced with software contributed by Adobe Systems Inc.

The NMLE, located at MCC’s Southern and Dobson campus, will modernize the presentation of scholarly material. Students using the Lab’s multimedia technologies and contemporary filmmaking tools to present their research will also attain working knowledge and experience, which translates to new media skills in demand by journalism, business, marketing, public relations, video production and emerging industries.

“We know the 21st century talent pool needs to be digitally literate and fluent,” said MCC Interim President Sasan Poureetezadi. “We are grateful for Adobe’s support of the NMLE, allowing more students to creatively incorporate the use of technology in their learning experience at MCC. The use of new media across curriculum will bolster educational experiences for students and broaden their scope of career possibilities.”

The NMLE was inspired by an English course that was designed and taught by Eddie Webb, an English faculty member and American Indian scholar at MCC. Webb began developing an Adobe-based curriculum for the lab five years ago after receiving a Tribal grant. Webb and his students have conducted research and produced several documentaries on indigenous identity, language revitalization and tribal sovereignty. Webb’s initial concept was featured on PBS “Arizona Horizon” in 2014.

New Media Lab ExperienceAdobe‘s interest was triggered by Webb’s pilot project and the impactful ways its platform is used to hone students’ skills, cultural competencies and civic engagement, while restoring a cultural tradition.

“We are inspired by Webb’s use of our platform to engage American Indian students in the research and presentation of current social issues -- changing the world through digital experiences,” said Karen McCavitt, Group Manager, Worldwide Marketing for Education Enterprise at Adobe. “MCC was one of 25 forward-thinking colleges that participated in a pilot with us in 2012. We look forward to witnessing how students engage our technology to enhance their education and workforce marketability.”

Workshops, demonstrating how the NMLE supports interdisciplinary curriculum and programs to expand students’ skill sets, will be presented during the fall semester.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, September 11, 2017