Events Archive: 2020-21

Wednesdays in the Workshop (on the Web!)


The Workshop hosts virtual hands-on demonstrations of tools and software available at home to help you be productive and creative on academic and personal projects.

Sessions take place Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at

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Sessions take place Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at


Sept. 9, 2020
Collaborative Multimedia Tools

Oscar Keyes, The Workshop
Facilitating peer-to-peer interaction and managing group projects across a distance can be difficult for a number of factors. However, there are many programs, websites and applications that can help make this process more engaging for instructors and students alike. This workshop covers a breadth of collaborative tools, ranging from doodling together on Google Jamboard to creating virtual worlds with PlayCanvas in real-time editing.

Sept. 16, 2020
Optimizing Your Smartphones for Audio/Video

Oscar Keyes, The Workshop
This workshop covers basic and advanced techniques for using your smartphone for quality audio and video recordings. From hidden built-in options to additional applications that can be installed for manual controls, this session will help you feel more confident and comfortable using your smartphone as a recording device.

Sept. 23, 2020
Video Captioning (Zoom, Kaltura and YouTube)

Oscar Keyes, The Workshop (in collaboration with Student Accessibility and Education Opportunity)
As universities respond to accessibility issues in teaching, adding captions to instructional videos and online courses is a priority. This workshop covers the basics of planning, creating, captioning and uploading video content that serves hearing-impaired users. The principles of Universal Design for Learning will be discussed. VCU requires captioning of any video (lectures and scholarly presentations) published on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or any other publicly available platform.

Sept. 30, 2020 (Note: The originally scheduled program, "Intro to Instagram Filters with Spark AR," was cancelled.)
Exploring Adobe Spark
Kirsten Nagel, Senior Customer Success Manager, Strategic Accounts
Join us for a special session on Adobe Spark, the integrated web and mobile solution that enables everyone, especially teachers and their students, to easily create and share impactful visual stories. This simple tool can be used to create stunning graphics, web pages, presentations and short videos.

Interested in exploring another Adobe tool this week?
Tuesday, Sept. 29
1-2:15 p.m.
Video Editing for Everyone

Jonathan Carrera, Strategic Relations Manager, Adobe Creative Cloud
Start creating awesome content with Adobe Premiere Rush, the all-new app for shooting, editing and sharing videos. Rush is easy to use, works across both desktop and mobile devices and will transform the way you create content. In this webinar, you'll learn how to use Rush's simple yet powerful tools for color, audio, motion graphics and more to create pro-quality video. The sessions features a demonstration of the toolset, a comprehensive overview of the workflow and an open Q&A.

Oct. 7, 2020
Build Community through Online Music Making

Erin Freeman, VCU Department of Music
Music brings people together, but how can we make music when we’re far apart? As musicians have adjusted to new COVID safety protocols, there remain many challenges for recording and performing together. This workshop covers basic workflows for structuring collaborative music-making sessions and projects. These techniques will demystify and break down some of these barriers for music production during COVID and create new pathways for community-building.

Oct. 14, 2020
Visual Communications in the Sciences

Eric Johnson, The Workshop
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, the ability to represent ideas graphically—through images, charts, infographics, animation and graphic design—is a crucial tool in the scientist’s toolbox. Come learn about these different approaches and how to decide when it's best to use each in presenting your research. This interactive workshop covers the basics of design as they most apply to the sciences.

Oct. 21, 2020
Remote Podcasting

Kelsey Sheaffer, Director of the Adobe Digital Studio at Clemson University
While nothing can replace the energy of two co-hosts in a room together, there are powerful possibilities for remote podcasting. This workshop covers workflows and strategies for conducting, recording and editing podcasts created over the internet. This session will provide overviews of SoundTrap and CleanFeed, web-based tools that can be used for live interviews, and share tips for cleaning and restoring audio recorded over Zoom or other video-conferencing software.

Oct. 28, 2020
Premiere Pro Team Projects and Remote Video Editing Workflows (in collaboration with VCU da Vinci Center)

Gain a deeper and more advanced understanding of the creative tool used by Hollywood filmmakers, TV editors and anyone with a story to tell. Adobe's video expert Jonathan Carrera presents Premiere Pro's newest and greatest features, workflows and automated tools powered by Adobe Sensei that speed up time-consuming tasks so you can focus on your story.

Nov. 4, 2020
Creating Virtual Worlds with PlayCanvas

Luke Meeken, Penn State University
Virtual Worlds is a teaching resource focusing on experiencing, making and sharing virtual places using a 3D real-time gaming engine. There are versions of this curriculum designed for both PlayCanvas and Unity. This content is applicable to K12 and higher education as well as useful for both in-person and remote instruction. This workshop includes an overview of the resource, student examples and an activity covering the basics of PlayCanvas.

Nov. 11, 2020
Creating Interactive Games/Stories with Twine

Rose Szabo, Writer
Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. This workshop covers the various applications of this tool, demonstrating its use for creative and research purposes. This session includes a brief introduction, relevant examples and time for explorations and play.

Nov. 18, 2020
Collaborative Poetry with Google Docs

Oscar Keyes, The Workshop & Gregory Kimbrell, Writer
Poetry has long been used as a tool of self-expression. As this historic semester comes to an end, Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian Oscar Keyes and poet/event specialist Gregory Kimbrell lead a collaborative poetry activity using Google Docs that makes a great starter for meaningful conversations. No poetry expertise required.

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