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Digital Production Resource Center (DPRC)

The Digital Production Resource Center (DPRC) is the production/content development facility where Student Technology Assistants (STA) work on faculty projects. The Digital Production Resource Center is a robust and comprehensive production center designed to meet the need for creation of digital instructional materials for the classroom. The facility allows educators and researchers to produce professional quality digital materials that can be made available to students through a variety of media and web-based teaching tools.

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About the

Digital Production Resource Center

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DPRC Supervisor: Roy Bergstrom

The Digital Production Research Center (DPRC) has two components. The stationary facility, located on URI’s Kingston campus, contains three high-end computer workstations that serve as the core of the professional digital production suites. The mobile unit goes well beyond the URI campus by allowing faculty, researchers, and their student assistants the ability to collect, review, edit, archive, transmit, and receive data while working in the field. It includes a high-end computer laptop that serves as a state of the art, broadcast quality, digital video editing and production suite.

Both the stationary and the mobile units contain digital video cameras, lighting kits, audio recording/mixing, 3D animation, Flash animation, and web site design capability.

The DPRC is a secured facility. Authorized clientele have 24/7 access privileges. Scheduling is managed through a Sakai account. Authorized personnel may use this Sakai account as a primary means of communication among designated URI Media Technology Services staff.

Training and assistance are available through MTS staff and MTS’s Student Technology Assistant (STA) program. The STA program teams up technology-savvy undergraduate students with faculty who want to include technology in their teaching. The STA program has proven to be an exceptionally successful model of teamwork, producing high-quality digital instructional materials.

Instructors wishing to use the DPRC and the mobile equipment are required to submit an on-line Request for Proposal form.

Mission

People Working at a ComputerThe Digital Production Resource Center fosters collaborative teaching environments and builds learning communities. It helps promote Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Experiential Learning opportunities.

The Digital Production Resource Center serves as a resource to URI faculty, researchers, and their team of Student Technology Assistants. It provides many of the resources necessary to produce and deliver a wide range of professional, broadcast-quality multimedia instructional materials for the classroom and the Web.

In addition to the acquisition and creation of new digital material, URI faculty and researchers possess a tremendous amount of non-digital archived materials. Even at top-level research institutions such as URI, these materials often never get incorporated into the educational landscape. The Digital Production Resource Center (DPRC) provides the technical resources required to incorporate the non-digital material into a digital production environment. Once converted, this unique and important archived information will become part of students’ educational experiences.

Goals

Person Working at ComputerThe Digital Production Resource Center supports a paradigm shift at URI from analog learning to newly created, digital learning. With the addition of new stationary technology and the mobile Web technology, the DPRC has a global reach. The DPRC supports a comprehensive, long-term solution to meet the creation of digital classroom instructional materials. The DPRC is designed to build upon MTS’s existing digital production infrastructure, thereby reinforcing and expanding existing digital production capabilities. The facility allows educators and researchers to produce professional quality digital materials. These educational materials can be made available to students by using a variety of media including interactive CD, DVD, videotape, web-based teaching tools, distance education classes, and many other avenues of delivery.

The creation of broadcast quality digital instructional materials will enable URI to foster and expand learning communities. The ability to collaborate with faculty, students and researchers throughout the world will increase. Such collaborations serve to enhance URI students’ experiential learning. The possibilities are endless for educators and students. The DPRC further ensures that the University of Rhode Island remains a competitive center for learning and research. Faculty teaching capabilities are enhanced and students benefit by access to up to date media-rich instructional materials.

 

TASK EXAMPLE
2D and 3D animation Cisplatin Example
Web page design and development Mt. Vesuvius Virtual Fieldtrip
Pre-production planning for faculty Example
Video Production Student Commercial.30 second commercial shot and edited by Film students.Educational Documentary. The ins and outs of keeping livestock in your backyard. For students and the general population.
Studio Production Pharmacy/Film Class
On-location audio/video productions Marketing/Education. Shot in the Mediterranean aboard URI’s research vessel Endeavor.
Full post-production services for faculty (editing & final product) Cooking with Tal
Video Duplication and Format Conversions Example
Digital Media Delivery Student Educational Documentary. Film student and CELS graduate student produced on farm sustainability in RI.
Lecture Capture Dr. Albert Kausch, Professor, CELS lecturing on Biofuels with clicker technology.
Webcast/Streaming Pharmacy Marketing. Live web event shot in studio with Pharmacy and Film students.


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