Tech Tools to Work Smarter

Here are slides to a talk I gave earlier this year at the OSU Administrative Professionals Conference. Tons of recommendations for tools I use in order to cut wayyy down on email, make meetings more efficient, and manage people/projects. Some are OSU supported, and some are not.

*Note: each slide w/ an asterisk is stating the tools I’m about to introduce that accomplish that goal. Each simple slide (black background with large white text) is the particular tool being recommended, so subsequent slides are describing features and ways I use that tool. Although I’ve embedded the presentation into this post, I recommend you flip through the slides here, from Haiku Deck’s website so you can see the presentation notes for context.

3D Printing for OSU

Until now, 3D printing has only been available under lock and key to specific departments such as Engineering and Architecture. For a limited time, the Digital Union is offering FREE 3d printing for all OSU faculty, staff, and students! It’s part of a pilot to access the demand for the service and feasibility of offering it campus wide. More details at u.osu.edu/du3d.

3D Printing for OSU Coming Soon!

The Digital Union is getting ready to launch a pilot that will make 3d printing available to all current faculty, staff, and students for free! We’re currently working out all the nitty gritty details such as policies, procedures, maintenance, and software. I can’t tell you too much yet, but stay tuned. Here’s a 3d vase we just printed to test out one our brand new MakerBots!

Gray 3d printed vase; very angular. In the background is a word mark on the wall that reads Digital Union, Enarson Classrooms Building.

And as if life couldn’t get any better, I just found that Lynda.com offers seven different courses on 3d printing, so take advantage of your free access to these online tutorials, and we’ll see you in the lab.

 

Hello, I’m Queenie

Headshot of Queenie Chow with OSU Block O logo top rightI started writing on this blog in October because I had a few useful tips to offer. In less than a year, I’ve amassed over 7,500 views from over 5,000 unique viewers, so I thought you might actually want to know a little bit about what I do here at OSU and why anything I say even matters. Behold…an About page! Ok, that’s all for now. Stay tuned, as I’ve been super busy hiring, training, and prepping for the two new Digital Union locations.

Promo events go on through the end of this week, so stop by for a tour and a cupcake! Forget about the state of the art recording studio, free unlimited use of Continue reading

Undergrad Job Opp at Digital Union

Three student workers at Digital Union Denney Hall video recording studio. Students are shown smoothing out the backdrop and using various camera equipment.

In case you haven’t heard, Digital Union Enarson and Digital Union Denney are grand opening in September, and we’ll need lots of bright new student staff to welcome students, staff, and faculty to the new spaces! Details can be found at u.osu.edu/workatdu. Multiple positions are available immediately, so please share with any tech savvy students or student groups you know!

Easy Peasy Screen Recording on Mac

Screen recording window w/ red record buttonDespite the misnomer, Quicktime Player actually does a lot more than play videos. You can use it to make screen recordings, and it’s oh so easy! Here’s the method I recommend, which involves recording and saving your video using Quicktime, then compressing to an mp4 of reasonable file size using MPEG Streamclip.

Install this software to record from your computer OR reserve time to use the Digital Union recording studio, where we have all the software, hardware, and staff assistance to help you get the job done. Either way, here’s what you’ll need to do. Continue reading

$100 Video Studio for ESL

Panoramic photo of the studio; beige patterned carpet; blue movers blankets hung on the walls; a desk, chair, and tripod on the left; a green screen backdrop covers the entire right wall.

Earlier this week, I wrote about Digital Union’s upcoming studio in Denney Hall. It turns out great departments think alike, because ESL just built a super low key, low budget version for their own use. Here’s my Q&A with ESL colleague, Chris Hill.

How will the studio be used?

Chris: Many courses in the American Language Program (pre-admission ESL) and most courses in the ESL Composition Program (post-admission ESL) have been flipped, which means we’ve been creating a lot of materials for students to access online.  Continue reading

OSU’s Newest Video Studio Sneak Peek

Two men standing in front of a green screen inside a studio; a third man is behind a control panel.Here’s a sneak peek into the video studio at the upcoming Digital Union Denney Hall, one of two new DU labs set to open this Fall. We’re finishing up the install, making final adjustments, and developing training at this point. Everything is coming together and it’s all pretty hectic and exciting! We’ve designed this Continue reading

Learn Photoshop Fast

Image open in Photoshop window. Image is of a mature couple laughing and holding each other at a beach with white sands fading into green water and sunny blue sky.Photoshop CS6 Essential Training is one of many complete video tutorial courses offered on Lynda.com. Need Photoshop Creative Cloud training? That’s offered now too! You can access the tutorials for free one of three ways, then choose to watch only the videos that apply to you. No more hunting around on Youtube to find out exactly how to do what you need. All the Continue reading