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Centre for Digital Media at South By Southwest 2014

Feb 25, 2014 By Crissy Campbell

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a music, film and interactive conference and festival held every year in Austin, Texas, bringing together the brightest minds in music, film and digital media. SXSW is a chance for creative people to meet, share ideas and develop their careers.

SXSWedu Conference & Festival is the education stream of SXSW that brings together innovative educators and other leaders in the education space to discuss and create the future of learning.

Centre for Digital Media is excited to have 3 sessions presented by faculty and staff at South By Southwest this year, two at SXSWedu and one at SXSW. If you’re heading down to Austin next week for SXSW, make sure to put these presentations in your calendar. 

Strategies for Success: ESL Learners in Higher Education


When: March 4th, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F 

What: Are you wary of IELTS/TOEFL scores and their ability to tell the truth about your English as a Second Language (ESL) student? Are there ways you can identify communication and teaching challenges facing you? This collaborative session will explore ways to determine real proficiency levels and help students understand the importance of continuous language learning after admissions. Learn strategies including fun visuals, improvisational games, peer cohesion and self-reliant learning.

Who: Yasmeen Awadh, Senior Student Recruitment Officer for the Master of Digital Media program.

Why: This session is for instructors and administrators who work with ESL students. You'll leave with practical strategies that will help you with your day-to-day teachings and learn to approach your ESL teaching challenges in a new light.

Disrupting the 'Classroom': Re-Engaging Learners


When: March 5th, 11:30am–1:30pm 

Where: Hilton Austin Downtown Room 408

What: Tired of your same old? Want to 'fix' the 'broken?' Disrupting the Classroom is the art of re-engaging distracted, potentially uninspired learners. Teachers, designers, administrators and learners will walk away with new tools and inspired approaches to teaching from one of the most innovative new schools in Canada dedicated to nurturing collaborative and adaptive intelligence in a digital world. Join Patrick and his award-winning antics for a second year. Come prototype the next disruption. 

Who: Patrick Pennefather, faculty at the Master of Digital Media program. Patrick teaches collaborative, creative and adaptive intelligence in his Interdisciplinary Improvisation course

Why: Patrick Pennefather has been teaching improvisation and collaboration skills to emerging Digital Media leaders for the past +6 years. His teaching style is inspiring, challenging and most of all fun. Teachers, designers and administrators will leave the session with an entirely new understanding of teaching.

A Sound Collaboration: Audio in the Design Process


When: March 11th 11:00am–12:00pm

Where:  Omni Downtown

What: Wondering about the methods and benefits of integrating sound from the very beginning of a production? Want to learn how to remove the language barrier between you and the composer and sound designer in order to achieve a successful collaboration? Presented by two veterans in the field of interactive audio and audio production, this presentation will cover what it means to design a project with music and sound from the ground up for live, linear, and interactive media including games, film & TV, live productions, mobile apps, and web development. Learn the ins and outs of how you can integrate composers and audio specialists into your projects in the pre-production phase and promote healthy collaborations between the design/production team and the audio team, as well as the notion of sound concepting and what it means to create an audio aesthetic, thereby designing ways in which audio can contribute to a deeper meaning within your project and further its artistic aims.

Who: Chanel Summers, Chief Product Officer at Score Music Interactive and Lecturer at the University of Southern California and Patrick Pennefather, faculty at the Master of Digital Media program.

Why: Project Managers, Creative Directors and other professionals working in digital media will leave this session with collaboration techniques that they can immediately bring to their projects. Both Patrick and Chanel are passionate about sound and have worked on improving the collaborative process in many different media. Their different perspectives from fields as diverse as game audio and live theatre provide a wealth of information that can also be applied to other design disciplines.