Media & Design Center: For Instructors

Fall Services

While the Media Lab and Recording Spaces (Audio Lab and Podcast Studio) are closed to the public for the Fall, we continue to offer media instruction and support. We have full course instruction video sessions on podcasting using Adobe Audition and video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro and can offer remote workshops via Zoom as well. Please contact us at to schedule an instruction session. While we are not currently circulating audio or video recording equipment, the MDC can still provide media production guidance if devices such as laptops and smartphones have been used for recording. Video and audio recorded on these devices can be edited in Adobe’s Audition and Premiere, which offer a full-fledged, professional editing environment. For a lighter, mobile-oriented video editing experience, you may want to look at our guides on Adobe Rush. Additionally, we recommend and support instruction with Adobe Spark. Spark is an accessible platform for online media projects, used for creating visual narratives, web pages, graphic posters, book covers, and more. Here is our guide to using Adobe Spark. In addition to instruction, we are also available to host Zoom sessions to cover the software and workshop to troubleshoot any questions students may have. If you would like to schedule instruction, workshops, or support, just let us know! Thanks, MDC Team

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Multimedia & Digital Literacy Instruction Services

Consulting and Instruction Sessions

Designing a new course and want to add a media component? Need help incorporating media assignments into a class you’re already teaching? We’re here to help. Media & Design Center staff members can assist you in developing assignments to target specific digital and media literacies as well as provide instruction to your students on how to use a host of digital media production and editing software. Some examples:
  • 2-3 minute visual essay
  • Short documentary
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Anatomy of Scene / quick film analysis
  • Political Campaign Ads
  • TEDish talks
  • Conducting an interview
  • Podcast
  • Film Synthesis or Trailer


To schedule an assignment consult, please email Winifred (

To schedule a production instruction session in the Media Lab, please complete the Production Instruction Form or email with your requested date and time and an alternate, along with a sentence or two on the students’ prospective assignment (video, audio, image editing, etc).
Do you or any of the students in your class have accommodation needs we should take into account when planning and teaching the library session? If yes, please describe how we can best accommodate those needs, ideally with 5 business days’ notice before the session.

Booking Films for Your Class

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Scheduling Our Materials

Faculty and teaching assistants may check out non-circulating materials for classroom use. A maximum of five (5) items can be checked to a single person at any given time. The Media & Design Center requires 24-hour advance notice to guarantee that materials, if available, will be ready for pick up at the scheduled time. Given availability, extensions on classroom use may be granted.

Get Films from Duke, NC State or NC Central

We have an agreement with the Triangle Research Library Network:  you may borrow films from NC State, Duke or NC Central through the Media & Design Center. Please email your request to the MDC at least 3-5 business days in advance. Contact Katelyn Ander directly if you have any questions.

Materials from Other Universities

Instructors may borrow materials from other universities through the Interlibrary Loan department. For more information, please visit their site. Materials from other universities may require three weeks to allow for processing and shipping and may also require a fee, for which your department is responsible.

Copyright Considerations

  • Our Scholarly Communications Office provides guidance and other assistance on issues including copyright.
  • The Center for Media & Social Impact at American University’s School of Communication published a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education” to help educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.
  • Stanford University has a great page with information on fair use & copyright guidelines and policies.

Contact Us

Winifred Fordham Metz, Media Librarian and Head of the MDC Contact Winifred to: