The welcome reception, in my mind, is a critical element of this event. It gives customers and Adobe staff a chance to talk in a relaxed atmosphere - about anything, work related or otherwise. For example, Dr. Jan Holmevik (Clemson University) caught up with me to share his photos from his recent trip to Norway; I chatted with Stephen Marshall from Eastern Tennessee State University about camera bags (we both have the same brand). It also gives Adobe field personnel a chance to talk and share.
Creativity@Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute
Troy D’Ambrosio: Executive Director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute kicked off the morning, speaking about the business school's goals.
- While the actual space is important, the culture is more important
CIO Driving Creativity into High Impact Learning at CSU Fullerton
Amir Dabirian — VP for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer, CSU Fullerton, shared their success in integrating Creative Cloud tools into core courses.
Analytics have started to roll in from Fullerton’s pilot program of integrating CC into core lower level courses, showing that students are more confident in their technical skills, feeling that they will be more successful when they graduate.
Not only were the presentations enlightening, but each session was followed by lively Q&A.
The Carolina Digital Literacy Initiative @ UNC Chapel Hill
Todd Taylor from UNC has been addressing digital literacy at UNC since 1997 but didn’t have the tools to do what he felt was needed, until he experienced Creative Cloud.
One of Todd's key points was most schools are not looking at making major changes to their curriculum, yet they should because now we are looking at a very different student landscape.
Vincent Fu, recent University of Utah grad is already seeing his experience with Creative Cloud tools is positively impacting his career options.
More Photos from the Morning Sessions
The afternoon kicked off with a wonderful story from recent University of Wisconsin-Madison grad, Emily Schlangen.
Emily shared her story, passion for creating, digital storytelling and the benefits of being digitally fluent in today's economy. In fact, Emily was recently offered a position at Kohl's in New York, in part due to her competency with Adobe's Creative Cloud.
21st Century Learning at the University of Southern California
Courtney Miller, Director of the Annenberg Digital Lounge at USC talked about this new, innovative model being at the heart of the Digital Literacy initiative at USC.
Creative Cloud at the University of Arizona
Melody Buckner shared not one but two stories - one revolving around Creative Cloud implementation at the UofA, the other around the university's efforts to consolidate their digital assets using Adobe's DAM solution Experience Manager - Assets (AEM Assets).
Preparing Students for the Experience Age
Stephen Marshall, from Eastern Tennessee State University, spoke on the importance of digital marketing skills, and how he and ETSU are enabling students to fill this high-demand job market where there is a need for these skills.
Transforming Creativity on Campus at Clemson University
Wrapping up the day were Jan Holmevik and April O’Brien. Believing that all students are creative, and that they need to develop a variety of skills beyond one mode of writing, Jan and April are working on a Digital Creativity Syllabus.
Some of these 21st century skills include writing a web text, creating a social media campaign and being able to communicate through podcasts.
Tour of Lassonde Studios
Directly after the day's presentations, we were treated to a tour of the beautiful and innovative Lassonde Studios, a hub for student entrepreneurs and innovators at the University of Utah. Students are encouraged to live, create and launch projects at Lassonde.
Closing Dinner at Top Golf
Day 2 - Hands-On Workshops
0 to Creative Cloud in One Day
The second day was all about creating, putting faculty in the students' chairs, as it were. With the guidance of Jan Holmevik, April O'Brien and Todd Taylor, more than 40 faculty were taken on a exciting and fun trip through Creative Cloud mobile and desktop apps.