Creative Campus Collaboration Event At the University of Arizona

Thursday February 23 was a special day for me; I had my first opportunity to experience a Creative Campus event. Over 40 faculty and administrators gathered together at the University of Arizona to listen and share about what Digital Fluency means, define student and faculty success, and how Adobe tools can further empower people to create, communicate and be successful.

Arriving the day before the event gave me a chance to visit the University and make some photos ahead of time, as well as acclimatize to the time change.

Photos from my University of Arizona walk-about

Through several compelling presentations by faculty, CIO's and students, there were common threads, from my perspective. Below are a few that resonated with me.

Goodies for the attendees.
While today's students live in (and were likely born into) a digital world, the practical application of digital literacy for employment and career success may not be as clear to them.
Adobe's Seb Distefano (left) and UNC Chapel Hill's Todd Taylor discuss Todd's presentation.
It was a full house at the Creative Campus Event!
Kirk Dykman from Grand Canyon U (left) chats with Professor (and presenter) Stephen Marshall, of Eastern Tennessee U.
Effective digital storytelling and communication are critical in today's careers.
Todd Taylor explains the relationship UNC Chapel Hill has with Adobe.
UNC student, Brent Comstock brings things full circle, with his talk on the impact Adobe tools and digital literacy has from a student perspective.
Is the ability to operate a word processor sufficient for the digital skill set of today's graduate?
Courtney Miller explains how she defines digital literacy for students and faculty at USC Annenberg.
Adobe Solutions Consultant Donna Caldwell (left) and Customer Success Manager Laura Feeney are caught by the camera with Marc Oehlman of CSU Monterey Bay.
Stephen Marshall of ETSU talks about preparing students for the digital age with Cloud Marketing solutions
Many faculty are still concerned about their ability to teach digital tools
Connie Allison of Liberty University talks about building confidence and awareness of 21st Century communication options with faculty.
Kirk Dykman talks with Adobe's Brad Buchanan about Behance.net and Adobe Portfolio.
Our sessions were all held in the Old Main building of the campus.

While the day was information packed, we did manage to have some amazing downtime conversations during dinners. I had a wonderful time speaking with Professors Stephen Marshall (ETSU) and Jan Holmevik (Clemson U) about student success, photography and camera gear during dinner at Maynard's Kitchen, the old Tucson railroad station.

Our two nights in Tucson were both capped off with excellent dinners and discussions. Night one we ate at a lovely Mexican restaurant, Elvira's (the colorful lighting photos) and night two we dined outside at Maynard's Kitchen.

To sum up, I think everyone left with some fresh ideas on how to approach digital literacy in curriculum and its importance to the student experience. I personally was thrilled by the stories told by our presenters and equally proud that the company I work for is investing in these types of thought leadership events.

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