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The Collaborative Media Center is an online and face-to-face Center promoting digital literacy across the disciplines by supporting simple “gateway” projects with the aim of helping students become independent, life-long digital learners. The Center, a digital literacy version of a Writing Across the Curriculum program and a Writing Center, utilizes free, online tools to support digital production across the disciplines. Understanding that some students have limited equipment, software and Internet access, we use free, online tools that require no downloads to better support students who depend upon public computer labs or mobile devices. CMC supports linked courses by helping instructors design digital media assignments and by providing class visits, workshops, online tutorials and peer tutoring. This blended model allows us to support all students in digital humanities production, while providing individualized help to new digital learners, thereby narrowing the participation gap.

If you are interested in learning more about the Collaborative Media Center, please contact Prof. Samara Smith, American Studies, SUNY Old Westbury, NY.


The Collaborative Media Center’s mission is to support digital literacy and the use of emerging media tools in teaching, learning and communicating at Old Westbury and in the community beyond. This mission is fulfilled by collaborating across disciplines and with community partners to support community-engaged and research-based student media projects. Digital projects are supported through the Center’s ongoing testing of open digital tools, the creation of online resources, and the offering of individualized online and face-to-face support. This model, designed to promote lifelong digital literacy, provides a blend of online tutorials and individualized support until learners develop the confidence to master new technologies independently. Digital literacy is essential for job readiness and democratic civic engagement. Old Westbury, as the most diverse SUNY, is uniquely suited to host this digital divide initiative, an important area of focus across public education, as online learning is expanded.


This project has been supported by 2013 and 2014 SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grants.


The Center is located at SUNY Old Westbury in the Television Studio wing (Campus Center G126A). Please check the “Location and Contact” page for tutoring hours and locations.

Contact:  Professor Samara Smith, Assistant Professor, American Studies.

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