In the last five years, Davidson College’s Information and Technology department has been adding additional spaces for students to explore and experiment with technology. Studio D came online in 2012 as an experimental classroom. This is a modular space for faculty who are wanting to try innovative teaching. Studio M, which came online in 2013, is our Makerspace. It has provided a community-oriented workspace designed to encourage collaboration between people with common interests.
The newest space which I created and manage is our Media & Podcasting Studio. Housed in the innovation basement of Davidson College’s Chambers building, the intimate studio is the new home for audio production but certainly not limited to that.
Boasting a three microphone interview table, five channel soundboard, control table with a dual monitor HP Z640 workstation, and sound deadening treatments, the space is outfitted to allow collaboration, creativity and experimentation with audio production.
It came online in January of 2018 and has attracted a full schedule of use in its short existence, including two weekly student produced podcasts and a group of students recording a music album.