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The questions...

Section: The Basics

Q: How do we contact the New Media Consortium Headquarters?
Q: Who are New Media Consortium members?
Q: What are the benefits of NMC membership?
Q: How does an academic institution become a member of NMC?
Q: How much does NMC membership cost?

Section: Identifying Yourself as a NMC Member

Q: Must we call our campus new media facility a "New Media Center"?
Q: How can we use the NMC logo? May we modify it?
Q: What other aspects of the NMC identity should we be aware of?

Section: NMC on Campus

Q: Are all New Media Centers located at large institutions?
Q: Are all the New Media Centers campus-wide facilities?
Q: What about the centers which aren't campus-wide?

Section: Working with NMC Corporate Members

Q: Are academic members required to use products from corporate members?
Q: What are NMC price lists?
Q: Who is eligible for preferred NMC pricing?
Q: Are there any limits on items purchased through NMC price lists?
Q: Am I required to purchase products through NMC price lists even if I can get a better deal elsewhere?
Q: Is NMC pricing a worldwide benefit?

Section: New Media Center Communications and Activities

Q: What does the campus New Media Center Director do?
Q: Is the role of Director a full-time job?
Q: What is the NMC directory?
Q: What is an Academic Champion?
Q: Who can participate in New Media Consortium programs?
Q: How can I include other faculty and staff in NMC activities?
Q: How do NMC members communicate with each other?
Q: How do the NMC listservs work?

Section: Personnel or Organizational Changes at Your Center

Q: We would like to appoint two people as Co-Directors of our campus New Media Center. Is that possible?
Q: Our Director has left the school. What do we do?
Q: Our campus has reorganized, and the department that proposed affiliating with NMC doesn't exist any more. Does this mean we're no longer a member?

Section: NMC Summer Conference

Q: What is the NMC Summer Conference?
Q: Who attends the Summer Conference?
Q: How much does it cost to attend?

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The Answers...

THE BASICS

How do we contact the New Media Consortium Headquarters?

The offices of the New Media Consortium are located at

2200 Alta Vista Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
phone: 512.445.4200
e-mail: nmc@nmc.net

We are located in the Central time zone and are in the office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Who are New Media Consortium members?

We are a non-profit consortium composed of academic institutions supporting new media centers and corporations. You can find a current list of academic members here. At this time, we have no memberships for individuals.

What are the benefits of NMC membership?

Joining the New Media Consortium allows your school to partner with leading high-tech companies and collaborate with other colleges and universities equally committed to enhancing teaching and learning with new media. To find out more about the benefits of membership click here to section about academic membership.

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How does an academic institution become a member of NMC?

To be considered for membership, your higher education site must be an accredited institution of higher learning, and its proposed or existing new media center must meet the following criteria:

• Impact - The center has a noticeable impact on the use of new media in teaching and learning, or the advancement of new media as a discipline or a means of artistic expression.

• Innovation - This center demonstrates innovative methodologies, assessments, pedagogy, or uses of new media in a distinctive and innovative manner, and through industry partnerships.

• Collaboration - The center will engage in collaboration with other entities on campus and beyond, both within the New Media Consortium and within other communities.

• Diversity - This center adds to the diversity of NMC members through its location, institution size or type, student population, and/or structure.

• Viability - The center has a realistic budget and an adequate level of staffing and administration support to accomplish its proposed goals.

How much does NMC membership cost?

Since 1993, we have held our academic membership dues constant at $2,000 per year, with dues payable by mid-May of each year.

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IDENTIFYING YOURSELF AS A NMC MEMBER

Must we call our campus new media facility a "New Media Center"?

As an academic member, you have the right to use the New Media Centers name and logo for the duration of your membership. However, you can call your campus new media center by another name. Among our academic members, we have Digital Media Centers (Yale, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas), Academic Computing Facilities (Brooklyn College), the Department of Instructional Improvement & Instructional Technologies (George Mason University) and even a Global Communications Center (Bradley University). You may also choose to name your new media center after a local benefactor, as the University of Iowa has done with its Stead Advanced Learning Technologies Center. You may even decide not to use a name with a virtual entity of common goals and programs that links staff and faculty across multiple departments.

We do, however, encourage you to link to the NMC web site from the appropriate section or sections of your school's own site.

How can we use the NMC logo? May we modify it?

The NMC logo is a registered trademark symbol which members are authorized to use to identify programs, projects, events, publications developed or coordinated by the New Media Consortium. We have several versions you may use and even adapt to reflect the unique character or flavor of your campus new media center. The University of Hawaii, for example, incorporated palm trees and a sunset into its version of the logo.

While you're welcome to change certain elements of our logo, you must maintain its structural integrity and overall "look and feel." Please follow guidelines in the Members' Area.

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NMC ON CAMPUS

Are all New Media Centers located at large institutions?

Not at all. Our academic members are accredited institutions of higher learning ranging from campuses with a few hundred students to those with 30,000 or more. If you look at our academic roster, you'll see that we include community colleges, four-year liberal arts schools, and universities granting graduate degrees, as well as specialized arts schools, technical institutes and colleges, and entire university systems. The one thing all our academic members have in common is a commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with new media.

Are all the New Media Centers campus-wide facilities?

About 80% of New Media Centers serve the entire campus on which they're located. These centers are usually part of their school's academic computing office, library, or instructional technology department. They may have either a direct or an informal relationship with the campus department responsible for pedagogical improvement or teaching excellence.

Most of these campus-wide centers support faculty and staff who are learning to use new media tools and techniques to enhance and extend traditional teaching methods. In addition, they often run new media labs for students, provide functionality in dormitories and other non-classroom areas, and support distance learning programs.

What about the centers which aren't campus-wide?

The remaining 20% of New Media Centers are affiliated with a particular department or discipline -- most often journalism, communications, art, design, or architecture. While some of these discipline-oriented centers support the technical needs of faculty and staff, they're predominantly involved in training students for careers in new media and/or conducting research to expand the technology.

It's important to note that several of our academic members maintain both a campus-wide New Media Center and a departmental satellite, or operate their center under the joint supervision of the academic computing department and a specific discipline. Also, many campus-wide centers also engage in research.

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WORKING WITH NMC CORPORATE MEMBERS

Are academic members required to use products from corporate members?

You aren't required to use our corporate members' products, but we expect you'll want to! If you choose to turn down a corporate member's offer, be it a new licensing agreement, preferential pricing, or a request for reviewers or beta-testers, we ask that you give the corporation feedback about your refusal. Likewise, in the event of a problem with existing products or pricing, we ask that you resolve it through the corporation's NMC Corporate Contact.

What are NMC price lists?

We encourage our corporate members to discount some or all of their products for our academic members. Companies release these price lists on their own schedule, usually no more often than quarterly, and set up their own procedures for taking orders from NMC institutions. Companies may ask the campus New Media Center director to sign a contract authorizing purchases under the special pricing.

NMC does not sell products, but may occasionally provide our corporate partners with a list of campus New Media Center directors to ensure that all academic members receive information in a timely fashion.

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NEW MEDIA CENTER COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

What does the campus New Media Center Director do?

The Director may have another title, but we use this title for the person responsible for managing the campus new media center and serving as the main contact with NMC and its member organizations. The Director may refer information from the NMC HQ to other people -- for example, passing the dues invoice to the accounting department for authorization or forwarding NMC price lists to the person responsible for purchasing. The Director may also delegate responsibility for completing questionnaires and directory updates. However, the Director remains responsible for ensuring NMC receives accurate and timely responses to its communications.

Although your school may appoint two co-directors to share management responsibility, you must designate one person as the primary NMC Director. NMC HQ gives contact information for a single Director at each site to corporate members so they can provide pricing, product, and other information. If your campus is not receiving information from corporate members, we may not have the correct person identified as Director.

Is the role of Director a full-time job?

Not necessarily. Director duties may be a half-time responsibility or more for someone working in a faculty development office, the academic computing department, or the library. Your school may also choose to make it a full-time commitment involving both on-campus activities and collaborations with our consortium and other outside entities.

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What is the NMC directory?

The NMC directory is a confidential and regularly updated database containing contact information for all our corporate and academic members. We use it to authorize access to our electronic mailing lists, to invite participation in other programs, and to identify people with similar responsibilities and interests. It is available on our web site in a password-protected section for members only.

What is an Academic Champion?

We encourage Directors to let us know about other faculty and staff, particularly those at or above their own level, who are assuming a leadership role in using new media on the campus. We would like to locate at least one of these people on each member campus and identify them as such in the NMC directory.

Who can participate in New Media Consortium programs?

Other staff and faculty are welcome at NMC discussions and activities. Anyone affiliated with a member school who supports NMC's goal of improving education through new media can be added to our directory (at the Director's discretion). However, NMC pricing information is for the purchasers directly associated with the campus New Media Center only. (See "Who is eligible for preferred pricing?" above.)

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How can I include other faculty and staff in NMC activities?

We encourage you to make your campus New Media Center broadly accessible in order to make the idea of teaching and learning through new media as widespread as possible. Make it your goal to alert everyone on campus to your participation in the NMC consortium! Invite staff to our Summer Conference for training, share materials and contacts, and otherwise include them in NMC activities.

How do NMC members communicate with each other?

NMC members communicate in a number of ways: face-to-face at our own Annual Conference, at regional meetings, at other organizations' conferences; via direct e-mail, and via our automated e-mail lists (listservs). We have also conducted videoconferences, and we anticipate using new technologies in the future.

How do the NMC listservs work?

We presently maintain four listservs. The NMC Directors list (NMC@lists.princeton.edu) is used largely for announcements and some discussion of management and structural issues. The NMC Technical Advisory Board list (NMCTAB@lists.princeton.edu) is used to discuss pedagogy and technical issues. Especially important announcements are cross-posted to both lists. The NMC Subscribers list is the official outlet for NMC news and information. The NMC Corporate Announcements list is an "opt-in" list available to those who are interested in product and service announcements and news from NMC corporate members. For full details on all the NMC listservs, see the Guide to the NMC Listservs.

We ask each academic member to subscribe at least one person to each of the mailing lists. All NMC Directors are subscribed to the Directors list; we also suggest you subscribe a key staff person and an Academic Champion. The TAB list is open to all interested parties from both academic and corporate members, with the permission of the primary contacts there. Generally, all staff in a center are included in the NMC Subscribers list.

Al NMC mailing lists have controlled access. New subscribers must be authorized by the Director, who provides directory information to the NMC offices and indicates which list(s) the person should have access to. Only subscribers are allowed to participate, which keeps the lists free from spam and outside participation.

Subscribers can maintain their own subscriptions and suspend e-mail during vacations. To unsubscribe, they must send e-mail to nmc@newmediacenters.org.

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PERSONNEL OR ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES AT YOUR CENTER

We would like to appoint two people as Co-Directors of our campus New Media Center. Is that possible?

Yes. We simply ask that you designate one person as the primary NMC contact.

Our Director has left the school. What do we do?

You must select a new Director to serve as primary contact person. Your Academic Champion and the office responsible for the campus New Media Center can decide who that will be. NMC HQ may also be able to offer advice.

Our campus has reorganized, and the department that proposed affiliating with NMC doesn't exist any more. Does this mean we're no longer a member?

We recognize that reorganizations happen as often in academia as anywhere else, and that each reorganization is unique and may provide new opportunities for collaboration. NMC originally selected your school because it presented a viable, innovative proposal to incorporate new media techniques and products into your school's or department's curriculum. If your school still actively supports these goals, and another department or division is capable of functioning as a New Media Center, you can maintain your membership. We ask that you keep us informed about reorganizations and the resulting changes in NMC-affiliated personnel on your campus.

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NMC SUMMER CONFERENCE

What is the NMC Summer Conference?

Every year since 1994, NMC has convened a 2 to 3-day meeting to cover updates on projects and outreach activities, discussion of management and policy issues, and demonstrations of innovative coursework and tools and hands-on training. We always hold the event in May or June, which here in North America is summer; hence the name "Summer Conference."

Who attends the Summer Conference?

NMC Conferences attract an audience of highly skilled campus professionals who are very knowledgeable about and interested in tools and techniques used in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative expression. NMC conference attendees are often early adopters and represent the most innovative and creative areas on their campuses.

Of the attendees from colleges and universities at past conferences, about 30% were IT executives or senior managers, with titles such as CTO, CIO, Director of Academic Computing, or other Director-level posts; about 15% were mid-level IT managers; and about 15% were faculty. The remainder of the academic audience, about 40% of attendees, were specialists in specific technologies, such as digital video, web design, streaming, animation, or graphics. The NMC Summer Conference generally attracts between 300-400 attendees representing about between 100 and 125 colleges, universities, and museums.

How much does it cost to attend?

Each academic member may send four representatives to the Summer Conference with no charge for registration. Additional people can register for a nominal fee, space permitting. Workshops, seminars, and field trips scheduled before or after the conference proper may involve separate charges. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging as well as meals other than those provided at the conference (with the help of corporate sponsors).

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Updated 02/25/02

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