• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.


Presentation Tools

"New kinds of electronic tools are emerging that allow instructors to craft presentations that more closely reflect new approaches to teaching and learning. For instance, many of these tools allow collaboration between multiple authors, and some use nonlinear branching or sequencing so that class discussion can guide the presentation. Presentation tools based on new models of representing information also encourage instructors to rethink learning activities in ways that can improve learning. These tools might also bring about a more thorough merging of in-person and remote classroom audiences."

- Denise Horoky, 2010, Educause


7 Things You Should Know About Next-Generation Presentation Tools

Consider for Video:

  • Write out a script first
  • Average 150 words spoken per minute
  • 15 minute video = about 2200 words
  • 10 minute video = about 1500 words


Various Tools

Powerpoint / Slideshare / Keynote

10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations
  1. Train Before Trying
  2. Presentation First, PowerPoint Second
  3. Know Your Audience
  4. Tell a Story
  5. Show It, Don't Write It
  6. Embrace Color -- Carefully
  7. Follow the Rule of 10
  8. Keep It Short
  9. Keep It Legible
  10. Skip It Altogether

Excellent article: Presentation Zen: What Is Good PowerPoint Design?

Your Powerpoint/Keynote slides can be put up online through a slide sharing application such as Slideshare.

Keynote (PowerPoint alternative)




Infographics describe a wide range of graphics used to display complex amounts of data and/or ideas.

7 Things You Should Know About Infographic Creation Tools

Microsoft Office SmartArt (Online) (Online)

Infographics Showcase
The Ballad of the Librarian and the Infographic: A Tale of Data Visualization




Lecture Capture

Lecture capture - describes any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally.

Exploding the Lecture
7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture




Nearpod allows an instructor to create an interactive classroom "powerpoint" presentation that can then be shared with students on their mobile devices or computers. You control the pace of the presentation in the classroom as students follow along on their devices.

Interactive elements can be seamlessly added to the presentation such as: videos, browsing websites, Q&A, and polls.




Any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files to an MP3 player for listening at the user's convenience. Part of the appeal of podcasting is the ease with which audio content can be created, distributed, and downloaded from the Web.

Otis already has a very active iTunes U site with many audio podcasts. Using Garage Band, podcasts are very easy to create and post. This could be an excellent way to deliver lecture content in an online or blended course.

The TLC has a lot of expertise in this area.

More Information:
7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting



Screencasts, or screen capture, is a wonderful way to take students through a complicated process. You can record whatever is happening on your computer screen with an added narration.
  •     walk students through a website
  •     demo software available on your computer
  •     use a webcam - record yourself
  •     practice problem solving

Screencasts can be used for presentations, learning objects, how tos, asynchronous communication, and whatever else you can think of. They do not have to be as polished and professional as learning objects.

More on screencasts.

Screenr is a free tool that lets you record up to 5 minutes. As long as you are up to date on Flash and Java, there are no related downloads. Also, you can choose whether to record the entire screen or just a portion.

Jing is another popular screencasting tool for Mac and PCs. It does require downloading and installing additional software.



Ustream is an interactive web streaming platform that lets users broadcast their own channels on the Ustream network or on a third-party website such as Facebook.

7 Things You Should Know About Ustream
Otis Project (Example) Otis Radio: Top Secret




Storytelling tool you can use to make a podcast with simple animated characters.

Check out more on the Official Voki Blog for tips/practices from faculty users.




Media aggregator that allows people to post media artifacts which might be a document, a slide presentation, a video, or a collection of photos for community feedback.

7 Things You Should Know About VoiceThread




A site that let's you create your own online graphic cartoons.

SignUp is Free and also available as an iPAD app.




“It’s an innovative way to introduce the album cover to the public and have it be dynamic, not just a static image. To have video & audio accompany the image really helps connect the marketing and the social tie in is a big plus.” - Thanh Nguyen,
Digital Marketing, Atlantic Records

Students could use this as a tool to tag an image with their analysis, for faculty to highlight key aspects of an image, or explain a chart.


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