Lindsay Sabatino, director of the Digital ACT Studio in Jackson Library’s Digital Media Commons, has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled "Interactions on the Online Writing Center: Students’ Perspectives," and passed with distinction. She earned her Ph.D. in English: Composition & TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Sabatino, who came to UNCG in August, had previously been Director of the Online Writing Center and Assistant Director of the Writing Center at IUP. She says she has especially enjoyed connecting to the many other departments at UNCG that use the Digital ACT Studio, and finds the work here a natural extension of her work helping students write. Here, she also helps them learn how to assess their audience, purpose and context in preparing their digital projects, whether they are scripted or not. She and the five undergraduate and two graduate student colleagues in the grant-funded Digital ACT Studio are growing their service and expect to add online consultations in the Fall to help more distance education students needing the services of the Digital ACT Studio.
The Digital ACTS consultants (the “Digiteers”) provide designers with a trained, engaged audience, providing feedback on any digital projects, such as slide presentations, video projects, podcasts, digital photography, websites, and posters by offering collaborative, dialog-based consultations.
The Library's Digital Media Commons (DMC) and the Digital ACT Studio work together to address four different literacies: informational, functional, critical, and rhetorical:
• Informational literacy: The Library's DMC provides support in how to locate, evaluate, and cite media resources as well as functional technological literacy.
• Functional literacy: The Library's DMC provides support in how to use the hardware and software tools necessary to create digital projects.
• Critical literacy: The Digital ACT Studio provides support in helping designers take into account the political, cultural, and economic context of their digital media projects.
• Rhetorical Literacy: The Digital ACT Studio helps designers match medium, message, and context to create projects that most effectively achieve the purpose they intend for their chosen audience.