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Ohio University gains membership into the New Media Consortium

ATHENS, Ohio (June 1, 2005) -- Ohio University was recently recognized as a world leader by the New Media Consortium (NMC) for its innovative approaches toward the use of technology.

The NMC, an international not-for-profit consortium of approximately 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations and other learning-focused organizations, is dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and technologies. Ohio University accepted membership into the NMC on April 17.

"Even among a very strong field, it was quite clear that Ohio University is a place where smart, creative people are devising innovative solutions to challenges we all face in teaching and learning," said Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC. "The dedication to excellence here is palpable, and students and faculty are the clear beneficiaries. This is recognition well deserved."

As a member of the NMC, Ohio University will join the ranks of such universities as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Princeton, Yale and leading state research universities like UCLA, Texas and Michigan.

"Our membership into the NMC not only gives us international recognition but also the opportunity to share research and strategies in using technology for teaching, learning and creative expression," said D.Lee Beard, computer learning lab manager for University College.

With support from Bill Sams, associate provost for information technology, D.Lee Beard authored the application for membership into the NMC. The application highlighted much of the latest technology at Ohio University.

The Center for Innovations in Technology for Learning (CITL), which supports faculty in integrating technologies into the academic environment, was showcased in the application as well as the Academic Advancement Center Computer Learning Lab, which provides open access to high-end multimedia equipment, consultation, small group instruction and one-on-one personalized assistance for Ohio University students and faculty of all skill levels. The Games Research & Immersive Design (GRID) Lab's work with educational gaming, the Ohio University Without Boundaries program and the Aesthetics Lab were also highlighted in the application.

"I'm really excited about this because we're networking with people who are doing some really amazing things with cutting-edge technology," Beard said.

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Media Contact: Media Assistant Marisa Long, (740) 597-2938 or longm1@ohio.edu, or University College Computer Learning Lab Manager D. Lee Beard, (740) 593-2655 or beardd@ohio.edu

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