The English Department hosted its first annual Digital Symposium Thursday, showcasing students digital works from throughout the semester.

Projects ranged from a variety of platforms and topics from the dozen of authors whose pieces were selected to participate.

"It's just kind of to celebrate, showcase, highlight [and] feature student created digital texts," said Rory Lee, an assistant professor of English. "The students do a lot of awesome stuff and oftentimes the circulation of it is going limited, so we can all achieve it in one space and share it with everybody." 

If you want to learn more about the event or are interested in the Digital Writing Studio, you can contact Rory Lee at @ralee2@bsu.edu

Lee said the symposium was also created in hopes of bringing more students into the Digital Writing Studio, launched by the Ball State Writing Center. 

The studio doubles as both a workspace for digital projects and as a tutoring space for students to receive feedback and learn how to use certain programs.

"When people come here I hope they see the amount of possibilities they have with digital creation," said Noah Patterson, a junior English rhetoric major who works at the office. "I think a lot of times when you think about a multimodal project you think, 'Oh, I'll just make a PowerPoint,' but there are a lot of different platforms that you can use."

Showcasing the different project designs and freedoms of students in the symposium was something Patterson hoped inspired others to think "I can do this too."

The English Department hopes to not only have another digital showcase day, but have one every semester to show off student work, Lee said.