Thanks to those who attended Tuesday’s workshop. We started the workshop of by sharing some benefits for using video assignments in your class, and some challenges that you might face. We also offered solutions to potential problems. You can view the full presentation here.
Catherine Spencer, Professor of French, explained how she asked her students to select a film they watched in the course and create a 1.5-2 minute trailer for it. To create the trailer, students had to analyze the film and select the images, clips, and select (or create!) music that best expressed it. She found that students took a lot of pride in their work, were excited about the assignment, and created memorable videos.
Our discussion focused on ideas for video assignments in other disciplines – including Education, Botany, English, Dance, and OVCS. We wondered if all students should create arguments using video, when they may struggle to do so in writing. Should we give preference to one literacy over another? Finally, we discussed the importance of structuring assignments so that they met leaning objectives and that students are given the guidance they need.
Finally, Mike provided some helpful suggestions for those interested in pursuing video assignments. First, we have iMovie available on the Mac computers and Movie Maker on Windows computers in the library. The ATL has 5 Macs and 1 Windows computer. On these computers, the Macs have Final Cut Pro X and Logic X. One Mac and the PC have Adobe Premiere Pro 6. We have some older software on the Macs, Final Cut Express 4 and iMovie HD 6.