This is from Lynn Schofield Clark’s Innovation in Mass Communications class at the University of Denver. If you are a fan of The Office, and you follow the discussions about technology use in the classroom, you will love this. They really nail the opening, and they have some great moments.
I saw the video premiere at DU last week in front of an appropriately appreciative crowd and had the opportunity to talk to the students who created it. As in so many cases, the value of the video goes far beyond the final product. The real value came in the actual production of the video. The video was produced in the first few weeks of class, and now the students have a number of characteristics that we all want for our students: They’ve bonded. They are comfortable with one another. They respect one another. They are engaged and excited. They want to learn more, and they know that they can and will be responsible for most of that learning that is to come.
For this reason, I’m a big fan of mini-projects like this to kick off a course. Sometimes my students create “trailers” for their final research projects. It helps them learn how to tell a story visually, how to edit, where to find visual material and Creative Commons or public domain music they can use, and the final product is usually something they are proud of and that they can look back on to re-energize when they get so deep into their research that they have forgotten what originally excited them about the project.
This year we are doing something extra special for our mini-projects. They launch tomorrow, so stay tuned!