Video Call for Submissions Posted #VOST2011

Here is the video call for submissions and some more tips and guidelines below:

Tag your video VOST2011 and it will automatically appear here and in this feed. It will also appear at our project basecamp, which will feature ongoing posts, comments and links from our core research team (my 2011 Digital Ethnography class)


  • Think of this as “A Vision of Students Today” inverted. Watch that video to see how we created a commentary on the classroom and different media by using the classroom and those media as part of the commentary itself. (For example, if you want to comment on texting in class, make a video of yourself texting in class and type something in the text that makes a comment about texting in class.)
  • If you find powerful and interesting statistics (like “45% of students don’t learn much in college”), you can then find clever ways to express them in video form. Make sure you cite your sources in the video description.
  • Since this is about all learning, not just learning in the classroom, consider how, when, and what you are learning outside the classroom. Think about how you encounter, shape, and are shaped by various media forms (TV, Google, Facebook, texting, books, magazines, etc.). How are you learning with these devices? *What* are you learning with these devices? Don’t just think about the content you are learning. We learn what we do. What habits of the mind are you learning when using these media? How might they be changing the way you think about, and act within, your relationships with others? Another way to frame this project would be to call it “My Mediated Life.”
  • If you use Twitter, include your Twitter ID in the video description or send it to me separately. We will be embedding the video on a page with additional resources, credits, etc. and this would allow people to find you (if you want to be found!). We will also be experimenting by embedding the video in an interactive website that uses some of the new capabilities of HTML5 that will allow other resources on the page to “interact” with the video, and may be able to use live Twitter feeds as part of this project.
  • When you submit your video, add a Creative Commons License in the video or in the video description that clearly indicates to others that your footage is available for remix. (I use the CC by-nc-sa which allows people to remix my material as long as they give proper attribution, do not use it for commercial purposes, and share what they create with my material with the same license.)

We are all super-excited to see what you come up with. Please submit by February 15th and then join us in the remixing! Grab other people’s videos and make your own. We’ll continue to post tips here on this blog, including where to find good music that is free to use, and how to create a compelling and powerful video.


Associate professor of cultural anthropology. Ed Traceur. Hacker. Car-free.

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10 Responses

  1. I am going to try to add some video with middle schoolers. This sounds like a great idea.

  2. Jason Whitney says:

    Thanks for sharing that resource. That’s an interesting video project — a mashup of sorts on the subject of teaching and learning.

  3. I’m having students in my 21st Century Global Leadership course participate in this project.
    It’s a great lead-in to the global collaborative research and multimedia project they will be doing this semester in the Flat Classroom – NetGedEd Project.
    Students just pitched their ideas for VOST2011 and we’ll be filming tomorrow!

  4. Heleyna V. says:

    I think I got a real information so thanks you so much for a wonderful video. It’s such an idea for me to apply this on a classroom like mine who has always a non participative student. Thanks you

  5. I’m uploading my contribution as we speak. I had my class tell me how they best learn and where they learn. Interesting answers too…

  6. Amanda says:

    Great video ! Great Idea !

    It would be good to see also what people think about the evolution of education. Is the system really adapted for the ‘students today’ ?

    I believe that like everything else education need to evolve and to become more flexible to the millions of different profile that there are outside. I find interesting the offer of some new kind of universities like University of Phoenix who are offering flexible schedule and high quality classes, either online or on campus. Maybe that can be the next topic for one of your video. How do you see education evolve ? What do you think about the growing popularity of e-learning ?


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