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Friday, February 16 • 3:50pm - 4:15pm
#3 - If your lesson was a story, how would you tell it? Video production strategies for online teaching

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Technology: I will share strategies for using video technology to enhance students’ engagement, interest, and sense of community in online learning contexts. With more courses moving to online, hybrid, and other blended situations, instructors are increasingly reliant on pre-made video content. Although there are ample video resources available online— and many faculty create their own using Camtasia, Panopto, Screencast-O-matic and other tools— a possible negative outcome of dependence on pre-made content or screencasts is a loss of authenticity in teaching. My session focuses on how instructor-created video with a narrative or story approach may reposition students at the center of instruction.
I began shifting my production strategies in online video creation after being bored by my own screencasts. Using a video production approach that presented each lesson or unit as a story offered students a more authentic entry into learning. Through the use of videos that leverage simple editing techniques, present student work, and include instructor voice, I have seen growth in my online communities of learning. Students often respond in course reviews that the videos enhanced their experience of the course, of community, and of their relationship to the instructor.

Broader Impacts: While abundant resources exist to facilitate instructors and students in online learning contexts, many of these technology tools are ultimately situated for profit. The danger of an over-reliance on pre-made video content or screencast tools is that we may lose ownership of our courses, authenticity in our learning communities, and the value of thoughtfully cultivated teaching and learning relationships. The broader impacts of teacher-created video stories for online learning is that we preserve the integrity of human relationships and experience in learning. If we do not create our own content, for-profit companies (e.g. Pearson) may gladly step into the void.

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Theresa Redmond

Associate Professor, Appalachian State University
Theresa is an Associate Professor at Appalachian State University where she teaches in Media Studies and Teacher Education. Her research investigates how digital media and communication technologies impact literacy, fluency, teaching, learning, expression, and engagement. Currently... Read More →

Friday February 16, 2018 3:50pm - 4:15pm PST
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