What 22 Faculty Did on Their Winter Break

Marquis showing BCC Film Festival

Over the break the CTLI hosted a Multimedia Bootcamp. Twenty-two faculty members attended one of two day long sessions on video creation using PowerPoint. These sessions were setup to provide information on how to make these videos and time to do some solo hands-on work. It was a really great couple of days and the participants made some wonderful videos.


What The Day Was Like

Lauren Goodman started out with some really valuable information about how to think about designing your video so it has the greatest value to your students. She introduced cognitive load theory which helps the video focus on the central concepts that students need to grapple with and shoed how to avoid making that process more complex for the student. You can see her slides here.

Christian Tenczar then showed how the mechanics of making a video in PowerPoint work. You can see his video version of this here or download his slides here.

Faculty went off to work on their first video and then we rejoined for my talk about how to get your students to actually watch your videos.  You can download my slides here.

What People Made:

I was impressed by the thoughtful effort that everyone put in to designing and creating their videos. They range from introducing critical central concepts that set the stage to explanations of complex concepts that students may need to watch over and over. I promised that I would include the disclaimer that these are first attempts (almost everyone who allowed me to post their videos said this), but that part doesn’t really seem apparent to me when I watch them. They all play a central and valuable role in providing ways for our students to get the knowledge they need to really understand the course and do a good job at it!

In alphabetical order by professor name:

Tom Carey on the liver.

Jen Collins explains enthalpy and bond energy.

Michele Darroch talks about hip joints.

Chuck Prescott introduces his students to the idea of argument in composition.

Tom Tyning making categories of amphibians clear.