Some cool sample content from my recent video project

by jarradr

An excellent example of the intersection of two of my passions (education and psychological thriller movies) and yet another instance of my project being used in ways that I had not intentioned, due to the creativity (there’s that word again) of the Georgia Tech student population.

There are a few things going on here. First, I’m not sure if you’ve seen the movie Memento, but here is a brief trailer (please excuse some of the language):

After watching that, check out this video done by a student in the Physics class into which I integrated my video idea last term:

I love it.
Next, please check out the other videos by clicking on the C21U link found beneath the video. Note, though, that these are but a few of the videos submitted by students during the course of the project. Some are extremely creative but, for one reason or another, did not get submitted for the competition. Here is another video produced by the same production “team.” Note: the student actor was the star, but his roommate was the cameraman and actually did all of the hard work; how else would this guy have written a problem on his back? I shudder to think about which of them might have written the problem on his upper thigh (just jokes).

Some interesting points that come out of analysis of this portion of the project are:

1. Noting that their classmates have to rank the videos, is it better for students to produce content that is academically relevant or simply amusing?

2. One perspective of student-developed video requires that students “teach the underlying concepts” while others simply involve the presentation of problem solutions. This project, in particular, has shown how different these two notions can be.

3. This is the first project that I completed using a video-hosting service other than YouTube. The Digital Media tool lacks some of the interface options (annotation, user-prescribed graphical hit-counting, etc) but it allows us to present the videos to a Tech-only audience. The videos entered into the TechBurst competition, therefore, had to be re-produced from the original raw files, in many cases. The difference between the two programs, and the corresponding affects on the producers and consumers of video content, is important to consider.


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