Engaging Broader Publics: Extending dialogue and discussion through digital media

Authors: Melissa Rock*, SUNY New Paltz
Topics: Cultural Geography, Communication, Geography Education
Keywords: film, video production, engagement, teaching, media, human, critical
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Oakley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Multi-media final projects challenge students to think creatively about how and for what purposes they labor to frame, package and share their scholarly research. The integration of digital video essay assignments (DVE) in my courses, in particular, have pushed them to engage with new multi-media technology, refine their research for an alternative method of delivery and reconsider their project goals as they engage a more expanded audience for their work. In contrast to traditional end-of-the-semester essays, properly executed DVE assignments have pushed my students to 1) become proficient users of the software and hardware involved in creating their final products, 2) think through the steps involved in creating a well-researched, articulately narrated, and professionally designed visual presentation of their topic, 3) become critical producers (as well as consumers) of multi-media content, and 4) consider the ways in which video and film offers a multi-sensory opportunity to engage their audience(s) in a dialogue about their research. These DVE projects were developed so that students may share their research with individuals beyond the classroom through campus and community presentations and through social media in an effort to sustain dialogue on the important and pertinent contemporary issues covered.

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