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Student Project Production in a BYOD World
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About this session:

As more students come in with rudimentary knowledge of how to create a video on their phones, and the end results for student media projects are meant for a larger and interactive audience, how can a Media Center adapt their resources and training programs to accommodate these changes?

Proposed Content:

  • Background on the Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC, an Academic Unit)
  • Examples of media projects that have been assigned in language classes at Northwestern University and a description of the equipment/resources used to complete them; stressing the fact that the priority is the subject matter/content and not the execution of the project.
  • How the MMLC supported these projects for their supported classes:
    • Determining workflow for the students with faculty (especially those who assign media projects but have never made one themselves). For example, scaffolding exercises or benchmark assignments, how media will be transferred to the delivery mode, etc.
    • Resource allocation – in terms of equipment and facilities; training
  • Breakdown of student backgrounds of today citing articles about Millennial usage of technology. Anecdotal observations of the students and unexpected gaps in their knowledge.
  • The landscape of projects today: Interactive web projects spanning multiple classes publication intended for real-world audiences. Quality expectations are higher.
  • How we have adapted:
    • While higher resolution than older formats, shooting with phones are not ideal in terms of lighting and more importantly, sound. We have developed a universal equipment inventory to reflect this need.
    • Other considerations for students: media storage, file transferring, power
    • Covering basic computing skills such as where files are saved is now the norm. Digital skills acquirement is now somewhat part of the pedagogy of the classes in addition to the subject matter/content.
    • Lab session training has become more conceptual rather than focusing on a specific piece of equipment. Office Hours or email responses are how specific questions about a personal device are addressed.
    • Establishing parameters on format/sizes/etc in order to standardize submissions.

Attendees will learn:

  • Best practices for supporting shooting with iPhones/Smart Phones - at a universal level
  • Tips for Training non-media savvy students shooting and editing / points to bring up that are useful and go a long way
  • Things to consider (and convey to faculty) regarding problems students face when assigned a media project. How to help faculty manage their expectations and grade subject over execution.

Importance to the field:

  • For people who circulate equipment, it is helpful to stock certain items and now think of universal support
  • The way one teaches learning technology also needs to be updated given the backgrounds that more and more students come in with.
  • Within the CCUMC community, many of the Media Centers fall under IT or Library Services (based on recent survey polls on the listserv) and having an academic perspective may help as more and more technicians are asked to give their support on the instruction end.

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About the presenter:

Cecile-Anne Sison, Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC) at Northwestern University

Cecile-Anne Sison is the Instructional Technology Implementation Manager of the Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC), where she has worked with faculty, students and staff for over a decade. In addition to creating media and managing projects for course enhancement, she leads workshops and training sessions as well as oversees the MMLC's student staff, facilities, and equipment inventory. Prior to the MMLC, Ms. Sison spent many years photographing, researching and creating metadata for the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, a project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She holds a BS in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University, is an award-winning short film producer and director, and has taught filmmaking courses at Northwestern University and The National High School Institute.