Recursive Composition and "Happy Accidents": A Collaboration for Teaching Video Production

ID: 50655 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Mary Ann Mengel and Jeanne Marie Rose, Penn State University, Berks, United States

Thursday, June 22 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Banneker View on map

Presider: John Maune, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

Abstract: The proliferation of recreational, academic, and professional video production has, in recent years, prompted faculty members and professional staff at all kinds of institutions to include video assignments in their courses and programs. With reference to a collaboration between an instructional multimedia designer and a composition faculty member, this paper poses best practices for using video composition to teach multimedia fluency. The paper first describes the institutional grant program that enabled the collaborative development of a “Personal Video Essay” assignment for a sophomore-level composition course, including the development of an instructional video. It then discusses the classroom applications of the video project, highlighting successful student work. Through retrospective analysis of the project’s design, implementation, and outcomes, the authors conclude with recommendations for cultivating a notion of multimodal fluency that balances intentionality and serendipity.


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