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Peer Review

Elixr: Engage Students through Productions

by Jen Vaughn


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 19, 2012 by Faculty Development
Overview: This case study of faculty member Jen Vaughn (San Francisco State University) uses a series of digital video to share experiences from faculty and student perspectives. She shares various student engagement techniques used in her Corporate & Institutional Television course. She uses action learning approaches to prepare her students for their career goals and gives them tools to think critically about media production while learning to be entrepreneurial with their skills and resources. She keeps students engaged students engaged, both inside and outside of class, through group projects, guest lecturers, informative demonstrations, and action learning projects creating informative and entertaining video.
Type of Material: Case Story using Digital Video
Recommended Uses: Preparation for using digital video as part of a course. Reflection on digital video projects for teacher education, instructional technology, innovative teaching, digital storytelling, effective classroom practice, teaching, faculty development, pedagogy, action learning, corporate video production.
Technical Requirements: Flash 9 or later
Identify Major Learning Goals: This resource is excellent for faculty development and for film students. The case study uses a series of digital video from the perspectives of students and faculty who reflect on action learning projects. Students chose projects that took them theory to practice, working as teams to produce videos for and about faculty and students. They share experiences, challenges, and outcomes.
Target Student Population: The level of language used and the depth of knowledge provided make it a college-level resource ideal for these target populations: Faculty Development Undergraduate / graduate teacher education (all subjects) Undergraduate / graduate film students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: It's an Elixr case study that focuses on an educator and her students who are taking a course that includes action learning at the campus to produce digital video about their experiences as the apply skills and knowledge about corporate media.
Concerns: none

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Case Story provides real-world context and views. It models best practices for teaching with digital video including student engagement, challenges and desired outcomes.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Just point and click on everything. Provides a narrative out to the left to help engage viewer
Concerns: Minor distraction in a few spots – where the music was a bit loud, making it difficult to listen to the person speaking.

Other Issues and Comments: None