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Images and video

March 15, 2012

We learned how faculty are using images and video in their classes, and discussed how careful and creative use of images and video can provoke thinking and deeper learning.

Students in David Foster's large biochemistry class took the initiative to record class lectures, with David's permission.  One of the students described how he purchased a video camera and set up a private server to host the videos.  He set up a class Wordpress site with handouts and links to the lecture videos, which are password protected.  A second student who was in that class became interested in this idea and is now recording lectures for another class he is taking. Students found it valuable to review the lectures and stressed that the videos were not a substitute for going to class. The professor did not notice any decrease in attendance and found that there were fewer incompletes and grade complaints.

Terrie Epstein showed a video that she made for her social studies methods class. The video models how to teach the use of primary sources to high school students.  Students in Terrie's class watch the video at home and are asked to pay particular attention to how the teacher in the video gets her students engaged in the subject matter.  Terrie's students then create their own lesson plans using additional primary sources from the HERB database, which is part of CUNY's American Social History Project.

Mark Halling discussed an assignment in which students are asked to select an image or video that interests them and analyze it in terms of social discourse, applying concepts from the class readings and lectures.  The assignment is currently done in analog form; in the future, Mark would like to develop a digital version of this assignment, using online tools to discuss the selected images and videos.

Steve Kowalik demonstrated ARTstor, an image database available through the Hunter library.  ARTstor allows faculty to save and share sets of images from the database.  Multiple images can be displayed for comparison and users can zoom in on high resolution images.  ARTstor images can be downloaded for use in PowerPoint presentations and can be posted on Blackboard.