Exemplary Video-Based Argument

Last week, I posted about some of the multimedia assessment guidelines we’re developing in the Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar. This week, I’d like to try to apply those guidelines to a professional video clearly intended to communicate an academic-style argument. Mike Rugnetta of PBS’s Idea Channel posts new videos once a week investigating “connections between pop…

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Evaluating Multimedia Assignments

We’re asking a number of important questions in the Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar: What is multimedia? Why assign multimedia rather than a traditional paper? What kinds of assignments are worth giving in which disciplinary contexts to develop what kinds of knowledge and skills? But more important than any of these questions is the one that…

Learning by Doing: Podcasts

In the Graduate Multimedia Fellows seminar, co-sponsored by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and the Bok Center, we’re generating best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating multimedia assignments. Every week, we read scholarship, examine exemplary student and professional multimedia work, and discuss what kinds of assignments (multimedia and traditional) work best in various…

Use Skype in the Classroom

by Alexis Harrison One way to bring material alive in a section discussion is to invite a guest speaker to talk directly with students about the material you are covering. In practice, it is hard to arrange for “experts” to visit classes in person, but many people are willing to take the time to talk to…

Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar Application

The Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar is a new Teaching Certificate course offered at the Bok Center with the support of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. Over the course of the spring semester, the course will train graduate students in the theories, research, and skills necessary to design and evaluate multimedia assignments. Fellows will…

New Teaching Certificate Course

Many TFs teach in courses that require students to complete multimedia assignments (videos, podcasts, websites, etc.), but these TFs often have few opportunities to learn how to create and grade these assignments. Thanks to a generous grant from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, that’s about to change. This spring the Bok Center will offer…

STEM for the Liberal Arts?

One of the most popular acronyms in discussions about education these days (no, this is not another post about MOOCs) is STEM – standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It typically comes up in contexts such as “It doesn’t take a nuclear physicist to determine that the future of the United States depends heavily…