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Published on Jan 5, 2011
This video is part of an ELIXR MERLOT faculty development module on Nurturing Student Creativity with Video Projects conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries with English and Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing faculty member Jacqui Sadashige.
Jacqui has explored video mashup assignments with freshman seminars that link cinema studies with critical writing. Students explore argumentative forms to address topics in film such as representation of the body, racial politics in the media, and changes in gender roles. Video projects add a collaborative component and invite students to think critically about how other forms of communication mirror language and writing. In reflective essays, students explore how mashup video project creation refines skills in research, editing, and audience consideration first practiced through essay composition.
Jacqui introduces the project ten weeks into the semester. Students in random groups explore simple video-editing software. Students express ownership of and pride in their video projects. One student posted his video on YouTube, linked it to his Facebook profile, and encouraged all his friends to watch and comment on his writing seminar assignment.