From the venerable Chronicle of Higher Education, comes this article “Film School: To Spice Up Course Work, Professors Make Their Own Videos

When I saw the headline last week I read a paragraph, rolled my eyes and and went on with my readings. But today it popped back up in my reader from someone else’s blog and I thought, okay, I’ll play along. Let’s see what, about professors making their own videos, is news. Here’s a quote from the article:

Mr. Berger, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been experimenting with several new Web technologies as part of a project called HigherEd 2.0, which is supported by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Half a million dollars to do what some of us have been doing as a responsible part of our job? This is clearly a fluff piece. They interview three individuals for the article. There’s no broad survey of who else (ahem … community colleges) might be making videos for their classes. There’s no mention of how video lessons are a NECESSARY component for online classes.

I thought I would try to engage with some of the details in the article. So I looked up HigherEd 2.0. You can visit the site yourself and make your own determination. There are five training modules (basics of podcasting, basics of blogging, student-generated content). I saw that the site had a blog and I wondered how I’d never come across the HigherEd 2.0 Blog … the blog has one post. Enough said.

I’ve been in the “video-making biz” for a year now, but I know other community college folks that have been doing it for YEARS for their online classes. The only news in this story is how much money the NSF is shelling out to encourage these profs to engage with technology. Clearly, we need to find open-source methods of providing the same encouragement. Or maybe I’m just jealous …

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