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Wednesday, April 25 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Producing YouTube Study Guide Videos in an Introductory Composition Class

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As part of the run-up for an academic conference, my section of English 101 partnered with a section of African American Studies to participate in an interdisciplinary examination of the miniseries Roots. The conversations that resulted from this partnership were so compelling that the English 101 class developed our responses into “study guide” videos designed to provide resources for future students. In the process, the students not only demonstrated their profound insight into the show’s themes, but also received a crash course in critical reflection, collaborative writing, outlining and drafting, elocution, PowerPoint protocol, and video recording. Guided by the UDL principles regarding expression/communication and effort/persistence, we developed a rigorous process that combined individual writing with collaborative work in a way that allowed students to express their responses to the text through a variety of formats, including reflection essays, discussions, PowerPoint presentations, collaborative writing assignments, and, ultimately, a video.

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Randy Laist

Randy Laist is associate professor of English at Goodwin College.  He is the author of "Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo's Novels" and "Cinema of Simulation: Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s."

Wednesday April 25, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Courtyard/South Poolside