This project was started as a collaboration between myself and Audra Hilterbran, Academic Technologies, and the English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) — both units are located at Ohio University . The video was being developed as a guide and resource for students to explain tips for avoiding plagiarism and some of the ins-and-outs they will face during their academic appointment. The subject matter expert for the project was Dr. Dawn Bikowski, Director of ELIP. As we sat to down to discuss what she was looking for in a video Dr. Bikowski was adamant about her needs being a video that had some life to it and something that would engage the students’ attention enough for them to use it as a resource.
The program uses videos as resources regularly and finds that if the videos are not planned well, directed well, or aren’t high quality the students may not use them as a resource. As we discussed moving forward with the project we started to talk about scripting ideas, shots for the video, and even the talent to appear in the video. We realized quickly that a standard 5 minute video would do little to engage the students as an educational tool so with my expertise and experience in interactive video, we decided that would be the best option.
After our initial discussion we set up a collaborative work space within Box. Utilizing Box Notes feature we developed a script that was edited live with all parties and also put ideas inside of the script about the interactive pieces to the video. The Box tool also allowed us to compile images, .pdf’s, and any other documents that were relevant throughout the project. I used Final Cut Pro X to edit the video footage and worked on several different iterations of the video with the subject matter expert providing feedback during the process. The interactive video application we used was HapYak. There are around 12 total interactions on the video with several exercises for the students to engage in and reflect on the content and their understanding of that content. The interactions include pop ups, quizzes, chapter markers, and links to original source material.