Case Study: EDPSY 014
Diversity Issues Multimodal Project
EDPSY 014: Introduction to Educational Psychology provides future teacher candidates with an understanding of major concepts, principles and theories, and related research of teaching and learning framed by child development, young adolescent development, and adolescent development. Students work in small groups as part of the course to identify issues of diversity in education and to create multimodal projects that present research on these issues to a wide audience.
Project in Brief
Course: EDPSY 014 (Introduction to Educational Psychology)
Instructor: Martha Strickland
Number of Students: 32 per semester
Semester: Fall 2011-Spring 2018
Duration of Assignment: 13 weeks
Application to Other Courses
EDPSY 014 students will add the media production skills acquired in the course to other presentations. Specifically, when they enter their methods courses, they are expected to effectively leverage multimodal work into their lesson planning and teaching.
Project Description for Students
Goal: 3-minute production to inform classmates/university students of the issue and position(s) on the issue
Required Contents: Research-based information that is produced as a documentary.
Project Planning: Consider the steps found on PSU Media Commons Website (mediacommons.psu.edu/students/)
- Audience: Classmates/University Students
- Create an account with Spark (the platform you will use for your multimodal project spark.adobe.com
- Upload one interview, an introduction video and create a draft of your Spark post presentation. Be creative, clearly and convincingly communicate with supported information
Technical Items: mediacommons.psu.edu/students/
You have a choice of software and device.
- Required components for video editing:
- Able to do voice over
- Create transitions
- Add titles
- Access still images
- Device: (must support movie making software and internet access)
- Windows PC
- Apple device [iPhone, iPad, Mac]
- Android [tablet, phone]
- Address the following:
- Best Practices
- Broadcast Release Form (MUST be submitted for each producer and anyone in the movie)
- Copyright (MUST include credits at the end for any references and media used)
- Free Media Library (mediacommons.psu.edu/free-media-library/)
- Production: must include content & use of technical components as listed above.
- Length: no more than 3 minutes.
- Editing: using software & Free Media Library
- Be sure to have title, effective transitions and attributions/citations
- Publish Multimodal Production
Should include video introduction, short interview and supporting text/graphics.
Creativity, Clear Communication, and Content (supported by scholarly sources & integrated with learning theory) are all necessary. See Rubric on Canvas for further details.
Evaluators: Dr. Strickland & Nick Smerker (Media Commons)
- One Button Studio
- Video camera or mobile phone
- Adobe Spark
- Audio + video editing apps
- Identifying diversity issues
- Researching scholarly and popular
- Articulating findings
- Working in groups of peers
- Interviewing experts
- Presenting findings
- Communicating clearly
- Intentional reflective practice
- Working in teams
(Instructor’s) Lessons Learned
“Being able to facilitate collaboration across teams of learners to create intentional group dynamics is crucial for success in both their professional, academic lives as well as beyond. Groups will often identify their own roles organically, allowing students to leverage individual interests, talents and skill sets – and rely on one another’s as well.
Providing a public-facing outlet for publishing projects not only ensures that student-led research becomes informative for the larger community but also raises the stakes for groups in a beneficial way. Since its second or third iteration, this project has included a research fair, YouTube channel, conference or some combination of options there-of where finished work is put on display. The quality of work that is, from the start, intended to be seen outside the classroom is much higher across my courses.”