Connect – March 2016

Faculty using Video at WFU

Connect IconWhile there are a number of faculty here at Wake Forest who are committed to the creative use of video to enhance instruction, we’d like to highlight two of them:

Kyle Denlinger – VoiceThread in LIB 100

Kyle Denlinger, eLearning Librarian at ZSR, took the opportunity to design an online version of LIB 100 – Accessing Information in the 21st Century, to incorporate video using VoiceThread. He refers to VoiceThread as more of a communication platform, calling it “less of a presentation tool, and more of a conversation.” Here are a few of the ways VoiceThread features in LIB 100.

  • Introductory Videos – In addition to readings and other videos, Kyle created a VoiceThread each week where he presented content by video narrating over slides. Periodically, throughout the presentation, he would ask students to respond to a question and they would post replies in text, audio, or video that everyone could see and respond to.Kyle - Voicethread
  • Discussion – VoiceThread allowed Kyle to reconfigure in-class discussions by posting slides with six compelling question prompts related to each week’s readings. Students had to respond to at least two questions each week and reply to each other’s responses.
  • “Big Idea” VoiceThread – Each week students identified one big idea they took away from the course that week and created a three slide VoiceThread. Slide one unpacked the big idea they were taking away, slide two described an idea on which they were still unclear, and slide three asked a question of the class, leading to more discussion.
  • Tutorials – Students also created some of the course content by narrating screencast videos teaching others how to use a specific library database. They uploaded their videos to VoiceThead to share with the class.
  • Pecha Kucha – At the end of the course, students presented their research project in the form of a Pecha Kucha presentation with audio or video narration.

Kyle asked his students to reflect on the course at the end, and many reported actually participating more than they do most in-person classes. He believes that the students came to see themselves not just as passive consumers of information, but as active producers of it, in part due to the video based assignments and discussion.assignments and discussion

Mary Dalton – Recording Video Interviews with Authors over Skype

 Dr. Mary Dalton is developing an online version of COM 318 – Culture and the Sitcom. The textbook for the course is a collection of essays about the topic organized by decade and written by a number of authors. Mary used the online nature of the course to do something she has always wanted to do: bring the physically dispersed authors into the classroom.  Mary & Laura - Skype

She used Skype to video call the authors, and Call Recorder to capture the video of the speaker and herself having a conversation. The videos will be embedded in her Sakai course site, and stored in the Online Education’s Vimeo account. Students will see the interview, then read the chapter, then view the associated sitcoms, now with a framework for intellectual analysis as opposed simply for entertainment. If you have a moment, view an excerpt from one of the interviews.

Mary’s course will run online this summer.  For more information, see

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