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With the ever-increasing availability of media production technology, the traditional paper writing assignment has new competition: the video essay. This is a potential boon to the discipline of media studies, as students can analyze films, television shows, video games, and radio using the same visual and sonic forms as the original texts. For instructors accustomed to utilizing written assignments, however, myriad questions abound: What are the pedagogical benefits of video essays compared to paper writing assignments? What technological savvy should we expect our students to have, and how do we teach media production skills, in addition to the standard course content? What equivalencies can be established between a research paper and a video essay, in terms of length, composition, and academic rigor? How do we properly grade assignments like these? What copyright issues have to be dealt with when using source content? The Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier editorial team at TeachingMedia.org invites proposals that address these questions and more in regard to assigning video essays in media studies courses. Those wishing to submit should compose a 300-word abstract of the proposed 1500-word essay, briefly describing the essay topic and how it connects to the Dossier topic, as well as a 150-word teaching biography highlighting relevant courses taught. The proposal deadline is April 22, and proposals should be submitted to Erin Copple Smith at email@example.com. Click here for more information.
Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier Vol. 1 Winter/Spring 2013
Edited by Erin Copple Smith and Lisa Patti
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