In-Class Exercises

Larry Adelman (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:38:12 -0700 (PDT)

How about spending some time on how to teach with
video? Video ought to function very differently in
a classroom than it does in a theater. But most
faculty, conditioned as we all are to Hollywood
where film and video is first and foremost an
instrument of diversion and entertainment, have
little idea how to integrate their videos into a
well-defined context of critical inquiry. Media
librarians perform a great pedagogical service when
they can teach faculty techniques that can transform
the customary passive and privatized nature of
movie-viewing into a more self-conscious active,
critical, and social experience. What do you do
when the lights go on? Or perhaps more importantly,
before the lights go off? How do you provide a
common context for viewing, identify and then deepen
understanding of the issues raised, and apply the
insights gained?

We've wrestled with these issues with only partial
success in some of the Facilitator Guides we've
written for out video titles. Interestingly,
student affairs personnel and faculty and staff
development trainers seem to have thought through
these issues much more thoroughly than faculty (who
often seem pressed just to cover the syllabus), and
corporate trainers best of all!

Good luck!

Larry Adelman
California Newsreel
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San Francisco, CA 94103
phone (415) 621-6196
fax (415) 621-6522