The Video Essay as a Learning Tool in Field-Based Courses and Design Courses

Awardees: Jorrit de Jong and Cecily Tyler (HKS)

Summary: Awardees explored the video essay as an integrative teaching tool in field-based and design-oriented courses.

Lecturer Jorrit de Jong and research fellow Cecily Tyler had seen an increase in demand for the use of video and other multimedia approaches to teaching and learning but noticed a disconnect between the multimedia-rich world students live in and the textbook-based world they learn in.

The project team aimed to (1) investigate how the video-essay can be aligned and integrated with other qualitative and quantitative methods of discovery and design; (2) develop the community engagement aspects of using video in the field; (3) develop the scaffolding structures for training students to prepare, produce, and edit video-essays; and (4) develop materials that document the pedagogic experience, communicate the benefits to students and faculty, and transfer insights and knowledge to interested teachers and learners.

Website dedicated to the video essay: