This mini-workshop introduces how the video reflection is a powerful teaching and learning tool. Reflection is commonly used in the classroom to encourage students to articulate what and how they have learned (Rose, et al. 2016). Traditionally, students complete these reflections through writing. Written reflections benefit students as a generative process to create meaning for future writing, and as a way to develop authority and expertise (Yancey 1998). The video reflection innovates this traditional written exercise by utilizing digital technologies and having students critically engage with digital practices, while allowing an alternate form of articulation to broaden students’ abilities to communicate effectively. They can be made by students with little or no background in mediamaking, and they transform current student social media practice into pedagogical praxis.
This workshop covers both theoretical and practical knowledge, featuring examples of video reflections and how they are incorporated into courses, and demonstrating how the Communications Department works innovatively with digital technology, particularly student-centered digital methods. Workshop participants will be tasked with designing and theorizing a video reflection assignment for a course, identify how to potentially collaborate with other departments, and to summarize resources they need to make the assignment work at their institution. Participants will create a video reflection – on their experiences of the workshop itself – so as to provide firsthand practice of the creation process of such videos, and the immediate technological resources required. Participants will also be provided with links to resources that they can use at their home institutions.