2006 Teaching and Learning Symposium

3:00-4:30 p.m., April 25, 2006
Mary Gates Commons


Session Description

Creating a Video Clip Resource to Enhance Linguistics Courses

Sharon Hargus (Linguistics) and Steve Moran (Linguistics, Language Learning Center)

This project results from Hargus’s experience at the 2005 Institute for Teaching Excellence.  A number of presenters there (e.g. Baldasty, Communication Studies) made the point that video clips can be an effective enhancement of the classroom experience, for at least two reasons.  First, for some points to be taught, one clip is worth a thousand words.  Secondly, one or more video clips help break up a 50-minute lecture.

Prior to the development of this resource, some Linguistics teachers were already using video in their classrooms to a certain extent, but there was no central departmental resource and much ignorance about potentially interesting clips. 

Through server space and Student Assistant time provided by the Language Learning Center (LLC), we have been building an online repository of streamable video clips for use in Linguistics classes. This resource has the benefit of being accessible via the internet, which allows teachers to take full advantage of computers and projectors in many classrooms and facilities on campus. Problems which are being surmounted in creating this resource include:  obtaining permission from publishers to reproduce copyrighted materials, time (to review video, decide what an effective clip would be), digitizing video, and converting it into web accessible formats. The LLC has provided access to specialized hardware needed for digitization of VHS, as well as the technological know-how for software needed for the editing and conversion processes.

The effectiveness of video clips has been informally assessed as follows.  Hargus gave virtually the same guest lecture (‘Endangered Languages’) in two introductory linguistics classes (LING 200 Aut 2005 and LING 200 Win 2006).  The second lecture included two video clips streamed from the LLC web site.  The level of student interest during and after the lecture was much greater for the Winter 2006 guest lecture than the Aut 2005 version.