I’ve spent the last two days attending and presenting at the Heartland eLearning Conference. It’s a really great conference, with fantastic speakers (Michael Wesch, Lee Crocket, Alec Couros, Mark Milliron, and dozens more over the past couple of years) and I leave excited and inspired every year.
This year I was very excited to be asked to give two talks at the HELC. The first was a short “Think Talk” called “Class Assignments that Shatter the Box.” It designed to stimulate and challenge the status quo about what course assignments could or should do, by highlighting a couple of projects that my students and I have worked on over the past four years (including our two free textbooks and two documentary series). I was specifically asked to give this talk after several of the conference organizers watched me give the below talk at IgniteOKC 4.0 this past November.
My second talk was entitled “From 0 to 35,000 in a Year: The Impact of Student-Created Documentaries via YouTube.” It really focused on how we had created the two documentary series (Pseudoscience in Oklahoma and Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology), what lessons I had learned, and the impact of those documentaries since being made (illustrated below).
I got some excellent feedback from the attendees, and will be helping a number of them develop similar projects in their disciplines. Hopefully some of you are enjoying the books and videos as well!