Libraries' research project on video use in the classroom
Media creation, distribution, and consumption are faster and cheaper than ever before and video use
on campuses is rapidly accelerating. The Libraries note that many Rutgers faculty are actively using
moving images in the classroom.
As part of an effort to study and promote its services in this area, the Libraries organized a
discussion forum in October on faculty use of video in the curriculum. Featuring three distinguished
speakers from diverse disciplines, the forum brought professors and librarians together to discuss
curricular and research use of video, its impact on teaching and scholarship, and how the Libraries
might better support faculty efforts in this area. Ulla Berg (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
and Anthropology), Richard Koszarski (English and Film and Cinema Studies), and Deepa Kumar (Media
Studies and Middle East Studies) described how they use moving images to teach media literacy and
history, illuminate alternative viewpoints, spark discussion, and bring internationally renowned
experts into the classroom.
In the university environment, the link between video collections and video users is often the
library, which procures, describes, and serves commercially produced-as well as locally produced-
moving images in all formats, from 16mm film to streaming video. Although a fair amount of the
literature discusses the role of video capture and production in learning, and the ways in which
video can enhance cognitive functions to enrich learning, relatively little has been written about
the specific ways faculty discover video for research and curricular use. Input from faculty is
particularly critical now, when the Libraries are leading efforts to develop a catalog system and
new tools that support video initiatives.
If you are Rutgers faculty using moving images in your classrooms or research, we invite you to
participate in a short survey, part of a larger research study being conducted by Jane J. Otto,
Media and Music Metadata Librarian here at Rutgers. The purpose of the research is to engage faculty
in transforming cataloging and discovery of video in library collections.
Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T75PGGX to complete this brief (10 minute) questionnaire.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you!
|Rutgers' professor Louisa Schein with students in her Fall 2011 class.