Online Course Trailers Developed by NIU Faculty Mace Bentley

Dr. Mace Bentley, Associate Professor, Department of Geography at Northern Illinois University has developed the following movie trailers as an experiment in trying new ways to recruit more students to his classes. According to Mace,

I thought the idea of a class trailer (similar to a movie trailer) might provide a nice multimedia introduction to classes. I think it might help to access the “Net Generation” in a way engaging and motivating to them.

Take a look at the finished product!

GEOG 368: Climate Change (online)

GEOG 408/508: Tropical Environmental Hazards

Mace included a link in the YouTube descriptions to the NIU online web page where prospective students can learn more and enroll. Additionally, Mace shared:

I created these in iMovie and have used all my own materials to avoid copyright issues. It took a while to figure out how to do it, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate in iMovie. The idea is to keep it short, to the point, and stimulating. I shot my videos on a Lumix GF-1 and iPhone and then downloaded directly into iMovie where I did the editing and incorporation with photos. The video portions are actually parts of vodcasts I have developed for several classes. This process takes time but can be done.

Have you ever considered creating a similar video trailer to promote your course(s)? Perhaps you’ve seen other similar video trailers online? Leave a comment with your experiences and/or links to any other similar trailers you’d recommend sharing with others!

Opinions and Commentary on Texting in Teaching

What perspectives have already been shared concerning incorporating text messaging into teaching? The following links to opinions and commentary provide individual perspectives on texting and education.

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Statistics on Use of Texting

How prevalent is the use of texting today? Is it just a passing fad, or has texting truly become an integral means of communication in society today? The following sources provide for more information on the use of texting.

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Texting Background and Definitions

Looking for more information on the background of text messaging, the tecnology the makes it possible, or definitions of technical terms? The following resources provide foundational background information.

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Envisioning the Future of Education Technology

What technology will we be using in the classroom 3, 5, or 10 years or more from now? This visualization attempts to organizing a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the coming decades.

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