CITES Academic Technologies is looking for UIUC faculty, instructors, and TAs to help us research the benefits of online micro-lectures in teaching and learning. The Micro-Lecture Initiative will select a limited number of proposals for the development of online videos, vodcasts, podcasts, or other types of short multimedia presentations to be integrated into course learning activities. We are particularly interested in projects that can serve as models for others on campus who wish to use self-produced multimedia content in their teaching.
Possible scenarios for use of micro-lectures include:
- Review videos or podcasts that highlight the salient points of in-class lectures or readings.
- Videos or audio segments that provide supplementary instruction for difficult to understand concepts
- Videos that move narrative portions of classes online to free up face-to-face class time for non-lecture activities.
- Stand-alone short lecture modules with guided web-based activities to teach particular skills not covered in the face-to-face class.
- Brief, showpiece lectures as in the TED Talks, to promote a course, program, department, or instructor.
- Student work that can be used as learning objects or examples of "A+" work.
For full consideration e-mail a brief proposal (250 words) with "Micro-Lecture RFP" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. This proposal should include the instructional purpose of the mini-lecture, its relationship to the face-to-face portion of the course, the activities to be associated with the content, and a proposed time frame. The proposal should also indicate the format of the lecture and the target location for the completed project (e.g. in Illinois Compass, on a course website, etc.). Deadline for submissions is May 30, 2010.
CITES Academic Technologies will provide all multimedia production resources and support for the projects selected, including instructional design and access to necessary software and hardware. The goal of the Micro-Lecture Initative is to discover a variety of self-sustaining models for micro-lecture development on campus, and priority consideration will be given to sustainable products that can be used beyond the life of the initiative.
While we only have resources to develop a limited number of project proposals, CITES Academic Technologies staff will consult with every instructor who presents a proposal to provide feedback on the feasibility of the project and assistance in creating a suitable alternative.
If you have any questions about the topic or the proposal process, please contact Al Weiss (email@example.com, 265-8488) at CITES Academic Technologies.