Developing 21st Century Skills with Student-created Videos

By Brian Sullivan.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Camtasia, and other screen-capture software, can be used as a pedagogical tool to teach 21st century skills. Camtasia was first used at Loyola University New Orleans for student presentations in the religious studies course, The Synoptic Gospels. This course was supported by an embedded librarian, making it an ideal environment to pilot using Camtasia as a medium for student presentations. Student groups were assigned to present a critical exegesis on a verse from one of the Synoptic Gospels of the Bible using Camtasia. The videos had a required length of 5 minutes or less. In addition to the video, students led a class discussion on their verse. Students were in charge of developing their own workflow for completing the project. The success of these presentations led to other courses using this teaching method, including graduate courses. This paper will provide guidance on the logistics of designing and undertaking this type of project and an overview of 21st Century Skills covered by this project.

Keywords: Screen Capture Software, Student Videos, 21st Century Learning Skills, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.49-55. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 347.279KB).

Brian Sullivan

Online Learning Librarian, University Library, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Brian Sullivan is the Online Learning Librarian at the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library at Loyola University New Orleans. He serves as the librarian liaison to the Departments of English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and the Loyola Institute for Ministry. He received his M.L.S from Indiana University Bloomington in 2009.