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The Course Trailer Experience

This past summer, I made a course trailer for a class called KNES213: Introduction to Research in Kinesiology for Dr. Larry Katz. I want to share my experience taking on this project because I learned a lot from it and hopefully my experience can inform yours should you choose to create a course trailer of your own.

Be meticulous with your scheduling

I approached Dr. Katz mid-June with the project idea and he jumped on board right away. We set the deadline for the final project to be early September so it would be ready for his Fall 2016 class. What we did not realize in June however, was how difficult it would be to arrange meetings to complete the project. Between our travel plans and all of the other work we had over the summer, there wasn’t much wiggle room and as a result, much of the work was still left undone by August. Luckily Dr. katz has a wide network of support so while I was absent for the last two weeks of summer, the project miraculously finished itself.

Set realistic goals

You can go out and hire a whole film and production team to make a Hollywood-grade production, or you can make an amateur video that will make you cringe and groan every time you look back on it. In my opinion, the most important part of these videos is the message that you are trying to send, and video quality doesn’t necessarily take away from the message (unless your trailer is for a film and design class I suppose.) So don’t fret if you don’t have the resources for a critically acclaimed trailer, but if you do and want to invest a bit more, nobody is stopping you from going the extra mile!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

This project was extremely exciting in the beginning but as the deadline loomed closer and closer, it was becoming less of a fun challenge and more of a hardship. This was an especially hard truth to reconcile with since I was the one that invovled Dr. Katz in this project in the first place so I didn’t want to say I was losing faith in the project I had started. However, Dr. Katz had invited a huge team of individuals to help with the project from the get-go, so when I expressed my concern for the time constraint and my travel plans, the framework to accommodate for any bumps in the road was already present, and asking for help allowed me to realize there really wasn’t much to worry about.

All in all, making a course trailer was a fantastic experience! I got to look at the course again through a different lens, and also learned how to use amateur animation software. It was definitely a challenge that I would love to take on again.

Who am I?

Judy Tran

Hello there! My name is Judy Tran and I am the Learning Technologies Coach for the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning . I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and my work here at the University of Calgary.

Who am I?

I am a third-year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Kinesiology. I got looped into this exciting job because of my interest in teaching. It is my hope to eventually graduate (after who knows how many years) and become a teacher, so when I saw the opportunity to work as a Learning Technologies Coach for the Taylor Institute, I immediately thought this was the perfect position for me. So what exactly does this job entail and why would I be so eager to be involved with the Taylor Institute? This question brings us to the next section of:

What do I do?

Each faculty on campus has or is in the process of hiring their own Coach, and part of the job description is to help faculty members with integrating technology into their classes. This can include providing guidance on using a tool to enhance the way their class is taught, like using Padlet.com as an annotation tool. The Taylor Institute is a fantastic environment to consider ideas of technology integration – the Learning Studios are really innovative spaces that are equipped with technology and designed for flexibility.

My role as a Coach within the building is to understand how to use the technology we have, and how to help instructors and workshop facilitators use the technology to their advantage to support and encourage learning. One project of mine that is my pride and joy was making a course trailer this past summer for a Kinesiology class I had taken the winter prior. I also act as a first line of contact for instructors over the course of a semester in the event that they need technological support. Many of my tasks are filtered through to me from my colleagues in the EDU, so if you are interested in having an extra pair of hands on board, don’t hesitate to mention my name.

 

I hope this provides a little more clarity on the role of Learning Technology Coaches. As mentioned before, there is a Coach for each faculty so take the time to find out who yours is. We’re here as a foundation of support and we’ve been involved in lots of cool projects so I encourage you to take advantage of this readily available resource!