Inaugural SPH Learning Design Meeting

Jake Waxman leading presentation in room of media colleagues held in the Media Hub.

The CHDS Media Hub team continues its ongoing mission to improve multi-modal pedagogy across the Harvard Chan School through a new partnership between Media Hub Director Jacob Waxman and Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) Video Producer Julia King.

Waxman and King brought together instructional designers and video producers working in complimentary roles at the Harvard Chan School with the dual goals of crafting an ongoing working group for knowledge sharing and collaboration and providing take-away examples of multimodal pedagogical methods.

Video producers and instructional designers work on opposite ends of the multimedia education production process but operate on similar logic and strive for similar goals. While the instructional designer’s goal is to make the lesson pedagogically strong through planning and designing learning materials, video producers are responsible for employing strong pedagogical practices in the production and video editing process. Waxman and King identified these two roles as collaborative opportunities if each were approached in a more trans-disciplinary way with a global view of the production process.

Waxman gave attendees a tour of the spaces, including examples of the Hub’s preproduction, production, and postproduction processes, and how each part of the workflow supported experimentation, novel approaches, and iterative improvements. Attendees participated in mini-workshops which demonstrated examples of evidence-based pedagogy using multimedia design principles by placing them in the position of being “learners” and illustrated the importance of creating a safe space for faculty experimentation.

Attendees explored the Media Hub’s rotating exhibit, which highlights recent projects and residencies that used novel visualization techniques, encouraging new residents to explore the breadth of modalities when embarking on a Media Hub project. The current exhibit, developed by Megan Harding and Waxman, includes lessons learned from the course “Decision Science for Public Health,” RDS 202, with an informative walk through of the construction of the introductory multimedia lesson on building decision trees that used an example from Ben Franklin’s son’s smallpox inoculation.

More about the CHDS Media Hub

The CHDS Media Hub combines a physical brainstorming space with a laboratory-like digital environment to prototype, pilot and produce educational multimedia for teaching, learning and policy translation.

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