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  • Christine James #107

    Arizona State’s fun video about going to your professor during office hours! Chere Peguesse who is one of our collaborators just sent it to me! Thank you Chere!

    Christine James #98

    In this update for the Video Innovation Grant Idea:

    I. Next meeting date and time based on Doodle Poll.
    II. Cost estimates and opening discussion on how to write up the budget lines for the submission for the Innovation Grant.

    The majority of the Doodle Poll respondents have designated Monday 11/16/15 from 3:00-4:00pm at the Idea Center as the best time for our next meeting. There were two respondents who were not able to meet at that time, Mark McNalley and Blake Pearce. For us to have a time to meet and discuss with them, I made an additional reservation at the Idea Center for a time when they both can meet, Monday 11/9/15 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. If you can come to both meetings, or email your thoughts and concerns for us to discuss at both meetings, that would be much appreciated.
    So please mark down:
    1. Video Innovation Grant Primary (Majority) Meeting: Monday 11/16/15 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Idea Center (on this date, I reserved the space until 5pm for extended discussion if needed and I will stay until 5pm).
    2. Video Innovation Grant Secondary Meeting for Pearce and McNalley and anyone else who would like to meet before the majority meets: Monday 11/9/15 from 2:00-3:00pm at the Idea Center

    Estimates of cost received from Keith Warburg and Laura Byers are below. Note that Keith has pointed out that students cannot be paid through normal channels (I would like to ask the group if “stipends” are included in that stipulation or not; I know that the Honors Scholars receive some monies through other terminology, “scholarship, fellowship, stipend,” etc.?) and that we might arrange a foundation account (I know from my own grants that the process of making equipment purchases through ePro Requestor is a bit “intricate”. Is the idea of taking grant money and putting it into a foundation account possible, and easier or harder, than the normal ePro requester process? We need advice from people who are very familiar with the way grant monies can and cannot be used so that we phrase all of these the right way in our submission for the Innovation Grant. Perhaps Sheri Gravett can advise us on this?

    As always thank you very much, looking forward to seeing you (majority meeting on Monday 11/16/15 from 3:00-4:00pm at the Idea Center.)
    Best wishes,

    From: Keith Warburg
    To: Christine A James; Cc: Deborah C Robson; Laura E Byers; Kimberly Ann Tanner; Mon 10/26/2015 2:57 PM
    For our purposes, here’s a general outline of time:

    Planning and equipment gathering, contacting individuals, scheduling: 1 hour
    Interview set up, conduct, break down: 2 hours per location
    B-roll footage: 1 hour per location
    Editing: 1 hour per minute of finished video
    Captioning: 10-15 minutes per minute of finished video with out transcripts
    with scripts, 12-20 minutes maximum for <10 min project
    Uploading and finishing: 15-30 minutes

    Total: 7 hours minimum @ $9/hour student workers = $63.

    More realistically, budgeting for more than one location and talent, an estimate of $100 is more reasonable.

    This would be a great fit for our students. However, we cannot pay them traditionally (they work the maximum of two allowable on campus jobs, us and athletics). We could arrange a contribution to the Video Services Foundation Account to help us with supplies, student uniforms for covering events, and the like.

    Keith Warburg, M.Ed.
    Valdosta State University Creative Services
    Associate Director for Marketing and Digital Media
    Chair, Council on Staff Affairs
    If your reply requires immediate attention, please contact me at 229-412-0861.

    Laura E Byers
    To: Christine A James; Cc: Deborah C Robson; Keith Warburg; Kimberly Ann Tanner;
    Mon 10/26/2015 3:53 PM
    Hi, Christine.
    Transcription and captioning is $2.85/minute through AMAC, the USG agency that we contract for post-production captioning (i.e. captions created after the video has been completed and edited).
    If you need further information, just let me know.

    Christine James #89

    Doodle Poll link for our next meeting between November 9-18, 2015:

    Christine James #88

    Link to Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences video:

    Christine James #87
    Christine James #86

    Updates from the week ending 10/23/2015:

    Action Steps and Special Requests:

    Deb Robson, Keith Warburg, Kimberly Tanner, Laura Byers:

    Can you send us budget line estimates, in dollar amounts, for an example 2 minute video, to help us prepare our budget write-up for the grant? It would help if you could estimate a cost per video for hours of work in filming, processing, and captioning the video, for equipment needs.

    Also, Pat Miller suggests web-animated videos, which would take less time and organization, but it would still be good for people with your experience to actually plan the videos even if they are quick animations. What would be the estimate budget amounts for animated videos?

    Once I have budget estimates for both live and animated videos, I will do a draft of the grant application text for everyone to see.

    Notes from meetings on 10/20/2015

    I. Meeting of Chere Peguesse, Christine James, and Donna Sewell 2pm at Idea Center.
    We decided on the order of work to be done:
    1. Request specific budget line information from parties that will create actual videos (ie., Deb Robson, Keith Warburg, and Kimberly Tanner/Laura Byers for captioning.) Need this info for the application.
    Students creating the video content should be included in the grant for potential small stipends. Students appearing in the videos will sign waivers and be encouraged to approach it as service learning-experiential learning.
    We should explore the possibility of a student review or consultation board to double-check the older faculty members’ sense of humor. Will the students and their parents find it funny if we do, etc.  (As per conversations at Café Innovation, parents will be a major audience for the videos as well as students)
    2. Create list of “top ten video need issues” (see list appended below of the ideas we have already discussed), email to collaborate and cull list.
    3. Doodle Poll for a large meeting to be held at the Idea Center in the second week of November (Homecoming Week). This group will review and edit the draft mentioned in 4.
    4. Make a draft of what text will go in the boxes on the Innovation Grant application on the web, which will be open November 23, 2015:
    5. Have the Homecoming Week meeting for everyone to comment and edit the draft of our detailed application.
    6. Complete and submit application before the winter break so we won’t need to worry about it in December-January.

    Besides the ideas we had for Xtranormal and Delta safety style-inspired videos, Donna also suggests Rob Lowe Direct TV style-inspired ads: and Evolve style public service announcements:
    Chere Peguesse has narrated PowerPoints about the student success center which can be turned into video material with more energy and humor.

    II. Christine James met with Pat Miller by chance at the Campus Communications Board at the Student Union Heritage Room 5pm
    1. Pat let us know about her work – will be another collaborator, she is doing a “native advertising” video (will look like the normal format/platform of the Spectator) two minutes with a Nursing student returning from a missionary trip.
    2. Pat really encourages us to consider animation of the type used in the How to Become a Sophomore Blazeview area videos. To see the videos, one must have access to the course shell in Blazeview and use Explorer, not Chrome. Niki Turley is main contact person on this – list of all titles appended bottom of page 2. I have copied one video here to give a sense of what they are like:
    3. Pat encourages us to be very mindful of copyright, ensuring that each video created which might take inspiration from a commercial advertisement should be parody or fair use. I looked up a source explaining such parody and fair use for educational purposes. Must have no direct copying of images or dialogue, etc.; must parody or reinterpret for new purpose, etc. Please see:

    List of video ideas as it currently stands:
    –Student Success – video of student going to Student Success center with copy of assignment for a paper, bringing the right materials, asking good questions (Danielle Bacud requests)
    –How to get along with a roommate, what to do if you and your roommate need to split
    –What not to say to a professor when you miss class (“Did you do anything important”)
    –What to do to come back into a class when you have been missing a lot of class meetings or assignments; getting back on track in a positive way
    — Syllabi: What You Can Find In Them
    –Transitioning from 5-paragraph essay to research papers
    –Office hours vs Classrooms (Where is my Prof?)
    –Life in Residence Halls
    –Examples of classes of varying sizes with interaction: the Supersection, the Mid-Size-Lecture, the Seminar
    –How to read complex texts
    –How tutoring works (Chere Peguesse requests)
    –How to peer review other students’ writing
    –Undergraduate Research videos ex. Michigan State
    –The 5 Kinds of Students You Will Meet in Class (and Which One to Emulate)
    –The 5 Kinds of Professors You Will Meet in Class (and How to Work with Them)
    –The GPA Calculator and how difficult it can be to come back from a bad semester
    –Extra Credit: Professors Vary, don’t count on it to save your grade
    –Time Management (needs a more interesting title, but calendaring skills, portioning time for study and fun)
    –The Flow Chart (should I go to class; make the right decision, professors might vary in attendance policy, and some take attendance without you knowing because your photo is in Banner and the Data Warehouse, but it never hurts to go to class)
    –Leave Your Helicopter Parent Behind
    –Mark Smith from English showed a video from Emory University during the Open House Visitation Day on October 17. We need to do our own!!!! Donna Sewell contacted him for which video it was. The first link below is the Emory video:

    Uniting theme: the “Real” Rules of College, or “A Day In The Life of a Successful College Student”

    List of extant How to Become a Sophomore animated videos:
    01. Going to Class
    02. Using the Syllabus
    03. Cheating & Plagiarism
    04. Absence Policies
    05. Drop/Withdrawal Policies
    06. Using Resources
    07. Understanding Your GPA
    08. College vs. High School
    09. Building Your Résumé
    10. Finding Your Balance
    11. How to get a 4.0

    Notes from Gardner Rogers’ meeting on 10/23/2015 with Ryan Teter and Mark McNalley in Residence Life: Their emails are and

    –We met this morning. Residence Life definitely wants to be part of this. Christine’s 10/21 email listed several housing and student life topics. “Life in Residence Halls” is of course way too broad–a placeholder–and Mark suggests a video about communication (especially, but not exclusively, communication with a roommate) as a specific topic in its stead. About “Time Management”: Mark approached this topic with an insight I liked, framing it as identifying sleeplessness and stress as symptoms of problems with time management. Ryan and Mark both liked the topic of “Helicopter Parents”–they get a lot of that action in their positions.

    –We agreed that Mark should have heavy input in the scripting and creation of these videos. We also agreed that Mark will suggest additional topics related to residence life.

    –FWIW, I want to report that both of them were enormously impressive. Mark will be our primary contact because Ryan is leaving VSU in November.

    Best to all,


    Mark McNalley sent me a link to a series of student life videos from MacEwan University Residence Life–he and Ryan Teter have been looking at them as potential models. Here’s the link:

    Christine James #76

    Just a follow up to note that Gardner, Donna, Chere and I have been meeting at the Idea Center regularly, and we have an upcoming meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at 2pm. We’ll be comparing notes from all of our meetings with the list of collaborators. Feel free to join us or contact us.
    Best wishes,

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