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									NERALLT 2008

Multimedia Narration in the Classroom:
Writing with Digital Storytelling

Nicole Vaget, Professor of French
Shaoping Moss, Information Technology Consultant
Mount Holyoke College
              Table of content

1. Traditional method for teaching advanced seminars
   in French Studies
2. New approach using text, images, and sound
3. Description of the new method
4. Integrating the new method through collaboration
5. Implementing technology step by step
6. Demonstrating student projects
7. Conclusion
     Traditional Method for Teaching
    Advanced Seminars in French Studies

•   Before the IT age, a typical advanced seminar in French
    Studies would consist of class discussions, individual
    oral exposés, and an occasional slide show
•   Students sat around a large table and everyone was
    invited to participate in the interpretation of the book
    assigned for the discussion
•   Students wrote a term paper at the end of the semester
                    New Method

• A large screen has replaced the central table
• Presentations are done in PowerPoint
• There is a Website (DreamWeaver) for course
• Multimedia narration in iMovie is required as a term
• Participation of technology consultants
               Why a New Method?

• Most students hand in mediocre papers
• Most students have difficulties using the written media as
  a source of information, while they are very comfortable
  with visual material
• Students learn to decode information about historical and
  cultural context of paintings, and transfer such knowledge
  to literary texts
• In multimedia narrations students combine their expertise
  on art, history and literature
  Examples of Courses with Multi-Media
       Narration as Term Papers

Course on history and film
•   Political Passion and National Predicament in French
    history: the collaboration of France and Nazi Germany
    during the Second World War
Course on art and literature
•   17th, 18th, and 19th century French theater. Molière,
    Marivaux, and Musset: Interplay of Love, Money and
             A Course on History and Film

Political Passion and National Predicament in French history: a spectacular
    revolution in 1789, and the startling collaboration of France and Nazi
    Germany during the Second World War
Films studied
    Marcel Ophuls:The sorrow and the Pity”
     Alain Resnais: Night and Fog
     Claude Berri: Uranus and Lucie Aubrac
     Louis Malle: Lacombe Lucien and Au revoir les enfants
     François Truffaud: The Last Metro
     Claude Chabrol: A Woman’s affaire
Multi media narration produced by students
     Le marché noir à Paris sous l’Occupation
     Les affiches de propagande du Régime de Pétain
     De Gaulle et la Resistance
Syllabus on line:
         Course on Art and Literature

This semester I teach 17th, 18th, and 19th century
French theater: Molière, Marivaux, and Musset: an
interplay of love, money and seduction
Syllabus on line:
         Courses on Art and Literature

The multimedia narrations are:
   •   Libertins and Libertinage in 17th and 18th century France
   •   Marriage in the Ancien Régime
   •   Evolution of Love and Passion from the Baroque and Rococo period
       to the Romantic era
   •   The Role of the King's mistresses at Versailles: Madame de Montespan
       and Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour and Louis XV
   •   Love and Marriage in Beaumarchais' plays “The Barber of Seville”
       and the "Marriage of Figaro”
   •   Baroque, the Age of Illusion: Molière, Versailles and the Catholic
         History of the New Approach

• IMovie is on all Mac computers for everyone to use
• I took a workshop at the Digital Media Center in
  Middlebury in 2004, and created a project on Haiti
• I approached Shaoping Moss, technology liaison for the
  Foreign langues, and we worked on integrating
  multimedia narration into the course curriculum starting
  in 2005
• LITS supported the project, providing a technology
  mentor for the students
       Description of the New Approach

Students have to do the following tasks:
1.    Choose a topic
2.    Research background information
3.    Write the essay
4.    Edit the essay for iMovie
5.    Record the essay as a sound file
6.    Select and prepare images in Photoshop
7.    Research musical documentation
8.    Combine all media (text, images, and sound) to produce a digital
9.    Customize the iMovie narration in iDVD
10.   Burn the final project on a DVD
    Role of Faculty, Technologist,Tech
           Mentor and Students
• The faculty member oversees the project, check students’
  progress, and verify the quality of their work as the
  content specialist
• The technology consultant, in close collaboration with
  the faculty, puts in place a strategy to implement
  technology, runs the workshop, and supervises the tech
• The tech mentor helps run the workshops, and provides
  individual help to the students by maintaining regular
  office hours, and accepting individual appointments
• Students are divided in groups of 2 and collaborate
  equally on the project
Implementing Technology Step by Step

 Course syllabus:

 •   Overview of multimedia narration project
 •   Workshop for images
 •   iMovie workshop
 •   iDVD workshop
               Audio and Video Tools

•   iMovie
•   iDVD
•   Photoshop
•   Audacity & lame DLL mp3 encode (free)

• ella – electonic learning arena
      Integrating Information Literacy

Function of the librarian:
• Where to find images on the Web
• How to create a bibliography
• How to cite images, audio files, books and articles
• How to use the course management tool
  ella - electronic learning arena
            Students’ Comments

• Students enjoy the method and welcome the chance to
  acquire expertise in technology
• They believe that they have benefited from the use of
  “combined different learning styles and different ways
  of thinking”
• Some find it “fun and interesting”, and treasure their
  first DVD, enthusiastically labeled “a project that can
  be kept forever”
             Students’ Projects

Demo of Multimedia projects:
• The Black Market in Paris during German Occupation
• Propaganda Posters of the Vichy Regime
• De gaulle and the Resistance Movement
  Pedagogical Benefits to Faculty and Students

• Technology opens the communication channel with
• Students are placed in the driver’s seat, and deliver
  professional presentations that empower them
• Multi media awakens students’ interest for a literary
  world that could be considered as obsolete and irrelevant
• Students produce a better product, that is well researched,
  well written, and read to the best of their ability

• Technology is time consuming for teacher and students
• Technology requires a tight collaboration among
  students, faculty and technologists
• The technologist maintain a tight schedule of workshops
  following the development of projects timely acquisition
  of skills
• Faculty have to monitor the quality of the content at
  every stage of production (research, composition and style
  of the written narration, phonetic transcription of the
  script, etc…)
               Questions & Answers

• Would you like to use a multimedia narration in your
• Do you feel it is requires too much extra effort and time?
           Contact Info

               Nicole Vaget
Reverend Joseph Paradis Professor of French
Chair of Romance Languages and Literature
          Mount Holyoke College
       Email: nvaget@mtholyoke.edu

              Shaoping Moss
    Information Technology Consultant
    Research and Instructional Support
          Mount Holyoke College
       Email: smoss@mtholyoke.edu

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