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    Active Learning and Teaching through Video Essays
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This interactive practice-based online TEAMS workshop offers an introduction to making video essays for teaching and learning purposes. It encourages integration of video essays in Higher Education institutions through theoretical insights & practical examples.

Duration 4 hours 30 mins

Course Type Webinar

Booking Status Archived

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Target Audience: Anyone involved in assessing students

Active Learning and Teaching through Video Essays: an online practice-based workshop for creative educators 

This interactive practice-based online workshop offers an introduction to making video essays for teaching and learning purposes. It seeks to encourage the integration of video essays in Higher Education institutions, through both theoretical insights and practical examples emerging from pedagogic, research and editorial experience.  

This course is supported by the ‘Introductory Guide to Video Essays’, published open access in Learning on Screen in 2020 by Dr Estrella Sendra (King’s College London) and Bartolomeo Meletti (Learning on Screen).  

No previous experience is required. However, participants are welcome to bring working material in order to receive feedback and insights for their transformation into video essays.  

The workshop structure is:  

12.30 – 1.15 pm: Positionality: Introductions, exchanging practices, experiences and aspirations 

1.15 – 1.25 pm: (Bring Your Own Tea) Break 

1.25 – 1.45 pm: Getting Started: What are video essays? Why do they matter?  

1.45 – 2.00 pm: Video Essay Screening: How to integrate video essays in teaching and learning activities and assessments?  

2.00 – 2.10 pm: Screen Break 

2.10 – 2.40 pm: Making Video Essays: Languages, Structures and Aesthetic Techniques 

2.40 – 3.00 pm: Research Statements: Aims and Approaches 

3.00 – 3.30 pm: Evaluating Video Essays: Marking Criteria 

3.30 – 3.45 pm: (Bring Your Own Tea) Break 

3.45 – 5.00 pm: Brainstorming & Workshopping initial ideas for video essays 

Estrella Sendra’s Biography 

Dr Estrella Sendra works as Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries Education (Festivals and Events) at King’s College London. She publishes on film, festivals and creative industries, with a special interest in African film festivals and a regional focus on Senegal. Estrella’s research and pedagogy are highly informed by artistic and curatorial practice, and collaboration. Her published video essays includeDisplacement, Intimacy & Embodiment: Nearby Alain Gomis’ Multi Sensory Cinema’ ([in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image, 2022) and Film as Sound Art: Embracing Love through Extra-diegetic Sound in Nadine Labaki’s Caramel’ (Open Screens, 2023). She is Associate Editor in Screenworks: the peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in screen media; co-author of the ‘Introductory Guide to Video Essays’ published in Learning on Screen (2020); and author of ‘Video Essays: Curating and Transforming Film Education through Artistic Research’ (2020).  

Course Outcomes/ Objectives;

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:  

  • gain insight on the academic value of video essays as tools for active learning and teaching 
  • understand the various phases and tasks involved in the production of video essays 
  • feel confident to produce a simple video essay, demonstrating knowledge and application of basic languages, structures, aesthetics and editing techniques 
  • understand the structure of the research statement to be written in dialogue with the video essay 
  • design a marking criteria for the evaluation of video essays


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Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.

Delivered By: Dr Estrella Sendra (King’s College London)


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