It’s been years since Jeff Evenson and Ed Pickart of motionpost have stepped foot in a university classroom. But for the past three years, they’ve been working on a masters of science in finance program, not for themselves, but for the students who are enrolled in Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. This new masters program which instructs in person and online, utilizes the nearly 300 videos edited by motionpost.
“It was very intense, yet interesting, working with the professors of Georgetown. We helped design, illustrate and communicate what they are teaching future chief financial officers worldwide,” Jeff Evenson said. “It was a lot of work and quick turnaround. We’ve helped them expand outside their bricks and mortar program to educate many in this unique masters program. Something we’re quite proud to be a part of, ” Evenson added.
The Washington Post recently wrote about Georgetown’s innovative program. Below is an excerpt of the article written by Beth Marlowe for The Washington Post.
Each week, students learn some of the material through a series of recorded, professor-led presentations that they can watch at any time. These videos, dubbed “anytime media,” run about 10 minutes each and incorporate animation to help explain the difficult concepts.
The professors “are talking to you just like they’d be talking to you in a classroom,” Eberhart says. With one crucial difference, of course: “It was really nice to be able to pause the professor,” when taking notes, Watson says. “Because in a real classroom setting you can’t.”
Each video comes with a transcript, in which students can search for keywords and quickly jump to a part of the video they want to watch again. “You could actually click on a word and it would take you to that point in the video,” Watson says. “It helped to have the definition right there so I could copy and paste it.”
But professors admit they had a learning curve when it came to teaching a camera instead of a class.
“You’d tell a joke, and the camera crew would be usually gracious enough to laugh,” says Eberhart, who stars in a few of the videos. “You weren’t getting the feedback you do when you’re looking at people.”
To read more of the article by Beth Marlowe, please click on the following link.https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/11/09/the-shape-of-classrooms-to-come/