After a summer off-camera, I stepped back into the film studio this morning to film a 90 second "sizzler" video for my Introduction to Ancient Rome course. These are the education equivalent of the nmovie trailer, but we are advertising our class (and ourselves). It also shows the extent to which the line between education and entertainment is blurring. Once the sizzler is ready, it will be posted on YouTube. It's not intended to advertise the campus-based, blended version of the course--that one fills up very quickly every semester and has a long waiting list. Rather, this is to advertise an online version of the course, which I'll be developing on the Canvas platform for launch in Summer 2014. The current plan is to open it to UT System students, but perhaps also more widely to auditors.
There's a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating one of these sizzlers.