[*Note: This is Chingfu's post...I just hijacked it to add links to Vialogues since the embed feature isn't totally clean yet.]
Thanks to George and Skanda, the current US fiscal policy debates have been introduced on the Vialogues with comments that aim to help the audience watch these talks critically. As we continue to explore the instructional possibilities of Vialogues in the classrooms, here are some categories of vialogue comments, from the perspectives of instructional design, that might help our future work:
1. Open Note Book: teachers can invite students to comment on the videos with any thoughts or questions that come up to their mind as they go through the videos. These comments will help teachers get a sense of students’ thinking and understanding about the videos.
2. Live Poll: teachers can ask students to answer multiple-choice questions (single or multiple answers) that are based on the content from the videos. This will help teachers understand students stance on selected issues and design classroom discussions and activities on these public issues accordingly.
3. Table of (Video) Content: Teachers can summarize major points of the videos through time-coded comments. These comments will help teachers direct the viewing experiences easily.
4. Critical Reading: Teachers can provide prompt questions on issues raised from the videos, and ask students to explore these points further. (this analysis from FactCheck.org is very useful in this regard)
5. Dissecting Series: The UFR project team can invite experts in the field to dissect selected videos on the Vialogues. These vialogues can serve as rich multimedia texts themselves (and do not require student participation) for students to learn relevant UFR topics.
What are some other ideas you have for using this vialogue to teach UFR in the classrooms?
Dissecting President Obama's Proposal for Improving America's Fiscal Future
Dissecting Paul Ryan's Interview on Fox News Sunday
Update on Budget Negotiations