Student Final Reflections on Multimedia Research Project
AMES 40 – Nomads from central Asia to the Middle East

“This project was different from any other assignment I’ve had at Dartmouth, and it was nice to have a project at the end of my undergraduate career that still stretched me outside my comfort zone.”

“I really enjoyed this project, it was far more engaging than any research paper I have ever written. It not only taught me a lot about my subject matter, but also improved my research and technology immensely.”

“The assignment gave me more mobility in my research, understanding where more resources are and how to properly use them i.e., multimedia resources as well as navigating library resources. The library has just an insane amount of research material and the proficiency with which I was able to navigate these materials will be supremely helpful going on in my college career. The class definitely helped me use iMovie more thoroughly and understand how to use the technology in the multi-media center more efficiently.”

“The most challenging part of the assignment was the responsibility of the creation of the narrative. I’m used to writing papers that are only read by professors – people with a more thorough knowledge of the background than myself. Writing a film for our class meant that I had a responsibility to present an accurate background narrative, and not to present a narrative that would be unfairly biased toward my goals.”

Professor Deborah Brooks
Department of Government
Dartmouth College

“Using video projects within a competitive campaign simulation was an invaluable component of my Political Communication seminar. Beyond the study of campaign advertisements in scholarly articles and books, my students also created their own political ads. Through the process, they learned just how much information can be included in 30-second ads. They learned that “information” in that context goes well beyond words, and includes potentially powerful music, sound effects, voiceovers, text, colors, photos, and video selections. Students had to react to the ads of other teams in a dynamic campaign environment, and grapple with the implications of those decisions for longer-term governance. As a result of this exercise, we were able to debate the roles of emotion, information, partisanship, strategy, the increasing professionalization of campaigns, ethics, and voter knowledge within democracy in a far more dynamic manner than would have been possible otherwise.”

Few of the students in the class had ever worked with video equipment or editing prior to this class, and all emerged from the course with near-professional level work by the end. The quality of their assignments was truly impressive, and was only possible with the training and support provided by Jones Media and RWIT.

Professor Txetxu Aguado
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Dartmouth College

“The students really enjoyed the project and they only wrote positive comments about it in their evaluations. All of them remarked that it had been a wonderful experience. From my point of view, I am convinced that through this hands-on activity they have become more aware of the ways images construct meaning and more sophisticated in analyzing a film.”