February Expert Panel: Effectively Using Video for Outreach and Dissemination

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Recorded February 5, 2020 at 3:00PM EST

Description: Video has become a key tool for communication, outreach and dissemination both within the researcher community and with the general public. This month four panelists (Danielle Espino, Sponsored Research Project Manager at Pepperdine University, Barbara Rogoff, UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Nickolay Hristov, Associate Professor, Design Researcher and Co-PI on iSWOOP, and Kate Meredith, President and Director of Education at Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM at GLAS Education Inc.,) share their strategies for creating and then disseminating their short video featured in the STEM for All Video Showcase in 2019.

These four videos are very different from each other in how they were produced, the level of production quality, the theme that it addresses, and the primary audience that the presenters hope to reach. What they all have in common is that they were very successful in reaching a very large audience who viewed and discussed their work.

As we are in the midst of registration to present for the 2020 STEM for All Video showcase, it is a great time to learn what these presenters did behind the scenes to make their presentations so effective for outreach and dissemination. In this panel, we will probe what they did behind the scenes to make their presentation in the STEM for All Video Showcase so successful.



Joni Falk

Joni Falk, co-directs the Center for School Reform at TERC, a nonprofit research and development institution aimed at improving mathematics and science teaching and learning. She has created of multiple communities of practice and collegial networks to facilitate knowledge sharing across multiple communities. She is especially interested in the use of video, paired with facilitated discourse, to facilitate broad outreach and dissemination of innovative ideas aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning. The platforms that she and her team have developed, provide a mechanism for researchers and educators to share and offer feedback on new initiatives, share promising practices, challenges encountered, and mechanisms to measure impact. Currently, Joni is Principal Investigator of the STEM Teacher Leadership Network (STEMTLnet.org), the STEM for All Video Showcase (stemforall2020.videohall.com) and the STEM for All Multiplex (Multiplex.videohall.com) all funded by the National Science Foundation.


Barbara Rogoff

Barbara Rogoff investigates cultural aspects of children’s learning and how communities arrange for learning, finding especially sophisticated collaboration and attention among children from Indigenous communities of the Americas, see www.learningbyobservingandpitchingin.com. Her recent books include Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Maccoby Award, APA), Learning by Observing and Pitching In to Family and Community Endeavors, and Children Learn by Observing and Contributing to Family and Community Endeavors. My 2019 3-minute video shows the impressive ways that Mexican-heritage children collaborated in a planning task and programming a computer game.
View Barbara's Video: Collaboration as an Ensemble.

Danielle Espino

Danielle Espino's research interests include intercultural competence development, global collaboration, STEM learning, socio-cognitive processes, and future learning environments. At Pepperdine University, she is a co-principal investigator and project manager for the IC4 project (International Community for Collaborative Content Creation), which examines cross-boundary media-making collaboration in informal STEM learning. Danielle also works at The Getty Center, a leading art intuition, and has previously worked in various higher education institutions.
View Danielle's Video: International Community for Collaborative Content Creation.

Kate Meredith

Kate Meredith (former Director of Education at Yerkes Observatory) is part of a grassroots collaboration and educational non-profit called Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS) which was formed to continue Yerkes Observatory education and research after its closing in 2018. In addition to continuing former programs, GLAS has used the time of transition for Yerkes Observatory to focus on issues of equity and inclusiveness in STEM education for people with disabilities. GLAS Education is part of the NSF-funded project to apply the principles of user-centered design to the creation of image processing software that is accessible to people with blindness and low vision. Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA) was the subject of at 2019 STEM Video Showcase People’s Choice Award (www.glaseducation.org/IDATA).
View Kate's Video: Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy.

Nickolay Hristov

Nickolay Hristov’s interests and work include zoology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and science of motion, in addition to fluency with digital techniques for motion analysis and visualization as well as advanced technologies like high-speed videography, laser-scanning and thermal-imaging. Working collaboratively with faculty and students, his work effortlessly spans the film set, art and design studio, the research laboratory and the outdoors - from the deserts of the American West to Eastern Europe. Nick is a Co-PI on iSWOOP – an innovative program for science communication and professional development of park rangers at the nation’s National Parks.
View Nickolay's Video: iSWOOP -- Behind the Lens.