Part of our class discussion will be to brainstorm of HOW to communicate this complex topic and new research finding.
What does neuroscience tell us about addiction?
What does one need to know to understand this paper?
What, specifically, does this research show?
What are the potential implications regarding future therapeutics?
Based on the class input, we will divide up the Background/Methods/Conclusion content and Data/Figures to become video projects to be presented together as a complete project. This project will replace your Manuscript Presentation for 3% of your final grade.
Each Individual student will be responsible for creating 2 "deliverables."
1: Make an "explainer style" video on a Background/Methods/Conclusion topic (agreed upon in the class discussion). These will be shorter in length (~3 minutes), high content, and focused. Focus will be on clear concise explanations and visuals.
2: Each student will also work as individuals or as part of a small groups to make a video that communicates a portion of the Data/Figures from the manuscript (agreed upon in the class discussion). These videos may be longer (~3-5 minutes) out of necessity. If part of a small group, the video will feature each member of the group. Focus will be on clear, concise explanation of what the data show and what that means.
The goal of this project is to use the background knowledge in addition to analytical and communication skills you have gained in this course and apply them in a new medium to communicate to a broad audience in a form that is both engaging and scientifically accurate.
As a class we have identified several STEM education video styles and you are welcome to use any of them, or mix and match, or come up with your own style: Whiteboard doodle, Animation, Elevator pitch style. You will want to assure that the content is being communicated clearly, concisely, and is visually engaging. You should aim to incorporate at least 3 "new tricks" to add visual appeal to your video.
If you are having trouble imagining how STEM topics can be communicated through video, I have compiled a variety of examples on Peruall (navigate to the DME project folder). These examples are achievable even for those with no background or experience in DME creation.
You should begin by requesting an Adobe Creative Cloud license from BU IT here. As CAS students you have free access to an entire suite of Adobe software which can be downloaded here.
OK, but what is Adobe Creative Cloud?
A POWERFUL NETWORKED PLATFORM FOR MEDIA CREATION
Seriously, maybe the better question to ask is What would you like to create? You can use the image below to see the individual programs that work together to create each type of media.