Monday Video: Students Helping Students

Kindness! Another gem from Michael Wesch’s students, with his amazing touch of a true teacher. After you look at the video, go to the blog post and read about how it happened. Students Helping Students video.

3 thoughts on “Monday Video: Students Helping Students”

  1. At our school, we (students and faculty) have set up a scholarship fund for students who are from Haiti or have relatives in Haiti. Such a poor country means that those who had little to begin with, now must count on funds from the US to survive. As a result, their family studying in the US must make the decision to continue in school or to use that money for their family.

    A fund was set up therefore, so students would not have to make that choice and could pay for their tuition AND send money/supplies to their family. This video project would really help to put a face to the project.

    Unfortunately, our IRB is so strict, that I doubt we could do such a project through a classroom project.

  2. We have a very conservative Institutional Review Board. The project as described on the blog may be construed as falling under research with human subjects. Any project in which there are interviews that would be available for any one outside of the other students or the instructor, at our school, is a possible research project and must be approved by the IRB.

    Of course, this makes it very difficult at times to create projects like the one identified in the video because the approval process can take up to 3 months. And if it is deemed as “research” all the people interviewed would need to sign releases. As a result, most instructors will create a project that will not go outside of the classroom. This makes it difficult sometimes to create “authentic” tasks. A classmate of mine who was a researcher at a school of pharmacy noted that it was more difficult to do anything non-traditional than at her school, where drugs are tested on a regular basis!

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