GMU-TV’s Producers Are Tops

Posted: November 17, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

Susan Kehoe, general manager at GMU-TV, and Rich Eggleton, senior telecourse producer at GMU-TV, have been selected as two of the top 100 producers in the nation by AV Video Multimedia Producer magazine. This is the second year in a row that Kehoe has received this honor.

“This award is a significant recognition of our leadership in the instructional field and the very high production values that are a trademark of GMU-TV’s work,” says Anne Agee, executive director of the Department of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT). “The vast majority of the honorees represent commercial video and multimedia houses.” Only one other honoree this year is affiliated with a university, and he was nominated for work he produced for a private enterprise.

Traditionally, the instructional video shows a professor at the front of a classroom delivering a lecture. Two years ago, while producing a video for a course on telecommunications, Kehoe decided to try something different. Rather than videotaping the professor lecturing in a classroom, she videotaped her in the field–in settings relevant to the lectures. Kehoe also integrated video footage of expert interviews and demonstrations. “This was something we always wanted to do,” Kehoe says, “because it makes good TV.”

Eggleton is applying the same approach to a series of video modules titled Virginia Journeys, designed to supplement classroom instruction for a course on the geography of Virginia. “Instead of just talking about a place in Virginia,” Eggleton says, “we actually go to it.”

Of course, producing truly interesting and engaging instructional video requires much more work than merely videotaping a professor in a classroom. But Kehoe and Eggleton believe the extra effort is worth it. “What we offer through our distance learning modules is an opportunity to visually connect with course content,” says Kehoe. “It’s not the easiest path, but it appeals to our TV-savvy students and it offers faculty the opportunity to teach in the environment where they’re most comfortable–their research worlds.”

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