Every weary student has at some point wished he could set aside grades and attend lectures for the sheer joy of learning. That’s exactly what I had the opportunity of doing when I worked at Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services, where I assisted with the video component of various academic projects, including campus lectures, research projects, and instructional websites.
One of the projects I helped with was “Medical Ethics and the Holocaust,” a 28-speaker lecture series (that included three Nobel Laureates) hosted by Holocaust Museum Houston. We edited the footage we received from Houston and prepared it for viewing online. It was a compelling and sobering project to work on.
Another major project I helped with was “Jesus in American Culture.” Using a three camera set-up, we video-taped an entire course (three days a week adding up to 40 lectures) taught by the distinguished professor, Dr. Howard Miller, about how interpretations of Jesus have changed from time to time and by different groups throughout the past few hundred years of American history. After carefully editing each lecture, adding class slides, and adjusting audio levels, the videos were permanently housed on a website. I found the lectures to be interesting and engaging.
A project I helped with on a continuous basis was The Texas Politics Speaker Series. A few times each semester I helped video-tape a lecture featuring a state political figure, usually an elected official. Each time we would load up our gear and cart it over to the Dorothy Gebauer Building, where we would spend a couple of hours setting up cameras, lights, and microphones. During the lecture I would usually operate the camera that captured crowd shots and side shots of the speaker. Afterward, I would edit and prepare the footage for online viewing. In the process, I was able to learn a lot about state politics from both sides of the aisle.