Graduate Thesis

In 2021, I published my graduate thesis “Video for All: An Argument Towards Standardization of Video Production Practices and Research.”

This thesis was based on my experience as an English Instructor during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, which forced me (and every other educator on the planet) to rapidly shift their teaching modality from face-to-face to online contexts for public safety.

Fortunately for myself, I had a LOT of unrelated experience with videography—which I cover in the Personal Video Project section of this portfolio site—and saw an opportunity to combine my teaching and video talents to meet the moment through green screen video lectures, the video below being my first of a long series during that time:

I did not really expect my students to like or watch this at all… but they did. Not just that, though: they demanded that I flesh it out into a full series soon after publishing the first video.

And so, after creating and publishing 4 videos during that same semester and receiving unusually high levels of good feedback from my students, I knew video pedagogy (making educational and entertaining videos, a.k.a. “edu-tainment”) might be something worth researching for my master’s thesis.

Fast forward through a year and a half later of writing, research, and video experimentation to Spring of 2021, and I was ready to publish the 75-page document below, which I couldn’t be more proud of.

Not only am I confident that my research will further the development of “Edu-tainment” for educators in all video contexts, but its hypotheses and suggestions for further research apply to the private sector, too.

At Alma Coffee, for instance, I’ve found myself relying on my video pedagogy research to guide the production of educationally-focused video content, and I’m confident it will continue to follow me for the rest of my career.

You can link my master’s thesis official library catalog here in KSU’s digital commons