Friday, March 13, 2015

videos... blech

I need to go to sleep and wake up in four hours so I can make the trip down to Yeouido, where I'll be working at KMA, making promo videos for the courses I'm teaching (Persuasive Writing and Persuading with Evidence, i.e., online research).

Can't say I'm looking forward to making the videos, but they're a necessary marketing evil: the videos allow prospective students to see us teachers in action, thus humanizing the courses and making them less abstract than they would otherwise be.

My supervisor tells me I'll be filmed while "teaching" the "most interesting parts" of my courses. By "teaching," he really means "pretending to teach to an invisible audience." An added layer of awkwardness is that I've designed both of my courses to be student-centered, which means I don't actually spend much time lecturing (lecturing is a teacher-centered activity). The sample videos that my supervisor showed me, however, all show various KMA teachers lecturing. So I'm going to have to improvise.

We'll see how it goes. If the promo video comes out well, you can be sure that I won't be linking it for you. Sorry.



John (I'm not a robot) said...

It's amazing how the mind works when quickly scanning a sentence. For example, there really isn't much difference between "promo" and "porno". Heck, when you think about it a promo IS kind of like a porno without the sex. "...the videos allow prospective students to see us teachers in action..." I rest my case.

Rory said...

Four hours sleep before doing something like that? You're a brave man. Or perhaps some kind of cyborg.

I couldn't find my elbow after four hours sleep.

Kevin Kim said...


Couldn't get to sleep last night until very, very late, so I ended up getting about two hours' sleep before I headed out this morning. Slept a bit on the subway, though: managed to find a seat this time, which isn't an easy feat during Seoul's rush hour.

Being tired actually keeps me from being too nervous, I've found. Undersleeping works wonders in public-speaking and other performance situations.


There was definitely a porn-ish aspect to what I did this morning. I see where you're coming from.

Heh. I said "coming."