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What They Learned: Using Multimedia to Engage Undergraduates in Research

Innovative Higher Education Volume 39, Number 2, ISSN 0742-5627


Today's employers seek high levels of creativity, communication, and critical thinking, which are considered essential skills in the workplace. Engaging undergraduate students in critical thinking is especially challenging in introductory courses. The advent of YouTube, inexpensive video cameras, and easy-to-use video editors provides opportunities to increase students' skill levels in these areas. In this article I explain the assignment of producing a public service announcement that integrates research, collaborative learning, and creativity into an introductory survey course; and I discuss the support necessary for students' success. Their products demonstrate increased levels of media literacy, creativity, and critical thinking skills.


Artello, K. (2014). What They Learned: Using Multimedia to Engage Undergraduates in Research. Innovative Higher Education, 39(2), 169-179. Retrieved April 19, 2021 from .

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