Promoting College of Agricultural Sciences Students Experiential Education Engagement and Reflection through Video Storytelling

Grant funds were utilized for the following items:

  • 7 pocket video cameras
  • 7 cases and mini-tripods
  • 14 micro-SD cards - two cards for each camera to ensure traveling students will have enough storage
  • Final Cut Pro and Motion 5 (higher powered video-editing software)
  • External hard drive for extra video storage capacity
  • One resource book about creating videos

Match funds were utilized for the following items

  • Advanced digital video camera
  • Extra battery and memory cards for video camera
  • Wireless microphone
  • Professional grade video tripod
  • Apple laptop


Grant funds were utilized to purchase seven refurbished pocket video cameras that are easy-to-use, shock proof and water proof. These cameras were selected because the per-unit cost is low without compromising quality. A case, mini-tripod and two micro-SD cards were purchased for each camera. An external hard drive will provide a secure location for all video footage to be stored and utilized by stakeholders. Two advanced software packages, Final Cut Pro and Motion 5, will help create more professional-looking movies for promotional purposes, as this software has more advanced options than the basic iMovie software. Finally, a resource book was purchased in order to guide instructors on the best ways to utilize the cameras, and to guide students in effectively editing footage. Like all the video equipment, the book is available for check-out from the Office of International Programs.

This spring three video training sessions were held: one before Spring Break and two after Spring Break. These sessions taught students how to utilize the video cameras and how to create a professional-looking video to compliment their experiential learning experience. Additional training was provided to students participating in embedded courses who could not attend any of the training sessions. All seven video cameras were utilized on Spring Break, and all seven will be utilized during the Maymester as well.

New opportunities were discussed in order to further utilize the video cameras. Besides using them for embedded courses in the spring and summer, the cameras will be utilized by additional embedded courses during Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break. (As discussed in our application, the cameras will be utilized by an on-campus experiential learning course in Agricultural Education during the fall semester.) Funds have been allocated from the Office of International Programs to hire a graduate student during the summer to create new promotional videos for CAS study abroad programs.