This month’s stories:
IPED Disrupts Conventional Wisdom
CU Denver shows the Impact of Art
A Day at Middle School

Disrupt Conventional Wisdom

Expectations were high for a recent CU Denver Media video production for the Interprofessional Education and Development (IPED) class. Students in the IPED class come in believing that teamwork is not as important to patient care as traditional science classes like biochemistry. The IPED class breaks students into teams, each member with a different background. Pharmacists collaborate with physician’s assistants (dentists with nurses, doctors with physical therapists) to find provide care to patients. Students in these programs know the importance of a good grade in anatomy and biochemistry class. It takes more work to convince them of the value of effective teamwork in daily patient care. The IPED class “finds a soft spot in their priority list,” said David Weil, Manager of Operations for Bioethics and Humanities. Weil and the Interprofessional Council (faculty representatives who run the class) wanted to break through that preconception and better motivate students at the start of the course.

The plan was to produce a video to show at the course orientation. Weil and the Council chose CU Denver Media to produce a story that spoke to students clearly and effectively. “What (former) students get out of it was really the important thing and that was a challenge as well. To hear from a lot of different student voices from all of the programs.” The production team (Weil and Trevr Merchant from CU Denver Media) shot interviews with thirteen people in twelve locations. Then came the hard part. “The biggest challenge was coming up with clear concise messaging,” said Weil. “Editing (the footage) and coming up with a logic that made sense for the audience was a challenge.” Merchant was a one-person camera, sound, and editing crew while Weil conducted the interviews and put together a script.

The finished piece was well received. “We got a unanimous round of applause (from the Council) after the screening,” said Weil.

Check out the finished IPED project

Impact Through Art at DIA

Irene Weygandt looks for students who have noteworthy opportunities to excel and are making the most of them. The Marketing Manager for CU Denver finds accomplished students and documents their stories in the CU Denver Today newsletter. Walter Ware III is one such student. The sculpture and anthropology-archaelogy double major was on the install team at one of the nations largest public art projects- a massive sculpture composed of 236 logs, (each up to 75 feet long) outside the main terminal at Denver International Airport.

Weygandt and her production team went out to Watkins to see how the logs were prepared then spent several days shooting at DIA to capture the exacting installation process. She chose CU Denver Media to bring the story to life with still photography. “They (CU Denver Media) are really a steward of our storytelling. They help us to elevate the work that we have on page in a visual way.”

A Day at Middle School

If you want to know the power of a master’s program, go to a classroom… A middle school classroom. Many of the students in the School of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction master’s program are working teachers and put the core principles of the curriculum to work in their classrooms. Associate professor Nancy Shanklin and marketing director Julia Cummings wanted to show the everyday benefits of their program in the classroom and came to CU Denver Media to realize their vision.

The project team, with CU Denver Media producer Matt Silton, chose Robert Thelen’s 6th grade class. His students are engaged and challenged. It is easy to be impressed by how he manages his classroom and explains often abstract language arts lessons. Shanklin knew to expect the unexpected when the cameras started rolling, and that Silton and videographer Trevr Merchant were prepared. “Their ability to be calm and professional out in the setting keeps everyone else more calm. It’s been hilarious to see those qualities in the middle of a middle school where all kinds of things can happen.”