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My name is Debbie Morris.
I am currently a Career Technology Coordinator
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Multi-media Presentation: Plagiarism


  1. I enjoyed your video presentation. It was very thorough and the video clip on plagarism was quite funny. Good job on your work.

  2. Hi Debra,

    First, kudos for piecing together a video on an important topic such as plagiarism. After reviewing your video, there shouldn't be any doubt in a viewer's mind about what plagiarism is -- and ways in which people should avoid it.
    I especially liked the emphasis you placed on plagiarism in the video, and the painstaking approach you seemed to take in explaining this important topic.

    However, I believe the pacing of your video, the manner in which one part sequesway or moves to another, would have been greatly enhanced with shorter soundbites/talking heads of yourself and Timothy on camera. The idea or concept of appearing on camera is good, but voicing over visuals that explain what you or someone else is talking about is often times more effective, as I have learned immensely over the decades as a journalist and news media executive.

    I like the video transitions you used sparringly in the piece, and I think more visuals would have added significantly to your video production. However, I am not sure about the talking head/soundbite of the individual you used early-on in the video -- and his effort to drive home the point -- humorously -- of the pitfalls of plagiarism. Inserts such as these with Timothy have a way of going the opposite way one intends for them to go when used. I understand why this talking head was used, but it came across almost antithetical to the serious approach you took on camera in your explanation of plagiarism. In other words, Timothy's lighthearted, yet humorous approach, was almost the opposite in terms of demeanor you werev trying to get across. Humor does work; I;m not so sure it was especially effective in this instance.

    So, you might be interested in these resources regarding producing and writing videos in the future. Apple Computer has excellent iMovie and iDVD software for instructional and entertainment videos. Windows Movie Maker has similar movie-making tools, but I highly recommend Apple. This software is usually standard on Apple's Quick Book and Quick Book Pro computers, and it is a delight to use for technology-oriented productions. And I gurantee you will have fun working with the software.
    Also, I have no doubt you will find the software rewarding to use in future video productions.

    All in all, I felt fully informed about the hazzards of plagiarism, after viewing your video. My only concerns were the talking heads/soundbites and the lack of more transitions, which I believe would have greatly enhanced your production.

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Hi Debra. Yes, you have good content and i really appreciate that much of your video is original video footage! Fred has some great advice about how to make your video stronger and more compelling. Basically, less "talking heads" and more support from moving video images over your narration will make it much better!


  4. Debra - I enjoyed the video clip. It was creative, humorus, and, more importantly, effective in demonstrating what plagiarism is and how it can be damaging. The video clip punched home that message that you really are taking someone else's work, talent, and abilities. I felt like you knew your content very well and were extremely composed and relaxed.