2016 International Development Studio Presentations

Today marked the end of the 2016 International Development Planning Studio. This year we continued to advance the quality of the proposals being developed by students, in large part due to the support of a number of international development experts at Virginia Tech. These experts worked closely with the students to help shape their ideas and refine their application of specific tools such as logical framework analysis. This semester, I also used a formative assessment framework to help guide the structure of the studio, which I will discuss in a future post.


I have listed below the titles of the student proposals to provide an indication of the range of subjects covered this semester.

  • Implementation of Sexual Health Programs within Iran
  • HIV Prevention Program in Bujumbura, Burundi
  • Reducing Child Mortality in Burkina Faso Through Breastfeeding Education
  • Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Planning a Bus Rapid Transit System in New Delhi, India
  • Gudri and Tantnagar Open Defecation Pilot Project
  • Mobile Clinic and Educational Bus Bucharest, Romania
  • Domestic Violence Support and Awareness in Guyana

In the final two studios, students formally presented and defended their proposals to a panel of international development experts. I would like to thank the following individuals for serving on these proposal review panels: Sophie Wenzel, Hannah Menefee, Maria Elisa ChristieJohn BrowderBill AndersonJames Foreman, and Van Crowder. I greatly their time and the important contributions they make to student learning.

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Providing Video Feedback on Assignments

On Wednesday, February 10, at 10am, I will be giving a Practice Session at the 2016 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy on Providing Video Feedback on Assignments. I have posted below the material I will be using during this 50-minute session.

During the session I will discuss how to [1] create a video-feedback platform using SnagIt, Google+, Google Circles, and YouTube, [2] structure the process of providing video feedback, and [3] what to include in the feedback video. I plan to share what I have learned from experimenting with Google Apps and screen capture software, and from recording over 300 assignment feedback videos.

Click on the image below to access the first Google Doc that will be used during the practice session. This document provides instructions on what participants will need to do to be able to engage in the session.


The second Google Doc below provides guidance on how to set up a Google Apps platform for a course.


The slides below provide some initial results from my research into providing video feedback on assignments.