John Jay Online Course Honored for Promo Video

John Jay Online Course Honored for Promo Video

John Jay Online Course Honored for Promo Video

A promotional video created for John Jay Online, the College’s distance-learning unit, has won a Bronze Award in the 37th annual Telly Awards competition. 

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The award was for “The Literature and Law of American Slavery: Promotional Video,” which showcases John Jay Online’s massive, open, online course (MOOC) featuring Distinguished Professor of English John Matteson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. Associate Director of Instructional Design Holly Davenport and videographer David Pangburn collaborated with Dr. John Matteson to develop the videos.

The online course melds law, literature and history to paint a portrait of an era rife with conflict and controversy. Students read the judicial opinions that shaped and tried to preserve the institution of slavery, as well as the writings of authors who tried to tear it down. Through video, students are able to travel to the places where the history of the slaveholding era was made, including Concord, Mass., Gettysburg, Pa., and the home of Frederick Douglass.

“The Telly Awards honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “John Jay Online’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Judith Cahn, director of John Jay Online, added, “The storytelling narrative is the thread that weaves together each topic in an online course. When students are part of an experience through story, the learning is set in context, which contributes to greater understanding.”

The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, are the premier honors for outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the world’s leading advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments. The most recent Telly Awards scrutinized more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

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