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Learn Online: Video and Audio Workshops

Most of the DevCom Workshops have been recorded.  We will be editing these recordings and making selected highlights available as podcasts from this page.  Please check back periodically.  

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The mission is to demonstrate how digital multimedia can clarify key policy issues in international development.

For development practitioners, well-designed products can help frame policy alternatives and their consequences.

For students and teachers of development, the random access character of digital media allows teachers to call-up materials to illustrate a variety of points of view and respond flexibly to “teachable moments” as they arise.
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Overview: Development Communications

International Development Documentary VideoIn the early days of development communication, one of the pioneers in the field, Wilbur Schramm, was able to persuade the UNDP to include a communications component in all of its development projects.

Despite the explosion in communications technology, few of today’s development projects now contain such an explicit provision for communication. Few students of development receive training on integrating communications with project design and on how to use the new media to support development objectives. DevCom Mentor Roy Colle's new online book provides an excellent overview of the entire subject. Advocacy and Interventions: Readings in Communication and Development Published in 2007 by Internet-First University Press at Cornell Univiersity, the full volume can be downloaded without charge. (More details available below.)

The Development Communications Workshop was established as a resource to help engage students in the subject and to improve their skills in using the new technology effectively. Through the links below, DevCom Mentors share their knowledge of the subject.

Learn Online:- Video and Audio Workshops
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Since 2001, the Communications Program of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government has sponsored several International Development Communication Workshops each year. Many of these were recorded. Listed below are the topics and the recordings that are or will be available for downloading from this website. Most importantly, guidence on specific topics will be drawn from these recordings and presented compactly by topic. This feature will be available in the Fall of 2007.

Look for these icons in the workshop descriptions:

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Workshop: The Videocamera as Field Notebook in Developing Countries

Note:  Most of these workshops have been recorded, but to be useful must be sharply condensed.

We hope to produce an edited compliation of highlights in 2011 and will post news here.

Workshop Faculty: Charles Mann, Michael Sheridan, Diana Allan (2001 only)

  • November 27, 2001    2001/02 - 1
  • November 17, 2002    2002/03 - 1
  • October 22, 2003 (CKM has brief summary) 2003/04 - 1
  • December 2, 2004    2004/05 -1
  • October 30, 2009
  • November 29, 2010
Workshop: Development Communications; Retrospect and Prospect
Workshop Faculty: Charles Mann and Prof. Roy Colle
  • December 2001    2001/02 - 3
  • April 2003    2002/03 - 3
Workshop: Using Video as a Tool in Framing Policy Issues
Workshop Faculty: Charles Mann and Michael Sheridan
February 25, 2004    2003/04 - 2
Workshop: Development Policy Video: Techniques, Demonstrations, Discussion
Workshop Faculty: Charles Mann and Michael Sheridan, (2002 also w/ Doug Karr, Sierra Bellows)
  • March 12, 2002    2001/02 - 3
  • March 17, 2004    2003/04 - 3
Workshop: Telling a Story with Video; Tips and Techniques
Charles Mann and Michael Sheridan
April 3, 2003    2002/03 - 3
Resources: CKM’s 4 page summary of W/S
Workshop: Video Pre-Production & Post-Production Overview
Workshop Description: Following up the Fall workshop, Using Video as a Tool in Framing Policy Issues , this session will discuss tasks, planning, and issues to be resolved in both the pre and post production phases of a video project.  Next Date: February 29, 2008 in Cambridge, MADevCom Documentary Video Workshop
Workshop: Video Production Overview
Description: Discussion of equipment considerations and choices, setting up for interviews, lighting and audio considerations, general guidelines. video training audioDevCom Documentary Video Workshop



Workshop: Communication Strategies to Support Development Projects and Programs

Description: While frequently missing in development projects, a well-designed and multi-faceted communication strategy can greatly enhance effectiveness. This session presents principles of creating and implementing such communication programs and is illustrated with examples drawn from several countries and sectors.

Jamil Simon and Charles Mann 

  • October 16, 2009
  • November 22, 2010video training audiovideo training slideshow ppt