I never used videos much in my years in the classroom. I always felt I was short changing my students if I didn’t present the material myself. Or at least they would think I was lazy.
I’ve known I was wrong for years. Good videos can do things an instructor cannot, most notably conveying the emotional as well as the intellectual content surrounding a topic. I was won over to the value of video when I kept seeking them out to teach myself how to code, find new books to read, and learn how to put this site together.
In addition to videos, I’ll share updates on events and trends in both comparative politics and peacebuilding. I do my best to stay on top of the news. It’s a task I take so seriously that I joke my car radio only needs two presets: NPR and C-SPAN. I hope to pass the benefits of this habit on to you!