FMC Student Perspective: Ryan Ferry

By: Ryan Ferry

Posted on: March 21, 2022

“Media has so many possibilities to expand upon the knowledge learned in class and highlight interesting points/examples that students would fail to remember if only mentioned in a fleeting moment in a lecture.”

Ryan, FMC student employee and senior Finance major at OSU, shares his insights, preferences, and experiences about learning with media and technology.

The presence and impact of learning through created media is constantly increasing and will only continue to increase as time carries on. As a senior at Oregon State University, I have had the benefit of attending OSU pre-COVID and seeing how teaching was done before professors were forced to migrate to a more digital teaching style. When thinking back upon the media I have consumed from my professors, while pursing my degrees in Finance and Supply Chain management & logistics, certain classes stick out more prominently. While the usage of media is increasing within the colleges not all are made equally and I would argue that media can potentially improve a learning experience or make a class unbearable. Which is why it is important that the media created and distributed by teachers should be carefully considered.

When reflecting upon some of my favorite classes they would often be the classes where videos were posted by the professor to explain a difficult or interesting topic in greater detail then what was covered during class lecture. As a college student I have an inherit interest in learning as much as possible and a video can be captivating and impactful if the professor truly cares about the subject they are presenting and takes the time to take ownership of the teaching. OSU students average somewhere between 3-6 classes per term and are quick to drone out any presentation that is simply just the slides provided by the text provider. The formatting of the slides are identical across every topic and students will struggle to remember which PowerPoint was from which class as they all blend together.

A specific example of this would be during the 2020-2021 school year when all material was forced to be online a few of my classes would require that students would read chapters from a Pearson/McGraw Hill textbook before every class. Then would release required media where the teachers would present the Pearson/McGraw Hill provided slides which would be a worse rendition of what I had just read prior to watching the video. This form of media is very frustrating for students and provides no additional value for the class. I eventually transitioned to only reading the textbook and paying little to no attention to the provided media, and if anything, my grades improved. This example is especially annoying when I reflect upon some of the best media that I have consumed while learning at OSU. I remember watching a personalized video created by a professor discussing the psychology of waiting lines and how engaged I was in watching the video. This media was engaging as the professor included pictures that they had personally taken and it was clear to see that the slides were custom-made and contained the occasional joke which demonstrated the professor’s personality.

Media can be a massive benefit to the learning environment when teachers use it to share their personalized work. When looking back upon my 3 years at the university the only classes I remember taking are those where the teachers took the time to infuse their personal touch into the media. Created media has so many possibilities to expand upon the knowledge learned in class and highlight interesting points/examples that students would fail to remember if only mentioned in a fleeting moment in a lecture. Students are already consuming this short/single topic formatted content through sites like YouTube on topics that are of interest to them. Students are more likely to stay engaged when watching content where they can feel personality and enthusiasm behind what is being presented rather than a robotic script reading of a textbook provided slide.

We invite you to schedule a personalized consultation, book a studio, attend a workshop or simply drop-in to our studios in Kidder Hall 100 on the Corvallis campus for a quick tour to learn more about how FMC can help you use media. 

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