ID Experience: Dietetics Video Project

Health Sciences students are learning a surplus of information on the topic of healthy eating to help improve overall well-being. As they strive to become experts in their field of study, one goal is to figure out how to spread their knowledge on living a healthy lifestyle to the world around them.

Julie Tobias, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, is an Instructor of Medical Dietetics in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. Tobias recently worked with ODEE to teach her students a valuable new set of video production skills that will help them to showcase their knowledge on nutrition.   

ODEE instructional designers, Aaron Carpenter and Scott Nelson, assisted students with building a promotional video on healthy diets that would be shared with the Office of Student Life. The students learned about three topics that included planning and preproduction, shooting, and editing video. With the help of Anthea Bayless, Wellness Coordinator in the Office of Student Life, students were able to record footage in a Giant Eagle grocery store.

Tobias shared her and her students' experiences with the video project:

Tell us about the project. What challenges did you face?

The OSU Medical Dietetic students and Health Science students created a series of grocery store videos to post on the Student Wellness Center website. Groups of students were assigned to various sections of the grocery store to provide shopping tips for viewers. The biggest challenge that we faced was knowing how best to use the equipment to limit distractions that normally occur in the grocery store such as background noise and crowds.

How did ODEE help you with your video project?

ODEE came to our class to cover the basics of media with a teach/apply model. They introduced media and recording, with a good portion of the time being hands-on. We worked together to storyboard a short video, record it, and edit it together in class. They answered all of our questions as the students worked on the project, which was essential in creating a final video.

How did the students respond to this hands-on work session?

As our experience with this subject matter was very limited, we were all a bit apprehensive at first. However, after ODEE covered the basics, we all felt that we had been given a goldmine of information. This information was tremendously valuable and applicable- we all agreed we could not have done the project without ODEE!

What was your favorite part about this project and the collaboration?

Students said that they enjoyed:

  • Learning new skills to use in their internships and jobs
  • Learning how to use technology in nutrition education
  • Learning how to use iMovie
  • Being creative, bonding as a group, and seeing the final video

What’s it like working with ODEE and their instructional designers?

They were extremely knowledgeable and fun! They were quick to answer our questions and it was very easy to collaborate with them. All of us very much appreciated the time and energy they took to visit our class and provide instruction for our project.

Anything else you want to add?

This was a great project to add to the students’ portfolios. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn a new skill using media equipment and editing programs. It was a great project to provide them with the experience of being on camera, and practice a different way of presenting a nutrition and health message to viewers… a real chance for students to be creative and confident!

Are you an instructor who would like to give your class the opportunity to transform their class material into a video? Contact ODEE instructional designers to incorporate a project, such as this one, into your next semester of teaching. 

Julie Tobias
Julie Tobias, Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist



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