BYU-Idaho is holding a college success video contest where students and employees can vote on contest videos they feel represent good skills or tools that encourage success.
The contest will run Nov. 22 through Dec. 9.
The contest gave all students the opportunity to make a short movie of something that helped them achieve success in their education.
“By giving the students an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing, they can channel it in a way that will also benefit other students,” said DJ Teichert, an Academic Sport Center faculty member.
The idea originated with DJ Teichert and Joshua Davenport, a Tutoring Services coordinator and one of the employees involved in the video contest.
Teichert teaches both college success and study skills classes during the week and came with the idea to have students make college success videos.
This is the first time the university has sponsored this contest, and both Teichert and Davenport hope the school will continue holding college success video contests after this semester.
“We’re pretty excited about it. I think it’s going to accomplish a lot of purposes,” Davenport said. “First of all, it’ll get students thinking about study skills.”
Those that took the challenge submitted their short movies Nov. 18 and had to follow specific guidelines set by the school.
For example, the videos could be no longer than two minutes long and could contain no morbid or sexually explicit content.
The movies also had to abide by the dress and honor codes. Students were encouraged to make their videos entertaining and were reminded to avoid any music that would infringe on copy right agreements.
According to www.byui.edu, these videos will be used by many faculty members in their courses and, if deemed of sufficient quality, will be viewed by thousands of students for years to come.
“These are a resource for students if they want to learn how to be better students, or teachers if they are trying to emphasize a certain principle,” Davenport said.
Students will be a deciding factor in which video officially wins the contest. Students will be able to vote for videos starting today through to Dec. 8 on the Tutoring Center page at www.byui.edu, which can be accessed through the Site Index.
A video festival will then be held Dec. 9 at The Crossroads where all the videos will be viewed. The first, second and third place winners will be announced after the viewing.
The first place video will be awarded $100, second place $50 and third place $25.
After the event, all the videos will be available on the Study Skills Videos link on the Academic Sport Center Web page.
According to Teichert, the video contest is just one idea of many the Academic Sport Center is planning, including special posters that will be posted around campus with study skill metaphors.