Want a fresh take on the campus tour online video? Have a look at the University LipDub Project!

September 28th, 2009 Karine Joly 16 Comments

This is one of these posts I have to write as soon as possible.

I was working on my weekly newsletter when I checked very quickly Twitter and saw this tweet from Mike Richwalsky about an online video:

Mike knows online videos, so I checked it out and you should too (if you haven’t already seen it on CNN):

It’s a great 1-take 4-minute video that was produced in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Really great work with close to 200,000 views on YouTube at the time of this writing.

But, it’s actually more than another silly – yet successful – student video.

It’s the ultimate energizing campus (more like building in this case) tour video with class rooms, labs, cafeteria, commons, etc. And, it’s part of a student-led project started in Germany, University LipDub, inviting students to produce this kind of videos to showcase their institutions, students and even faculty members… just for fun.

I’ve watched a few of these videos and it really looks like this is a non-US trend started in Germany, picked up in other European countries – widely in France – and currently catching up in Canada, especially in Quebec, the French-speaking province.

Here’s a playlist including 18 videos:

After watching a few, I can’t help but think that there’s something to be done to get more of these produced in the US.

What a great project to suggest to your students and an innovative way to present your institution!
What do you think?