Academic journal article Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research

Video Scrapbooking: An Art Form Revived in the Economics Curriculum

Academic journal article Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research

Video Scrapbooking: An Art Form Revived in the Economics Curriculum

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Economic education has had a growing focus on new media integration in the classroom. As the days of "chalk and talk" lectures give way, more emphasis has been placed on increasing student engagement (Harter, Becker and Watts, 1999). Given the current college student generation's fascination with technology, media has become a new learning tool. In this paper, we present a twist on an old art form to use in the classroom. Video scrapbooking is new way to engage and assess students in the economics curriculum.


One form of technology that has yet remained untapped in the economics curriculum is that of the video scrapbook. The traditional, physical scrapbooks are "albums into which flat physical items (e.g. photographs) or written notes can be pasted" (West, Quigley, and Kay 2006). Alternatively, a video scrapbook is a multimedia presentation that streams images, articles, and photographs while playing audio clips of music, sound bites, or voice recordings. Originally, video scrapbooks were a means of digitally storing and viewing mementos that would normally be stored in a physical scrapbook (West, Quigley, and Kay 2006). Today, there are more than forty software packages available whose sole purpose is the digital creation of "live multimedia presentations" (Kaskalis, Tzidamis, and Margaritis 2007). Scrapbooking has traditionally always been a means of preserving personal history or interests in an album using pictures, media, or artwork. As we are moving towards a more digital based society that is valued highly in the workforce, this idea of scrapbooking is conducted electronically. Keeping up to date with this information helps retain economic concepts better. Some of the best sources of economic information are your newspaper and magazines, which are all accessible online. Students will bridge the gap between economics and concepts through a video that streams clippings with concepts and narratives in a sequential order as the chapters are covered in class.

Students are asked to either take screenshots from online news articles or take pictures from hard copies of newspaper or magazines. They can also take EconSelfies (Al-Bahrani et al. 2015) and use them as part of the streaming. To help retain the concepts better, students are required to add a small description of each snap included in the stream. Instructors have the flexibility to tweak the requirements to their preferences and students also have the opportunity to be creative with their streaming.

GRADING                           COMMENTS                   POSSIBLE
CRITERIA                                                     POINTS

Title Slide       Is there a title slide/image with the        2.5
or Image          group members' names, video scrapbook
                  title, and date?

Articles          Are there at least 3 articles present        2.5
                  that relate to the macroeconomic issue?

Images/Photos     Are there at least 3 images/photos of        2.5
                  group members portraying a relationship
                  to the macroeconomic issue?

Article/          Are there 25-word explanations                5
Image/Photo       associated with each article, image,
Explanation       and/or photo? Did you explain how the
                  article/image/photo illustrates the
                  topic or did you just list concepts?

Economic          Can I understand the connection               5
content:          between the macroeconomic issue you
clarity in        have chosen and the economic concepts
explaining        you are using to analyze the
macroeconomic     situation? Are there at least 4
issue using       explanations of articles/photos that
an appropriate    include economic content? Did you use
economic          correct terminology and/or models when
concept           explaining the issues and solutions?

Creativity/       Fun to watch? Interesting overall? … 
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