Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2012

Capstone Advisor

Professor Breyer- Documentary Production

Honors Reader

Professor Desai- Asian Literary Studies

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


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The Engage Project is a web series showcasing student experiences in high school with perspectives from different countries around the world. The site is written in html/css and was created using a combination of Dreamweaver and Photoshop CS5. The video used in the project was recorded using a Sony handicam and edited using Final Cut Pro X. The videos are hosted on and are integrated into the design of the site through the use of iframes.

The purpose of the site is to share student stories about high school to current high school students, allowing them to see multiple different perspectives outside of their own realm of experience. A globalized work environment has created an increased need for students to understand and relate with others from a diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Through stories students learn about varied student experiences that they can then relate with their own.

A sharing component has been included with the site in which students can share their own stories about high school and an aggregate of those responses will become a later section of the site. The process of sharing is a central element of the project and its intent.

The concept of the project came out of an extended period of trial and error, which explored the migrant experience, cultural comparisons of pedagogy, and the effects of living in a diverse community. The current project arose out of a need to provide students from isolated cultural backgrounds with an avenue in which to explore student perspectives outside the range of their own.

The project is a model for a more comprehensive set of student reflections and may later be redeveloped for another media platform.

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