The NFB announces conversion of educational workshops
You may have heard by now that we will be closing our educational workshops in Montreal and Toronto at the end of this school year in favour of creating online workshops. It’s true.
Each year, we are able to reach some 33,000 students through these workshops, and while this is amazing, we realize that we can do more through a shift to digital programming. We are aware that this shift will result in a transformation of our relationship with educators. However, making our workshops available online will enable us to offer the experience to a greater number of people across the country.
These new workshops will be designed to allow any teacher, anywhere, to teach these very same skills to their students.
This move is in line with our overall educational offer. CAMPUS, our online education portal, provides a wealth of productions and tools tailor-made for teachers. We also run virtual classrooms, and provide study guides, learning bundles and fun apps for students. One such app, StopMo Studio, teaches people the fundamentals of stop motion animation. You can see the kinds of films that people are creating with this app here.
We will spend the remainder of this year designing the new online workshops, with the goal of having them online in January 2016. For more information about these and other NFB education initiatives, please subscribe to our newsletter.
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As a past professional television producer and a media studies teacher of 26 years, I am extremely disappointed with the decision by the NFB to cancel the hands on workshops that have been delivered to students in Toronto and Montreal all these years. As an educator, I know that production is not something one can learn by watching a video. Students must be given the equipment, monitored closely in their use of it, and guided through the various stages of planning, recording, and editing films and videos. Most English, visual arts, media studies , and even some Communication Technology teachers do not have the professional expertise to be able to guide students through the process of making videos and film. Though the odd teacher like myself has the expertise, the hands on workshops that your wonderful staff provided on site at the NFB, and on road trips to remote communities was invaluable. I believe that this decision will do NOTHING to promote the future of Canadian Film makers; but instead add to the growing movement in Canada that is taking funding away from the arts and entertainment, and thus cutting a big hole in our cultural reputation and success. SHAME