The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 14th, 2014
If you had to pick a single word to explain how Derek Muller ended up
in a Perth hotel room arguing with an empty chair, it probably would be
About a decade ago, Mr. Muller, then a doctoral candidate at the
University of Sydney, wanted to figure how out to make science videos
that students would learn from, not just watch. So he did some
experiments. He got a handheld camera and rudimentary animation and
editing software, and recorded some educational videos aimed at teaching
basic physics concepts.
In some videos, he had an actor explain the concepts
straightforwardly, with simple drawings and animations. When he showed
the videos to a group of undergraduates, the students described them as
clear, concise, and easy to understand.