Integrated Community Media Learning

ACAM is committed to support student participation in the co-creation of knowledge with community members and knowledge holders.  To achieve this goal, ACAM has been building and developing a curriculum infrastructure that facilitates a flexible learning environment for students to collaborate with communities through digital media production.

Over the past four years, with the support from Rogers Multicultural Film Production Program and UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, ACAM has implemented mini-media production units in several of its affiliated courses, and developed a core course–ACAM350–dedicated to community-based media project.  These piloting initiatives have generated impressive learning outcomes and benefits, including:

  1. Student films being featured at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival: Radicalizing Intimacies (2014); Cantonese: Passing (2015); Under Fire (2016); and Flagged (2017)
  2. Collaboration with Richmond Museum to showcase student films in the museum’s exhibit Our Journeys Here
  3. Student-led multimedia projects that help to enhance public understanding of the historical and cultural significance of Vancouver’s Chinatown—for example, Angela Ho’s Chinatown Sound Map and Christy Fong’s Disappearing Moon Cafe virtual field trip project
  4. Community screenings of student films that generated sustained conversations within and beyond the university
  5. Students’ acquisition of portable skills in communication and multimedia production
  6. Students’ development of critical media literacy, leadership, and community partnership