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Course Stories, Season 4, Episode 7: Behind the Screens: The Art of Assembling Study Hall's Episodes

Join us for the riveting finale of our two-part series on Course Stories, where we delve into the fascinating production world of Study Hall. This episode takes you behind the scenes, revealing how our partnership with Complexly, alongside ASU’s distinguished faculty and innovative producers, crafts each engaging and unique episode. We explore the intricate dance of creativity and academia, showcasing the meticulous process that transforms educational concepts into captivating digital narratives.

Discover the collaborative effort behind the scenes. From brainstorming sessions to the final touches, this episode shines a light on the creative synergy that elevates our content. It’s a journey through the challenges and triumphs of educational storytelling, illustrating the dedication and passion that goes into every moment of Study Hall. Tune in for an inspiring glimpse into the art of creating educational content that resonates and inspires. This episode is not just a conclusion to our series, but a window into the future of digital learning.

In this Episode:

Nicholas Jenkins | Executive Producer for Complexly Media, and Filmmaker.

With 10 years of production experience and nearly 20 years of filmmaking experience, Nicholas was a part of the original production team for Crash Course, Sci-Show, PBS Eons, and is currently leading the production of Study Hall at ASU.

Caroline Palumbo | Video Producer

Caroline Palumbo attended the University Of Central Oklahoma for Journalism. During her time in college she realized she would prefer to be telling stories from behind the camera rather than in front. She started her career in advertising in 2014 working on documentary and commercial productions. In 2020, after six years of working for advertising agencies in various roles from a PA to a Senior Producer, she was ready for a change and transitioned into working into edutainment with Complexly. She is currently a producer on the Study Hall series. 

Dr. Emily Zarka | Instructor, English

Emily earned her doctorate in literature from Arizona State University where she currently serves as an Instructor in the English Department. With expertise in the Gothic genre, horror, and monsters in literature and film, Zarka’s research applies the theory that ‘human history is monster history.’ Zarka is the creator, writer, and host of the popular YouTube series “Monstrum,” the flagship show on PBS’ Storied humanities channel. Since its launch in 2019, “Monstrum” has won multiple Telly awards and was a 2022 Webby Honoree in Video-Best Writing. She also serves as co host and script editor for Storied’s Fate &  Fabled” series.  Zarka wrote and hosted the Telly award-winning documentary special Exhumed: A History of Zombies that aired nationally on PBS in October 2020. She is currently developing a lecture series for Audible. 

Aubrey Holland | Editing Wizard for Study Hall & Multimedia Developer for IDNM under EdPlus

Coming from a background of video editing, wedding videography, and media specialist work, Aubrey is currently a multimedia developer for the IDNM team under Edplus at ASU. She is primarily a media developer for the Youtube channel StudyHall, but also assists with other media needs.

Your Hosts

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Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

Your Producer

Elizabeth Blythe-Lee, a Senior Instructional Designer at ASU Online - EdPlus, is the creative force behind Course Stories. An ASU alumna with a BA in English Literature and a Masters of Education from NAU, Elizabeth has been a part of the ASU community since 2009. Her expertise in crafting accessible online courses is enhanced by her passion for storytelling and a unique flair for adding a touch of Disney magic to her work. A history and literature enthusiast, Elizabeth's background in writing shines through in every course narrative, making learning an enchanting journey.

Resources from this Episode

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Don’t forget to check out the work of the amazing guests:

Learn more about the company behind Study Hall, Crash Course, and more over at Complexly!

Access the Fast Guides playlist on YouTube!

Listen to Emily talk with Ricardo about Branding Your Pedagogy in Season 3 of Course Stories!

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