Challenges of Repurposing Films for
Teachers who wish to develop repurposed films
for instruction should understand that it is a time intensive
project. Teachers must consider the time necessary to find films,
preview them for appropriateness, watch them again for lesson
development, and then allot time for materials development, all
before using the film with a class. Some experts estimate that
you could be looking at a minimum of fifteen hours of development
time per each hour of instruction (Smith & Ragan, 1993). In
the repurposing project done by the Clemons Library, developers
took over 500 hours to create a stand alone educational product.
In addition to the time, teachers would need to adapt their
classroom role from being the sole information provider to one
which is more guiding. Since discussion is a large part of the
active set, teachers would also have to become comfortable in
directing and controlling class discussions.