I recently started a conversation about Video and Community, asking if you guys were interested in some kind of collaborative video experiment. There were some interesting responses, but the conversation took a turn and started focusing on the role of video in ChinesePod as a whole.
These two quotes kind of surprised me:
Here's what I think about the whole video thing. Scrap it completely! I don't think it is needed. (Calkins)
I can only speak for myself but I really dont care if there is any video right now. I like the site the way it was. Sure video is nice but but if a weekly thing is not in the cards right now, so what. Make it a periodic treat until something clicks. (RJBerki)
We never wanted to do video just to do video, and it has always been a bit of an experiment (more in-depth explanation about the situation here), but the most important thing is that ChinesePod continues to produce quality learning materials.
The longer we do video, the clearer it becomes that beyond simple experimentation, video requires far, far more time to be done right. We can do daily podcasts indefinitely, but to do video on top of that, in a format that meets our standards, is not something that can be slotted into a weekly schedule.
So to cut to the chase, our commitment has always been to quality learning materials, and weekly video efforts were a worthwhile experiment, but to produce quality materials for ChinesePod, we will not be publishing a new video every week in 2009. (Basically, we're taking RJ Berki's view.)
We are currently developing a video series on ordering food in China (to be released soon after CNY), while working on the longer-term Chinese character video project (much, much planning is needed for that one). We will also be releasing a fun one-off video to YouTube late next week; stay tuned for that.
As always, we welcome your feedback, and we'll do our best to keep raising the bar on the quality of what we offer.
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