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YouTube provides a constant flow of videos that help me illustrate the importance of looking at the processes behind products.

This product is about as viral as it gets.


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The inspiration and processes behind the polished product is not as well known.


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For the neutral observer, the second video provides insights into the processes that contributed to a viral video. For an educator, the behind-the-scenes processes are just as important, if not more so, than the final product.

Here is a bonus video of Lil Nas visiting an elementary school in the USA.


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When I highlight videos that showcase products and the processes that created them, I normally have to show them in that order. This is because their creators share them that way.

I liked how one Tasty producer, Rie McClenny, opted to share them the other way around.


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Rie provided video insights into the numerous processes of a video product five days before releasing the end result. The process video was about 9 minutes long while the product video took almost 3.5 minutes.

If there is anything that educators who are interested in e-portfolios should take note it is these:

  • It is the processes that are as important — or even more important — than the final product.
  • The time spent on reviewing and reflecting on the processes should overshadow that of the product.

I can guess what happened. Some people were not happy when Niantic announced the winner of an AR photo taking contest for Pokémon Go. The salty folk might have judged the photo as underwhelming.

Thankfully a prominent PoGo player provided some insight via his tweet above.

While most people opted to take three separate photos based on three different themes, the winner connected all three by using three stages of one Pokémon and trying to tell a story.

So I repeat and rephrase what I said yesterday: The product of learning alone is not enough; the processes provide context and insights into the learning.

I love behind-the-scenes videos. They provide insights into the processes behind products.


One such product was was a four-minute recap by James Cordon of 67 previous episodes of Game of Thrones before its final season.


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The delivery was one thing. It was effectively over in about four minutes. However, insights into the hard work behind it were only visible in the next video.


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What was still invisible was the development of talent for crafting the recap.

Applying this problem to education, this would require more videos and other artefacts in an e-portfolio. But this first assumes that all stakeholders (e.g., students, teachers, parents, employers, policy makers) value processes of learning as much as they do products of learning.

I enjoyed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The storyline and animation were excellent.

I did not realise just how much backstory there was even to one of the more ordinary segments of the movie. Thankfully its creators shared insights and rationales for their choices.


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Their reflection reminded me of a theme I revisit several times a year on this blog. Products are obvious, but processes that created them often are not. People see the products and not the processes, leading them to stick to their own assumptions or perspectives.

The same could be said about teaching and learning. We might focus on the products like lesson resources and grades, but conveniently forget the more important processes that drive them.

As schools here try to focus more on learning and improvements to assessment, I hope that they take advantage of an old tool that combines both — e-portfolios. I remind those that do to remember that the products showcased in portfolios should be gateways into reflections and evidence of learning processes.

The videos below illustrate a product and a bit of insight into processes that led to the product.


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I like harping on seeing the processes and behind the product.

Why? Schooling still focuses too much on the products of learning and not enough on the processes.

Why? The products are easier to see and assess; the processes are less tangible and difficult to evaluate. And yet, the processes are what last and are thus more important.

I love YouTube videos that shed light on the processes behind a product. The video below was one of the better ones because it was about the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (GoT).


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Some say that the last 15 minutes of the episode were among the most epic of the entire series. If you watched the episode, it might be easy to see why.

It is just as easy to stop at this level of appreciation. You are entertained, but you do not really know why.

The behind-the-scenes (BTS) videos provided insights into the many processes that resulted in the product. The BTS view showcased the effort, talent, organisation, courage, and creativity of the people involved in the production.

Creating the episode was difficult. Documenting it and deciding what to highlight was not easy too. However, taking the trouble to showcase and reflect on the processes provides depth to the product.

The same could be said about academic endeavours. Most papers and projects have an audience of only one — the teacher. However, e-portfolios like blogs and personal websites have potentially larger audiences. Engage them and the audiences become participants who provide even more feedback.

This is how focusing on the processes provides richer and more meaningful learning experiences than just grading final products. I welcome the day when e-portfolios are not just good-to-have add-ons, but are default platforms and strategies for assessment and evaluation.


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