WMU News

Video production wins national award

April 9, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- For the second straight year, University Video Services at Western Michigan University is a winner in the Communicator Awards, a national competition in television, video and film.

WMU's winning entry, "Skills for Corporate Flight Crew Dynamics," competed in the educational/university category. It was co-produced by Stephen L. Kettner, producer/director in video services, and William G. Rantz, assistant professor of aviation sciences.

The award-winning video uses vignettes to dramatize potential flight problems resulting from poor communication among flight crew members. Its purpose, according to Rantz, is to project the presence or absence of appropriate cockpit behavior.

The video is currently being used in four courses in the WMU School of Aviation Sciences, including those in crew resource management and global navigation. Rantz plans to include part of the video in an interactive learning project for the World Wide Web.

The program uses WMU faculty, staff and students as its actors. "We were able to accurately portray in-flight problems using knowledgeable faculty and staff members and planes owned by WMU, which helped to keep costs low," Kettner said.

The project is funded in part through a grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. It was one of nearly 3,000 entries from 47 states and five other countries. Entries were judged by a panel of professionals in film, video and television.

Media contact: Mike Matthews; michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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