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Holiday Video Countdown 2018

Ken Steele is back with his 4th annual Holiday Special, and this time he’s counting down the top ten higher ed holiday videos from last December, based on a rubric including production quality, acting, music, creativity and emotional impact.

The Holiday Top 10:

#10 – Elon University “Holiday Video”  – A great sing-along video featuring 27 staff and student vocalists.

#9 – The University of Virginia “Celebrating the Holidays”  – Beautiful video of decking the lawn, baking cookies, and doing good deeds. (Featuring Holley Maher’s “This December.”)

#8 – University of the Arts “Holiday Card”  – Student musicians perform “Winter Wonderland” as we see artists, videographers and others.

#7 – Marquette University “Joy Is”  – Freshman Ariana Madson performs “Joy to the World,” as we see students demonstrating the values of shaing, caring and kindness.

#6 – University of North Texas “Building Mean Green Holiday Spirit”  – More than 15,000 Lego bricks and painstaking stop-motion animation went into this recreation of 4 campus buildings.  The “Behind the Bricks” behind-the-scenes video may be even better.

#5 – York University “Re-Connect this Holiday Season”  – Student Olivia is heartbroken that her sister won’t make it home for the holidays, but gets a warm surprise after her exams.

#4 – George Mason University “The Perfect Setting”  – A diverse group of students brings together delicacies from all over the world to a shared holiday feast where they “pass the joy.”

#3 – Otago Polytechnic “Merry Christmas”  – A senior executive “Christmas Squad” comes to the rescue as a group of students suffers through noodles for Christmas.

#2 – Azusa Pacific University “Christmas Lights”  – Students in residence reach out with a puzzling gift: light bulbs. But the lights awaken fond childhood memories of stringing Christmas lights, and ultimately build a community based on a gift of hope.

#1 – University of Connecticut “Warm Holiday Wishes” – uConn mascot husky Jonathan travels the campus with mistletoe, kissing students and staff.  Also worth a watch is the uConn blooper video.  And somehow we missed “Happy Holidays from all Huskies at Heart” back in 2015.

Honourable Mentions:

University of La Verne 

Branksome Hall “Spread the Love”  and the Branksome Hall ARLA music video

University of Toronto Mississauga “Holiday Chemistry” 

Southern Connecticut State University

Other Notable Examples:

Georgia Tech Police Dept

Casper College

Carroll University

Newscastle University

Towson University

Our Playlists:

Excerpts also appear in this episode from 2 hours’ worth of previous 10K Holiday Specials.

Videos highlighted in this episode are all contained in this playlist.

Check out the full 9-hour playlist of 208 videos from 2017.

We’re already compiling a list of 2018 higher ed holiday videos for next year’s Holiday Special!  Add yours to our playlist using this special link.

We’ll be back in January 2019 with more site visits, interviews, and episodes about higher ed trends and innovations. To be sure you don’t miss a thing, subscribe today!

Happy Holidays!

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