Project components that occur after film has been taped and assets have been gathered are considered part of the post-production phase. During this phase, everything is brought together, integrated, synthesized, assembled and edited into a single coherent informative and aesthetic piece of communication.
A major component of post-production is video editing, an iterative process in which visual and audio content is reviewed and manipulated to create a coherent and compelling final product. Editing offers opportunities for learning through continued group discussions, group work, and review of scientific concepts, as visual and audio assets are manipulated. As they create their own piece, students also gain insight into the process by which the media they consume is produced and become more sophisticated consumers.
One of the benefits of student media projects is that they offer a natural means for empowering students to educate others beyond their classroom. Knowing that their work will be seen by others, whether online or in a face-to-face event, can be motivating for student producers while offering an opportunity to broaden the impact of their work and connecting it to the 'real world.'
Within a classroom, videos are natural 'jigsaw' learning tools, enabling students to educate each other. When videos are screened (either within the a classroom or beyond it), they can serve as an effective means to stimulate discussion and offer an opportunity for students to lead discussions and take on the role of an expert in their project's focal area.