Video assignments can be a research intensive, collaborative and highly engaging student activity. The video can demonstrate skills, knowledge and communication strategies. You can find some DU student examples at http://otl.du.edu/knowledgebase/what-are-some-examples-of-video-activities/
- Final videos should be between 2-5 minutes. A high quality 5 minute video can take about 5-10 hours to produce.
- Ensure that the project grade has the appropriate weight.
- Ensure that students keep you updated with their progress, require them to send you frequent project updates to avoid the project being done at the last minute.
- Create a “Group Planning” document for your student groups to help them plan, communicate, and organize. Feel free to copy and modify these two examples – Spanish Skits (http://goo.gl/hvaq4I) and Chemistry (http://goo.gl/RpsPO2)
- For help with video assignments, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get answers to your questions and support. We can give your students a workshop and a tour of the Digital Media Center.
- Give your students a few weeks to complete this project. Each week students should submit a progress report to ensure they are on track.
- Create a video group for your class in DU VideoManager to submit and share videos.
- Use a grading rubric below to clearly communicate how this type of project will be graded. Here are some sample grading rubrics:
Science Communication Rubric
Infographic Instructor Grading Rubric
Multimedia Science Activity Rubric
Digital Storytelling Rubric
Digital Video Project Rubric
- Learn the basics about video filming at Vimeo School. https://vimeo.com/videoschoolvideos (Links to an external site.)
- Take advantage of the DU Digital Media Center; they have friendly staff and cool video software. http://library.du.edu/services/media-support/media-center.html
- Get free images from websites that make them available. Flickr Creative Commons (Links to an external site.) | DU Flickr (Links to an external site.)| Science Images (Links to an external site.) | Archives.org (Links to an external site.) . (Don’t forget to cite your images.)
- Video Software
– Windows Movie Maker support (Links to an external site.) to create and edit videos if you have a PC.
– iMovie (Links to an external site.) to create and edit videos if you have a Mac.
– Camtasia Studio – Free 30 day trial
– PowToon (Links to an external site.) is an online animated video software for both Mac and PC.
- Stabilize your video camera; watching a shaky video is distracting.
- Prioritize recording high-quality audio. The further the microphone is from your presenter, the worse your audio quality will be. Indoor quiet spaces and voice-over tracks are the best options for capturing high-quality audio.
- Music tracks sometimes add a nice touch to a video. Here are some websites with affordable royalty-free audio clips: YouTube Audio Library (Links to an external site.) | ccMixter (Links to an external site.) | PartnersInRhyme (Links to an external site.) | Incompetech (Links to an external site.) | Bensound (Links to an external site.)| Global Sound Promotion (Links to an external site.) | Free Music Archive (Links to an external site.)
- Create a “Video Planning” document for your students to help them plan and organize their project. Feel free to copy and modify these two examples – Spanish Skits (http://goo.gl/hvaq4I) and Chemistry (http://goo.gl/RpsPO2)
- Checkout these video production tutorials:
- Define a clear purpose and outcomes for the video (Links to an external site.).
- Establish teams and assign project roles and responsibilities.
- Research videos online that match your goals and expectations (Links to an external site.).
- Produce a video that is fun and visually interesting to your audience. Scenes should be changing every 5-10 seconds.
- Create a storyboard (Links to an external site.), shoot list and script (Links to an external site.).
- Create a project timeline and video team document (Links to an external site.) to keep you organized.
- Tips for producing class assignment videos, “Before, During and After”.
- Have weekly team meetings. Use ZOOM to have virtual meetings.
Team Roles and Responsibilities
- Producer: Initiates and coordinates meetings and time management; has a high-level view of the project and timelines
- Script Writers: Responsible for creating the storyboard and script
- Researchers: Responsible for researching the topic, fact collecting and citations
- Videographer/Photographers/Audio Technicians: Responsible for video recording and still photos; ensures good lighting and audio quality
- Narrators: Provides audio or video commentary
- Illustrators / graphic artist: Responsible for drawing custom art work
- Video & Audio Editors: Responsible for video and audio editing software; will edit and share revisions with team members
The DU Digital Media Center has professional video and audio software for students.