Video Projects in the Classroom – Professor Sandra Young and Zulema Lopez

For Instructors

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


  • 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 ( and Chemistry (
  • For help with video assignments, contact 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 the grading rubrics below to communicate how this type of project will be graded. Sample Grading Rubrics:
    Science Communication |
    Digital Storytelling
    Digital Video Project Rubric

For Students

    1. 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 ( and Chemistry (
    2. Tips for producing class assignment videos, “Before, During and After”.
    3. Define a clear purpose and outcomes for the video, this will help you stay focused.
    4. If you need audio and video equipment, visit the Digital Media Center at the library:
    5. Take advantage of the DU Digital Media Center; they have friendly staff and cool video software.
    6. Establish teams and assign project roles and responsibilities.
    7. Research videos online that match your goals and expectations.
    8. Create a storyboard, shoot list and script.
    9. Create a project timeline to keep you on track.
    10. Have frequent team meetings.
    11. Checkout these video production tutorials:
    12. Get free copyright free images on from websites that make them available. Flickr Creative CommonsDU Flickr |DU Flickr science setScience Images | | | Google Images Creative Commons. (Don’t forget to cite your images.)
    13. Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
    14. Free video clips (b-roll)
    15. Take advantage of free audio. Your computer may already have a library of audio clips. For Macs, iMovie has a large audio library. Some websites with affordable royalty free audio clips: ccMixter | PartnersInRhyme  | Incompetech | Bensound |   Global Sound Promotion | YouTube Audio LibraryFree Music Archive

Types of Video Software

The DU Digital Media Center has professional video and audio software for students.


Video Team Roles and Responsibilities

    • Videographer/Photographer: Responsible for video recording and still photos; ensures good lighting and audio quality
    • Director: Responsible for creating the storyboard and script
    • Producer: Initiates, coordinates, supervises and controls matters such as meetings and time management
    • Subject Matter Expert: An expert that will provide audio or video commentary
    • Researcher: Responsible for researching the topic, fact collecting and citations
    • Video & Audio Editor: The expert in video and audio editing software; will edit and share revisions with team members

Student Video Assignments

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