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 the grading rubrics below to communicate how this type of project will be graded. Sample Grading Rubrics:
Science Communication |
Digital Video Project Rubric
- 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)
- Tips for producing class assignment videos, “Before, During and After”.
- Define a clear purpose and outcomes for the video, this will help you stay focused.
- If you need audio and video equipment, visit the Digital Media Center at the library: http://library.du.edu/services/media-support/media-center.html
- 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
- Establish teams and assign project roles and responsibilities.
- Research videos online that match your goals and expectations.
- Create a storyboard, shoot list and script.
- Create a project timeline to keep you on track.
- Have frequent team meetings.
- Checkout these video production tutorials:
- Get free copyright free images on from websites that make them available. Flickr Creative Commons | DU Flickr |DU Flickr science set | Science Images | Stocksnap.io | Archives.org | Google Images Creative Commons. (Don’t forget to cite your images.)
- Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
- Free video clips (b-roll)
- 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 Library | Free Music Archive
Types of Video Software
- iMovie support to create and edit videos if you have a Mac.
- Windows Movie Maker support to create and edit videos if you have a PC.
- PowToon – Free online video tool that creates animated videos.
- Camtasia Studio – Free 30 day trial
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