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

For Instructors

  • 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 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

For Students

Getting Started

  1. Define a clear purpose and outcomes for the video (Links to an external site.).
  2. Establish teams and assign project roles and responsibilities.
  3. Research videos online that match your goals and expectations (Links to an external site.).
  4. Produce a video that is fun and visually interesting to your audience. Scenes should be changing every 5-10 seconds.
  5. Create a storyboard (Links to an external site.), shoot list and script (Links to an external site.).
  6. Create a project timeline and video team document (Links to an external site.) to keep you organized.
  7. Tips for producing class assignment videos, “Before, During and After”.
  8. 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.

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