Creating Video Assignments

The LaunchPad Table of Contents for Instructors provides instructions for how to create and manage advanced assignment types such as discussion boards, dropboxes, links, and link collections. This page offers ideas for using advanced tools in class.

Video Assignment Tool

With video tools, you and students can upload or embed videos so that others may comment and reply along the video’s timeline. Student submitted videos may also be graded using a rubric.

File Size Considerations

To effectively use this tool, the following specifications are required:

Compression Guidelines

Before uploading, instructors and students should compress video files for these settings:

Here’s a list of FREE software for compressing video:

Platform Software Discussion
Mac only iMovie If you are in iMovie, export your video using the lowest quality option. You can also change the video type to .avi or .qt for streaming.
Mac and Windows Handbrake Open source, trusted, for Windows or Mac (rated “excellent” by CNET editors)
Windows Freemake Video Converter

Assignment Suggestions

Critique a Video

Embed a video from YouTube or from another source. In your instructions, provide discussion questions. Require students to add 2-3 comments on the video that respond to the prompt. You may grade this assignment with a rubric.

Explain an Assignment

Some projects are complicated because they involve a lot of choice and many stages. Record yourself explaining the project, and upload the video to the Video Assignment tool. Require students to comment by asking a question or by proposing a topic.

Audio Book Assignment

Hearing a text read aloud as well as practicing reading aloud can often help struggling readers. Use the video tool assignment to require students to record themselves reading a passage aloud. Tutorial: Audio Editing with Audacity provides guidelines for using one audio-capturing software, but other tools are available, including some for smart phones. You might choose to grade this assignment with a simple pass/fail rubric.

Recorded Presentation Assignment

If your course includes a required public speech, encourage students to work through Tutorial: Presentations. Record their practice and/or final presentations. If you have recorded on behalf of students, distribute the files so that students can upload their own speech. They can add self-reflective comments about their performance. You may grade this assignment with a rubric.

Video Composition Assignment

If you require students to compose videos, they may upload their projects for grading using this tool. Rubrics are available.