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Creating and marking a video assignment

Moving away from traditional essays and reports for assessment, there is increasing interest in allowing students to submit videos as coursework. It is possible to do this on QMplus by using the standard assignment activity and configuring it to allow the submission of a video which has been uploaded to our media server QMplus Media. Students upload their video to QMplus Media and then submit it in a very similar way to a standard essay or report submission.

The full range of tools for grading the video assignment is available including grading forms, rubrics, feedback comments and feedback files. It is also possible to configure the assignment to allow the submission of a video and a report through one submission point…and the report can be submitted to Turnitin if required.

Students will also be able to see their grades and feedback in exactly the same way as for any other assignment, including through Gradesplus.

Why not just get students to upload their video file to QMplus?

You might be wondering why you can’t just use a standard assignment with a file upload for an assignment submission. There are a number of reasons why getting students to use QMplus Media for their videos is a better idea:

  1. File size – video files tend to be quite large. Having a large number of large files on QMplus can cause a number of issues and so we currently have a 50 megabyte file size limit.
  2. Reducing technical issues with the submitted video. When students upload a video to QMplus Media, it will be processed into a format which can then be viewed on any device. You don’t need to worry about the video not playing on your computer.
  3. Access to video creation and editing tools. QMplus Media has a variety of associated tools which students may find useful including :
    • An app that makes it easy to upload videos from their phone
    • Simple editing tools – including the ability to add interactive hotspots to their video and create a video quiz
    • An application that allows them to record screencasts on their own computer
    • The ability to share a video with other students to allow them to work on it together
    • Auto-captioning – they can request machine generated captions for their video

How to set up an assignment to allow the submission of a video

Setting up your assignment is very similar to setting up any assignment. You add your assignment in exactly the same way.

Turn editing on and then click on Add an activity or resource in the section where you want the assignment submission point.

Choosing the assignment activity in the activity picker

Select Assignment from the picker.

Specific settings you will need to turn the assignment into a video assignment are:

  • Selecting the submission type for a video assignmentUnder the Submission type – check the Online text option. This may sound counter-intuitive but students will use the QMplus Media icon in the text editor to submit their video.
  • Turn off the annotate PDF featureUnder Feedback types – uncheck the Annotate PDF option. Leaving this feature on will not stop the students being able to submit their videos, it helps when you come to mark the assignment.
Note that you can also set up your assignment to allow students to upload a file at the same time as their video, e.g. if you want them to submit a report as well. To do this just select, File submission in the assignment settings as well as Online text. You can also enable Turnitin and the file will be sent to the Turnitin service for checking.

How to mark a video assignment

You mark the video assignment in exactly the same way as you mark any QMplus assignment. You can use any of the standard QMplus assignment grading methods such as grading forms, rubrics, feedback comments and feedback files.

When you look at the list of submissions, you will see small versions of the submitted videos in the list.

List of submissions for a video assignment

You can click on the Grade button and grade the assignment in the same way as for any other assignment.

Students will see the grade and feedback for their assignment in the same place as for any assignment, for example in Gradesplus.

Feedback in Gradesplus for video assignment

Tips for video assignments

  • As video assignments are slightly different from an average assignment, make sure your students know how to submit them. We have a student guide which we recommend you make your students aware of.
  • Remind them that uploading and processing a large video file can take a long time. This is much faster to do when on campus than from home…but they will not be able to submit a video assignment at the very last minute.

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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