Using uRewind (Powered by Panopto) to Support Video Assignments

Using uRewind (Powered by Panopto) to Support Video Assignments
Apart from creating and publishing teaching videos to students, uRewind can also be used to facilitate creation and submission of students’ video assignments.
Typically, the following activities can be supported by uRewind:

A. Recording student video presentations

B. Collecting video presentations from students

C. Time stamped feedback

How do these functions work?
A. Recording student video presentations

Video presentations can be easily recorded anywhere and anytime, with desktop computers, laptop computers and mobile devices. Turn your students into creators and allow them to learn technical skills, to demonstrate their knowledge and communication strategies. Video assignments can also be a collaborative and highly engaging student activity. Some examples for video assignments include:

  • Role plays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • News reports
  • Documentaries
  • Short dramas

Often, the videos are accompanied with visual aids such as PowerPoint files, documents and other multimedia clips. If you need to synchronize the video presentation with visual aids, you must create the video with the Panopto Recorder using a desktop or laptop computer (PC or Mac). If you use a mobile device for recording, only the video will be recorded without visual aids.

B. Collecting video presentations from students

Click here to view instructions on how to set up a video assignments submissions folder in uRewind. A student cannot view others’ video assignments in the folder.

C. Time stamped feedback

Instructors, and students in the same group can review each student’s video on-demand, and provide comments and feedback directly in the recording. Click here to find out how to leave time stamped feedback using the discussion feature. They can also reply to the feedback given by the others.

Best Practices for Video Assignments (Teachers)
  • Submitted videos should be between 2-5 minutes. A 5-minute video can typically take about 5-10 hours to create.
  • Make a grading rubric available to your students to clearly communicate how the assignment will be graded.
  • Create a discussion forum on Blackboard so your students can ask you or other students any technical or assignment questions they may have.
  • If you have any examples of previous student submissions, then make them available to your current students to inspire them
Best Practices for Video Assignments (students)
  • Study the rubrics and address the requirements in every criterion
  • Ensure the venue for recording has proper lighting, low noise level and no items that may cause a distraction or unexpected noise
  • Prepare proper visual aids, for example infographics, to help elaborate your ideas, if appropriate
  • Match the video format with the overall tone and message
  • And, don’t wait until the last minute, so as to avoid any unexpected technical problems, such as computer or Internet breakdown!

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