Video Assignments

Video Assignments (by Bongo) is an interactive online video assessment tool to create and collect video-based assessments. 

Video assignments: 

  • develops communication and critical thinking skills
  • builds time management and collaboration skills
  • tests understanding and comprehension
  • promotes alternative assessment strategies to accommodate different learning styles
  • provides timely and personalized feedback
  • supports the development of digital skills

Example Use Cases

  • Student introductions, presentations, comments, responses to discussion posts, etc.
  • Peer sharing and assessment
  • Summaries, reviews, assessments, and/or critiques of books, articles, films, ideas, theories, arguments, etc.
  • Research (think "TED talks"), mini-documentaries, essay/presentations, or spoken-word assignments
  • Tours of significant locations or "behind-the-scene" looks
  • Digital storytelling
  • Personal narratives
  • Conversations, explanations, skits, etc. in another language
  • Models for handling difficult conversations, situations, events, etc.
  • How-to videos for concrete or abstract processes
  • Commercials for real products or abstract concepts
  • Display work and results of lab work or studio projects
  • Whiteboard animations or explainer videos
  • Stop-motion animation or claymation
  • GIF examples of class content
  • Physical demonstrations of skills or abilities
  • Mashups curating and combining clips, images, etc. to create something new
  • Recreations or commemorations
  • Summaries of learning
  • Social commentary and/or critique
  • Collaborative assignments
  • 5-minute "film fests"
  • Recitations, parodies
  • Roleplays
  • Case studies
  • Interviews
  • Self-assessments
  • Progress, time-lapse, or before-after videos
  • Voiceovers
  • Timelines
  • Pair chats
  • Opinion pieces
  • Language learning
  • Guided thinking
  • Group presentations
  • Capstone projects

Watch this short video for an overview of Video Assignments.

How Video Assignments Work:

Video assignments are fully integrated with mycourselink meaning that assessments are seamlessly set up in a course site for ease of access and grading.  Each assignment type (see descriptions below) involves students recording and uploading videos with or without visual aids of themselves responding to questions or scenarios asynchronously.  The flexibility of options and features associated with each assignment type gives learners a variety of authentic and experiential learning activities to demonstrate their learning in all disciplines. 

The Auto Analysis feature automatically transcribes videos submitted through Individual Projects allowing students to review their individual videos for the rate of speech, speech clarity, and use of filler words before submitting their final video for grading to decide if they need to re-record their work.  In addition, the metrics provided in these reports can be used for grading purposes. 

Types of Video Assessments:

  • Individual Project - learners record or upload a video of themselves presenting on a topic or demonstrating a specific skill. With the screen share feature, learners can also enhance their projects with visual aids.
  • Group Project - learners will collaborate synchronously and asynchronously to complete a group activity. Individuals have the ability to create milestones, evaluate their peers, meet with group members virtually, and compile all of their submissions within the project dashboard. The end product is often presented as one cohesive group presentation.
  • Question and Answer - the learner is presented with prompts and given a set amount of time to respond. The learner only has one opportunity to answer each prompt, replicating the high-stakes environment of being asked questions in a face-to-face setting.
  • Interactive Video - learners watch an instructor-provided video and respond to related prompts (maximum of 20).

Adding Video Assessments to a Course Site:

The Video Assignments tool is found under the Other Tools drop-down menu on a course navbar.  The following links are the step-by-step instructions for setting up each type of video assessment.  

Note: After creating a Video Assignment, it must be added to Content to make it available to the students:

  1. Click Content
  2. Select into an existing module or create a new one
  3. Click Existing Activities then Video Assignments
  4. Click on the name of the Video Assignment created to add it to Content

Grading Assessments

During the setup of a video assignment, a grade type (see types below) will be identified and can be synchronized with the grade book in mycourselink.  Video or text-based feedback can be synced and time-stamped within the videos allowing learners to easily find feedback at relevant points when they are reviewing the marked video assignment. 

The grading dashboard provides instructors with an interactive visual display of where their learners are in the assignment process and to assign and publish grades.  Grades scores are sent over to the mycourselink grade book as a percentage based on the maximum points set up in the grade book.  

Grade Types

  • Percentage - Score an assignment between 0-100.
  • Rubric - Select a rubric you've imported or created. You will then score the submissions by rubric category for a total score. The score you select will then be the score out of the total number of points allowed. When selecting Rubric, you will have the option to enable self-assessment and peer review with the same rubric.
  • Pass/Fail - Score learners either 100% or 0%.
  • Auto Pass - Automatically give learners a 100% when they submit an answer. Learners who have not submitted will not have a score.
  • Five Star - Rate submissions with a 5-star rating scale. Each star is worth 20%.

Refer to the Bongo Evaluate and Score Submissions documentation for more details.

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