UW-Madison Kaltura - Developing Video Assignments
Pedagogical and technical guide to creating and uploading video assignments using mobile devices
Developing Your Assignment
- Identify your learning outcomes. This could be a great introductory activity or a final project idea, but depending on which you choose, the assignment will look different.
- Decide whether this will be done individually or in groups. Depending on the number of students in your course, group work may be more feasible than individual. If this will be done in groups, make sure roles can be clearly defined and there will be enough work for each group member. Finally, determine how you will assign students to groups.
- Develop guidelines for length and content. Highlight the level of professionalism you expect, as well as production quality. If students are not used to working with video, you want to emphasize quality of content over production value (lighting, sound, etc.) It takes a long time to produce even 1 minute of video, so a good rule of thumb is to go shorter than you might originally want to. Give students a minimum and maximum time limit for their videos.
- This can be an iterative process; see how the assignment goes the first time you try it and adjust expectations accordingly.
- Consider giving an example so students have an idea of what they should be working toward.
- Divide your project into multiple steps (example: storyboard, script, filming, editing). Have students produce artifacts at each step, which you can then consider in your final assessment. Be sure to set a timeline for each step that allows you enough time to give feedback to students before they develop and turn in their next step. Consider a class-wide viewing of the videos, either online, in class, or at an alternative time (instead of a final exam, for example) and have students do peer assessment. Additionally, develop ways to assess students as both individuals and members of the group.
- Identify whether students will need any technology training. It is important not to assume that all students will have the same level of technical knowledge, so we recommend setting aside one of your class sessions for a software training workshop. Students can use other devices they already have or borrow devices from the library. Finally, be sure to link to relevant training resources in your syllabus.
- Create a channel in Kaltura for your course where students can upload their videos, and add students in your course to the channel
- Kaltura Mediaspace - Sharing Access to Channels
- Permissions will depend on how you want to use it, but consider a shared repository if the channel will be collaborative
Creating and Uploading Content
Video can be recorded and edited entirely on the device on which it was filmed (for iPad 2 or later, iPhone 4 or later, and iPod touch 4th generation or later). Once students are finished with their videos, they can upload to Kaltura directly from the device as well. If no editing is necessary, students can upload to Kaltura from the camera roll. If editing is necessary, students can save video to Photos from iMovie and upload from there.
- Go to https://mediaspace.wisc.edu/ and sign in with your NetID and password
- Click the person icon in the top right and choose Media Upload
- Click Choose a file to upload, then Photo Library to choose the video
- Fill out the remaining information while it uploads