Aside from simply creating a forum and having students attach the video file to a post, is there a "Moodlier" way to do this? Anyone had experience using student-created videos in a course?
I did something similar in a tech for teachers course... we posted our draft videos and then the students worked in groups to give feedback on their videos before turning in the final project. Even though they were assigned groups to work in, I left the forum open so they could look at everyone's videos.
Giving students a form for providing feedback helped ... this could be a checklist or rubric... depending on the age of the students, they may need some training before giving this a try... so they can give feedback, not just an ... oh that is so cool... comment...
One of the other forms I have used with students that would work well with a speech is 3-2-1... students have to tell 3 positive things, 2 questions they still have and 1 thing that may need to be changed...
How are you getting around the file size limit on Moodle? Are you using an outside source like You Tube and then embedding the video's?
I am limited to a 5MB file size set by our site administrator.
I am only a user with many limitations, which is quite frustrating.
You can try compressing the videos in Movie Maker if they are too big. I also had some luck with a conversion program I got that converted into Flash. It reduces the size some and also makes it an easier format to share.
Another time, we used teacher tube to upload the videos but marked them private so that online those with the URL could access the videos. I would copy the URL into a file link in Moodle. That was nice in that we didn't have to use up server space. If I did the upload myself, I could also make sure they were all deleted at the end of the course. No problems with privacy, etc. These would show in a internet window and streamed.
My last suggestion is talk to your IT person or if you have one your Educational Technology Coordinator... they understand the limitations of the system and other resources your district has available and they might be able to figure out an easier way to make it work for you. I did that before they upgraded and increased the memory... they put a file on another server where I could post bigger files and then link to them through Moodle.... that won't work for this because you don't want students to download the file... but they might have some other way of helping you out.
I think you mean Kim - but actually I agree with everything you say
I teach a beginning speech class for EFL students in Japan using a blended approach (face to face and online). Last April-July, I had students make three videos and post them online for other students to view. This is what I intended...
- student prepares speech text and gets advice/approval from teacher
- student records 3 minute speech via webcam into Microsoft Moviemaker (standard on our school PCs)
- student uploads speech .wmv file into the Assignment Module or Project Module
- assessment is via a ten point rubric (voice, gestures, face, eye contact, intro, main message, transitions, conclusion, visuals,
- teacher views and assesses speech
- student views and assesses own speech
- student views and assesses two other speeches
- grade is calculated by combining four assessments
- starting a speech teaching community in Moodle to develop better methods than the above
- develop the Project Module so it can do video upload and assessment easily
- share and distribute our materials freely
My initial challenge is that we need students to be able to see one another's videos and to have them play within Moodle (without downloading to the students' computers). Being able to assess and post feedback would be the next step.
I would be all for the Project Module being able to do this ... and being less complicated. The faculty I'm working with are new to Moodle and have varying levels of computer savvy. Beyond this general response, I don't have more thoughtful input about what I'm wanting to accomplish pedagogically. It would be a good question for me to discuss with the faculty members who are most likely to need this feature. If a speech teaching community discussion gets off the ground, I'd definitely point them in that direction!
Just like with so many things in Moodle - there are so many ways of doing things and my advice is probably no better than Paula's and Don's above. Anyway...
I would definitely use Database activity for what you are describing. With Database, uploading of files is piece of cake and thanks to the media plugins all standard formats will play OK (just need to be aware of file size limitations but there is a way of getting around that too - either publish-and-embed or increase max file size (talk to your admin). With Database, you have a great overview of all clips (List View), from which you can then selecte certain videos (Single View), add comments, even ratings. You can also search for entries - very handy if the number of videos grows large.
This year, I had a bunch of kids upload their 'auditions' they had recorded on their mobile phones into a database - they did it all, I just set it up!
I enabled comments and ratings so they could comment on each other's work. Because we had to have a winner of the contest (less important really but what the heck) the formal voting was done via simple Choice - results were shown when activity stopped to prevent vote stacking.
The kids reflected on the whole process in their blogs. The whole thing was a neat success and the kids really took it up.
With a bit of pre-planning, database is really a winner here. Many people get put off by the apparent complexity of setting one up but this 'Swiss Army Knife' truly is one of my top three handiest standard activities in Moodle.
If you need a hand setting one up, feel free to find a little demo here.
Best wishes & a great 2009!
The Database would work wonderfully for the speech class ... with one caveat. I need the videos to play directly on Moodle. In my test database, I've loaded video files in a variety of formats and they all need to run on my computer rather than run from Moodle (as they would do if I linked the same file to a "link to file" resource on the course home page).
Is the ability to run a video within the Database possible? If so, how do I make it happen?
And thanks for the link to your demo. Very helpful!
And thanks for the heads up on this one!
You put me onto the right track for figuring out the problem! Turns out the issue is the file format ... and the browser. Some formats (e.g., Flash files) work on FireFox, Internet Explorer and Safari (the three browsers our students use). Other formats, specifically Microsoft-generated ones, only work on Internet Explorer. No surprise. (Don't get me going on a Microsoft rant!)
This lets me know what I need to tell our faculty and students.
Many thanks, all for your assistance! I LOVE the Moodle community!!
a 'single upload' assignment will also work nicely & can also write grades & feedback to the course gradebook, but it becomes a private dialogue between teacher & student. unlike the database, assignment submissions arent publically visible by peers.