Self evaluation through video

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Students use any video recording device to video record each other in a class activity. Later they watch the video at home, transcribe their speech and fill in a self-evaluation form. Strengths and weaknesses from their performances are highlighted and discussed in the following class. Self evaluation, critical thinking and constructive criticism are some of the skills practiced within this activity.

Video language pals

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Students practice the L2 by speaking to other students from abroad through Skype, Hangout or other telecollaborative tools. Two students, one from Spain and another one from the USA (English-Spanish L1 &L2), speak half of the time in English, another half in Spanish and sometimes they use code switching when they do not know specific vocabulary, so they help each other. They talk about different things (food, Xmas, what they do at school, in their free time, favourite films and books, etc). At the end of their talk, they provide feedback about this activity.

Role playing an exam scenario

In this example the teacher is using a simple tool called Present.Me to act out a part of an exam. In this example we can see a teacher working with a student but this could easily be two students working together. The questions have been written into PowerPoint and uploaded into the system and then the voice and webcam has been added to a the PowerPoint. The tool is very easy to use.

pdfRole playing an exam scenario

Video for homework

 

Using an integrated video recording tool within his course page on a Moodle VLE, this Higher Education student has submitted a video assignment which was set for homework. The assignment set a topic which he reflected on, he prepared a script and then performed the response, recording it using his laptop webcam connecting through the virtual learning environment in his student room. Once he was happy with the recording, he was able to submit it for marking to his tutor.

Remembering an event – Pecha Kucha day

Students create a video clip with pictures, videos, interviews and bloopers and outtakes with classmates and teachers about a specific project done in class or a special event which took place at school. This is an excellent way to reflect on the learning process (especially through the interviews) and a good keepsake for students which they love having, watching and sharing. It is also useful to be used with future students so that they see the work done by “real” people like them. Bloopers and outtakes are really funny and add enjoyment to the final product.

pdfPecha Kucha memories

Introducing yourself

This is a talking head video, where most of the screen is taken up with the image of the person introducing themselves. Made as part of a virtual exchange collaboration between students of German at Warwick University Language Centre and students of Media in Stuttgart. Connecting using Google+, the students scripted and created short video clips which they exchanged on their G+ community page.

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Event capture

This recording of researcher Robert O’Dowd presenting his description of the skills necessary for teachers to facilitate Online intercultural Exchange (OIE) was part of an online conference which was organised and hosted by the Language Centre at the University of Warwick. Recording a webinar or event is a great way of sharing afterwards and allows more people to review and respond to the content.

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Using video to provide model answers

In this example the students have been sent a model answer to a question using screen cast technology. The teacher has highlighted the key points that should have been included in the answer using a word processor and then created the video where the teacher talks through the answer and what should be included. The teacher then sends the model answer to the students, who can then use the video to evaluate their own work. This can be an excellent way of doing self-evaluation since the students can listen to the video and decide what mark they should get, what was missing from their own essay etc.

The idea of the model answer video is to encourage the students to reflect and think about their own work. It is cognitively more demanding to get the students to think about their own work rather than simply provide feedback to the students.  It works best where all the students are all writing the same essay since it would be impossible to create model answers for each question if each student did something different. Model examples of presentations, telling a story, describing something could all help students reflect on their own work.

pdfUsing video to provide model answers

 

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