Setting up a video assignment is very similar to setting up a standard assignment. These instructions outline the settings that make video assignments as student friendly as possible. Depending on students' familiarity with submitting video assignments, a practice upload of a video to a forum etc can be useful for checking their upload and embed process. Direct students to Student FLO help for submitting video assignments.
The best experience for students doing video assignments is for you to design the assignment submission so that students submit their video using My Media, which is part of the online video platform in FLO. Unlike the standard file upload option in FLO, My Media doesn't have a file size upload limit, so students won't need to compress their video files before submitting. Having to compress their video can affect the graphics and sound quality, which may make it difficult for you when watching and marking their video. Using My Media means that students will be able to provide a higher quality video file, and won't need to go through the additional stress of using a compression software prior to submission.
Uploading to My Media can still take a little while if students have produced full-HD or very high resolution videos (which they tend to do when filming on mobile devices and/or using modern video editing software), so please encourage students to allow plenty of time for uploading and submitting. For example, testing on a high speed home internet network and on the University network showed that uploading a 2GB video took around 20-30 minutes. Upload times depend on the speed of the internet connection students are using.
Create a video assignment
Login to FLO and go to the topic where you need to add the assignment. Turn editing on.
Scroll to the relevant module and click Add an activity or resource.
In the pop-up, choose the Assignment option, then click Add.
Give the assignment a name, description and set up as usual. Outline your requirements for the videos and relevant privacy considerations. We also recommend including links to the help documents for students located in the Student FLO help for video assignments.
As it can be easy to underestimate how long a video will take to upload, encourage students to leave time before the due date to upload their videos. There are tools available to help students estimate how long the video upload can take:
It's also recommended that you schedule the cut-off date after the due date in case students underestimate the time it will take (students won't know the cut-off date, but it will mean they can still submit after the submission closing date/time).
Essential step:Tick to enable the submission typeOnline text. Students will submit their video by embedding it from their My Media using the text editor. If students are only required to submit a video, then you only need to select Online text,and should also untick File submissions.
Optional step: If students also need to submit a text document or other additional files along with their video, then you can also select File submissions and restrict the accepted file types. It's recommended that you untick any video file types, so that students don't try to upload their video via this method (rather than via embedding from My Media).
When you've configured all other settings as necessary, Save the assignment.