Interactive Video Assignment for Principles Courses, Online
This assignment is designed to enhance the experience of my online students. In this interactive assignment, students will find real world examples of supply and demand shifts by conducting a search of news outlets. Students will then be required to make a short video summarizing their chosen article. These videos will be posted by students online under a discussion post that I have created using Canvas, our online learning system.
After the deadline has passed, students will randomly be assigned one other presentation to critique. They will be required to address what they agreed with and did not agree with in the original presentation.
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Student Instructions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 15kB Sep7 16)
I piloted this activity during fall semester 2016 and it was very successful. After completion of the assignment, I surveyed students on whether they liked or disliked the assignment. 83 % of students felt that the assignment was beneficial to their learning of the material and overall enjoyment of the class. When asked specifically about the video element of the assignment, however, the results fell to 56 %. Of the other 44 % who did not enjoy the video presentation, common reasons included anxiety, lack of quiet space to record at home, or lack of required technology. I will continue to use this assignment in future semesters but will work harder to mitigate some of these limiting factors with students.