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Video/Audio Assessment briefs

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Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 10:42 AM

Why provide alternative assessment brief formats

Recording a person

This guide aims to support you with developing alternatives to the written assessment brief, to better support your students understanding and completing their assessments.

First, we will start with why this is important and then we will cover the tools and methods that support you in doing this. 

Assessments are important. We know that and the students certainly do! So they want to make sure they understand exactly what they have to do. Yet however clearly you’ve written the brief, you will still get multiple emails questioning the details you thought you had explained.

Piloted by SSHSS they found that recording a video (Panopto) significantly reduced the number of support emails, and the number of failed assessments were reduced.  Having a recorded assessment brief allowed the students to revisit the video numerous times.  

Read the LAT blog for more detail.  There is also an article in Dialogue.


How to create a recording

There are a number of ways to can achieve this:

At your desk lecture capture

As well as using lecture capture in the classroom you can also download it to any computer including your office machine and use it in the exact same way. Here are the instructions on installing it. As well as installing the software, you will need a microphone (for recording audio) and a webcam (if you wish to record video). 

You can then make a comprehensive video capture of the brief which includes the slides and a voice-over.  Here is an example.

Example of lecture capture

In class lecture capture 

All classrooms are lecture capture enabled and if you talk in the classroom about the brief it is very simple to capture it.  These will tend to be longer than office captures  but you do not need to set aside additional time to create them.  You may wish to edit this lecture capture if there is additional content that is not relevant. This guide will show you how to trim your recordings

lecture capture in the classroom

Audio recordings 

We would recommend using visuals to illustrate points that you are making but it is possible to create an audio only version.  You can also use a number of 3rd party apps such as Audacity to create these. (Obviously your computer needs some way of capturing audio - either internally or through a microphone).

SOL has a built in recorder which you have the choice of video/audio or just audio. This is available whenever you see the editor (such as when creating a label or adding a description). This requires no software to be recorded and recording will immediately be embedded in your SOL page.  However, be aware you are limited to only 2 minutes per recording (with no limit to the number of recordings). Below is a screenshot of where the recorder sits in the editor.

record audio directly into SOL

recording audio