The Problem: How to collect, process, and disseminate videos of student performances in a language learning class while protecting student privacy and reducing workload.
- Students capture the video themselves
- Students access our Moodle course using the iCabMobile browser
- Students upload their video to a forum with special permission settings
The Background: One of the things I find important in education is that the assessment should always match the goals of the course. This is one reason why I have always found it rather silly to give students a 90-minute written exam in a conversation class. As such, for nearly ten years now I have concluded each semester of my conversation courses with conversation exams. These conversations were recorded on video for later assessment, and proved to be a bit of a logistical nightmare to process. Long story short, the teacher-hours required to process, assess, and disseminate were slowly convincing me to start giving paper-based tests again. While my colleagues and I had put a lot of thought into it, we had just not come up with a good way to get around the video processing issue while also protecting student privacy.
The Plan: The plan to overcome the teacher-centered nightmare is centered around the new iPad Classroom at our university. We have 20 new iPads set-up in the Media Center, our campus library, where I have been working to help establish the new iPad Classroom. This video project seemed like a great opportunity to have the students create something with the iPads while testing out their usability. The concept is fairly simple: read more