Videos as an Alternative Assessment

hands on laptop keyboard with text: Biteable: your tool for making quick and catchy videos

I have assigned a video final project for the last few years. It’s a fun way for students to express their creativity and show their understanding of a concept. Students sign up for a topic and have to show their understanding of that topic, but are given the freedom to be creative in their video. I've gotten submissions such as an atoms infomercial, a type of bonds skit, a Wheel of Fortune ionic compounds game show, a Bob Ross atoms painting special, etc.

I usually give students two options for how to make their videos:

Option 1: Use your smart phone to film clips and edit with a free movie editing software. If you have an iPhone, you can even edit with iMovie right on your phone.  

Option 2: Use an online video maker that animates a video for you. I provide an example video below that was built using for students who are stuck on "not knowing how to make a creative video". It's free to sign up and they can make an animated video without any graphic design experience!

Video 1: , Karen Ye's YouTube Channel, Feb 2020 (accessed 10/31/20)

 

Reasons why I recommend using Biteable for video projects:

  • You end up with a clean, polished video project to grade. No hard to read handwriting. No out of focus video clips or images & no vertical videos.
  • Most of the slides limit you to 80 characters, so students actually have to summarize information and can’t simply cut and paste definitions onto one slide
  • It has students reinforce and demonstrate their understanding of a topic by organizing and summarizing information
  • They have a good amount of science and chemistry themed slides!

You can also view a short tutorial on how to get started on Biteable . (Note: This video is part of a short webinar on "Creating Effective and Engaging Bite-Sized Videos". You can view the recording for the full webinar here: )

 

Time required: 

The instructor can decide for themselves how much in class time is allowed for completing the video project but it will likely take at least a couple of days.. 

Materials: 

Students will need access to technology to record and edit videos.

 

Procedure: 

Log into your ChemEd X account to access the Student handout, Topics List and Grading Rubric found in the Supporting Information at the conclusion of this post.

Preparation: 

If the instructor wishes for only one group in each class to cover any given topic, there will be some organization required. 

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