In Fall 2013, I piloted a video reflection assignment in the Sociology courses. Students were asked to reflect on the week by giving a video reflection. Students gave me information about their learning that I would not be able to capture through their assignments. Students also commented that the video reflection gave them a connection to their instructor. In addition, the video reflection resulted in me connecting with students on campus as I recognized them from the videos. For Spring 2014, I analyzed the videos and noticed that the social imagination was missing from videos and the topics did not always focus on the week's learning through sociological discussion.This has resulted in a rubric created to pilot in Fall 2014. The rubric was included with the video reflection for hybrid courses(see attached). On average, 90-95% of the students receive a perfect score on the rubric each week. This was an improvement from video reflections without the rubric where on average 70-85% of the students received a perfect score in previous semesters. The rubric kept students on track with the goal of the video reflection.
Thanks Ogla for the suggestion. Do you have a prompt question that you give the student for the video creflection? I have started to think about how to connect with online students and this is a great idea. I also like how you are now able to recognize the students around campus. Thank you for sharing.
HI Sharon, Sorry it took me so long to respond! I always make an effort to work on CATS at the beginning of each semester. The question is "what did you learn this week?" It is very general.I am currenlty working on the rubric to incorporate for fall. Olga
My experience has been that when you provide a rubric, it helps greatly in focusing students on those elements you desire in their post. Also, it makes for very quick grading that also gives meaningful feedback to students. Good luck, and I look forward to the rubric you develop!
Case in point, Pete posted a CATS on how he used rubrics in discussion features. I'm sure this is of a different nature than how Olga is using it, but it could provide some fodder for thinking about one's own rubrics.
HI Erik, Sorry it took me so long to respond! I usually spend time on CATS at the beginning of each semester. I am working on the rubric now :) Thanks! Olga
HI Pete, Sorry it took me so long to respond! I usually spend time on CATS at the beginning of each semester. I am working on the rubric right now to implement for Fall 2014. Thanks! Olga
I am glad to see that the rubric made the difference. My students always do better if there is a rubric.