There are a few different steps to create an activity.
Activities are parts of assignments where the student is expected to submit work. Click the Create activity button to begin.
Complete Step 1 of the activity creation process by entering a name for the activity and selecting the activity type.
There are currently four activity types that can be used when creating an activity: Video Submission (7 options), Text Discussion, Document Submission, or Interactive Video.
- Video Submission – Students will submit video to complete the activity.
- Text Discussion – Students participate in a text discussion activity by entering comments.
- Document Submission – Students submit a document or file to complete this activity
- Interactive Video – Students watch a video and answer multiple choice questions during a video.
If you choose a Video Submission, the various types of Video-based activities will be shown:
- Conversation – Students participate in an asynchronous conversation with one or more classmates.
- Group Project – Students will be put in groups and work together to submit a collaborative video.
- In-Class Video – Educators facilitate student recordings in the classroom.
- Individual Video – Students submit a video to complete this activity.
- Question & Answer – Students will recieve a question and be forced to immediatly respond. Up to 20 questions per activity will be combined into one video for submission.
- Sync Activity – Each student conducts their own synchronus meeting and submits the recording.
- Video Case Response – Students respond to a structured scenario involving text reflection questions and flexible or spontaneous (Q&A) video submission
Based on the activity type selected in Step 1, activity specific options will appear in the configuration area (marked by the box) at the top of Step 2.
These options are explained below:
Question & Answer/Conversation Options:
- Delay – the amount of time in seconds that you will allow the students to “think” about their answer after viewing the question. This controls when the recording will start if not started early by the student.
- Start Immediately? – checking this box will start the recording as soon as the question is displayed. If you provide a video question then the recording will include video of the student watching the video. Selecting Start Immediately overrides the delay time.
- Min answer length – controls the amount of recording time before a Stop button is available to students. Clicking the Stop button allows students to end their recording.
- Max answer length – controls the length of the recording and will stop recording automatically when the max time has been reached. Students see a timer during the activity so they know how much time they have left to complete their answer.
- Student Retake – allows students to reset their submission if they experience technical difficulties or would like to resubmit (low-stakes).
- Q&A Mode Enabled (Video Case Response) – allows you to choose what type of recorder will be used for the Video Case Response activity. Checking the box uses the Q&A recorder for the video portion, leaving it unchecked will use the standard recorder or uploader.
Sync Activity Options:
- Presentation, Share webcams, Share desktop – Allows students to use the appropriate features during their sync meetings.
- Max Participants – Sets the limit of people allowed in the meeting space at once.
- Max Duration (minutes) – Sets the maximum duration of the student meetings.
- Class Invitees Only – When checked, only allows students to invite other students to their meetings. When unchecked, students can use a link to invite people outside of YouSeeU to the meetings.
- Allow Audio Only – Allows students to record audio with no video for their submission.
- Activate Add Slides option – Allows students to add slides to their video submission.
Identify which students will submit a video for the activity:
- Whole Class – Every student will complete this assignment.
- Educator formed – The educator chooses who will complete the assignment.
Text instructions are displayed for students before they start the activity. They provide expectations and requirements in order for students to complete the assignment and successfully satisfy the learning objective. Instructors can also choose to record an overview video in addition to the written instructions.
- No Groups – this activity will not be peer-reviewed but only submitted for reviewing and grading by the instructor.
- Peer Review Groups – groups are created based on the Peer Review Groups the instructor sets up.
- Whole Class – every student will be able to review every other students’ submitted work.
- Custom Reviewers –the instructor can specifically designate who will be reviewing students’ submitted work by choosing Custom Reviewers.
- Random Groups – students are randomly assigned by the system to new groups for this activity. Random groups assignments only exist for this activity and do not impact Peer Review Groups membership.
When any option is selected that allows students to view peer video submissions, and additional open will appear that allows immediate access to peer submissions. If you would like your students to be required to submit a video before they can view others’ videos, click in the box to deselect this option.
- None – students will not have the opportunity to leave text comments for this activity.
- Group – students can add comments to a common group comments area for the activity. The comments area is limited to group membership and is not associated with an individual student’s video submission.
- Individual – students can add comments to a comment area associated with a specific student submission. This allows students to provide feedback to a specific peer after reviewing that peer’s submission.
- SyncComments™ – students can add time stamped comments while viewing another peer’s video presentation. Then, the comments are displayed based on the timing as the student watches their own video.
Individual and SyncComments can be made anonymous by selecting the Anonymous comments button. Additionally you can allow all peer SyncComments to be visible to all who have access to view a submission by selecting the Show all button.
If a rubric will be used as a grading tool or for peer/self review, checking the box next to I want to use a rubric will enable the rubric options.
- Educator Ratings – The Educator rates the submission on a 5-star scale.
- Grade Entry – The Educator will manually enter a percentage grade.
- Pass/Fail – The Educator selects pass or fail as the grade for each submission.
- Completed/Not Completed – Auto-grade based on whether or not the student submitted before the end date.
- Rubric – The submission is evaluated based upon the quality of the work within a predetermined set of requirements or criteria.
- Video Feedback – Allows the educator to provide video feedback to the student.
- Text Feedback – Allows a block of text to be sent to the student as feedback.
- Student Ratings – Allows students to assign a 5-star rating to all peer submissions they have access to.
- Rubric – If a rubric is selected, allows students to fill out rubrics for all peer submissions they have access to.
- Rubric – Allows students to fill out a rubric for their own submission.
If your institution is integrated with an LMS, you will see options to configure deep linking and grade sync. These options are specific depending on the LMS and type of integration. For help with these options, contact your LMS admins.
Selecting dates is an important step. The dates must be within the date parameters of the assignment.
Submit Start – Date and time when students can begin submitting to the activity. A “Do it Now” button appears on the student interface once the start date has been reached. Students can not submit before the start date but they can review activity instructions. This helps students to focus on the right task and prevents them from submitting to the wrong activity.
Activity Due – This is an informational element for the students so they know when the activity is due.
Submit End – Date and time when students can no longer submit to the activity. The “Do it Now” button disappears for students who have not submitted to the activity. This date should follow your course policies for late work. Educators are responsible for changing the Submit End date if you have granted students extensions for submission.
The final step is to activate your activity. If this box is unchecked, students will not be able to see the activity. This allows you to continue to edit and finalize the activity before students see it. Activating the activity will allow the activity to be visible by students, but they still cannot submit until the start date passes.