Activities are parts of assignments where the student is expected to submit work.
Complete Step 1 of the activity creation process by entering a name for the activity, selecting the activity type, and entering the activity dates.
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
Depending on which activity type you choose, there may be options specific to the activity type.
Q&A Based Options:
- Delay – the amount of time in seconds that you will allow the students to “think” about their answer after receiving 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 also overrides any delay.
- Min answer length – controls the amount of recording time before a Stop button is available to students, 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.
- Q&A Mode Enabled – Allows you to choose what type of recorder will be used for Case Study activity. Checking the box uses the Q&A recorder for the video portion, leaving it unchecked will use the standard recorder or uploader.
- Student Retake – Allows students to reset their submission if they experience technical issues.
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.
- Allow Add Slides – Allows students to add slides to their video submission.
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.
Click Save after entering the information for the activity.
When you have moved on to the second step, you are then able to add instructions, an overview video, and commentary.
The text instructions are available to the students before they start the activity. They provide instruction on how to complete the assignment.
The commentary text and video are viewed by the student after they have finalized their submission. These can provide answers or explanations that you don’t want them to see until they submit their activity.
There is one checkbox which says Commentary available after student submit. If this box is checked, the students can view the commentary immediately after submitting. If it is unchecked, they must wait until the end date for the activity passes before viewing the commentary.
Participants will allow you to designate all or some students as participators for each activity.
- Whole Class – Every student will complete this activity.
- Educator formed – The educator chooses who will complete the activity.
- No Groups – this activity will not be peer-reviewed but only submitted for grading by the instructor.
- Whole Class – every student will be able to review every other students’ submitted work.
- Custom Reviewers – if Whole Class is chosen, the instructor can hand pick 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 Term Group membership.
- 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.
- Individual – students can add comments to a comment area associated with a specific student submission. This allows students to focus their comments on a specific student after reviewing their submission. The comments area is limited to group membership.
- SyncComments™ – students can add time stamped comments while viewing another student’s video presentation. Then, the comments are displayed based on the timing as the student watches their own video.
- Educator Ratings – The Educator rates the submission on a 5-star scale.
- Grade Entry – The Educator will manually enter a grade to assign the student.
- Pass/Fail – The Educator will either select pass or fail for each submission.
- Completed/Not Completed – Auto-grade based on if the student submitted before the end date.
- Rubric – If a rubric is selected, it can be used to evaluate submissions by filling out the rubric for each submission.
- 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.
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.