In a group project activity, you will collaborate with other students to submit a video file (with or without synced slides) and a document if needed. This activity is typically used for group presentations and role play activities. Before you can participate in the activity, groups must be formed. Groups are created 3 ways, depending on how the course is set up:
- Your educator can place you in a group
- The system can place you in a group depending on your availability.
- You can place yourself in a group.
Once you’re placed in your group, group members can add videos, record meetings, and upload documents needed to complete the project. You can view the videos and use the group comment feature to discuss the project. You can also assign tasks using the milestone feature. All progress on your group project can be viewed by your instructor. Please note, videos, meetings and documents submitted may or may not be used for the final submission.
The group project video preparation involves the following steps: record/upload videos, sync slides saved as image files (jpg, png, gifs),combine videos into one (slides can be added to the combined video, too), and finalize. When you finalize your project, you can submit one video and one document (if required). If you accidentally submit your project, you have 24 hours to delete the submission. Your combine video will be saved, but you will also have the ability to re-combine videos if you need to.
To add yourself to a group
If your instructor gives you the option to form your own group, the first time you click the activity link in your Table of Contents you will be taken to the group formation page. Select the group you want to join from the drop down box and click Save. Your instructor will assign a date that your groups must be formed by. After this date your activity will be available to complete.
To fill out availability for system formed groups
The first time you click the activity link in your Table of Contents, you will be taken to a calendar where you indicate the days and times you are available to meet. You will need to fill out a minimum of 6 hours of availability. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the calendar and click Save.
The system will place you in a group with other students with similar times available. Your instructor will assign a date that your groups must be formed by. After this date your activity will be available to complete.
Steps to complete the group project:
Group members can assign milestones to keep the project on course. In the group activity page, click New Milestone. A window will open to create and assign a milestone, including a due date for the task.
All students will add their videos to the project. Each student can add multiple videos to the project. At the start of the project, there will be no videos or comments. As students contribute to the project, you can watch the videos and leave comments for your group members. Group members can select videos from their computer, transfer from a cloud service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive, import videos from their YouSeeU libraries, or record a video directly into the group activity. Once processed, these videos can have slides added. To learn more about adding slides, click here.
When all team members have submitted their videos, click Combine Video.
Drag and drop and order the videos in the ordered videos box
Once all videos have been added and arranged, click Save and the video will process. Processing will take anywhere between 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of your video.
After the videos have been combined, you and your team members can add visual aids if you did not already add them to your individual video.
Adding Documents and Links
If required, you can submit a documents and links for your project. Allowed extensions for documents are: doc, docx, xls, xlsx, pdf, txt, rtf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, html, htm, zip. You can attach as many of these to a submission as needed.
When completing a group project, you can schedule a sync meeting with your team members. This meeting can be used as a discussion platform, or you can record this meeting and use it to submit to your assignment. To begin, click Schedule Meeting:
Click the date and time you’d like to schedule your meeting paying close attention to the next available time option:
When it’s time to start the meeting, any member of the group can begin the meeting. Simply click the Open Meeting Room text.
Please note: Firefox and Chrome are the recommended browsers for Virtual Classroom sessions. If you plan to share your screen during a session, we recommend using Firefox – Chrome does not support Java.
You will be directed to the Meeting Lobby Page. It is ESSENTIAL that you review this page and accommodate accordingly before entering the meeting. This page will also indicate the time allotted for your meeting as determined by your instructor.
Once you’ve reviewed the Lobby Page guidelines and your meeting is ready to begin, click Enter Meeting Room.
If you want to invite your instructor to your meeting, email your instructor the date and time of the meeting as well as the invite link to the meeting:
The recommended format is below:
Activity: Group Test
Date: October 08, 2015
Time: 3:39 PM
Your meeting is automatically recorded. Recording begins when you enter the meeting room. If you wish to control the recording times you will need to use the record button at the top of the screen. You can start and stop the meeting recording as you wish. You will not be able to combine two separate meetings into one. This means that you will need to record the video in one meeting.
Finalizing your project
To finalize your project, click the Submit tab on the left.
You will have the option of which video you want to submit. If you recorded a group sync meeting, that video can be submitted. Please note that videos will not be available to submit until they have finished processing and only one video can be submitted. You can choose as many documents and links as you want to submit as well. Click Submit.
If your instructor allows, you can give your fellow team members a five star rating and/or add comments regarding the team members participation. It is up to the instructor if these ratings and comments are made available for your team members to view.