Take it from experience
I have been using Shared Media for over 13 years (since it was first rolled out as MediaShare). It was the first time my online speech students could safely and confidently send me their speeches. They had been mailing them to me as VHS tapes (that dates me), or later loading them on YouTube and marking them private. Shared Media offered me a way for students to upload speeches easily and safely. Newer updates allow me to send a video example to the students with instructions and require students to submit a video, audio, image, and/or document.
My students are happy because they can upload their videos, their outlines, and their visual aids in one assignment area, making it convenient and easy. I can grade the material in the same assignment area using my own rubric or a pre-created rubric. I am also able to group students in teams and have them do peer reviews for each other using my own rubric or one provided.
Shared Media is not only powerful for communication courses but other disciplines as well. Think about how much instructors could learn about students’ critical thinking skills by having them submit a video explaining a course concept. Additionally, instructors can group students and have them submit a project together as a video assignment.
The possibilities are as broad as your imaginations. Any performance-based class would benefit from a video upload assignment demonstrating students’ proficiencies in:
- physical activities, such as fitness classes
- skills, such as auto mechanics
- talents, such as acting
- mastery, such as public speaking
Disciplines where content is the major component come alive to students when they produce their own creative projects, for example:
- english literature assignments
- history lesson for the week
- art appreciation they are developing
- humanities with an awareness of other cultures
These two vibrant and robust tools in Revel, Video Quiz and Shared Media, give my students opportunities to engage in powerful ways with course concepts.
If you can’t get your students to read or engage fully with the written word, you can enhance their learning and have them demonstrate their mastery of course requirements through the creative use of videos.