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Appetizer Assignment: Video

Students produce a 30-60 second video on a topic that is not difficult or dicey but is related to the course. The video can be a simple as one scene of a "talking head." The idea is to prepare students for a more ambitious video project and reduce the chance that technology will be a barrier.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to ...

  • Capture good raw video
  • Make basic edits
  • Publish a video online
  • Recognize qualities of good video


Mechanics - 50 points

  • Video is steady and well lit
  • Sound is loud and clear
  • Scene fades in and out smoothly
  • Appropriate titles are included

Content - 50 points

  • Material is appropriate
  • Shows creativity
  • Comments are constructive


The assignment is posted during week 1 and students are provided ways to learn about camera operation and basic editing.

  1. Week 2 - Video posted online
  2. Week 3 - Comments posted on two other students’ videos

Inspired by The Appetizer Assignment (Penn State Media Commons)