Setting assignments

For teachers, TeachVid classrooms are a place where they can assign activities and assessments for their students to complete. Any TeachVid user with a teacher subscription can create their own classrooms, add students, set assignments and assessments.

As a teacher subscriber on TeachVid, you will see a “Set Assignment” button at the top of the Assignments tab. Click this to open the assignment pop-up.

The “Set Assignment” button

Select a resource

The first step is to choose a resource to use as the basis for your assignment. You can use the resource search to search all publicly available resources, or you can select from your list of favorited resources.

Select a resource from search or favorites

Assignments can consist of more than one resource, as explained below. But to start with, click on a resource card to go to the next step, which is to select activities.

Select activities

First, choose an activity from the activity selector…

Select an activity from the Activity name selector

Use the other selectors to set the various activity options, which affect the students’ experience when they do the assignment, then click the button to add the activity. (These are explained beneath the image below.)

Activity options

The options available depend on the activity and on whether or not the resource includes a translation. For all transcript-based resources with a translation, the options available are:

View mode

  • Video + translation: the activity will appear along with the video and a translation of the transcript. The activity is broken down into mini tasks, each linked to a section of the video. The video pauses at the end of each section, while the relevant part of the translation is highlighted. Students combine listening, translation and context cues to complete each mini task.
  • Translation only: the activity is broken down into mini tasks, and the relevant section of the translation is highlighted, but students have no access to the video. Students use translation and context cues to complete each mini task.
  • Video only: the activity will appear along with the video. The activity is broken down into mini tasks, each linked to a section of the video, but no translation is available. The video pauses at the end of each section, and students use listening and context cues to complete each mini task.
  • Activity only: the activity is broken down into mini tasks, but with no access to the video or the translation. Students must use context cues alone (and memory) to complete the activity.

Activity mode

  • Practice: practice activities work in exactly the same way as activities accessed via the Resources section. The focus is on language practice and students are expected to keep trying until they get the answer correct. Students can correct themselves and learn from mistakes.
  • Assessment: assessment activities accept the student’s first answer in all cases, and the focus is clearly on finding out – and reporting back to the teacher – exactly how much the student knows.

Pass mark

By default there is no pass mark, but you can set a pass mark anywhere from 40% to 90%. Adding a pass mark for practice activities means that students cannot simply guess randomly until they get the answers correct. A pass mark should not be necessary for an assessment, as the idea is that you want to know how much the student knows, but it may be useful to set a low pass mark for the same reason as for practice activities.

Assignment activities

You can add as many activities as you like to the assignment, and you can use the back button to go back to the resources list and add activities based on a different resource.

You can also edit, delete or change the position of the activities in the list. Once you are happy with your list of assignment activities, click on next (or finalize) to go to the final step.

Finalize

In the last step, add a title, add some instructions for your students (optional), set a due date and time, and decide whether or not a resource preview will be made available to your students.

A resource preview means that the students can open the resource in Learn Mode, so that they can engage with video content, listen, pause, replay, read and compare language structures and vocab etc., before they do the activities.

The end result can be seen below. The assignment has a preview + three activities. One activity is “Video only”, one is “Video + translation”, one is an assessment.

Assignment example

To see what the various assignment activity types look like from a student’s perspective, visit the example classroom on TeachVid. (You’ll need to register / log-in if you want to try the activities.)

Update (24/09/19) – Set assignment from resource page

You can now also start the process of setting an assignment from any resource page, provided you are logged in as an actively subscribed teacher on TeachVid.

Set assignment via a resource page

Click on the “Set assignment” icon that appears at the bottom of the resource image preview for all non-private resources (see image above), and choose from a list of your private classrooms. You’ll then be taken to that classroom, where you can set assignment activities, parameters, end times, etc.

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