Appendix B

Julie's, Lauren's, and Katie's Video Lessons—2016

Julie's Basic Writing

Julie included the video composition assignment as part of Project 2 in her Basic Writing course, which asked students to research an on-campus program through primary and secondary methods. Students composed and presented their videos in groups of two to four people. Because Julie had never taught a video composition assignment before, she asked me to help instruct the students as they made their videos. Thus in Julie's course, I was present in the classroom as a guest lecturer and researcher. I presented lessons to students and led discussions along with Julie, and during video work time, I circulated around the room with video camera in hand, observing, recording, and answering student questions.

Julie's Video Lesson Sequence

Julie and I came up with the following lesson sequence together for video that fit within Project 2. Many of these lessons were based on video composition lessons I had developed and taught in my classroom.

  • Lesson 1: Interviewing with a Camera; Copyright Basics; Video-Editing Software Basics
  • Lesson 2: Analyzing a Video Model and Video Work Time
  • Lesson 3: Analyzing a Video Model and Video Work Time
  • Lesson 4: Video Work Time
  • Lesson 5: Peer Response Groups for Video Drafts
  • Lesson 6: In-Class Presentations of Video Final Drafts

Lauren's Composition I

Lauren included the video assignment as a part of the final assignment in her course, the Career Investigation Project. Students researched and presented information on a career of their choice using a one-minute introduction video composed with Animoto and an in-class presentation accompanied by slides composed with Prezi.

Lauren's Video Lesson Sequence

Lauren's lesson sequence for the career investigation project included the following:

  • Lesson 1: Explanation of the Career Investigation Project and Showing of Several Models
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Animoto
  • Lesson 3: Introduction to Prezi; Conducting Primary and Secondary Research
  • Lesson 4: Visual Analysis Forum Online
  • Lesson 5: Outlining for the Project
  • Lesson 6: Animoto and Prezi Work in Class
  • Lesson 7: In-Class Multimedia Presentations
  • Lesson 8: Final Metacognitive Essay

Katie's Composition II

In 2016, Katie decided to participate in this study through conversations with me about including a digital media assignment in her course. As we talked, I shared my own syllabus for first-year writing with Katie, including the "Inquiry through Video" assignment, a revised version of the video assignment I shared with Angie and Kelly for the study in 2012. Katie decided to take and adapt the entire first-year writing syllabus I shared with her, including the "Inquiry through Video" assignment. All the assignments I included on the syllabus are below.

  • Proposal for Research Inquiry—10% of course grade (month 1)
  • Annotated Bibliography—10% of course grade (early in month 2)
  • Inquiry through Video—20% of course grade (month 2)
  • Inquiry through Written Research Essay—20% of course grade (month 3)
  • Online Reflection Log—15% of course grade (all semester)
  • Final Reflection Essay or Composition—10% of course grade (end of semester)
  • Reading Responses and Online Response—15% of course grade (all semester)

Katie adapted this assignment sequence, adding a point system for grading. Her syllabus included the following assignments:

  • Proposal for Research Inquiry (25 points)
  • Annotated Bibliography (25 points)
  • Inquiry through Video (70 points)
  • Inquiry through Written Research (100 points)
  • Project Reflections (40 points)
  • Peer Review Forums (20 points)
  • Final Reflection Essay (40 points)
  • Reading Responses and Quizzes (30 points)
  • Participation (50 points)

Katie's Video Lesson Sequence

Katie's lesson sequence for the Inquiry through Video Project included the following:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Video Assignment and Sample Video Analysis
  • Lesson 2: In-Class Audio Workshop (using Audacity and editing sound)
  • Lesson 3: In-Class Video Workshop (using Movie Maker and iMovie and editing video)
  • Lesson 4: Online Reflection on Audio and Video Workshops
  • Lesson 5: One-on-One Conferences with Instructor Using First Drafts of Videos
  • Lesson 6: In-Class Presentations of Video Final Drafts with Oral Reflections on the Process