Getting Students to Create Videos

Educators sometimes want students to create and submit private videos. There are a variety of options, but YouTube is the most user-friendly option.

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Dropbox has limited playback options. Students need to limit the time of the videos.  It can also be problematic if students upload overly large files. It does, however, limit access.


Include Instructions

If you are expecting students to produce and upload videos to YouTube it is important to provide them clear instructions. Many YouTube videos exist to help students. It is also helpful to discuss it with them and include written instructions that explain your expectations. Also, depending on the course objectives, the question was raised about how much importance we put on production quality. It may be unfair to expect high-quality video from students. Most videos are easy to record on everyday devices like smartphones. However, basic instructions like recording in landscape mode and testing audio are recommended.


Class Channel

Some educators have a class channel where students log in and upload videos. The channel password is changed every time a course starts. This approach is good for allowing educators access to the analytics. However, there is a risk of students deleting videos or changing your password and locking you out.



Personally, I recommend having students create their own channel, send you a link and educators can add it to a playlist. Of you can send students a link so they can add a video to your playlist. This approach gives students control over how public (or not) the video is. It also gives them control over deleting it after the course is over. The downside is that you will not have access to all the analytics that YouTube offers.


Allowing students to add a video to a playlist.
Allowing students to add a video to a playlist.


What students see when you send them a link to add a video to a playlist.
What students see when you send them a link to add a video to a playlist.

Jeff at Cambrian

Having Jeff handle video production levels the playing field for students without technical skills. Students can book time in the Hub’s studio to record there. Jeff can then handle video editing and uploading for students.



Depending on the video, it may be useful for future class. Over the course of several years, educators can keep a bank of resources that are incredibly useful for future classes. This idea is congruent with a reusable or legacy assignment as discussed by the open education community.