What is this assignment?

THE ASSIGNMENT:
Each week you start a conversation with someone or some people in your social network by sharing the link to one of the class videos. We’ll be making short video segments from the stream right after each class and get them posted onto this web site and on the Soc 119 Facebook page as quickly as possible.

Then you capture that conversation somehow. If it’s a written back and forth, you can capture a screen shot or make a PDF of the emails and upload it to the Angel dropbox. If it’s a face-to-face conversation, you can record it and upload it to the Angel dropbox. I made that video up above in about 10 minutes on my phone and it took me 5 minutes to upload it to Youtube. Seriously? How much easier could that be?

 

STEPS:

1. Select the video clip that you want to share
2. Share the clip with someone in some way along with your question. You can post the link to your Facebook page (along with your question) or you can email the YouTube link to someone (along with your question) or you can sit down with someone and discuss it and record your conversation. Or you can find some other way to share the clip and your question. You could Skype with someone (but you’ll want to record the conversation with your phone).
3. The question…Along with the link you have to ask a really good question. Use the information that you’ll find on this web site to see how to ask good questions. People will respond more thoughtfully to anything if they are inspired by a really good question.
4. Then once you receive a response, ask a second question and see how they respond. Have a back and forth of some sort.
5. Then you can either:

a. Get a screen shot of the exchange. You can do it on your phone. If you have a Mac, it’s Command+Shift+4. If you have a PC, check THIS out.
b. Record the conversation somehow. Obviously, it’s going to be easiest to do this with your phone. If you use your phone, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo or some other platform where it can live and that will provide you with a link to share with your TAs.

6. Upload the screen shot or video/audio link into the weekly Angel drop box and include the name of the video that you shared or the link to the video.

If it’s not posted in Angel drop box by Midnight on Fridays, we won’t accept it. No half credit. You either get it in on time or you don’t get the 6 points for that week’s assignment.

 

HERE ARE SOME UPDATES:

1. One video – one week
* if you have 2,000 words of responses, then you’re rockin’ the assignment AND it’s 1,700 more than you need. We know you’re going to want to use those 1,700 words for the following week’s assignment, but you can’t. It’s just too complicated to keep track.

2. We made an exception during Week One because of technology issues and trying to figure out how this is going to roll out. However, from here on out if you don’t get your assignment uploaded into Angel drop box in time, then it’s late and you don’t earn any points — even if you have technology problems. Seriously, you need to account for that possibility.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL LATE ON FRIDAY NIGHT TO DO THIS.

3. Don’t use a mobile device to upload into the Angel drop box without practicing first to make sure you can do it. It’s tricky and you should assume impossible.

4. You cannot just post a Word document because we have no way of knowing where the text came from. You will not get credit if you do this.

5. Angel has a size limit and won’t accept videos. In fact, the size limit for your upload is 5MB per file. So you should plan to upload a video onto YouTube and simply put the link into the Angel drop box. Use “Unlisted” as the YouTube setting if you only want your TAs to see it. This will take you 5 minutes after you do it the first time. It’s REALLY simple to upload to YouTube. In fact, Sam recommends that you live large in the 21st century and download iMovie to your phone and make a video like he does. It takes minutes to figure out.

BECAUSE OF THE DROP BOX LIMIT, WE HAVE TO SWITCH TO UPLOADING IN YOUR INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS AND NOT THE “MERGED ANGEL CLASS” (WHICH IS A LARGE ANGEL CLASS WITH ALL STUDENTS MERGED TOGETHER). SO STARTING WITH ASSIGNMENT #3, YOU’LL HAVE TWO ANGEL CLASSES FOR SOC 119 IN YOUR ANGEL MENU — ONE FOR UPLOADING THE VIDEO ASSIGNMENT AND THE OTHER FOR MONITORING YOUR GRADES IN THE GRADEBOOK.

6. Regardless of whether you upload screen shots or a video or an audio link into the Angel drop box, you have to include either the link to or the name of the class video that you discussed. Or simply say the name of the video in your recorded conversation so that your TAs know what you’re talking about.

7. The 300 word minimum includes what you yourself say about the video as well as another person or persons. It’s not very much…seriously. Just add up your entire conversation. But listen, if you get 60 people to respond with, “This is really very (un)interesting,” don’t consider 5 words x 60 peeps to be the 300 words that you need — since that isn’t a “conversation.” Hope that makes sense. (We’re not thinking your going to get 60 people to watch a video, by the way. It’s just an example. Did we need to say that? Yes…because some of you are snarky.)

8. Check notes in the Angel gradebook for feedback on what you did right/wrong.

 

Tutorial explaining how to do the Video Engagement Assignment

 

Why we’re doing this particular assignment

After thirty years of teaching Soc 119 I’ve come to the conclusion that the primary goal for the course should be to help you ask new questions about race and culture. And I’ve concluded that the most likely way that this will happen is to have you take the course out into your social network and start asking people questions. Hence, we’re making video clips from class for you to share and then start practicing.