First Week Video

Assignment Goals

The First Week Video will accomplish the following:
Because all successful videos will make an argument based on an interpretation of evidence via multimedia and developed through process, the project meets all four of the course learning goals: Rhetoric, Process, Multimodality, and Collaboration.


Successful First Week Videos must be 60 to 90 seconds in length and accomplish the following:
  • 1. Introduction: Begin by introducing yourself (name, major, hometown) and identifying your course (teacher, theme).
  • 2. Argument/Through-Line: Articulate a challenge relating to one of the modes—written, oral, visual, electronic, or nonverbal communication—that you’ll be engaging with in class projects this semester. What challenges do you expect to face in relation to this particular mode (use specific examples from your past experience)? How might you overcome these challenges (again using examples from your past experience)? How might you conclude this video?
  • 3. Accessible: Make sure the video and audio are legible regardless of the tool you use to record or your submission method.
  • 4. Planning: In planning this video, you need to create a script (or at least elaborated talking points) and bring it to class in a format of your choice on Thursday, Aug 24. Consider that for most people speaking at a normal conversational rate, a half-page paragraph (in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, with 1” margins) is equivalent to about one-minute of talk, so your 60-90 second video will have a script that’s one-half to three-fourths of a double-spaced page long.


To record your video, use an easily accessible technology, such as your (or your friend’s or classmate’s) smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with webcam and mic. You can also use resources available to you on campus:


Submit your video in two ways: (1) Upload it to T-Square or, if the video is too large, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo (as indicated by your instructor) and submit the link to T-Square. (2) Create a Mahara page with your video embedded and submit the Secret URL to T-Square.
To submit the Secret URL, under the Portfolio tab, choose “Shared by Me”
  • 1.Choose the Pages tab (next to “Collections” under the large “Share” title)
  • 2. Next to the page you want to submit, click “Secret URL”
  • 3. Add a secret URL and copy it.
  • 4. Paste the URL into the textbox on T-Square and submit it.


The First Week Video will be assessed as follows:
This diagnostic assignment is worth 5% of your total grade. While I will base my feedback on the Common Feedback Chart, please note that the following will be used to determine your final grade:
  • 1. Does the video address the situation (and assignment) completely? Does the author address the assignment/situation with unexpected insight? (20%)
  • 2. Does the video clearly articulate a unifying argument/goal? Does the video, “Articulate a challenge relating to one of the modes—written, oral, visual, electronic, or nonverbal communication—that you’ll be engaging with in class projects this semester,” and explore at least one portion of that challenge in depth? (20%)
  • 3.Does the author develop his/her claim through “specific examples from [his/her] personal experience”? Is the evidence paired with analysis? (20%)
  • 4. Does the video sustain the claim throughout?  Are transitions from one piece of evidence to another clear and logical? Is there a conclusion? (20%)
  • 5. Does the video use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? (10%)
  • 6. Does the video demonstrate that the author planned and rehearsed drafts? (5%)
  • 7. Does video meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (5%)