Create a video on a topic chosen on a first-come, first-served basis

Purpose and Assignment

Practice communication skills and review and solidify a concept from class as you create a short real-time video aimed at your classmates. Here, real-time communication includes real-time handwriting on a board or paper, or real-time manipulations on a computer, and real-time audio and video. Your face, voice, and other communication must be present in the video all at the same time, at all times, although you may begin with some text already there.

Start by introducing yourself and listing the topic you chose. The rest is up to you but you should focus on concepts from class and homework and at least one specific example. Explain and discuss the related concepts and example in your own words. You may work with one other person and turn in one video only if both of you are in it. Creativity is encouraged, but keep it professional. Explaining concepts to others is one of the best ways to learn yourself.

Pretend you are presenting to the class in real time, but these can be more polished since you can plan, re-record and make revisions if needed.
Here is a 3-minute sample video for a different class at a different school. Please keep your video to 5 minutes or less.

Recording from a phone, computer, or tablet is the method I would expect many to use. Another option is the library tech desk, which allows you to check out digital equipment, including camcorders. The library also has private studyrooms with whiteboards that you can book and record in. Taping up paper and writing on that with a marker is another option. I can also help you film during office hours--for example we could set up my laptop to record you.

Upload your video to your school YouTube channel as follows:
First be sure that you are logged in to your school gmail account.
Then upload your video.
Change the privacy setting to Unlisted and copy the web address for the video.
Then send me the video link in the private forum on ASULearn. I'll respond there if I recommend any changes. When it is ready I'll approve your video and will add it to a page on ASULearn designed to add to the class resources and build community.

Rubric and Revisions

The full-credit video is scored on a scale of 2
  • starts by introducing yourself and listing the topic you chose
  • is clear and correct and focuses on at least one specific example
  • discusses enough concepts from our class discussions and homework in your own words
  • flows well
  • professional
  • includes real-time handwriting or manipuations, and at the same time, real-time audio and video of you. Your face, voice, and other communication must be present in the video all at the same time, at all times, although you may begin with some text already there.
  • maximum of 5 minutes

    A score of 1 is given for a good faith effort that is not quite ready for prime time if it is mostly error free and complete, but may have some minor issues. You can revise your video by using my feedback to improve it.

    The video is counted as a part of your participation grade.


    The choice of topic is first-come, first-served on the ASULearn Choice Survey.
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    3. parallel on sphere
    4. parallel in hyperbolic geometry
    5. sum of the angles on plane
    6. sum of the angles on sphere
    7. sum of the angles in hyperbolic geometry
    8. Pythagorean theorem on plane
    9. Pythagorean theorem on sphere
    10. Pythagorean theorem in hyperbolic geometry
    11. Klein bottle tic-tac-toe

      Finance: Personal and Beyond
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    13. unknown rate in Excel from lump
    14. total savings plus interest from periodic payment
    15. interest earned from periodic payment
    16. lump sum or annual payments in a lottery
    17. monthly loan payment
    18. total interest on a loan
    19. amortization table
    20. total interest when paying extra on a loan
    21. lent rate versus earned rate
    22. why lump sum is appropriate for Benjamin Franklin scenario

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    24. boxplot
    25. linear regression
    26. golden mean
    27. a probability
    28. multiplication rule for independent events
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    31. 1969 Vietnam draft
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    33. confidence intervals