LaunchPad > How to create a video assessment

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The video assessment program recording feature is currently not working in Chrome. We are working to fix it. For now, we recommend using Firefox. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

First, you must create an assignment within LaunchPad. From the LaunchPad home page, click the +Add New button to display the list of assignment types.

On the Add a new assignment menu, click Video Assessment.



The assignment settings screen will appear. There are two tabs you must complete: Basic Info and Assignment. The third tab, Settings, contains assignment visibility settings within LaunchPad. 

Basic Info

Enter the title of the Activity and click Save.




  1. Select a due date and time.
  2. Enter the total points for the assignment and create a new gradebook category.
  3. Name the category.
  4. Click the Done Editing button in the top-left corner. This will open Video Assessment Program Activity Setup.

Assessment Activity Setup 

Select the activity that best fits your assignment, then click the red Next button in the lower-right corner.


Activity Types

Instructors can choose from 4 types of activities:


Use: Students submit their own video for feedback from the instructor and students.
Example: Students upload or record, then submit their own video (including attachments and timed visual aids) for instructor and peer feedback.

 Live Event

Use: Participants receive real-time feedback on live instructor-led recordings.
Example: Students deliver in-class or live-streaming presentations for simultaneous feedback from instructor and peers.


Use: In a Stimulus activity, the instructor provides a stimulus/prompt media file and students submit a synchronized video response. This type is commonly used in interpreting and other language activities, for mock interviews, and other prompt-oriented responses.

Note that if you have chosen a Stimulus/Prompt activity type, the panel will display red and you'll see a red exclamation icon  in your activity list until the source media has been added. If you would like students to be able to submit their own stimulus media, simply check the box next to Student Selected Stimulus/Prompt.

Example: Students respond via self-recorded video, either directly via webcam or by file upload. The instructor views each student’s recorded video alongside the stimulus video or document and provides annotated feedback.

 Comment Only

Use: Participants discuss or comment on a stimulus/prompt media. No video response is submitted. This assignment can be used to help students identify what key practices look like to help them adopt them in a future presentation assignment.

  • Group Discussion: allows participants to have a conversation about the stimulus/prompt media, seeing all comments from everyone. If unchecked, comments remain private as usual.
  • Individual Graded Response: allows the instructor to score each participant individually on their comments. Using this option will result in an individual video session appearing on the dashboard for each student participant.

Note: To participate in a Comment Only Activity, student participants do not click Create Video. Instead, they will see a Start Activity button in the middle of their dashboard.

In addition, note that for this activity type, the Test option (mentioned under Activity Settings below) is not available because no recording is submitted.

Activity Settings

The Activity Settings screen allows the instructor to choose a range of feedback types that will be available to both instructors and students during the feedback process.

The annotated activity settings screen below explains how to enable different feedback types:

  1. "Test" option
Check the Test box to make this activity a test. Instructors can impose a time limit for how long a student's recording may be by entering the recording time limit in minutes.

Enabling the Test option enforces the following:
  • Only one submission is allowed per student participant, and only one recording attempt is allowed.
  • If a time limit is entered, the participant's recording will end automatically when the allotted time expires.
  • Students may not delete their submission from the Dashboard. (Instructors can reset a participant's test by simply deleting their video submission from the Dashboard using the  button. This will allow a new submission.)
  • Stimulus media (if applicable) may not be previewed.


"Recording" panel

Under the Recording panel you can add text or media instructions, select, upload, or record your stimulus media (if applicable) and choose whether students can submit their own stimulus media. 
  1. Recording Instructions
Text can be entered here to assist those who may be recording videos for this Activity. Give brief instructions or reminders to participants who are recording (this could be for your assistants or for the students themselves if it's a Presenter Self-Record Activity).
  1. Video Instructions
Instructions can be recorded or uploaded here if you would like to submit a video guide instead of typing out your instructions to the Activity participants.
  1. Activity Resources: Add Attachment
This is useful for posting examples, background material, or anything else helpful for the participant in creating their submission. It can be anything from a Word document or PDF to images or a slide deck. These resources will be available to presenters before, during, and after recording. Presenters can also attach their own files to their individual video submissions.
  1. Recording Options: Allow Presenter slide deck (Slide Sync)
Allows presenters to upload a PDF of their slide deck (PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides etc.) and sync it with their presentation. Slides automatically transition as you watch the presenter's video.
  1. Total Points
This can be edited via LaunchPad assignment settings. Click the Edit button at the top-right and select Assignment.

"Feedback" Panel

  1. Feedback Instructions
Enter directions to students on how to give proper feedback on the assignment.
  1. Video Instructions 
Record or upload video-based direction to students on how to give feedback.
  1. Feedback Options
 Peer Critique: Allows all course presenters to give feedback on peer recordings. When critiquing a peer, students can only see their own comments unless the instructor has enabled the setting All comments are public.

 All comments are public: Allows everyone in the course to see all timeline feedback (except for rubric evaluations). If unchecked, only instructors and the video's presenter(s) can see these items.

 Use ratings: Allows everyone in the course to rate the presenter multiple times during the presentation. The ratings scale is a clickable scoring slider with points ranging from 1 to 7. Ratings display as a horizontal graph.
  1.  Instructor Rubric. Add a structured evaluation to the Activity. You can create a Rubric or choose one you've previously used from your Library.


  2.  Markers. A set of labels that you create for marking up a video in addition to comments. They are time-coded into the video within the comment stream.


  3.  Click the red Done button when you have completed your setup.
Feedback Permissions: Instructors and reviewers can always give any type of feedback that is enabled for an Activity. Presenter and peer feedback is dependent on the permissions set by the instructor, as indicated above.

Supported media file size and formats

File size limit for any upload is 2GB.

Accepted file types

  • MP4 / M4V (MPEG 4 format)
  • MP2 / MPG (MPEG 2 format)
  • MTS (MPEG Transport Stream)
  • WMV (Windows Media Video)
  • MOV (QuickTime Movie)
  • AVI (Digital video)
  • FLV (Adobe Flash Video)
  • 3GP (Mobile video format)
  • VP6 (Another Flash format)
  • H.264 (Video Codec format)

Note: Video formats can vary widely (with different audio types, etc.) even with the same file type, and not every variation is guaranteed to work. 

If your format does not work, or if your file is too large for your account limits, please see “How can I convert or compress a video?” for details on how to re-save your video in an acceptable size/format.

  • MP3 (MPEG 3 format)
  • WMA (Windows Media Audio)
  • M4A / AAC (AAC format)