How do I broadcast interactive videos to my students?

Jason Liu -

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The Broadcast functionality in WeVideo Interactivity allows teachers and students to watch the interactive video and answer questions in the videos in real time. Teachers have full access to control the pace of the interactive video when broadcasting, which means they can fast forward, stop, or rewind the video if needed. Teachers can also see students’ responses to each question in real-time. Please see the workflow for broadcasting in Interactivity below.

 

When broadcasting, the video is playing on the instructor’s devices, and learners will only see questions on their devices. Teachers can project their screens in the classroom or use the screen share feature in the online classroom to watch the video simultaneously with students.

Assign the interactive video for broadcast

Any WeVideo interactive video can be used for broadcasting. Please see this article for more information about creating interactive videos with WeVideo Interactivity. 

Note

Please place all the interactions in the sidebar for the Broadcast Bulb to ensure they can be displayed correctly to students.

 

When you are ready to start the broadcast, go to the My Bulbs page in Interactivity, click the thumbnail of the desired interactive video, and select Broadcast.

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Adjust the target audience for the broadcast. There are four options:

  • Broadcast to students: Users need to log in to their student accounts to access the broadcast.
  • Broadcast to professional learning: Users need to log in to their teacher accounts to access the broadcast.
  • Broadcast to people outside the organization: Users do not need accounts to access the broadcast, but they need to enter their first and last names before starting the assignment.
  • Broadcast to anonymous participants: Users do not need accounts and do not need to enter their names to start the broadcast. All participants will be stored as anonymous users.

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Select the class you would like to use, and click Broadcast to start the broadcast.

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The broadcast video will open in a new window. Copy and share the link with your students, or click the Show QR code option to show the QR code for students to scan and join.

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Click List Learners to see who has joined the broadcast.

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When all the students have joined the broadcast, click Start to start the broadcast.

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When the video is playing, you can use the progress bar to fast-forward, rewind, or pause it if needed. Learners will watch the video at the same pace as you. Please see the next section for more information about the learners’ experiences.

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When the question appears, it will also be displayed on the students’ devices. Teachers do not need to answer the questions, and you can use the following option to monitor learners’ responses in real time.

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  1. Show Responses: This option shows the answers submitted by students and the number of responses submitted. You can toggle on and off to adjust whether to show the students’ names.
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  2. Show Analytics: This option shows the analytic diagram generated by students’ responses to this question.

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Click the Refresh button to update the data when monitoring.

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Once all learners have answered the questions, you can continue playing the video to move forward. Please note that students will not be able to submit their answers to the past questions once the video starts playing.

 

Since the teacher controls the playback, please make sure that you watch the video to the end and see the following completion screen to mark all users in the broadcast as completed. Once you see this screen, you can click Finish and Exit to complete the broadcast.

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When the broadcast is completed, a popup window will appear to allow instructors to convert the Broadcast Bulb into a regular Bulb so that students who miss the Broadcast can complete it asynchronously. Enter the start and end date for the Bulb and click OK to convert the Broadcast Bulb into a regular Bulb.

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You can also click the Reassign Bulb button on the sidebar to bring up the window.

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Learner experience in the Broadcast

After opening the link or joining through the QR code, learners will see the broadcast's title and the indication that the instructor is online. Please keep this window open and wait for the instructor to start the broadcast.

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Once the broadcast starts, please watch the video on the screen shared by the teacher and be prepared to answer questions.

When the question shows up, students will answer the question on their own devices.

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After the broadcast, students can see their scores from the completion screen. Click Finish and Exit to complete the broadcast.

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Monitor the Broadcast activity

While the instructors can monitor learners’ submissions during the broadcast, they can also review the learners’ progress after the broadcast from the monitor page.

Click the thumbnail of the interactive video and select Monitor.

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Click Monitor behind the class you want to examine.

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On the monitor page, you can find learners’ names, statuses, and their answer to each question.

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Click on the learner’s submission to view the details or edit the points for this submission.

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