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Video Guidelines

Videos should be a short presentation (2 minutes or less of content, plus up to 30 seconds of acknowledgments) that captures the excitement, importance, and value of your scholarly work. Videos will be judged using criteria appropriate to the video format. Specific judging criteria are provided below.

Videos should be produced for presentation on YouTube. Students will also be asked to submit high quality versions of their videos to the Graduate School for archival purposes and for possible use by Penn State units (with permission). The 2019 videos can be viewed on YouTube.

Since the videos will be publicly available through a YouTube channel, they must adhere to common practices of copyright and intellectual property rights. Additionally all videos are required to include closed captioning.

Penn State Media Commons will provide assistance with producing these videos, and will conduct a workshop to familiarize students with facilities available to support the generation of the videos. 

Judging Criteria for the Video Option

Judges will be asked to score each presentation on a scale of 1-10 in five different categories. Descriptions of the criteria to use for scoring can be found below by clicking each category in the purple box.

Communication of Purpose and Context of the Research

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Clear and concise
  • Key concepts explained well
  • Understandable by an educated non-expert
  • Clear
  • Key concepts explained
  • Understandable by an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear
  • Not all key concepts explained
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poor
  • Key concepts not explained
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Project Design and Methodology

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Well explained
  • Addresses research objective
  • Understandable to an educated non-expert
  • Adequately explained
  • Mostly addresses research objective
  • Understandable by an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear
  • Partially addresses research objective
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poor
  • Did not align with research objective
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Results, Conclusions, and Potential Impact of the Research

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Results well-organized, clearly and precisely explained
  • Conclusions well-articulated and based on results
  • Impact well explained
  • Understandable to an educated non-expert
  • Results well-organized and clearly explained
  • Conclusions presented and based on results
  • Impact included
  • Understandable to an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Results somewhat unclear
  • Conclusions not completely clear or directly based on results
  • Impact somewhat unclear
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Missing or unclear
  • Conclusions do not relate to results
  • Impact not stated
  • Confusing to all

Technical Appeal of the Video

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Outstanding technical appeal
  • Visuals are clear and appropriate for topic
  • Text, music, and narration are clear and appropriate for topic
  • Good technical appeal
  • Visuals are mostly clear and appropriate for topic
  • Text, music, and narration are mostly clear and appropriate for topic
  • Adequate technical appeal
  • Visuals are somewhat clear and only moderately appropriate for topic
  • Text, music, and narration are somewhat clear and only moderately appropriate for topic
  • Inadequate technical appeal
  • Visuals are unclear and not appropriate for topic
  • Text, music, and narration are unclear and not appropriate for topic

Overall Presentation

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Extremely clear, concise, and professional
  • Engaged and easily understood
  • Innovative and creative use of video format
  • Adhered to timing and guidelines
  • Mostly clear, concise, and professional
  • Somewhat engaging and easily understood
  • Acceptable use of slides to explain research
  • Mostly adhered to timing and guidelines
  • Not completely clear or concise
  • Somewhat engaging and difficult to understand
  • Occasional use of slides to explain research
  • Did not fully adhere to timing and guidelines
  • Unclear and unprofessional
  • Not easily understood and not engaging
  • Poor use of slides to explain research
  • Did not adhere to timing and guidelines

Recognition

Those individuals whose works and presentations are judged best will receive monetary awards of $100 to $500.

 

Technical Specifications of the Submitted Videos:

  1. Total length of 2:00 minutes (content) plus up to 0:30 seconds of acknowledgments.
  2. Available via a personal YouTube channel; you will be asked to provide a link to the Graduate School so that it can be linked to the Graduate Exhibition playlist
  3. High quality (original) version provided to the Graduate School should be (minimally) at 720p resolution
  4. Video must include a close-captioned narrative

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