Flexible in Challenge
First of all, the question or task can be rather easy or rather difficult and so be adjusted to different competence levels. To pick up the Patriot example:
- Lvl Easy: “From when to when did the war last, that is depicted in the film?”
After having rephrased the task into an unmasked one, the students go online to find out the dates (1775 to 1783).
- Lvl Medium: “Name three incidents from the war that is depicted in the film, that were important from your point of view!”
Of course, there are a lot of incidents (see the Wikipedia page for example). So the student first has to get a general idea, then has to decide which three incidents were most important to him or her, and then has to state a reason.
- Lvl Difficult: “Was the war that is depicted in the film high treason or struggle for freedom? Discuss!”
From the perspective of King George III, the settlers were subjects to the Crown and if in arms against royal authority, they were traitors. The Patriots of course had a completely different point of view. It is the student’s task to take and balance both positions.
Flexible in Resources
Next, there are many video portals on the internet, from where to get the clips. YouTube is just one of them. Then there are Yahoo Screen and TeacherTube, to name another two. And many TV stations have video libraries as well, like ARD and ZDF in Germany.
Flexible in Utilization
Thirdly, you can integrate VCQs in learning management systems like Moodle, you can build an HTML page by using a programme like Dreamweaver or KompoZer and put it on the web or the intranet, or you can just show the video by using laptop and projector and put the tasks on a “conventional” worksheet.
Flexible in the Classroom
More over, learners can work on VCQs alone, in pairs, or in groups. VCQs can be used in the classroom for internal differentiation. And VCQs can be used for learning by teaching: Tell your students how to create a VCQ and let them develop a VCQ for their classmates.