VCQs in Short

A VideoClipQuest is a combination of a video clip and a question or task while considering three aspects (sort of the 3 Golden Rules of VCQs):

  1. mask the task
  2. use everyday video material like movie trailers or music videos
  3. don’t refer the task to the content

You can find an example of a VCQ on the page VCQs in Very Short.

Once you’ve seen it, the following is quite obvious:

  • If the question was “From when to when did the American Revolutionary War last?”, the task wouldn’t be masked and it wouldn’t be necessary to watch the video. The VCQ method wouldn’t work.
  • If you used an educational film instead of the movie trailer, you’d probably rather bore than motivate the students. The VCQ method wouldn’t work.
  • If you referred the task to the content, e.g. “How many children appear in the scene @ 0:21?”, it wouldn’t be necessary to do some (online) research. The VCQ method wouldn’t work.

And if you would like to know why this is so, carry on reading! 😉

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