Video: Using the Video Observation Tool (Premium)

This video walks through the processes of uploading, tagging and commenting on video artifacts.


Video time: 06:23


The EdReflect video observation tool allows you to tag an uploaded video to rubric indicators and add targeted comments that display on the screen during video playback.

This short instructional video shows how to upload, review and tag a video observation to evidence.

00:20 Uploading Video

Videos can be uploaded directly in a video observation step.

Learners can also upload video to their E-Portfolio and then attach it to an activity.

Remember, once an artifact is attached to an activity step, it is visible to both activity participants.

Click the Upload link to start the video upload and encoding process.

This part is important for any artifact upload in EdReflect:

Wait until the video opens – the upload window closes itself when it is finished.

If you click Close before the video loads and opens, you will disrupt the conversion process and may need to start again.

01:18 Uploading Tips

There are a few things to note before you upload a video.

The following file types are supported on EdReflect.

Also note that upload speed is influenced, in part, by the size of your video.

Longer videos take more time to upload.

Please review the support article, Tips for Uploading Videos to Observations, for helpful suggestions on facilitating the upload process.

01:46 Review, Tag and Comment on a Video

Click the play button to start.

When you're ready to tag or comment on a particular segment of the video, click Add Video Tag.

The indicators panel on the right expands to display a Notes (or Comments) field.

Choose the appropriate rubric indicators.

You can also add short notes or commentary in the Notes field.

Some EdReflect users use only the comment feature.

The time field indicates your current position in the video.

02:27 Duration indicates how long your indicators and comment appear on the screen.

The default is 5 seconds, but you can decrease or increase the duration, if you wish.

When you're finished, click Tag Video.

Notice your video begins playing again and you can see your indicators and comments display on the screen.

If you scroll down, you can also see that your tagged evidence collects underneath the video.

You can click on a piece of video evidence to play it in the window.

You can also delete the evidence directly from this area.

You can tag overlapping segments of evidence.

When you do, the earlier tags display below later tags on the screen so you can easily read them.

03:29 If your district uses the goal notes, you can tag them by clicking the bullseye icon and choosing a learner goal to tag to.

The auto-scroll option in the Video Tags pane limits the display of evidence to the most recent piece.

If you want to see all of your video tags, de-select Auto-scroll to display them.

Before we finish, let's look at how you can share tagged evidence.

In EdReflect, uploaded artifacts are automatically shared with the other observation participant, but the evidence you collect is NOT SHARED by default.

You must turn on evidence sharing if you want the other observation participant to see it.

Notice the text in the green bar, Evidence is not shared as you tag it.

That's our current status - any tags or comments we make will not be visible to the other observation participant.

04:29 If you wish to share your evidence as you tag it, just click the Share Evidence button.

Notice the text in the green bar changes to indicate we are in a sharing state and the button changes to Don't Share Evidence.

Once you toggle sharing to the on state, it remains on until you toggle it off, even when you leave and return to the observation.

You can toggle sharing on and off as you go, remembering that it impacts only the evidence you collect from that point forward.

Changing evidence sharing does not retroactively affect existing evidence.

So, if you want to automatically share all tagged evidence as you tag it, you should turn on evidence sharing as soon as you open the video observation step.

But don't worry.

If you need to change the shared status of any piece of evidence, you can use Collected Evidence in the bar above the video.

When you open collected evidence, you can see all collected evidence and you can change the shared status of evidence you've collected.

You can click individual boxes in the Shared column to share or unshare individual pieces of evidence.

Or, you can click the All or None links to share all evidence you've collected or none.

Additionally, you can hover on a thumbnail to open some editing options.

You can delete a piece of evidence here

And you can change the text of comments you've made.

This concludes our tutorial on uploading, reviewing and tagging a video observation to evidence.

If you have any questions or technical concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact EdReflect at












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