Metacognition Reflective Vlog Assignment Template

Notes for Faculty: Metacognitive Reflective Vlog

The metacognitive reflection assignment is written generically to facilitate use in many disciplines. If the structure seems to free-form for your taste, consider supplying a required prompt each week in addition to the standard, open-ended reflection suggestions provided.

The instructions explicitly state the deliverable is a video, but you could alter the assignment to accept written responses instead. While written responses require less technical know-how, video encourages students to articulate their thinking orally. Consider your course outcomes and adapt the assignment to match your pedagogy.

These videos are not only metacognitive vehicles for your students; they can also provide valuable insight that can inform your teaching. Depending on your student population, students may need a bit more support suggesting and identifying learning strategies. In this case, consider supplying some samples:  (Math) (Math)


Faculty Instructions

Update the assignment instructions, rubric, and due date to fit your course schedule and pedagogy. Consider the following:

  1. Choose the format you would like your students to share their thoughts: blog (written) or video (oral).
  2. Choose whether or not your would like your students to share their submissions with their classmates.
    • There are pros and cons to sharing: your students may be more candid if they know their submission will only be viewed by you, however, students may be able to learn about strategies and resources from their classmates if the videos are shared.
  3. If choosing video, consider how students should record and then update your instructions accordingly. Please see the note about video recording below.
  4. Choose your grading schema.
    • A sample rubric is provided. Feel free to modify it to match your requirements.


Video Recording for Students 

Depending on your school’s Learning Management System, your students may not need any 3rd-party applications to record and host their videos. For example, Canvas contains a video recording/uploading tool students can access right from the students’ editing toolbar. Most versions of Blackboard also have a recording solution. If your school does not have built-in recording functionality or you would like to give your students other options, you may use the instructions provided in the template below.


Assignment Template: Copy and paste the content below into your document or LMS assignment. Edit to select whether you teaching a course in the humanities or in math/science. 

Each week of the semester, you will create a short video discussing how the course went for you that week. This is your personal opportunity to reflect on how you are learning. Reflecting on our cognitive processes is part of a wider topic called metacognition–sometimes described as “thinking about thinking.” Metacognitive reflection can lead you to become a better learner by helping you identify learning strategies and techniques that work well for you as an individual. 

For humanities: Consider how you approach your reading assignments. Do you find you are able to recall information better by taking notes as you read a chapter or summarizing the topic after the fact?  Do you find you need to re-read a paragraph several times in order to make sense of new content? Developing awareness as a learner can help you in this class, but also in future studies.

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For math/science: Consider the process by which you approach solving complex problems. Do you find that working backwards, taking a moment to analyze a problem, drawing diagrams, or organizing the known variables aids your success? Developing awareness as a learner can help you in this class, but also in future studies.


Create a 2-4 minute video of yourself reflecting on how the week’s coursework went for you. Share this video in [discussion board/assignment name].

The required content and structure of these videos is intentionally open-ended, but here are some ideas you might discuss on any given week:

  • What topics, problems, skills, or assignments were challenging for you?
    • Consider why you may have struggled with particular tasks.
    • Articulate how you overcome those struggles, or, if the challenge persists, talk about specific questions you need to ask to gain additional clarity.
    • Consider how you might approach the task differently the next time.  
    • What learning strategies could you use if you encounter similar tasks in the future?
  • What tasks came more easily to you?
    • Why do you think these went more smoothly?
    • Can you identify similarities between activities/problems that came more easily?
    • Do you have any problem-solving techniques or study recommendations for your classmates who may find these tasks difficult?

Pick the bullet(s) that are most relevant to you for that particular week.

Creating Videos

To record, you will need a camera and a microphone. You may use any video-creation and video-hosting tools at your disposal. [If applicable: One method of capturing video can be found directly in [your LMS]. Please visit these instructions for more information about recording in [your LMS]. If your computer has iMovie or MovieMaker, you may use one of those. If you want to record yourself using a smartphone, you may try that. You can also try one of these free apps:

You do not need to purchase software! Also, do not worry about editing your videos. Just make sure your audio and video are clear.

Next, in order to share your video, you may need to upload it to a hosting provider. YouTube or Vimeo would be acceptable options. Alternatively, most video files will be small enough to upload directly to [your LMS] if you’d like to share your video that way. Just make sure that your sharing permissions are set correctly if you are hosting your file elsewhere.

(*If you use YouTube, consider making your videos “Unlisted” to avoid permission snafus.)

Deliverables & Assessment (12 points)

Post one video of yourself reflecting upon your thinking and work over this past week. The recording should contain clear audio and video and should be between 2-4 minutes long.

You will be graded based on the following rubric:





Below Average


Statements indicate thoughtful reflection of the learning process. Effective, reusable techniques identified and communicated. (9)

Statements indicate reflection of the learning process.  (6)

Statements indicate some reflection, but additional depth is needed. (3)

Statements do not meet requirements. Metacognitive reflection not observable. (0)

Technical Requirements

Student is clearly seen and heard throughout the video. (3)

Minor technical issues present. (2)

Technical issues (such as garbled audio) made content difficult to understand. (1)

Significant technical issues made the video unwatchable. (0)

Tips for Success

Make sure you are visible on camera and that your audio is clear. Please double-check your audio before you submit! These videos should not require a significant time commitment to create. Approach these videos as if you are making a video note to yourself. I will be watching these videos, but the content is for you.


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