Motivation and emotion/Assessment/Multimedia

Multimedia presentation - Guidelines
Audiovisual to accompany the book chapter


Record and share an online multimedia presentation up to 3 minutes long which summarises psychological science about a unique motivation or emotion topic. Address the same topic as covered by the book chapter.


  1. Weight: 20%
  2. Due: Week 14 Mon 9am 30 Nov 2023
  3. Create and share an online multimedia presentation which engagingly explains the problem and possible solutions suggested by psychological theory and research for the motivation or emotion topic covered in the book chapter.

Learning outcomesEdit

How the learning outcomes are addressed by this assessment exercise:

Learning outcome Assessment task
Integrate theories and current research towards explaining the role of motivation and emotions in human behaviour. Summarise the main theoretical principles and key research to explain a specific motivation or emotion topic.
Critically apply knowledge of motivation or emotion to an indepth understanding of a specific topic in this field. Demonstrate how psychological knowledge applies to understanding human behaviour in everyday life.

Graduate attributesEdit

How this assessment exercise addresses the graduate attributes:

Graduate attribute Assessment task
Be professional - communicate effectively Use oral, visual, and multimedia communication skills.
Be professional - display initiative and drive Produce a multimedia presentation about an applied motivation or emotion topic.
Be professional - solve problems via thinking Use critical thinking to summarise how psychological science can address real-world problems.
Be a global citizen - informed and balanced Provide a balanced overview presentation which is accessible to a lay audience.
Be a global citizen - creative use of technology Create a novel multimedia presentation using simple tools.
Be a lifelong learner - evaluate and adopt new technology Learn how to prepare, record and openly share a multimedia presentation.


Follow these general guidelines and address the marking criteria:

  1. Overview: Explain the motivation or emotion problem, key points related to theory and research, and emphasise practical, take-home messages.
  2. Style and format:
    1. Style is open - could be in third person, second person, or first person narrative point of view.
    2. Format is open - could be a screencast, slidecast, animation, or video.
    3. Effectively communicate key psychological ideas using basic online multimedia tools.
    4. Present a "stand alone" work. The audience should not need to read the chapter in order to understand the presentation. Avoid repeated mentions of the chapter, although the presentation should be hyperlinked to the chapter for further information.
  3. Platform:
    1. Platform is open - as long it allows public viewing online via a web browser without having to login or download.
    2. A common method is to record a screencast by narrating slides and then exporting the video file to a hosting service such as YouTube. Other possible methods are listed here.
  4. Scripting: Better quality productions tend to be scripted beforehand and involve at least a few takes.
  5. Equipment: Recommended equipment:
    1. electronic recording device (e.g., computer, tablet, or phone) connected to the internet
    2. microphone (better sound quality will be achieved by connecting an external microphone (rather than an inbuilt/onboard microphone)
  6. Length:
    1. 3 minutes (max.). Beyond the max. will not be counted for marking purposes.
    2. No minimum.
  7. Submission: Submit the chapter URL (website address) and Wikiversity author name into the assignment drop-box via UCLearn.

Marking criteriaEdit


Multimedia presentations will be marked according to these criteria:

  1. Overview (10%): Title and sub-title should match the book chapter. Outline focus question(s) and/or the purpose of the presentation. Consider introducing a specific, "real-world" problem or case study.
  2. Content (10%): Well organised explanation of how key motivation or emotion theory(ies) and research apply to the problem.
  3. Conclusion (10%): Provide practical take-home message(s). Take-home messages are very brief summaries of what the best available psychological science says about the sub-title question. They can also be practical, self-help, implementation-type messages.
  4. Audio (30%):
    1. Clear, well-paced, engaging style of audio communication. A common mistake is to verbalise too many technical words and concepts too quickly and in a monotone manner.
    2. Speaking rate: Target 125 to 150 words per minute for public speaking. Develop a script that is no longer than 450 words to fit within 3 minutes. This is roughly 10% of the written chapter. More info: [1] [2]
    3. Recording quality: Clearly audible with minimal background noise (e.g., use an external rather than on-board microphone).
    4. Some excellent examples of short, clearly explained audio about scientific findings can be found on the Great Moments in Science ABC Radio National podcast by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. For example: What we know about misophonia, the 'hatred of sounds'.
  5. Video (30%):
    1. Easy-to-grasp, interesting style of visual communication. A common mistake is to present too much text and/or use font which is too small.
    2. Consider supplementing text-based visuals with tables, pictures, and/or diagrams. But also try to avoid over-complicated visuals because it can be difficult for a viewer to simultaneously process audio and video.
    3. Recording quality: Clearly visible (e.g., not too light/dark, good resolution, not blurry or jerky).
  6. Meta-data (5%):
    1. Accurate title and sub-title (i.e., matches the book chapter)
    2. Informative description
    3. Provide a clickable, working hyperlink from the multimedia presentation to the book chapter (e.g., in the description field).
    4. Provide a link from the book chapter to the multimedia presentation (by adding {{MECR3|1=the website address}} underneath the title).
    5. Acknowledge academic sources used in the presentation in a list of APA style references (e.g., at the end of the presentation and/or in the description field).
    6. It is a bonus if the presentation also includes:
      1. Provides linked time codes in the description
      2. Enables/uses sub-titles/closed captioning
  7. Licensing (5%):
    1. Copyright license for the presentation is clearly indicated (as appropriate to the hosting platform). For example:
      1. at the beginning (e.g., on title slide) and/or end of the presentation (e.g., last slide)
      2. in the description and/or license field
    2. Apply your preferred licensed. Options include:
      1. all rights reserved
      2. Creative Commons licenses (e.g., see Figure 1). These are preferred so that the presentation can be re-used.
    3. Acknowledge the source of any images used in the presentation. A common mistake is to re-use copyright restricted images without permission or to re-use Creative Commons images without appropriate acknowledgement. The source and author should be acknowledged in at least one of the following locations:
      1. on the slide where the image is presented
      2. on a separate slide at the end of the presentation
      3. in the description of the presentation (this is probably the best way because then the hyperlinks will be clickable, or at least copyable)
Figure 1. Example of a YouTube video which has been published with a Creative Commons Attribution license and which explains the copyright source for images used.

Grade descriptionsEdit

This section describes typical characteristics of multimedia presentations at each grade level, based on the marking criteria.

Grade Description
HD (High Distinction) An excellent, professional multimedia presentation which effectively communicates how key concepts from motivation and/or emotion theory and research can be applied to a specific, applied problem. The presentation is well-scripted, well-paced, and clearly structured. Audio and video quality are excellent. Engages the viewer and retains interest. Clear take-home message(s). Production quality makes effective use of simple tools.
DI (Distinction) A very good multimedia presentation. Key concepts are well covered and summarised. The presentation is well-scripted. The presentation may be more pedestrian or lacking in quality of insight or production compared to HD presentations. Nevertheless, the presentations provides a valuable and useful overview of key relevant theory and research about the topic.
CR (Credit) The presentation does a competent job of informing the viewer about key theory and research about a specific topic. Unlike higher-grade presentations, this presentation has some notable flaw(s) or omission(s) in either content (e.g., coverage may be unbalanced) and/or style (e.g., too fast) and/or an aspect of production quality (e.g., audio background noise) which may make it somewhat difficult for a viewer to follow. Nevertheless, the presentation successfully communicates the main information.
P (Pass) The presentation is sufficient as a basic recorded presentation of key psychological science theory and research in relation to an applied problem. However, these presentation are typically rudimentary (e.g., minimalistic text-based slides with narrated audio) and/or pedestrian (e.g., rapid, monotone verbalisation of dot-points) and may also exhibit technical problems (e.g., poor sound quality). The presentation likely lacks depth of insight about the topic and often doesn't provide illustrative examples (or overly indulges in a specific example) or can be overly detailed and lacking in selectivity of key content. Nevertheless, the presentation succeeds in communicating the main ideas in an understandable manner. The presentation is unlikely to be well planned or scripted and may be too long or short.
F (Fail) The presentation does not provide a sufficiently indepth an/or watchable overview of the problem and what is known from a motivation or emotion theory and research point of view. There may be little or poor preparation of material and/or poor production quality. The presentation may attempt to compensate for a lack of adequate content by overly focusing on a narrow aspect of the topic and thereby missing the overall target. Technical problems may include poor quality picture, audio, or both. The presentation is typically frustrating for a user to watch because it is difficult to understand the presentation's purpose and/or to learn from the presented material.

Submission and markingEdit

  1. Submit via UCLearn
  2. Submissions will be evaluated according to the marking criteria.
  3. Late submissions will be penalised -5% per day late, up to 7 days late. Submissions more than 7 days late will be awarded 0.
  4. For assessment submitted by the original due date, marks and feedback should be returned within three weeks of the due date.
    1. Marks will be available via UCLearn
    2. Feedback will be available via the book chapter's talk/discussion page.
    3. Availability of marks and feedback will be notified via UCLearn Announcements.
  5. If you don't understand or disagree with your mark and/or feedback, then please see the marking dispute process.


Examples of high quality multimedia presentations:

For more examples, see the red Ms in the lists of previous book chapters.

See alsoEdit