Assessment Support

Where are the assessment details?

You can find the assessment details on the ELE page, under the Assessment Information tab. This is the only place that assessment information is published.


N.B. If you have more questions, please post them in the comments section of this page and I will add them to the FAQs.

What does the essay question mean?

The essay question is asking you to discuss how ‘the digital’ has changed understandings of space and place in relation to a particular case study example.

Can you use the same case study for the video and the essay?

Yes – BUT: you must ensure that you are not submitting the same argument, or the same form of discussion, twice. You must offer two different and separate arguments – one distinct argument/focus per assessment. It is perhaps safer and simpler to select two separate case studies.

How specific does a case study need to be?

For the video: you should try to select a case study that you can manageably discuss in 5 minutes. This means picking something fairly specific and something that is easy to explain, fairly quickly. In terms of ‘digital geographies’ – you may pick a particular thing, such as a specific platform, or you may pick a particular phenomenon, such as a specific thing we do with digital media. The distinction might be thought this way: internet dating is a particular phenomenon in the UK, people do it using various technologies; a specific dating platform might be tinder.

For the essay: you may select more complex case studies but they still need to be fairly easy to articulate and discuss within the context of a 2000-word essay. Again, specificity may help you for this assessment. Having said that, for the essay it may be more fruitful to think in terms of particular phenomena (places, practices things) than in terms of particular apps or services.

What software should we use to make the video?

I recommend using the free software available with your computer’s operating system. For Windows computers you may use Microsoft Photos. For Macs you may use iMovie. There is more information available in the resources section lower down the page.

Should I reference all of the video clips I use in my video?

You need only reference video clips that you either:

  1. use to convey a part of your argument – i.e. the words spoken by a person featured in the video clip are a part of your own narrative.
  2. use as ‘data’ – i.e. you offer some sort of analysis of what is shown.

If the video clip is not used for either of these purposes then you do not need to reference it.

What is included in the time limit for the video?

The video time limit covers the beginning to the end of your argument/narrative, it does not include credits/references.

Video Coursework Support

There are a variety of resources available online to support your development of the video.

One of the most important things you can do is plan out and prepare the story of your video, both in words and images. A video is significantly different from an essay or presentation in two key ways:

  1. In a video you can say much less than in an essay. 5-7 minutes does not equate to a lot of words. Please do not worry, this is factored into how I mark.
  2. In a video you can do more storytelling than in a presentation. Videos will also likely be shorter and contain more moving images.


One of the most effective ways of preparing the audiovisual narrative of your video is a storyboard. A storyboard is a visual outline of your work. You can find a helpful video that explains how to create a storyboard in the ‘Resources’ section below.

In simple terms, a storyboard is a way of visually outlining and planning how your video will take shape. This will save you time in the long run. Trying to edit without a plan will likely result in you taking more time and becoming more stressed.

Essay support

There is extensive guidance in the essay brief, which I encourage you to look at on ELE.

The most important things are:

If you use the same case study in both assessments then you need to ensure that you do so in a way that does not involve you submitting substantially the same material twice. You must offer two different and separate arguments – one distinct argument/focus per assessment. It is perhaps safer and simpler to select two separate case studies.


Sites with free content

You will likely want images and videos that will help you tell your story in your video but you may not know where to find them.

There are a few sites that have free to use ‘royalty free’ (no licensing) images and videos:

Pexels has both images and videos, I have used this site extensively for creating my teaching resources –

Pixabay is similar to Pexels, with a lot of free stock video footage and images, although, in my limited experience, there isn’t quite the same variety. More significantly, this is a valuable resource for free music that you can use as soundtracks –

Unsplash is perhaps the biggest ‘free’ picture service on the net and has a wide variety and large number of high quality, high resolution images that you can download and use for free –

Bensound is a good source of free to use (with attribution) music. You should definitely check the licensing page for the limitations –

How to storyboard a video

This video explains the storyboarding process in a fairly accessible way:

An intro to Microsoft Photos

It may not be immediately obvious but Microsoft Photos allows you to edit videos in a fairly easy way. Here’s a few videos from Microsoft themselves explaining how:

An intro to iMovie

There are literally hundreds of tutorial videos on iMovie available on YouTube, I’ve picked out a fairly accessible one that covers most of the basics here:

Getting videos from YouTube

DISCLAIMER: I do not condone the use of this technique. I suggest, without prejudice, it may be used for nothing other than ‘fair use’ in an educational context. Even then I do not suggest that I condone this process. I provide this information for educational purposes only.