(I apologize that this is the second thread I've started here this week!)
My writing class was supposed to write about our convocation speaker who was on campus in September. Because not everyone on campus could get tickets, and because of students' work/class schedules, I also allowed students to watch the video of the speech in the media lab, if they couldn't attend the event. The assignment is due on Wednesday. Originally it was in late Sept., but I extended the deadline because the video wasn't able until early/mid-October. So far, only TWO people have submitted the assignment. When I asked, after the event, how many students had seen the speaker, I remember more than two people raising their hands, so I'm not sure why they haven't turned in their papers yet. So.... One student emailed me today and asked if there was another way to see the video, since it's apparently "uncomprehendable [sic] ." I can't tell whether the two students who already submitted their papers saw the speech in person, or watched the video; neither mentioned not being able to understand the video. NO ONE else has said anything about the video's quality, so either no one has watched it yet (again, the paper's due on Wednesday), or no one else had a problem with it (and they just haven't submitted the paper yet). Later today I'll probably go to the lab to watch it myself, to see what the student is talking about.
So, one, I'm pissed that only 1/10 of the students have turned in the paper after two months. But maybe others are still working on it, and just haven't yet turned them in. But that's besides the point. If the video turns out to be inaudible, what are my options? Unfortunately, there's no YouTube video of the speech. If the video has poor audio, I guess it wouldn't be fair to give the two students who completed the paper (or however many there end up being) extra credit, and alter the grading scale down for the other students? Or, should I just find another speech for the rest of the class to write about (again, assuming that the video is inaudible)? Any other (better)choices?