Video Contest Poster

Contest Overview

Use your creativity, video and storytelling skills to help us bring our Top 10 Lists to life! We’ve spent the year coming up with two lists of best practices for faculty and international students.

  • Our Top 10 for Faculty encourages professors to share and try new techniques to engage international students in the classroom.
  • Our Top 10 for Students provides international students with useful tips for achieving success in the classroom.

Now we need your help creating 2-3 minute videos that express these ideas in a dynamic visual format. Any item listed on one of our top ten lists may be considered for subject matter. We hope this will inspire faculty and students to apply these suggestions to their teaching and learning at USF.


The USF Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will award three prizes in each category for videos that bring our Top 10 Lists to Life

  • First Prize: GoPro Hero Plus with built-in LCD display
  • Second Prize: GoPro Hero Plus
  • Third Prize: Skull Candy Headphones

Two Categories of Videos:

  • 3 prizes awarded for videos aimed at a faculty audience
  • 3 prizes awarded for videos aimed at a student audience

Top 10 Lists

Click the button to download the lists as PDFs.

Top 10 List: How to Succeed as an International Student at USF

Faculty Top 10 List for Engaging International Students in the Classroom


  • Eligibility

    • Any current University of San Francisco student, faculty, or staff may participate.
  • Video Length and Format
    • Your video should be less than three minutes.
    • The video can use any audio/visual multimedia (e.g., video, flash, animation, cell phone, slide show) as long as the work is created for this contest and runs for three minutes or less.
    • Winners must provide links to their entries uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Content
    • Only non-copyrighted music and images may be used.
  • Subject matter should be original, relevant to the category, and suitable for distribution. · All winning entries require a signed USF media release form in order to be posted on the USF website.


  • All entries must be received by Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Any entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • CTE does not accept responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  • All entries must be in a digital format, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (as an unlisted or private file).
  • Email your entry to
    • Subject line, “FLC Video Contest”
    • Include the following in the text of the email:
      • Your name
      • CWID number
      • USF email address
      • Title of your video
      • Link to your YouTube or Vimeo video

Judging Criteria

  • Each video will be scored on a 100-point scale. The judging committee will use the following criteria:
    • 10 points: Technical Excellence
    • 30 points: Theme (Expresses one of the points listed on the Top 10 List)
    • 30 points: Creativity/Originality
    • 30 points: Storytelling/Emotional Value
  • Only one entry will be considered per participant.
  • CTE reserves the right to not select a winner or winners if entries received are judged to be of insufficient quality.
  • If a winning entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the video competition reserves the right to offer the prize to the contestant with the next best entry.

Notification of Winners

Potential winners will be notified by email and/or telephone in October and may be requested to complete documents required by the competition.


You will retain all rights to any video you submit -- including ownership if applicable. By entering the competition, you grant the University of San Francisco a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the video on the Internet in support of our mission.
  • Use the video in University of San Francisco publications, both print and online.
  • Show the video in exhibits at an event.
  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD, DVD or in other electronic forms, so that your videos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.

Video Requirements

  • Violence, excessive profanity, sexually explicit content, libel and/or attacks on individuals or organizations may not be depicted in any form.
  • Videos should not invade privacy, reveal other people’s personal information or display predatory behavior.
  • Videos must not contain material that promotes intolerance, harassment, intimidation, racism, hatred or harm against any group, individual or organization or promote discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • CTE reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify and delete any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, derogatory and libelous, or not in keeping with the competition theme or that is otherwise not in compliance with the official contest rules.