Fusing Mentorship with Common Core Standards Through Asynchronous Screencasting Feedback

ID: 50091 Type: Roundtable
  1. Luanne Fose and Martin Mehl, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Monday, March 6 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Creekside I View on map

Presider: Mindy Allenger, Marshall University, United States

Abstract: Spanning the 2015-2016 academic year, Lead Instructional Designer, Luanne Fose, from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Communications Studies Senior Lecturer, Martin Mehl, conducted a formal, institute-wide research pilot at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, on whether video assessment can improve faculty feedback for student assignments. The study evaluated improvement in faculty grading efficiency and assessment by providing asynchronous oral feedback to students through video screencasting. The findings of the pilot confirmed and even exceeded expectations that such an approach was indeed effective to positively affect students’ perception of constructive criticism, instructor transparency, and mentorship. The training time and technical requirements are minimal while the savings in terms of grading efficacy and efficiency are significant. The program continues to be sustained under its new name, Digital Mentorship Competency.


1. Organization: Optimization of digital workflow. 2. Technology: Familiarization with Screencast-O-Matic. 3. Pedagogy: Acquaintance with proven best practices for video assessment. 4. Training: Reflect, revise and apply the training methods to use with your academic environment. 5. Strategy: Acquire strategies to perfect your oral communication skills to reflect with eloquent and succinct feedback and provide tangible learning outcomes for your students. 6. Infrastructure: Determine the best method to securely post, access, and store video feedback for your students through your campus’ learning management system or with the Screencast-O-Matic hosting services.

Topical Outline

1. Introductions (5 minutes) 2. Background of Project (15 minutes) 3. Preparation: Digital Workflow Optimization (25 minutes) 4. Execution: (110 minutes) a. Screencast-O-Matic Configuration & Training (hands-on) b. Pedagogy, Mentorship Tactics, Assessment Examples c. Rubric & Best Practices 5. Benefits/Scope/Scale Discussion: Repositories, Outreach, Parent-Teacher Partnership, Resources & Concerns (30 minutes) 6. Open Q&A (25 minutes)


* None required as far as skill level. BYOL (laptops only; Screencast-O-Matic does not run on mobile devices yet). * For an optimal workshop experience, please sign up for an account and download the free software from the following URL: https://screencast-o-matic.com/home * If you need assistance, we will be happy to help you during the workshop. No need to purchase the Pro version.

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Luanne Fose, Ph.D. lfose@calpoly.edu Dr. Luanne Fose is the Lead Instructional Designer for the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in music theory, musicology, and music technology from the University of North Texas. In her current position at Cal Poly, she conducts faculty workshops and consultations for the development of flipped, hybrid, and online courses. As a former music professor, she has an innate passion and artistry for audio and video production as a means of integrating Universal Design for Learning with the craft of teaching. Martin Mehl mmehl@calpoly.edu Prof. Martin Mehl, a native German, is a Sr. Lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an Iowa State University and Emerson College alumnus. He draws from 20 years of broadcasting, consulting, management, pedagogy & research experience for academic, business and non-profit environments. Clients have included: Adobe, Apple, Audi, Bose, Center for Ethics in Political & Health Communication, Eli Lily, Emerson College, Harvard Medical School, Iowa State University, Lionbridge, MIT, MGH, the University of Sydney and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. **Martin and Luanne’s approach for the Digital Commentary Grading Project at Cal Poly was inspired by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s January 2015 article “Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?” by Steve Kolowich.


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