Spanning the 2015-2016 academic year, Cal Poly Communications Studies Sr. Lecturer, Martin Mehl, and Lead Instructional Designer, Luanne Fose, from the Cal Poly Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, conducted a formal, institute-wide research pilot on whether or not video assessment can improve faculty feedback for student assignments. Initially, the academic and administrative ramifications were restricted and limited to the scope of Professor Mehl’s four introductory Communication Studies classes in spring of 2015. Upon generating 1) best practices; 2) course design suggestions; 3) syllabi organization; 4) rubric optimization; and 5) assignment clarification, the Digital Commentary Grading Project (DCGP) was expanded to be a formal, year-long campus-wide study at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
The study included recruitment of faculty representing all six divisions of the university including the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Orfalea College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Science and Mathematics. The whitepaper of the research was shared at the OLC Innovate Conference in New Orleans, in April 2016.
The series of articles that will follow for the next few months in the Online Learning Consortium Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership will outline the process of the study, lessons learned, and provide leadership on how others can succeed in promoting mentorship at their own campuses and corporations. The first two articles of a six-part series by Mehl and Fose on The Digital Academic Revolution Mentorship Competency were published on November 1, 2016. To download and read the articles, please visit the OLC web site.