Articles 3 & 4 of the Digital Academic Revolution (DAR): Mentorship Competency Series were published on December 6, 2016, as part of a six-part series by the Online Learning Consortium Center for Research in Digital Learning and Leadership. The in-depth segments of research conducted by Martin Mehl (Communication Studies) and myself, Dr. Luanne Fose (CTLT), share the “inside scoop” and transparency of digital mentorship competency in teaching and learning gleaned from a year-long pilot administered at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Article #3, The Process: Mentorship – Recruitment, Refinement, Transference, elucidates the process of adapting, adopting, and diffusing the Mehl/Fose methodology to allow other educational institutions to replicate our success. The paper discusses identifying and recruiting your campus mentor-change-agents, the Mehl/Fose mentorship training philosophy, and quality knowledge transfer to faculty through deliberate instructional design.
Article #4, The Technology: Vision-Driven Instead of Vendor-Pushed Solutions, describes the perfect synergy and collaboration between the selected software vendor, Screencast-O-Matic©, and our learning outcomes for the project. This article discusses the 7 imperative criteria we established for our final software selection — the purpose of which was to find the best fit (i.e., to find the least complex, most robust and cost-effective tool that would cater to the widest audience possible without any additional budget resources). The article also includes an interview with AJ Gregory (Founder) and Matt Champagne (COO) of Big Nerd Software LLC’s Screencast-O-Matic©, revealing the company’s leadership, history, mission, and eagerness to support our long-term learning outcomes for our DAR Mentorship Competency.
To download and read both articles, please visit the OLC web site.
~ Dr. Luanne Fose (The Tweed Geek)