Dec 7, 2016
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)
Nov 30, 2016
CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPTION FAIL – Rhett & Link We’ve all seen them – those hilarious caption fails generated by YouTube’s automatic captioning. Some people, like Rhett & Link, have become internet celebrities by sharing their caption fails with the world. If you’re like me, you were thrilled in 2009 when YouTube (Google) started implementing automatic captions for videos posted on their website. However, the “thrill” was soon gone as we realized that the captions were not exactly perfect. In fact, sometimes the automatic captions YouTube produced were quite embarrassing. The reality was not the dream, but still, I was excited that a major company had recognized the need to incorporate video captions. Their efforts helped people become more aware that captioning should be an integral part of video production. As time went on, YouTube offered a variety of approaches to fixing the automatic captioning, and I’m happy to report that they continue to improve accuracy and invent easier ways to fix captions all the time. Sometimes you may hear me growling about this because it means re-doing the YouTube video tutorials that I’ve already created for faculty, but generally, I find that YouTube’s improvements for fixing automatic captions refine the process. Most of us will agree that captioning videos to make them ADA compliant is the “right thing to do,” but sometimes our enthusiasm wanes because the process is arduous. I am always looking for new ways to make the captioning process easier. Yes, there are a lot of tools out there for captioning, but unfortunately, all of them are somewhat time-consuming. For matters of speed, I prefer to upload my screencasts to YouTube and then fix the automatic captions. I have found that fixing the captions is much quicker than typing them out (even though I pride myself in being a very fast typist since I am a pianist/organist after all). If you record with an excellent microphone and make sure to check your speed and enunciate when you speak, the necessary fixes will be minimal. If in the end, I don’t want the video to be posted permanently on YouTube, I can download the YouTube subtitles file that includes the proper timings and use Camtasia or some other software to merge the files to post elsewhere. Recently YouTube changed the process of fixing automatic captions (again). My search for a good tutorial on the process came up empty, so I created one. Watch the video below and learn how quickly you can fix your YouTube captions. Happy captioning in a fraction of the time! ~ Dr. Luanne Fose (The Tweed Geek)
Nov 9, 2016
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.