In 2007, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College, CUNY, launched VOCAT, the Video Oral Communication Assessment Tool), an open-source, web-based teaching tool and assessment instrument that allows instructors to give students written and oral feedback on uploaded videos. Since 2007, the Schwartz Institute has supported VOCAT in over 900 sections from courses across more than a dozen disciplines. More than 15,000 students and 200 instructors have used the system. We?ve used it for prior learning assessment, advisement, reviewing rehearsals, debate prep, and several other purposes.
This fall, along with Cast Iron Coding, a Portland, Oregon web development firm, we will be rolling out a rebuilt tool. This version features server-side processing, real-time video annotation, mobile application support, and a customizable rubrics library. It can handle multiple media types and export summative assessment data from across the application. This latest version of the software can be shared widely across institutions since it can be simply installed and demands fewer hardware and system administration resources. With its new feature set, VOCAT can be used by educators to explore a wide range of pedagogies and curricula.
We are excited to share the tool at OpenEd, and to think collectively about how it might be used and further developed.