Monday, October 18, 2010
The Chronicle of Higher Ed is reporting that Baruch College has developed software that allows instructors to view and comment on videotaped student classroom presentations in order to help the students improve their public speaking skills. Called "VOCAT" for Video Oral Communication Assessment Tool, the school is now looking to market the software to academics in other disciplines who might be able to make good use of it.
VOCAT allows students to view videos of themselves giving presentations or performances online—all video is taped and uploaded by a college technician—and lets them read and respond to feedback from faculty members. The software also keeps a log of student videos, allowing them to track their progress over the course of a semester.
One of VOCAT's advantages over, say, having students post their own videos on YouTube, is that only the student and instructor have access to them and thus they remain private.
Perhaps you moot court coaches out there will see advantages in VOCAT over your current practice round videotaping techniques.
You can read more about VOCAT here.