|Using a Collaborative Lecture Annotation System for Teaching Education
This project proposed enhancements to the existing Collaborative Lecture Annotation System (CLAS) and the expansion of CLAS functionality so that it could be used to evaluate student practicum experiences. Some objectives of the project included: improving authentication and managing access and improving the capacity to manage comments, uploading a video response, and uploading videos from smartphones. These improvements aimed at enabling students to submit videos of their field experiences when advisors are unable to observe them, thus allowing faculty and school advisors to assess a teacher candidate’s teaching performance. Students were also able to review and peer review their classroom teaching.
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Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education Office (TEO), Faculty of Education
Products & achievements: New functionality (four features) to the existing CLAS; tutorials and workshops on CLAS; professional development for student teachers.
Evaluation approach: A survey was completed by the students enrolled in the courses impacted by this project. The survey instrument included Likert scales on student use of CLAS and the usefulness of the embedded tools and resources. The survey also included several open ended questions that explored the student experience with CLAS.
In addition, the Teacher Education Office collected feedback and anecdotal information from instructors, students and faculty advisors.
Findings: While it was valuable to learn about the CLAS interface and explore possibilities to augment the supervision of teacher candidates on their practicum, at this time there appear to be significant barriers to the successful integration of this technology to provide meaningful observation/feedback for teacher candidates.
CLAS was discussed at the Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching (West CAST) Conference in two presentations delivered in 2014 and 2015 by John Yamamoto and Rod Brown.
WestCAST 2014 @ University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB - February 19-21, 2014
WestCAST 2015 @ University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK - February 18-20, 2015
Sustainability: Sustainment of this project will depend on three things: ease of use for teacher candidates (i.e., upload speeds, size of video, etc.), removal of barriers regarding confidentiality (issues to be addressed with associated school districts) and a potential expansion/shift of this project to campus courses.
The first two issues are largely not within the control of the university/faculty, but the third issue holds much promise moving forward. Utilization of CLAS for campus course work is something that potentially could extend quite easily across the entire teacher education program (~600 students annually) and also involve a significant number of instructors (on top of the currently involved faculty advisors). Furthermore, utilizing CLAS during course work as opposed to practicum allows for an increased level of comfort for teacher candidates to be observed/evaluated by peers, as in most cases the evaluators would have been in attendance during the initial lesson that was videotaped. The entire process has the potential to greatly impact and improve overall teacher candidate interaction and socialization.