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Communication Studies Lecturer Receives Effective Practice Award

Martin Mehl, senior lecturer in communications studies, along with Dr. Luanne Fose from the Cal Poly Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, were officially recognized with the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) 2017 Effective Practice Award for their digital mentorship pedagogy. They received their awards and shared their research during a post keynote breakout session at the OLC Innovate/HBCU Affordable Learning Summit in New Orleans in April. 

Left to right - Martin Mehl,
Dr. Karen Pederson (OLC Chief Knowledge Officer,)
Dr. Luanne Fose, Jennifer Rafferty (Director of the OLC Institute),
Dr. Jill Buban (Sr. Director of Research & Innovation)

Big Nerd Software, LLC a Seattle-based software company and creator of Screencast-O-Matic software sponsored their travel to New Orleans to be able to receive the
award in person and share their research during a post keynote breakout session.

The published articles of their award-winning research and methodology can be downloaded at the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership.

The final article of their six-part series called "The Instruction Manual - Capturing, Coaching & Creating the Learner of the 21st Century,” was published May 2, 2017.

In March 2017, they also had the opportunity to present their research focusing on primary and secondary education at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Austin, Texas. Their session was titled "Fusing Mentorship with Common Core Standards through Asynchronous Screencasting Feedback.”

Their most recent research has been to integrate Digital Mentorship into the Single Subject Credential curriculum in collaboration with Dr. Roberta Herter in the School of Education.

Learn more about the award on the OLC website.

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