More about Vocat

Vocat is a teaching and learning platform that facilitates qualitative and quantitative assessment of a range of media. Built as a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College, City University of New York and Cast Iron Coding of Portland, Oregon, the tool is in active development. Vocat 2.0, which was used at Baruch from 2007-2014, accommodated the assessment of video content and was used by more than 20,000 students. Vocat 3.0, built with the generous support of Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and Baruch alumnus Walter Barandiaran, was launched at Baruch College in Spring 2014. The current version features cloud transcoding and storage of videos, in-line annotation of videos, a robust rubrics generator, real-time data reporting, and REST APIs. Vocat will soon integrate LTI support, a mobile client, support for multiple document types (including images, audio and text files), audio and video commenting functionality, and a bridge that shares data with WordPress/BuddyPress instances.



Overview + Feature Highlights

  • Video Uploading and Transcoding

    Upload videos directly to Vocat using a simple drag-and-drop interface. Evaluators and Creators can now upload their own videos.

  • Time-stamped Annotations

    Attach notes to specific points in a video by typing in the annotation field while viewing a video. Annotations scroll during video playback.

  • Rubric Generator and Library

    Create rubrics within Vocat from scratch or by cloning and editing a rubric that already exists within the system.

  • Peer and Self Evaluations

    Make rubrics available for evaluators and allow creators to evaluate themselves or their peers.

  • Course and Assignment Data Visualizations

    Analyze class performance using clickable charts to filter assessment data, and export data in a variety of formats.

  • Threaded Discussions

    Allow evaluators and creators to engage in extended dialogues attached to submissions.

Vocat News

Vocat for CUNY!

For several years now, those of us working on Vocat at Baruch College have fielded requests from colleagues across CUNY interested in using the tool. Technical limitations in Vocat 2.0 made it difficult to share, and created a barrier to scaling up use. … Read More

Vocat 3.1 Launches with Revamped Design

The Baruch College Center for Teaching and Learning is happy to announce the release of Vocat 3.1, which features a total stylistic overhaul of our homegrown video assessment tool. We are also releasing a website that will publish news about … Read More