CDO Research

In 2010, the Gallaudet Faculty Senate passed a motion that mandated a formative study of the Classroom Discourse Observation (CDO). The data collection was made possible through volunteer faculty participation. Outcomes for the study included:
  • fostering a multiple measures approach concerning faculty communication skills
  • identifying best practices and standards for discourse observation
  • implementing tools that will help faculty members improve their communication skills in the classroom
In 2012, the formative study and pilot of the CDO was concluded. A correlation study was conducted between participant ASLPI results and their CDO performances. Please see the Latest Research Findings for the outcomes from that study.

On February 13-15, 2013, the Gallaudet Board of Trustees met and approved an amendment to the University Faculty Guidelines as follows:

“a classroom discourse observation component will be implemented, effective immediately, in addition to the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview, in evaluating faculty sign language skills.”

Data collection for the CDO will continue to track baseline, progression, improvement and success. Further research studies will also be conducted and posted to this area of the website.


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