Efficient and Effective: Using digital audio for formative feedback

Efficient and Effective: Using digital audio for formative feedback

Formative feedback is particularly important on the modules I lead as all of the students are from other departments and so it can play a crucial part in the development of their writing in a new discipline. However, it can also be a big demand on a part-time tutor team at a time of year when they have other commitments.

Last term I recorded digital audio feedback to give formative feedback to students. I created a work flow using software which was freely available and easy to use. I found it to be a very time efficient and enjoyable way of giving feedback. More importantly, the student feedback from the experience was very positive, particularly around the clarity of feedback and accessibility for students with dyslexia. Following this trial we are

I was asked to share my work at the Warwick Education Conference in May and presented a poster outlining the workflow and initial student feedback from my small-scale trial. Last week I took the opportunity to display the poster a second time and presented the poster to a group studying Warwick's Post-Graduate Award in Technology-Enhanced Learning. Each event generated some interesting discussion so I thought I'd post it here in case it was of wider interest.

Abstract:

Formative feedback is an important factor in a student’s academic development. A time saving alternative to written feedback could be recording digital audio files. An initial trial has received positive student feedback, particularly around the clarity of feedback and in supporting students with dyslexia.

The poster (Haywood, 2018) can be downloaded here.

After speaking with colleagues in the academic technology team and across other departments, there seems to be some interest in the area so I am hopefully going to bring together a group of others interested in exploring digital audio. I have since been asked to work with our secondary PGCE team to incorporate audio feedback into our programme for next year so this will allow us to evaluate how it works with a larger cohort.

Feel free to get in touch if you're use using digital audio, or are looking to explore it.

References:

Haywood, Will (2018) Efficient and effective : using digital audio for formative feedback. In: Warwick Education Conference, University of Warwick, 15 May 2018

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