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Have you ever thought about giving audio feedback? Having been to two presentations on assessment and feedback recently where the use of audio feedback were demonstrated, I am left wondering why aren’t more people using it?
All there is to it, is that once you have successfully downloaded the software, instead of writing your feedback to your students on the essay or a feedback form, you simply speak into a microphone as you ‘mark’ the coursework and once completed, you can send the MP3 file to students via email or via the institution’s VLE.
The benefit of giving audio feedback as the presenters explained was that they were able to give more detailed feedback in a relatively short period of time! They have also received really positive feedback from students including: how it was easier to understand than the often illegible handwriting, a more personal feel compared to written feedback and they feel that they have received more detailed and useful feedback than they even have with written feedback.
At one of the presentation where the presenter brought two of her students to share their experience with us, one of the student actually said that he couldn’t help but wonder what the lecturer said and he HAS to listen to it and he has never felt that way about feedback before!
Given that one of our problems regarding assessment and feedback is that students do not often read the feedback we give them, this might well be the solution!