This month I’ve led sessions about using audio for assessment feedback at:
- Leeds Met’s Assessment, Learning and Teaching Conference;
- the Association for Learning Technology conference (ALT-C) in Leeds;
- a research seminar at the ExPERT Centre (the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning – CETL), Portsmouth University;
- an Engineering Subject Centre event at Cardiff University.
Let’s not get carried away though. All the project has done so far is to confirm that students like receiving audio feedback and that the Leeds Met staff team think it’s worth the effort of learning how to do it. Most colleagues aren’t yet saving time by speaking rather than writing their feedback, but they know they’re providing a better service. The most favourable circumstances for giving audio feedback seem to be where the assessor:
- usually gives plenty of feedback;
- writes slowly but speaks fluently;
- is used to the technology.