Voice Feedback– Save Time, Increase Engagement

Written feedback has been a staple in the grading process in higher education. Although, sometimes written feedback (like any communication medium that is overused) can become white noise to students who often admit they don’t read it. Audio feedback is an option that saves time, cuts through the ‘noise,’ and is a preferred feedback avenue of students (Ice, 2007).

The following link will take you to my page where you will find audio feedback samples, video, and a few articles.

Here are a few resources for creating or sharing audio feedback:

  • Audacity is a free tool for you to edit audio files.  You can use it to record, edit and then export it as an audio file.  You can either send this audio file directly to students, or uploading it to a hosting site (such as SoundCloud) and send it to students as a link or embed it in your course.

  • SoundCloud:  Soundcloud, as shared in a recent Adams Center presentation, allows you to record and share your audio feedback.   If you intend to record something without having to edit it, this is the easiest tool to use.

  • Notability:  is an app for iPad and iPhone (Android) that allows you to mark up a document, use audio feedback, and much more.

Ice, P. (2007). Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community. The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(2)

From iPad to WePad: Teaching with the iPad as a Tool for Class Collaboration

During the summer we offered a workshop on using iPad in teaching. By popular demand, we are offering a sequel on November 7th on teaching with the iPad. In this hands-on workshop the Adams Center instructional design team will demonstrate five iPad apps that may make a difference in your teaching. At the end of the workshop, we will also ask you to share with us your favorite apps for teaching.

The apps we introduce are:

  • Evernote is an app that allows you to take notes in text, photo, or audio.
  • Socrative is an app that will turn your students’ iPads and yours into a free clicker response system.
  • SoundCloud is a free app that allows you record audio messages to share feedback, announcements, sound clips, etc. You can send them in an email, embed in a course, etc.
  • Shadow Puppet is a free app that lets you select photos on your iDevice, put them in any order you like, then narrate the slide show while you highlight something in the photo with an animated icon, or zoom and move the photo.
  • iCue is a 4.99 app that can function as a teleprompter.