Are you using GradeMark in Turnitin to provide feedback to students? Did you know you can now record audio feedback on student assignments?
You can record up to three minutes of feedback on each student assignment allowing you to personalise your feedback. In the Sounds Good JISC project students remarked positively on receiving audio feedback commenting on the personal nature and level of detail provided. (Rotheram 2009a) Some students in this study did comment that they would like both audio and written feedback and you can still use the QuickMarks and general comments in GradeMark to leave written feedback if required.
How do I record audio feedback in GradeMark?
The attached guidance note provides step-by-step instructions on how to record audio feedback in GradeMark: Providing audio feedback with GradeMark
So what do I need to get started?
- You need to be using GradeMark in Turnitin to mark your students’ assignments
- A microphone (An external microphone usually produces a better sound quality)
- A quiet room to record the audio feedback. The MILL has two Podcast rooms that you can book to record your audio feedback – these provide a quiet space and the AV equipment that you need in order to record your audio feedback. Please send a calendar invite to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the length of time that you would like to book a podcast room for and a member of the MILL team will respond to your request.
Tips on preparing audio feedback
- Focus on the quality of the feedback as opposed to the quality of the recording. Don’t feel like you have to correct small speaking errors by re-recording. You can correct these as you would do in conversation. Do avoid poor quality audio as this can deter from the quality of your feedback.
- Structure your feedback. Prepare a draft of the key points you would live to cover before you record.
- Try to stay positive. Even when providing developmental feedback try to end on a positive note.
- Speak clearly.
- Make explicit how the feedback can contribute to the student development. (JISC 2010; Rotheram 2009b)
JISC (2010) Audio Feedback [online] Available from: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/audio/advice/audio-feedback (Accessed: 21.5.12)
Rotheram, B. (2009a) Sounds good: Quicker, better assessment using audio feedback [online] Available from: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2009/soundsgoodfinalreport.aspx (Accessed 21.5.12)
Rotheram, B. (2009b) Practice tips on using digital audio for assessment feedback [online] Available from: http://www.kent.ac.uk/uelt/ced/conference/2009/Audio_feedback_tips_3_Rotheram.pdf (Accessed: 21.5.12)