Impact of asynchronous audio march9 2010


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  • Students regard feedback as an extension of their faculty, much like a face-face encounter with the faculty commenting on their assignment as they read it
  • Impact of asynchronous audio march9 2010

    1. 1. Using asynchronous audio feedback<br />Denise Nelson, Instructional Designer, Virtual Campus<br />
    2. 2. Plan<br />How it works<br />Advantages<br />Disadvantages <br />Cost to the Program<br />...faculty and student perspectives ...<br />
    3. 3. How Audio Commenting Works<br />Technical Process<br />Convert student document to pdf (can do several docs with one command).<br />Ensure that Adobe Acrobat Professional is configured for comment and mark-up tools.<br />Use Adobe Acrobat Pro, microphone/headset and Microsoft Sound Recorder to embed comments. <br />Listen to recording to ensure clarity<br />Inform students to double-click sound icon to listen to audio comments.<br />Provide upfront note to students to contact faculty if difficulty in accessing audio<br />
    4. 4. How Audio Commenting Works<br />Feedback Process<br />Give feedback informally as though you were sitting face-to-face with the students and discussing their coursework.<br />Use audio feedback to elaborate details, summarize, give examples and references.<br />Integrate and situate audio and text comments so students clearly understand their meaning and relevance.<br />Do not repeat the written word in audio feedback.<br />Some faculty situate mark in audio comment to increase possibility that student listens to it.<br />
    5. 5. Feedback Process ...<br />Use text mark-up for specific grammar, punctuation etc. <br />Use mark-up tools such as customized stamps, highlighting, sticky notes, callout, arrows...<br />Can insert attachments into student coursework (e.g., APA checklist)<br />Consider including rubrics in pdf<br />
    6. 6. Mark-Up Example<br />
    7. 7. Advantages<br />Students regard feedback as an extension of their faculty, much like a face-face encounter with the faculty commenting on their assignment as they read it <br />Associated with perceptions of increased involvement and enhanced interaction with faculty members regarded as caring individuals<br />Students find oral feedback more understandable and motivational<br />Some students retained verbal feedback better than reading alone <br />
    8. 8. Advantages ...<br />Personalized support and thorough explanations facilitate students’ engagement in learning<br />All faculty involved in SIAST research project see value in and recommend the use of audio feedback to enhance social, cognitive, and teaching presence<br />Especially useful for more complex student coursework (e.g., case studies, papers)<br />Focus on learning (suggest some assignments with no marks attached)<br />Important considerations: use feedback to “feed forward” – students improve what they do next<br />
    9. 9. Disadvantages<br />Requires equipment: Adobe Acrobat Pro, headset/microphone<br />Learning curve to get started: set up equipment, learn technique<br />More time required to listen and/or provide audio comments<br />Quality of audio dependent on various factors: audio settings, equipment, background noise <br />
    10. 10. Cost<br />Orientation time<br />Instructor time to provide meaningful feedback<br />Equipment: USB noise cancelling headset & microphone (e.g., Dynex~$53.)<br />Now available Adobe Acrobat X Pro - $56.<br />Considerations: Consider installing software on laptop for portability – providing feedback anywhere<br />
    11. 11. Faculty Experienced With Audio Feedback<br />VoiceThread conversation<br />
    12. 12. Possibilities<br />Summary & weaving of discussion posts<br />Examination review commentary<br />Use software for interactive pdfs (e.g., students may complete form fields and submit; documenting nurse’s notes)<br />
    13. 13. Research Findings - Students<br />Overall Positive Comments<br />“I liked the audio because this instructor said more than ‘good job’.”<br />“This is my first experience with audio feedback and I think it is AWESOME. The insertion of text is also beneficial.”<br />“Certainly tone of voice and inflection help to distinguish intended meaning more accurately than written text.”<br />“Listening to feedback as you went through a paper was very helpful, almost like a one on one with the instructor to hear their thoughts as they progressed through reading the paper.”<br />“more personal, negative comments seen as more constructive. Increased perception of teacher engagement.”<br />“option was easy to access”<br />
    14. 14. Research Findings - Students<br />Negative feedback<br />“It seemed the instructor was trying to sound neutral in the audio feedback which left a feeling of apathy.”<br />“The auditory feedback didn’t always work; couldn’t rely on it as a resource.”<br />“Audio feedback was annoying, a true conversation or written comments would be better.”<br />
    15. 15. Research Findings - Faculty<br />Affords elaboration of instructor comments (used for summation and/or specific feedback)<br />Personalizes feedback (expression, inflection, humour) <br />Easier to express oneself than formalized written comments (“feel freer to expand on comments”)<br />Technical glitches when starting (audio setup; eliminate background noise)<br />More valuable with <br />complex assignments, research papers, critiques<br />large than small class size<br />All faculty would recommend use of audio commenting to other faculty<br />
    16. 16. Faculty Example<br />Example of student paper<br />Example of student paper with audio and text-based commenting<br />
    17. 17. Thank you for Listening<br /><br />