Some of my students have been asking how I feedback podcasts
So here goes: No theory about feedback cited here, just the practical stuff that I think of and apply when creating podcast feedback for students
Firstly I read the assessment piece and compare it to the assessment rubric criteria
I make brief notes (aka messy scribbles) about what I liked about the piece and what I think could be improved into the future
Then I use QuickTime player on my MacBook Air to record ‘audio’
I record once only and try to make the audio file max 3 minutes long
I do not edit out my uhms and ahs, I think that it adds authenticity and shows I am a real-thinking-human-being!
I save the audio file and then upload it to Google drive from where I share it privately with the student
Here is a short screencast to show how I record the audio in QuickTime player and upload to Google drive.
I found these brief notes on composing feedback useful (Staff 2016)
- Be kind – celebrate what is great about the assignment.
- What is my favourite part – be specific.
- Be helpful and specific when providing feedback.
- What could make this assignment even better?
- What would you like added or taken out to make the piece even stronger?
What the research says:
For literature in this area I suggest reading Hattie & Timperley (2007). They assert that feedback needs to answer 3 questions
- What do I have to do? – clarifies goals for student
- How am I doing? – helps close the gap between current and desired performance
- What can I do next?
This video from John Hattie on ‘Learning Intentions & Success Criteria’ discusses helping students achieve success through feedback and transparent assessment processes.
An Irish research project on enhancing feedback practice with 1st year students has just published a synthesis of literature http://y1feedback.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SynthesisoftheLiterature2016.pdf
Hattie, J., Timperley, H. ( 2007) The Power of Feedback. Review of Educational Research Vol. 77, No. 1, pp. 81–112
Staff, c. (2016) Assessment Webinar. Retrieved on March 31st from https://prezi.com/_sfxahw-grjx/assessment-webinar/