[teknoids] Voice Notes in Student Writing

Steven A Marks steven.marks at brooklaw.edu
Mon Jul 9 09:20:26 EDT 2018


Microsoft Word has the ability to add voice notes. I can see how voice notes are more personal for students. Does it make it harder to keep a record to refer back to when you have many students? Good idea, unsure of the mechanism.


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This is forwarded from the Legal Writing Prof’s listserve.  It looks like something that might be very interesting to Technoids.  I just tried it out.  It seems like a great timesaving teaching tool for those who have to comment on students’ writing.



From: Joe Regalia [mailto:veritseekar at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:37 AM
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Subject: [LRWPROF-L] Interactive audio feedback on student papers


Happy weekend all! 


I'm working on an article about giving good feedback (in collaboration with an I/O psychologist and researcher). I know students crave feedback, and I've long struggled with how best to dish it out. One thing I've tried this year--based on my collaborator's recommendation--is giving recorded audio feedback on student papers. I thought I'd share a couple things I've learned in case anyone is interested. If folks are already familiar with this stuff, my apologies in advance. 


After many hours of experimenting on hapless students, I've settled on a feedback program called Kaizena <https://www.kaizena.com/?_ga=2.91992991.42970563.1530724784-345285875.1530724784> . This is an easy-to-install plugin for Google Documents. If you've never used Google Documents, it's easy and fully compatible with Microsoft Word. 


The coolest thing about Kaizena is that you can attach voice comments to specific words in the student's draft. So as the student scrolls through their document, your voice delivers personalized feedback to them as they go--all tied to the individual words, sentences, paragraphs, or sections that you want to discuss with them. 


Maybe even cooler, the student can then seamlessly respond back to you in the program. So you can get them to reflect and engage with your comments and their paper in ways just not possible otherwise (at least, outside a lengthy in-person meeting).


The advantages have been pretty profound for me. 

*	Students unanimously prefer the audio feedback. I still do some text feedback (for example, to show an example). But they have all loved the audio.

*	Recording audio comments (once you get used to it) takes a fraction of the time that it takes to give written feedback. 

*	The ability to attach voice comments to specific words, sentences, sections, or the entire paper gives you a lot of flexibility to deliver feedback. 

*	The ability to have the student respond adds a whole new dimension. It allows me to make the feedback process more formative--and a lot more self-directed, with me prodding them to think about and explain back to me their writing choices. You can replicate the advantages of an in-person meeting, but with even better results. Because both of you now have more time to reflect before speaking. 

*	You can use Kaizena's highlighting system to designate feedback into different categories. So I have been giving style feedback in green comments, authority feedback in blue, etc. This allows them to chunk out different skills and work on them separately. 

Kaizena also has some other cool features that I've started using: like custom rubrics that allow you to give consistent and specific feedback on a point system. The more I've learned about feedback and formative assessment, the more I'm convinced that some simple tools like this can help. 


Happy to chat more with anyone. I tried and rejected many other platforms and tools. A close contender was creating screen-cast recordings of me marking up their paper (also with audio). And I'm still experimenting with that. 

Attaching a couple screen shots so you can see what this particular program looks like. It has a lot of options but an easy-to-use interface. The platform also allows you to attach lessons or videos to portions of the student's draft, which has been helpful.  


Have a great weekend!




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