My students have their first essay due on Tuesday and I am going to try something that I have never done before: I will use Vocaroo to provide audio feedback to them. They turn their essays in on Googledocs, and I will still “mark-up” their essay as I normally would, but instead of writing a concluding paragraph at the end of their paper, I will provide a link to a Vocaroo recording.
Why am I doing this?
Well, for one thing, I am hoping that hearing my voice will provide a an incentive for my students to take the comments that I would normally write more seriously. Sometime I have the sense that though the vast majority of students read the comment, for many, their attention level drops after they see their grade, which is certain to be the first thing to pop out to them on the document. A recorded message will hopefully keep them engaged and attentive to my remarks, no matter what their grade might be.
Secondly, with a recorded message, I am hoping to make the comment even more personal. To some extent, the spoken word can be more personal than the written, and I am seeking to create some of this effect.
I have of course no idea whether this will work, but I will give it a try and then gauge my students reactions. Hopefully, it will be another and more effective way for me to provide feedback on their work.
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly welcomed!