Anne Nortcliffe, Michelle Blackburn, Rachel Bower, Pat Day, Gill Gould, Andrew Middleton & Claire Taylor
Audio feedback describes spoken, recorded feedback given to students on their formative or summative work. It promotes student engagement (Lunt & Curran, 2010) and, depending on the learning context, can clarify detail (Gould & Day, 2013). The advent MP3 devices and accessible audio software has made the production of audio feedback viable (Rotheram, 2007). More recently smartphones have simplified the production and distribution of audio feedback to students further (Nortcliffe & Middleton, 2011).
The essential methods are versatile and this means that academics in most disciplines have discovered how well it meets their own needs and the needs of their students (Middleton, 2011). This CoLab will consider some of the different ways audio feedback is being used at Sheffield Hallam University, for example to,
- capture feedback conversations in project supervision (Nortcliffe, 2010);
- support returning-to-study students (Gould and Day, 2014);
- develop graduate spoken foreign language skills (Bower, 2014);
- engage diverse students in their feedback (Blackburn and Taylor, 2014).
A World Cafe, Brown (2005) method will be used in this CoLab to promote the exchange of knowledge in the use of audio feedback. This approach creates a framework for involving all participants to converse, share, capture and cross-pollinate ideas and understanding (Schieffer, 2004). Outputs from the CoLab conversations will be captured using:
- Focus group discussion and note-taking (Habermann, 2013), whereby each table host will act as a conversation facilitator and independent note-taker to gather the insights, questions, and patterns in the dialogue.
- World Cafe table cloths (Fouche & Light, 2011) to harvest the shared collective reflections on particular audio feedback methods and their enabling and inhibiting factors.
Short Introduction (5 mins) to the purpose of the session, explaining the World Café method and the different audio feedback ‘pitches’ being hosted at each table by the practitioners and their students.
Show’n’tell (40 mins) – The CoLab participants will move to the various tables to learn about the different methods, noting the enabling and inhibiting factors on the table cloth. Each ten minutes the audience will move to the next table, thereby providing the opportunity for the audience to experience the range of different approaches being used or allowing them to return to a previous method.
Summary (5mins) – the methods and their enabling and inhibiting factors will be summarised by table.