Case study: Mobile Innovation – Creating and distributing audio feedback

This is the fourth in a series of seven case studies developed as part of the mobile innovation project. These cutting edge teaching approaches may not be suitable for everyone, and some proved difficult in their implementation, but the project provided the opportunity for staff to try out new ways of delivering learning.

Image courtesy of Daehyun Park under Creative Commons on Flickr

Image by Daehyun Park

The tutor was already using audio feedback for her cohort of over 150 students, and had found that it dramatically reduced the amount of time she spent on its presentation. However, distribution of the files to students was creating different kinds of delays and an overly complicated workflow.

By using her iPhone and an application that allowed her to send files directly to student email accounts, she was able to reduce the distribution time for the files from nine hours to just two, and use the saved time for further increasing the quality of feedback.

In addition to explaining how workflow was improved, this case study  gives a good overview of benefits of using audio feedback; the drawbacks and a set of recommendations for others considering using this approach within their own contexts.  Students on the whole preferred audio to written feedback saying it could be accessed, used and stored more easily.

You can read more about this approach by reading the two-page case study entitled: Mobile Innovation: Creating and distributing audio feedback.

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