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1 Engaging language students in the feedback process: a trial with audio-feedback Dr. Elena Polisca Italian Studies The University of Manchester

2 Overview Background information (Italian Studies) Research questions The Hear IT! project Project evaluation

3 Background information (1) Italian Studies: smaller discipline within School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures Recruited well in ITAL10200 and ITAL30200 teach students how to write in Italian Students write on a weekly (ITAL10200) and fortnightly basis (ITAL30200) Marking load is incredibly high

4 Research questions Is there a way in which tutor marking time can be reduced? Do students really engage with the feedback received? Is there a way in which we can engage students with feedback further?

5 The Hear IT! project 2 control groups and 1 test group for both ITAL30200 and ITAL10200 Tutor marks compositions on paper for all students Control groups receive feedback on conventional Schools feedback forms Test groups receive audio feedback (MP3s recordings) on Blackboard

6 The test groups Students received marked work without Feedback sheet Students have to look for audio-recordings in Bb to get comments and mark Students have to fill in their own Feedback sheet according to audio-comments Students put their feedback sheet in marked portfolio (for ITAL10200 only)

7 The feedback sheet

8 The Hear IT! project Audio-feedback examples: – ITAL10200 – ITAL30200 – And one example from the students themselves

9 The Hear IT! project Did Hear IT! cut down tutor feedback time? – Recordings between 3-5 mins long – More interactive – I enjoyed doing them – (better than writing forms!) – Speaking faster than writing / printing / stapling – MP3s on Video Library Service + link in Bb – Overall, audio feedback is probably faster, but this is down to the individual (e.g. what if you make a mistake? Are you happy with your recording?)

10 Project evaluation (test groups) Respondents

11 How would you rate the quality of feedback received? ITAL10200 ITAL30200

12 Project evaluation (test groups): the feedback sheet ITAL10200 Did you complete the feedback sheet? Yes: 100% Did you enjoy doing it? Did you find it useful? Yes: 100%

13 Project evaluation (test groups): the feedback sheet ITAL10200 Why didnt you enjoy completing it? – Not actual work, just admin – Only to appease guidelines Why did you find it useful? – Helped me understand the different components needed for a successful piece of work – Helped me see my mistakes more clearly – Helped reiterate feedback – Good to reflect on strengths / weaknesses – Made me more aware of marking scheme

14 Project evaluation (test groups): the feedback sheet ITAL30200 Did you complete the feedback sheet? Did you enjoy doing it? Did you find it useful?

15 Project evaluation (test groups): the feedback sheet ITAL30200 Why didnt you complete it? – I forgot – It was time-consuming – Dull – Didnt feel it was necessary Why did you find it useful? – Makes you think about mistakes more – Wrong points easier to remember – Listened to it more than once and understood it better

16 Project evaluation (test groups) Did you feel engaged with the feedback process overall?

17 Project evaluation (test group ITAL10200) In what way did the feedback given make you feel engaged with the feedback process? – Audio feedback more personal (x5) – I had to think about feedback much more than usual (on audio feedback) – You are more involved with the marking process (x2) – It showed me my mistakes, which is vital to learning

18 Project evaluation (test group ITAL30200) In what way did the feedback given make you feel engaged with the feedback process? – It makes you think about your mistakes – I was very curious about the feedback and treated it very seriously – Audio feedback more personal and feels like a one-to-one with the tutor (x5) – I really like getting feedback so was always engaged – Allows you to improve

19 Which feedback format did you prefer to receive?

20 Conclusions (1) Students seem to engage with the feedback received, regardless of format (… but 100% audio) Is it really necessary to engage finalist students with feedback further? It makes sense to use audio feedback with 1 st year students to: – Make them feel like they own their work – Help them understand what we look for – Help them familiarise with key feedback vocabulary

21 Contact details Dr. Elena Polisca Italian Studies School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures The University of Manchester Oxford Rd. Manchester, M13 9PL


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