This study aims to ascertain student and staff attitudes to and perceptions of audio feedback made available via the virtual learning environment (VLE) for summative assessment. Consistent with action research and reflective practice this study identifies best practice, highlighting issues in relation to implementation with the intention of redesigning activities in light of the findings. It utilises four case studies where audio feedback was provided to students using the Wimba voice authoring tool within Blackboard Learn+ for various different types of summative assessment. The intention was to identify how and in what context audio feedback via the VLE is effective and why. The research was undertaken via a combination of techniques including a student survey and staff reflective logs. The findings indicate that students liked the convenience, effectiveness, flexibility and personalised nature of this feedback, but raised concerns with some aspects of the technology. This paper also makes practical recommendations for the use of this feedback mechanism, focusing on the most effective use of this digital medium and highlights directions for future research.
Carruthers, C., McCarron, B., Bolan, P., Devine, A., McMahon-Beattie, U., & Burns, A. (2014). ‘I like the sound of that’ – anevaluation of providing audio feedbackvia the virtual learning environmentfor summative assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 40(3), 352-370. https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2014.917145